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2008 LEXUS LX 570 PRESS KIT

  1. LEXUS LAUNCHES ALL-NEW LX 570
  2. A WORD FROM THE CHIEF ENGINEER
  3. LX 570 TRIED AND TESTED AROUND THE GLOBE
  4. LX 570 HAS MORE FEATURES
  5. LX 570 ENTERS GROWING MARKET
  6. LX 570 BRINGS COMPETITION BACK TO THE LUXURY SUV MARKET
  7. LX 570 ATTRACTS WIDER CUSTOMER BASE
  8. LX 570 HAS IMPROVED PERFORMANCE AND TRACTION
  9. LEXUS LX 570 HAS ALL-NEW V8 ENGINE
  10. LX 570 HAS SIX-SPEED TRANSMISSION
  11. LX 570 HAS UNIQUE DRIVELINE
  12. LX 570 HAS DUAL VVT-i
  13. LX 570 DELIVERS MORE POWER WITH LESS FUEL
  14. LX 570 DRAWS ON L-FINESSE DESIGN
  15. LX 570 HAS NEW BODY STRUCTURE
  16. LX 570 BODY DESIGNED TO OPTIMISE RIGIDITY
  17. LX 570 HAS LEXUS SERENITY
  18. LX 570 HAS ADVANCED SUSPENSION PACKAGE
  19. LX 570 BUILT FOR TOWING
  20. LX 570 INTERIOR DESIGN OVERVIEW
  21. LX 570 - COMFORT, CONVENIENCE AND ENTERTAINMENT
  22. LEXUS LX 570 FEATURES MOST POWERFUL CLIMATE CONTROL SYSTEM
  23. LX 570 MAKES STORAGE A BREEZE
  24. LX 570 FEATURES FLEXIBLE SEATING FOR UP TO EIGHT
  25. LX 570 FEATURES MARK LEVINSON REFERENCE SURROUND SYSTEM
  26. LX 570 FEATURES SMART ENTRY SYSTEM
  27. LX 570 FEATURES POWER TAILGATE
  28. LX 570 SETS NEW STANDARD IN VEHICLE VISIBILITY
  29. LX 570 PROVIDES TOP-LEVEL ACTIVE SAFETY
  30. LX 570 HAS LARGER BRAKE PACKAGE
  31. LX 570 HAS COMPREHENSIVE PASSIVE SAFETY PACKAGE
  32. LX 570 HAS FOUR-WHEEL ACTIVE HEIGHT CONTROL
  33. LX 570 HAS ADAPTIVE VARIABLE SUSPENSION
  34. LX 570 ADJUSTS TO AVAILABLE GRIP LEVELS
  35. LX 570 SPORTS LUXURY HAS MILLIMETRE-WAVE RADAR
  36. TOP-OF-THE-LINE LX 570 ANTICIPATES DANGER
  37. LX 570 HAS ADVANCED CRAWL CONTROL SYSTEM
  38. LX 570 HAS SONAR PARK ASSIST
  39. LX 570 MAJOR TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

LEXUS LAUNCHES ALL-NEW LX 570


Lexus has launched its most capable off-road vehicle, the all-new LX 570.

Available from 10 April, LX 570 is the third generation of the LX Line and the second model to be offered in Australia.

It features more technological advances, safety inclusions and power than ever before and will be offered in two grades - Prestige and Sports Luxury.

Both grades are equipped with a 5.7-litre V8 engine producing 270kW of power and 530Nm of torque - making it the most powerful Lexus SUV ever.

The engine is mated to a new six-speed sequential-shift automatic transmission, designed and built for heavy-duty driving.

Lexus LX 570 also features all-new suspension and full-time four-wheel-drive systems.

A four-wheel hydro-pneumatic suspension package with Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) and Active Height Control (AHC) ensures that optimum tyre contact with the road surface is maintained, while delivering a substantial reduction in body roll and an increase in ride comfort.

LX 570 will also include a new Crawl Control feature, which helps the driver to concentrate on manoeuvring over rough or difficult surfaces at low speeds without the need for throttle or brake application.

Together, AHC, AVS and Crawl Control work together to ensure that the vehicle negotiates the roughest terrain with ease.

LX 570 will also feature a Multi-terrain ABS braking system designed to help reduce stopping distances on slippery surfaces such as sand or gravel.

For enhanced safety, the new LX 570 will provide 10 airbags as standard, including driver and front-passenger knee airbags, second-row seat-mounted side airbags and full side curtain-shield airbags that extend across all three rows.

Upper-grade LX 570 models will be the first Lexus vehicles to offer a new Wide View Front and Side Monitor system as standard.

The monitor allows the driver to identify - via cameras mounted in the grille and passenger-side mirror - potential objects that may be obscured from view. This provides a clear view of the front and passenger side of the vehicle.

Inside, the LX 570 will come equipped with an array of luxury features, including a four-zone, 28-outlet climate control system, a power-sliding second-row seat and a 19-speaker Mark Levinson premium audio system.

All-new LX 570 embodies the Lexus L-finesse design theme and there is no carry-over of panels from superseded LX 470.

Lexus Australia chief executive John Roca said the LX 570 would empower Lexus owners, giving them the ability to take their Lexus just about anywhere.

"LX owners are some of the most loyal Lexus customers," he said. "They have been waiting 10 years for a new vehicle and the LX 570 is sure to impress" The LX 570 combines outstanding off-road capabilities with all the comfort and convenience features for which Lexus is renowned.

"The new LX 570 will effectively take luxury where it has never been before," Mr Roca said.

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A WORD FROM THE CHIEF ENGINEER


"For many years the LX has taken Lexus owners to places our road-going vehicles cannot.

