Loving Lexus, Doing Dubai in the desert busting LX 570

The 2016 Lexus LX 570 looks like it's half cylon and half rhinoceros and, since not all of you watch both Battlestar Galactica and Animal Planet, allow us to clarify: it's a compliment. The redesigned SUV looks better than ever with its modern grille and an overall sense of stability driven by the car’s muscular lower portion.

The new SUV offers adjustable drive modes, allowing the drivers to select drive modes suitable for the situation, or matching their preferred driving styles. While the Comfort mode gives them the smoothest ride, and Sport and Sport+ increasingly firm up the suspension and steering, the Eco mode does its best to enhance fuel efficiency by controlling the vehicle characteristics to suit Eco-friendly driving.

Lexus Safety System + is new to the LX 570 and it aims to prevent accidents while enabling the driver to cruise confidently and safely.

The package includes a pre-crash system with pedestrian detection, all-speed dynamic radar cruise control, Lane Departure Alert, and Automatic High Beam.

“The new luxury LX represents the latest Lexus’ design direction, expressiveness and performance,” said Chris Buxton, General Manager of Lexus Sales at Al-Futtaim Motors. “The new vehicle continues to up the ante of the luxury SUV driving – thanks to its new styling, performance, technology and luxury features,”

He added: “With the new LX offering distinctive design, first-class environment, unmatched comfort, and outstanding performance, coupled with the best aftersales experience we provide at Al-Futtaim Motors, we are confident that this vehicle will further solidify its leading position in the luxury SUV segment in the UAE.”

Also available from Lexus for the first time are 21-inch aluminum wheels. The combination of machine-cut highlights and metallic grey, and the addition of a new center ornament, together generate a luxurious feel.

The LX’s highly functional interior exudes a luxurious feel through the juxtaposition of such contrasting materials as metal, leather and wood grain. The horizontally positioned instrument panel enables the driver to easily assess the position and stance of the vehicle, a core requirement for any true SUV.

A new interior atmosphere has been created by separating the display zone from the operation zone and incorporating remote operation devices such as the Remote Touch Interface. The new, larger 12.3-inch navigation screen can show several view combinations to help aid the driver, while a larger, 4.2-inch TFT multi-information display screen has been installed on the new, high-visibility Optitron meter. The LX 570 puts more information directly into the driver’s line of sight with the newly available Head-up Display (HUD), which shows information such as vehicle speed, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, warnings, information icons, and more.

The 2016 LX 570 is designed to please passengers. The Rear Seat Entertainment System uses dual 11.6-inch screens in place of the former 7.0-inch screens. The luxury touches continue with the Lexus-exclusive Mark Levinson Reference Surround Sound Audio System.

This premium sound system combines high performance, high output amplifiers with an exclusively developed 19-speaker system configured with two channels. The LX also has a navigation system that can now display a 1280x480 sized image which enables switching between a full-screen or an 8-inch display of the map.

The LX is also available with Lexus’ advanced climate concierge concept. In addition to the 4-zone independent automatic temperature control, Lexus Climate Concierge meticulously controls the seat and steering wheel heaters, to which the occupants come in direct contact, in order to achieve comfort that can be felt with the whole body in each seat. An ECO air conditioning mode has also been added which when activated suppresses cooler and heater operation to contribute towards power consumption reduction.

In terms of the front seats, a 10-way power seat for the driver along with an 8-way power seat for the passenger is available to allow for seat adjustment with a reclining, fore-aft slider, vertical adjuster, lumbar support, cushion front tilt, and cushion length adjustment. The 2nd-row seat has a one-touch tumble structure that can fold down the 40 split seat on the front passenger's side with one operation.

The 3rd-row seat is available as a semi-power and full-power seat designed to increase space, and when necessary, the seat can be folded to increase cargo space. For the seats, a pre-tensioner and 2-stage force limiter mechanism has been adopted for the front seatbelts while 3-point ELR seatbelts have been adopted for all the second and third row seats.

By: Adel Habib | Photos: Malek Fayoumi

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