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Lexus LX570 an elegant giant


IT'S BIG but it’s by no means menacing. Instead, Lexus has dressed its LX570 in some rather fancy attire.

Despite the new cosmetic changes - a new front grille and newly designed bumper, along with an array of changes in the lighting department, like two square bi-xenon headlights incorporating daytime running lights (DRLs) and LED tail lights - the LX570 is starting to show signs of ageing.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s still luxurious and sophisticated with the top-notch craftsmanship and finish you would expect of a vehicle in this class. But I just don’t know if there’s a place for a big burly bruiser like this on our roads anymore.

The reason why I say that is the petrol price increased again last week, putting massive pressure on the already stretched consumer. Throw into the mix a massive 5.7-litre V8 petrol engine and things are going to get expensive. Of course, if you’re in the market for such a vehicle, petrol’s the least of worries, but Lexus does claim a combined fuel consumption of 14.8 litres/100km. It’s an unrealistic figure; I was averaging closer to the 20 litres/100km mark.

The sheer brute size of the LX570 means that it has a formidable road presence. There is also something to be admired as the vehicle floats along, delivering a comfortable ride as is to be expected while it can reach a top speed of 210km/h. While I’ll admit that I don’t fully understand the point of the LX570, as it is just a Toyota Land Cruiser in a tux, it has developed a strong following in certain parts of the world.

If this love for the Lexus is based on the interior alone, I can understand that. Heck, I even agree with it. The cabin has niceties and creature comforts to satisfy even the most fussy of motorists. From the electrically adjusted seats with built-in heating function – eight-way adjustment for the passenger and 10-way for the driver, including reclining, lumbar support, vertical adjustment and a cushion extender, as well as memory setting for the driver - to the centre console boasting a full-colour multi-information touch-sensitive TFT display screen. The driver-information options accessed through this system include the Multi-Terrain Select mode (MTS) with wheel-angle display, full GPS HDD navigation with voice command, use of the ventilation system and control of the standard, Lexus-exclusive 19-speaker Mark Levinson sound system and in-dash DVD/CD.

The LX570 may only appeal to an elite few, particularly with the level of competition facing the Lexus. But there is a certain charm about it. Maybe it’s the heritage or the longing to be different.

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