"Our goal when developing the all-new LX 570 was to ensure that it was the most capable off-road vehicle ever produced, while not sacrificing the levels of luxury for which Lexus sedans have become renowned.

"Pivotal to our goal was to ensure that the technology on board connected with all occupants, while the drivetrain allowed them to take the vehicle just about anywhere.

"This goal was realised by developing a unique drivetrain solely for the LX in Australia, which features a 5.7-litre dual VVT-i engine, a new six-speed automatic transmission, and a completely new all-wheel-drive system.

"The LX 570 also features many driver aides that instil the driver with confidence while delivering a comfortable and enjoyable ride for passengers.

"Features on the all-new LX include Crawl Control, Active Height Control, Adaptive Variable Suspension and the most powerful climate control system of any Lexus to date.

"Overall the new LX includes more than 35 new features, including a first for Australia in the new Wide View Blind Spot monitor.

"In developing the LX 570 I wanted to deliver an experience for the driver and passenger that was like being in a Lexus sedan, but with the added feature of superior off-road capability.

"I am confident that the LX 570 not only exceeded our goal, but gives owners the confidence to take their Lexus to places they have never been before."

MR KOYARI
CHIEF DRIVETRAIN ENGINEER, LEXUS LX 570

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LX 570 TRIED AND TESTED AROUND THE GLOBE


LX 570's new Quad Cam V8 engine has undergone 1.3 million kilometres of durability testing - equivalent to circling the world 100 times.

A key goal of Lexus engineers was to ensure that the LX 570 was not only the world's best luxury four-wheel drive, but also the world's most capable.

LX 570's engine spent 31,000 hours on a test bench to perfect its tuning, before being subjected to the durability testing.

Testing was not limited to urban roads. The severest of conditions were selected to ensure that LX 570 lived up to its promise of taking luxury to places it had never been before.

The LX 570's multi-terrain ABS system was tested in the dunes of the Middle East and the dirt highways of Australia. Its 28-outlet climate control system was proved in locations from Australia to North America and Japan.

Locally, tuning teams put advance prototypes of the LX 570 through 240,000 kilometres over a variety of conditions - ranging from sub-tropical forests to the harshness of the Australian outback.

Engineers used Australia to determine the effectiveness of dust sealing, suspension and overall vehicle durability, while final testing was concluded on production-ready models in late 2007.

Gearboxes were taken beyond breaking point to ensure that they were able to handle the torque loads required by the vehicle without sacrificing driveability.

Crawl Control systems were also tested in advance prototypes on tracks previously considered impassable.

Repetitive testing was a feature of development.

A rigorous 45,000 open/close reliability cycle was designed to ensure the LX 570's tailgate could withstand the roughest treatment.

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LX 570 HAS MORE FEATURES


The new Lexus LX 570 has a range of added features over the superseded LX 470.

  • 270kW of power, up from 170kW
  • 530Nm of torque, up from 410Nm
  • 14.8 litres/100km* fuel economy, eight per cent better than 16.1 litres/100km
  • 7.8 seconds 0-100km/h acceleration, down from 12.0 seconds
  • 5663cm3 all-alloy Quad Cam multi-valve engine with dual VVT-i. The LX 470 had a 4663cm3 Quad Cam multi-valve engine with cast-iron cylinder block
  • Euro IV emission compliance
  • Roller rockers and maintenance-free hydraulic lash adjusters
  • Six-speed intelligent sequential-shift transmission instead of five-speed
  • New Torsen® centre differential and new all-wheel drive transfer
  • New coil-spring double-wishbone front suspension
  • Larger brake package
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Improved Active Height Control and Adaptive Variable Suspension systems
  • All-new package of Lexus Drive Assist features, including Multi-terrain ABS, Active Traction Control and Crawl Control
  • Ten SRS airbags in instead of six
  • Self-levelling HID high-beam headlamps and projector-type low-beam headlamps with Lexus Adaptive Front-light System (AFS)
  • Smart entry and Smart Start
  • Lexus Park Assist (sonar)
  • Power rear door
  • Lexus Pre-Crash System (Sports Luxury)
  • Active (radar) Cruise Control (Sports Luxury)
  • Safety monitors (front and side cameras - Sports Luxury)

*Fuel consumption will vary depending on driving conditions/style, vehicle conditions and options/accessories. Source of fuel consumption data: ADR81/01 combined cycle.


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LX 570 ENTERS GROWING MARKET


LX 570 will enter one of the most competitive vehicle segments, one noted for its strong brand loyalty.

Pre-orders and enquiries for LX 570 are being driven by a loyal group of existing LX owners and new customers looking to step up to a true luxury four-wheel drive.

When the first LX was introduced in Australia a decade ago luxury SUV sales were a fragment of the market, accounting for just 6000 vehicles across six models.

Today, this segment has grown to over 20,000 sales a year across 17 models.

During this time, the sale of SUVs has grown by 105 per cent, becoming the largest automotive segment outside the passenger market.

According to VFACTS, in the five years since the introduction of the luxury SUV category sales have soared from under 12,000 vehicles in 2003 to over 20,000 units in 2007 - or 70 per cent growth.

"LX 570 presents a great opportunity for Lexus in the Luxury SUV market," said Lexus Australia chief executive, John Roca.

"Ten years ago LX 470 launched to a fledgling market and in this time the LX has established itself as a true luxury four-wheel drive."

"LX customers demand an off-road vehicle that does not compromise on luxury while still offering the highest standard in dependability and off-road capability, and LX 570 delivers on this.

"LX 570 is in a prime position to capture a new generation of luxury SUV buyers, those that have previously owned SUVs or soft-roaders," Mr Roca said.

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LX 570 BRINGS COMPETITION BACK TO THE LUXURY SUV MARKET


New LX 570 will be launched into the Australian market for the first time in two model grades.

LX 570 will come to market in Prestige and Sports Luxury grades, with a recommended retail price of $136,700 for Prestige and $151,700 for Sports Luxury.

LX 570 Sports Luxury comes fully equipped with class-leading specification.

LX 570 Sports Luxury represents a price advantage of almost $30,000 when compared with its nearest luxury four-wheel-drive competitor.

Both grades represent exceptional value for money when compared with other vehicles of comparable specification from the Luxury SUV segment.

"When you take into account the specification and off-road capabilities of LX 570, it is by far the category leader," said Lexus Australia chief executive, John Roca.

"LX 570 is not a pretender; it combines the features expected from a luxury saloon with the off-road capabilities of a four-wheel drive."

LX 570 is one of only two vehicles in the Luxury SUV category to feature a full-frame chassis - making it an extremely capable and durable off-road vehicle.

It is also one of the highest specified SUVs in the Australian market, featuring a sophisticated transmission, suspension and driver assistance package.

"LX 570 continues to set a standard in terms of combining the features demanded from a luxury vehicle with the capabilities of an off-road vehicle," Mr Roca said.

"The Luxury SUV market has been waiting a long time for a vehicle like this and LX 570 certainly delivers on the needs of luxury SUV owners."

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LX 570 ATTRACTS WIDER CUSTOMER BASE


The all-new LX 570 will attract a broader customer base than the LX 470 it replaces.

Offered in Prestige and Sports Luxury trim, LX 570 represents an attractive purchase for first-time luxury SUV buyers and those re-entering the market.

The LX 570 Prestige will enter the market at a price comparative to rivals' entry-level models, while surpassing them for specification and capability.

LX 570 Sports Luxury will provide a step up for existing luxury SUV owners, offering further specification and features over Prestige vehicles.

"A two-grade approach allows Lexus to reach a wider range of customers," Lexus Australia chief executive John Roca said.

"LX 570 Prestige vehicles give Lexus a strong product in the all-important conquest market.

"LX 570 Sports Luxury models offer the next step for the existing luxury SUV market."

Luxury SUV customers are predominantly male, married and have children, according to market research.

"They see their LX as an integral part of their lifestyle, allowing them to tow, transport the family or use it as a luxurious workhorse and a weekend cruiser," Mr Roca said.

"The LX 570 will appeal to those customers who value performance, build quality, comfort and, most of all, off-road ability from their luxury SUV.

"LX 570 owners appreciate the unique mix of comfort and refinement the LX 570 offers - and the reassurance that their vehicle can tackle the roughest of terrain with ease should it need it to."

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LX 570 HAS IMPROVED PERFORMANCE AND TRACTION


The new Lexus LX 570 has 100kW more power and 120Nm more torque than the vehicle it supersedes.

LX 570 has a new 5663cm3 all-alloy dual VVT-i Quad Cam V8 engine that delivers 270kW of power at 5600rpm and 530Nm of torque at 3200rpm.

It has 59 per cent more power and 29 per cent more torque than superseded LX 470.

Fuel economy has been improved by eight per cent.

The 5.7-litre engine is matched to a new six-speed automatic transmission with artificial intelligence shift control and a sequential shift feature.

LX 570's constant all-wheel-drive system consists of a two-speed transfer and a Torsen® mechanical limited-slip centre differential.

Lexus LX 570's chassis package includes all-new suspension hardware and a package of improved suspension control features, for enhanced on and off-road performance.

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LEXUS LX 570 HAS ALL-NEW V8 ENGINE


Lexus LX 570's new 5.7-litre all-alloy Quad-Cam V8 engine employs dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i).

Lexus developed dual VVT-i technology to improve performance and fuel efficiency with lower emissions.

The Lexus 3UR-FE engine also has an intelligent electronic throttle (ETCS-i), roller rockers, an electronic Acoustic Control Induction System (ACIS), Direct Ignition System (DIS), air injection and a lightweight cast-aluminium cylinder block.

Lexus designed the 90-degree V8 for a combination of high performance, fuel efficiency, package efficiency and reliability, coupled with minimal weight and noise, vibration and harshness (NVH), and low emissions.

The 3UR-FE engine achieves its gains in performance and fuel economy over the superseded 4.7-litre engine through a combination of its advanced design features, including a one-litre increase in capacity and the adoption of variable valve timing technology for the first time on Lexus LX.

The engine has an under square bore-and-stroke relationship of 94.0 by 102.0mm for a swept capacity of 5663 cubic centimetres - the largest ever offered in a Lexus vehicle.

Compression ratio is 10.2:1 and the vehicle can operate on 91 RON ULP or higher.

The 32-valve 3UR-FE engine has Siamese inlet ports, with the port diameter gradually decreasing toward the combustion chamber to optimise airflow and intake pulsation.

The Siamese inlet port design also reduces the overall surface area of the port walls compared with an independent port design, to reduce wall wetting and hence hydrocarbon emissions.

The pentroof combustion chamber design is based on a narrow included valve angle to create a compact combustion chamber shape.

The cylinder head and piston crown design have taper-squish areas around the circumference of the combustion chamber and piston crown.

Lexus engineers have adopted roller rockers (with maintenance-free valve clearance adjusters) to reduce friction and optimise fuel economy.

The Lexus 3UR-FE engine has electronic control for the ACIS, based on information on engine revolutions and throttle position.

The new Lexus engine uses magnetic resistance element (MRE)-type position sensors to measure the crankshaft position, camshaft position and VVT-i position.

The ACIS varies the effective length of the inlet runners to make maximum use of the inlet pulsation effect for increased breathing efficiency.

It creates a long manifold effect to boost power in the medium engine speed range under high load.

At all other times it creates a short intake runner effect to boost output across the revolution range.

The stainless-steel exhaust manifold has a built-in three-way catalyst. This design accelerates the warm-up of the catalyst immediately after start-up, in turn reducing exhaust emissions.

The new air injection system on the 3UR-FE engine is designed to reduce emissions.

The system injects secondary air into the exhaust manifolds, to improve catalyst warm-up efficiency during cold starts.

LX 570's new engine has a service weight of 222 kg.

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LX 570 HAS SIX-SPEED TRANSMISSION


Lexus' new LX 570 has a six-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission, with artificial intelligence and sequential shift.

The Lexus AB60F transmission was designed to operate in combination with the 3UR-FE engine, thereby combining the benefits of electronic throttle and electronic transmission control to optimise driveability, acceleration feel, shift quality and fuel economy.

The AB60F transmission was designed for optimum package torque capacity and efficiency, while minimising weight.

It has ratios of: first, 3.333; second, 1.960; third, 1.353; fourth, 1.000; fifth, 0.728; sixth, 0.588; and reverse, 3.061; and is matched to a 3.909:1 final drive ratio.

LX 570's new electric motor-activated full-time four-wheel-drive transfer has ratios of 1.000 (high range) and 2.618 (low range).

Lexus engineers used triple planetary gears and state-of-the-art hydraulic technology to produce a lightweight, compact transmission with high torque capacity and smooth shift feel - coupled with high levels of driveability and fuel efficiency, and low noise.

Refining the transmission electronics, hydraulic servo units and clutch control has ensured a high-quality shift feel.

Special features of the new AB60F transmission include torque-converter lock-up on fifth and sixth gears for increased fuel economy, and a flex-lock-up system to expand the lock-up actuation range and further increase economy.

The AB60F transmission also has a deceleration downshift control to maximise the continuation of fuel cut and increase economy.

Lexus AI shift control
The Lexus artificial intelligence (AI Shift) transmission algorithm is designed to manage the shift regime of the AB60F transmission, taking into account road conditions and driver behaviour.

It uses data on throttle valve opening angle, engine revolutions, vehicle speed, vehicle acceleration and the brake-lamp signal to control the basic shift pattern, as well as providing road-condition support control and driver intention support control.

The AI Shift control can adjust the shift pattern to suit different drivers and provide engine braking for hill descents.

The system works in conjunction with the 3UR-FE engine's intelligent electronic throttle.

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LX 570 HAS UNIQUE DRIVELINE


Lexus LX 570 has a newly developed full-time four-wheel-drive system with a torque-sensing centre differential.

Lexus has completely redesigned LX's centre differential and two-speed transfer to suit the increased torque of the new 5.7-litre V8 engine, as well as increasing ease of use and drivetrain rigidity.

The new transfer has an electric motor to effect changes between high and low range, and push-button control of centre differential lock actuation.

At the heart of LX 570's full-time 4WD system is a Torsen® mechanical limited-slip centre differential that helps optimise traction.

The torque-sensing system generates limited differential torque, proportional to the vehicle's drive torque.

It has been set up with a front-to-rear torque split that is biased to the rear in the ratio 40:60 for straight-line driving.

The centre differential lock is electrically controlled from a button on the left-hand side of the steering wheel.

The transfer gears have ratios of 1.000 (high range) and 2.618 (low range).

The transfer low planetary gear set has six pinion gears.

Lexus has adopted planetary gears in place of a conventional counter-gear system to enhance torque capacity and achieve a more compact transfer unit.

Drive to the front propeller shaft is by a high-rigidity silent chain.

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LX 570 HAS DUAL VVT-i


The new LX 570's dual VVT-i system provides optimum inlet and exhaust valve timing across the range of engine operating conditions.

Lexus now uses VVT-i engines across its entire model range.

It allows Lexus engines to meet previously conflicting goals: improved torque at low revolutions, better use of the expansion ratio in the cylinder, and exhaust pulsation to improve engine breathing at high revolutions.

It boosts torque in the low-to-medium and high engine speed ranges.

The dual VVT-i system in the V8 3UR-FE engine can independently vary inlet timing across a range of 60 degrees (relative to crankshaft angle) and independently vary exhaust timing over a range of 30 degrees.

It optimises the valve overlap period according to engine and driving conditions, to make full use of exhaust pulsation to increase cylinder filling across all rpm.

The system can vary the range of valve overlap from minus two degrees to plus 88 degrees.

The inlet camshafts have 248 degrees of duration and the exhaust camshafts have duration of 242 degrees.

Hydraulic actuators control the camshaft angles, based on information from the engine ECU.

The LX570 engine has chain camshaft drive with spring and ball tensioners for both the primary (crankshaft to inlet) camshafts and secondary (inlet to partner exhaust camshaft).

The primary cam chain has chain dampers to minimise noise.

The camshaft profiles and the lever ratio of the roller rockers have been designed to optimise valve lift.

Maintenance-free hydraulic valve lash adjusters ensure zero valve clearance at all times.

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LX 570 DELIVERS MORE POWER WITH LESS FUEL


The Lexus LX 570 has a range of more than 900km on its normal fuel economy cycle.

Engineers have achieved an eight per cent increase in fuel economy despite increasing engine power by 59 per cent to 270kW.

Lexus LX 570 has dual fuel tanks with an automatic fuel transfer system between the 93-litre main tank and 45-litre sub tank for a total capacity of 138 litres.

The LX 570 is tuned to operate on 98 RON PULP fuel, but can operate on 91 RON fuel.

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LX 570 DRAWS ON L-FINESSE DESIGN


The all-new LX 570 draws on Lexus' L-Finesse design philosophy to deliver an elegant design that maintains the muscular presence demanded of a four-wheel drive.

Lexus engineers adopted the design concept of "intriguing elegance" for the exterior of the LX 570, while enhancing body protection.

The LX 570 conveys its Lexus identity from the front, where the wide grille (with its 'arrowhead' corner treatment), gives the LX a clear family resemblance to IS, GS and LS vehicles.

Character lines integrated into the bumper continue along the bonnet and run seamlessly into the large projector headlights, conveying a distinctly purposeful look.

The LX 570 combines large, three-dimensional front guards with a wide, muscular stance that is accentuated by a pronounced bonnet housing the all-new 5.7-litre V8 engine.

Wheel arches offer an element of ruggedness to the elegant profile while providing ample clearance and body protection for all driving conditions.

From the side of the LX 570 a thick D-pillar, combined with styling lines and chrome highlights, gives the LX 570 a luxurious feel.

The side steps fit closely to the body for a more integrated appearance while providing the side panels with greater protection from damage.

The standard six-spoke, 18-inch alloy wheel design features a sporty yet elegant three-dimensional appearance.
The LX 570 rides on 285/60R18 tyres, while the superseded LX 470 had 275/65 R17 tyres.

From the rear, the LX 570 again draws on the Lexus L-Finesse design philosophy, with flowing styling lines that distinguish the LX as part of the Lexus family.

High-intensity LED tail lights feature chrome surrounds that highlight the luxurious nature of the LX, while recessed fog lights blend seamlessly into the rear bumper.

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LX 570 HAS NEW BODY STRUCTURE


New Lexus LX 570 has increased body strength and rigidity compared with superseded LX 470 for improved crashworthiness and durability, as well as lower interior noise levels.

It also provides a stable platform for LX 570's new suspension.

Computer-aided design and extensive use of lightweight high-strength steel, backed up with a punishing worldwide testing schedule, have resulted in a high-strength, high-rigidity body structure.

Lexus engineers have retained the LX body structure hallmark of a separate frame and body.

They have developed an all-new frame structure that offers superior strength and rigidity.

The frame has been redesigned and new manufacturing methods introduced - including hydro-formed cross-members for the first time in Lexus LX.

It uses larger box sections and thicker gauge steel, including high-tensile sheet steel.

The front section of the frame has been designed to optimise impact absorption.

The frame has three hydro-formed cross-members, with increased connection rigidity to the side rails.

The rear of the frame is a high-strength cross-member with a built-in towing hitch.

Engineers also worked on insulation and bushings to reduce road noise, suppress vibration and enhance comfort.

The body has been reinforced at all four pillars and in the rocker panels for maximum endurance and rollover protection.

LX 570's body structure also features pedestrian protection structures and design elements to improve aesthetics, with reduced front parting line gaps and a concealment cover in the engine bay.

The windscreen surround was designed for reduced wind noise, with a flush glass-to-roof structure, optimised moulding gaps and a redesigned cowl louvre.

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LX 570 BODY DESIGNED TO OPTIMISE RIGIDITY


New Lexus LX 570's body was designed to optimise rigidity and passive safety while meeting strict weight targets.

A highly rigid body also contributes to vehicle durability, low noise levels and chassis dynamics (the latter by providing a stable platform for the suspension).

The new LX 570 body makes extensive use of high-strength steel sheet, to maximise rigidity while minimising weight.

High-strength steel sheet accounts for one-third of the body shell mass.

It is used in the pillar reinforcements, floor reinforcements and rocker members, as well as the roof cross-members, the main floor cross-members, the roof rails, front-seat centre floor panel and key longitudinal rails under the floor.

The entire B-pillar is pressed from high-strength steel sheet and has internal reinforcements.

The rocker panels are reinforced with a pair of bulkheads and a large gusset - helping to absorb side collision impact energy.

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LX 570 HAS LEXUS SERENITY


Lexus designed the new LX 570 for low interior noise levels.

Its comprehensive package of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) counter-measures begins with the new, stronger body, lower coefficient of drag and 90-degree engine to optimise balance.

The use of aluminium alloy crankcases further reduces NVH.

LX 570's high-rigidity body also contributes to reducing interior noise levels.

Lexus paid particular attention to achieving a low coefficient of drag and smoothing underbody air flow.

Wind noise is minimised by reducing the offsets between the mouldings and the windscreen glass.

LX 570 uses CSE (Curved Seal Extrusion) bifacial moulding to reduce the offset between the windscreen and the roof.

The front pillar offsets have been minimised to reduce turbulence and therefore wind noise.

The cowl louvre shape has been designed to direct air flowing across the bonnet upward, to prevent interference from the wipers and reduce turbulence.

LX 570's underbody has special features to improve performance and stability, as well as reducing noise.

The underbody aerodynamic features include a full-width front fairing under the bumper, with spats forward of the front tyres and rear fairings behind the rear tyres.

In addition, LX 570 has a two-part engine under-cover.

The body side members and pillars have optimally located felt, foamed urethane sponge fillers and foamed sealing material, to reduce both wind and road noise.

The body design includes a large dash inner-insulator, a dash outer-insulator and a hood insulator, to minimise transmission of noise from the engine bay to the cabin.

The laminated windscreen has a special intermediate film layer, with a high sound-shielding capability, to reduce wind noise.

Asphalt sheet has been applied to the majority of the floor, to reduce droning noise and road sound.

The dash panel includes a large section pressed from asphalt sandwich steel sheet - also known as vibration-damping steel, a Lexus feature since the 1990s.

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LX 570 HAS ADVANCED SUSPENSION PACKAGE


Lexus LX 570 has all-new suspension hardware and a package of improved suspension control features, for enhanced on and off-road performance.

The suspension control features include four-wheel Active Height Control (AHC) and Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS).

LX 570's suspension hardware includes all-new front suspension that offers improved wheel articulation, handling, ride comfort and steering feel.

The new independent double-wishbone front suspension has coil springs in place of torsion bar springs, to increase suspension stroke and stability and reduce harshness.

Lexus has increased wheel stroke by 15 per cent - from 200 to 230mm - for enhanced off-road performance.

The new LX has 230mm of front wheel stroke - 100mm in bound stroke and 130mm in rebound stroke.

This represents an increase of 20mm in rebound stroke and 10mm in bound stroke.

The suspension lower arm has been significantly reinforced.

Lexus has also redesigned LX's coil-spring rear suspension to improve handling, ride comfort and off-road performance, while retaining the long wheel stroke of the LX 470 model.

Lexus LX's proven five-link rear-suspension layout has been retained.

The improved design includes repositioned control arms to improve handling performance.

The repositioned control arms in conjunction with new suspension bushing characteristics improve ride comfort and handling stability.

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LX 570 BUILT FOR TOWING


The new Lexus LX 570 has a towing capacity of three-and-a-half tonnes (with trailer brakes).

LX 570's 5.7-litre Quad Cam dual-VVT-i engine has 530Nm of torque, and its full-time AWD system has a Torsen® centre differential to optimise traction.

In addition, LX 570 has four-wheel Active Height Control to optimise vehicle height when towing.

The position of the trailer converter has been changed to minimise impact on the frame and improve performance when towing heavy loads.

The rear-most frame cross-member is hydro-formed for added strength and designed to eliminate the need for a separate tow bar.

The towing hitch mounts directly to the main-frame cross-member.

LX 750 has a towing capacity of 3500kg with trailer brakes and 750kg unbraked*.

*Towbar capacity subject to regulatory requirements, towbar design, vehicle design and towing equipment limitations.

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LX 570 INTERIOR DESIGN OVERVIEW


The all-new LX 570's interior draws on Lexus' L-Finesse design philosophy to defy convention and deliver a luxurious interior not expected in a four-wheel drive.

The LX 570 has been designed to offer the maximum interior space. It has a wide encompassing dash that flows into a large centre console - creating a forcefully elegant design.

The LX 570's dash and centre console features metal plated mouldings, leather and unique Bubinga wood trim that combine to offer an interior worthy of a luxury SUV.

The driver and front passenger also receive leather-clad knee pads at the lower portion of the dash.

The centre cluster features a strongly rounded form with wood grain surfaces, designed to convey a sense of solidity that flows from the dash into the doors.

The door trim and dashboard combine to create a consistent appearance achieved by the adoption of carefully matched materials.

Areas surrounding the navigation and centre binnacle have been accentuated with plated mouldings that add to the sense of presence and elegance at the front of the vehicle.

Every feature of the centre binnacle, from driving assistance to entertainment systems, can be enacted in no more than three steps, a Lexus hallmark.

The all-new instrument panel adopts metal highlights and dial surrounds that blend into the overall cabin design and feature Lexus' unique Optitron meters that dim to black when the ignition is switched off.

When started, the meters light from black to white and feature blue graduations on tachometer and speedometer.

Four sub-gauges for oil temperature, battery, water temperature and fuel level frame the multi-information screen in the centre of the instrument panel.

A wide central console clearly divides the front of the cabin of the LX 570 and features vehicle height controls, Crawl Control and a large centre storage area that houses a cool box on Sports Luxury vehicles.

The LX 570 centre console also features a split lid that can be slid independently to form a driver and passenger armrest.

Particular attention was also paid to areas of contact with the interior, with steel scuff plates adopted for the interior.

New LX 570 is available in two interior trims, either Ivory or Grey leather, and is matched to Lexus' unique Bubinga wood trim.

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LX 570 - COMFORT, CONVENIENCE AND ENTERTAINMENT


Central to the Lexus ownership experience is technology that is simple to use, easy to understand and convenient.

It provides Smart Key access, a powered tail gate, illumination of the vehicle sequenced to correspond with the entry or exit of the driver and passengers, and a push-button start.

LX 570 comes with the most powerful climate control system of any Lexus to date - a four-zone, 28-outlet climate tour de force.

LX 570 passengers also benefit from one of the most flexible seating systems available in a Luxury SUV, with seating for eight six-foot adults or a multi-configurable seating system that allows for stowage of a 26-inch mountain bike.

On Sports Luxury models, rear-seat passengers can enjoy the rear-seat entertainment system.

It features a roof-mounted nine-inch high-definition widescreen display.

Passengers can enjoy their favourite movies with cinema-quality sound from the 19-speaker Mark Levinson Reference Surround Sound system.

The front of the LX 570 has one of the segment's most intuitive and user-friendly vehicle function control systems, which allows users to operate the vehicle's climate, comfort or entertainment functions with ease.

The system is one of the few on the market to combine the advantages of both touch-screen and voice command.

It has touch-screen control of navigation, audio and air conditioning systems, and both voice and touch-control of the Bluetooth™ hands-free phone*.

In addition, the driver can use steering wheel-mounted switches to operate a diverse range of functions, including audio and cruise control.

The Electro Multi-Vision (EMV) screen is an eight-inch, full-colour centre console liquid crystal display with a high-quality VGA resolution (800 x 480 pixels) and 32,000 colours - the finest of its kind currently available in the luxury SUV segment.

Its touch-screen functionality provides unparallelled ease of use, allowing the user to reach any function or command in a maximum of three steps - a hallmark Lexus design feature.

The system also incorporates the Lexus Parking Assist Monitor, a feature unique as standard equipment in this automotive segment.

*Bluetooth™ will only operate with telephones enabled with compatible Bluetooth™ wireless technology [HFP (Hands Free Profile) v1.0]. Bluetooth™ is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc.

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LEXUS LX 570 FEATURES MOST POWERFUL CLIMATE CONTROL SYSTEM


The new LX 570 features Lexus' most powerful climate control system to date.

The LX 570 has four climate zones, 28 individual vents, two HVAC units and an advanced SCX (Sub Cool acc(X)elerator) piping system.

It is designed to keep occupants comfortable in even the most extreme conditions.

The LX 570 is able to cool the cabin by nine degrees from an ambient temperature of 45 degrees in 10 minutes and is designed specifically to offer the most comfortable of driving environments.

The LX achieves this via a completely new climate control system that has been designed to offer class-leading comfort for all occupants.

The system features a new high-capacity compressor that is linked to two new HVAC units via the world's first SCX double-tubed refrigerant gas piping system.

The SCX system allows both suction and liquid tubes to be housed in one pipeline, eliminating unnecessary tubing while increasing climate control system performance.

LX 570 features a completely redesigned interior ducting system that provides occupants with a shower of air from a multitude of vents throughout the cabin.

The LX 570 features two HVAC units and will be the first Lexus SUV to offer four-zone climate control. Second and third-row windows benefit from new C pillar-mounted demisting vents.

Heating performance has also been increased with the addition of an auxiliary Positive Temperature Coefficient (PTC) heater.

The PTC heater consists of a ceramic element, aluminum fin and brass plate. When current is applied to the PTC element, it generates heat that instantly warms the air passing through the unit.

The LX 570 also features an external smog ventilation sensor, which automatically switches the system to re-circulate when exterior nitrous oxide, hydrocarbon or carbon dioxide gas levels become too high.

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LX 570 MAKES STORAGE A BREEZE


The LX 570 has one of the most flexible storage systems of any Lexus to date.

In addition to cup holders for all passengers, ample space is provided for stowage of other items in door trims, seatbacks, glove box and centre console or cool box on upper grades.

Push open-style cup holders have been adopted in the front of the LX 570, while double flaps allow for cups and bottles of various sizes.

In the rear, cup holders are found in the centre row armrest for second row passengers, and in the right and left quarter trim for third row passengers.

Door trims are also able to accommodate 500ml bottles.

Lexus has redesigned seat pockets and front door trim to provide stowage of A4-sized maps and booklets.

New to the LX 570 is additional storage space in the rear tailgate to stow tools and road hazard triangles.

The LX 570 also features a redesigned glove box. A push-button opener, first introduced on the RX Line, has been adopted for the LX, allowing for one-touch opening.

A removable horizontal partition has also been added for improved useability.

Prestige grade LX 570 vehicles feature a large centre console that is equipped with a 12-volt power source, audio jack and accessories holder for phones. A removable middle tray provides additional storage space.

Sports Luxury grade vehicles gain further specification with a cool box in the centre console.

Rear storage space has also been increased over the superseded LX 470.

When third-row seats are in the upright position, LX 570 offers a storage depth of 400mm - 50mm more than its predecessor.

With second and third-row seats folded, LX 570 offers 1700mm of stowage, more than enough for a standard 26-inch mountain bike.

The rear compartment can also accommodate four golf bags with ease when third-row seats are folded down.

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LX 570 FEATURES FLEXIBLE SEATING FOR UP TO EIGHT


The all-new LX 570 features a flexible seating system that accommodates up to eight adults in comfort.

Featuring the highest-quality leather and stitching techniques perfected on the flagship LS Line, the LX 570's seating has been designed to the international standard AM50.

The standard ensures that the LX 570's three-row seating system is able to comfortably accommodate eight six-foot-tall (182cm) occupants.

Lexus engineers achieved this by increasing interior length by 175mm, while only increasing the external dimensions by 100mm over the superseded LX 470.

Driver and front passenger seats receive climate control with 10-way adjustment for driver and eight-way for passenger.

Lexus engineers also redesigned the remaining seating to offer a greater range of adjustment and functionality.

The first-in-class heated power-sliding second-row seat offers 105mm of forward and aft movement, affording third-row passengers greater leg room, or larger cargo space.

The 40/20/40 second-row seat also features a newly designed tumble mechanism - allowing for simple and weightless stowage of the seat while third-row passengers enter and exit the vehicle.

The LX 570's power third-row seats offer a power fold and stow function that automatically locks the seats into position.

The seats, operated by controls mounted at the rear of the vehicle, can be set up at the touch of a button, while stowage can also be completed in as little as eight seconds.

Headrests for the third-row side seats are retractable type, while a fixed headrest for the centre third-row seat can be stowed in the back of the left seat.

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LX 570 FEATURES MARK LEVINSON REFERENCE SURROUND SYSTEM


Lexus LX Line vehicles feature the finest in-car audio system available today: the state-of-the-art Mark Levinson Reference Surround audio system.

The 19-speaker Mark Levinson Reference Surround system is available only on Lexus LX and LS Line vehicles.

Over 3000 hours of preliminary laboratory testing and refinement and 1000 hours of tuning have optimised the Mark Levinson Reference Surround system for the specific acoustic characteristics of the LX Line, and the LX's unique cabin.

The combination of the Mark Levinson Reference Surround system and Electro Multi-Vision (EMV) display screen introduces Lexus LX owners to a complete, discreet 5.1-channel playback home theatre entertainment experience optimised for the playback of music, music videos and DVD films.

For the first time, LX vehicles will feature an in-dash six-stack CD player capable of DVD, MP3, WMA and CD-R/RW playback.

Sports Luxury models take the audio visual experience one step further with the inclusion of a rear seat entertainment (RSE) unit.

The RSE unit is positioned in the centre of the vehicle and mounted to the roof, allowing all rear occupants an unobstructed view of the screen.

The rear of the centre console also houses audio visual and headphone jacks, giving rear occupants the ability to connect devices such as game consoles, portable music players or video devices directly into the system.

A remote control is housed in the centre arm rest for ease of access and stowage.

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LX 570 FEATURES SMART ENTRY SYSTEM


The all-new Lexus LX 570 is the first Lexus four-wheel drive to feature Lexus' Smart Keyless Entry System.

Additionally, the Sports Luxury grade features an ultra-thin electronic key card and is programmed to unlock the driver's door and light the side steps and surrounds of the vehicle on approach.

Measuring just 3.35mm wide, the Smart Card is four per cent smaller than a standard credit card.

It has an area of 83 x 53mm, but includes a conveniently concealed, conventional metal key that provides access to the car in the rare event of a system failure.

When the Smart Card comes within 0.7 to 1.0 metres of the locked door, the key communicates with a transmitter built into the door handle and matches ID codes.

A touch of the handle unlocks the door, and a push of the touch button relocks the car.

The Smart Card can be programmed to store the preferred settings of each driver, such as electrically adjustable seat and steering wheel positioning.

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LX 570 FEATURES POWER TAILGATE


The Lexus LX 570 features a heavy duty tailgate, designed to be easy to use and withstand 45,000 opening and closing cycles.

The tailgate features an easy close and open split tailgate system, which makes loading the rear of the vehicle a breeze.

Combining the ease of a power upper tailgate with a damping mechanism for the lower portion of the door, the LX 570's rear door can be opened with minimal effort.

The upper door of the LX 570 can be opened with the touch of a button (from the key fob or dash-mounted button) allowing for easy loading of cargo.

For larger items, the lower portion of the tailgate can be opened manually and features an all-new damper mechanism and auto latch feature.

The damper mechanism, which took two years to develop, allows the lower portion of the tailgate to be opened with one hand and stops the tailgate from slamming against the rear bumper.

It also reduces the effort needed to close the lower portion.

An automatic powered door latch ensures the lower tailgate is fully closed.

The LX 570's rear door and tailgate can also be opened manually.

When the back door handle is operated manually, the system will switch to manual mode automatically - reducing the risk of damage to electric motors.

The tailgate also features jam sensors that automatically detect obstructions and completely opens the door.

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LX 570 SETS NEW STANDARD IN VEHICLE VISIBILITY


The all-new Lexus LX 570 Sports Luxury will set a new benchmark for vehicle safety, with the introduction of Australia's first Wide View Blind-spot monitoring system on a production vehicle.

The LX 570 Sports Luxury features cameras located within the grille and under the passenger side mirror.

In combination, the cameras offer the most comprehensive view of a vehicle's exterior, giving drivers the ability to check hard-to-view areas by simply pressing a button on the dashboard.

Images from the front and passenger side cameras are displayed simultaneously on one screen to assist drivers in confirming that there are no objects around the vehicle*.

The LX 570 Sports Luxury's front camera offers 180 degrees of vision, while the passenger side camera provides a complete side view of the vehicle from tail light to headlight.

The monitor can also switch between views, displaying the passenger side of the vehicle or wide front view only.

The wide view monitor operates at speeds up to 12km/h and automatically engages at speeds below 10km/h.

The LX 570 also features a reversing camera as standard on both grades.

Lexus Australia chief executive John Roca said the LX 570 Sports Luxury offered the most comprehensive external monitoring system of any vehicle in Australia.

"This system raises the benchmark for vehicle safety systems and continues Lexus' long-standing goal of developing technology that challenges industry standards," Mr Roca said.

"In 2003 the Lexus RX 330 was the first vehicle in Australia to offer a reversing camera as standard - a feature Lexus regarded as a given, not an option.

"The LX 570 Sports Luxury takes this a step further, offering the most comprehensive external monitoring device of any vehicle in Australia," Mr Roca said.

*Camera is designed as a driver assist device only and should not be used as a substitute for skilled driving practices.

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LX 570 PROVIDES TOP-LEVEL ACTIVE SAFETY


New Lexus LX 570 has an all-encompassing active safety package as standard equipment.

LX 570's active safety credentials begin with its new mechanical underpinnings, including torque-sensing full-time all-wheel drive, a wider track, new coil-spring double-wishbone front suspension and a new, larger brake package.

In addition, LX 570 has a new brake control system, with Multi-terrain ABS, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA) as standard equipment.

LX 570's suspension has the added sophistication of Lexus Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS), to improve vehicle posture and sure-footedness.

The rack and pinion power-assisted steering has the added features of Variable Gear-Ratio Steering (VGRS).

LX 570's electronic active safety features also include Active Traction Control (A-TRC) and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC).

The VSC system has the added feature of a VSC cut-off switch, which can deactivate the A-TRC, or both the VSC and A-TRC, to help the vehicle negotiate mud, fresh snow or other slippery terrain.

The vehicle must be stationary before the VSC cut-off can be activated.

A-TRC provides high levels of grip in off-road driving, without the need to engage the centre differential lock.

LX 570 also has newly developed Lexus Crawl Control to control vehicle speed in extreme 4WD conditions.

LX 570 has the additional active safety features of High Intensity Discharge (HID) high-beam headlamps and projector-type low-beam headlamps with the Lexus AFS (Adaptive Front-lamp System) for improved night vision in corners.

It also has rain-sensing windscreen wipers, front and rear foglamps, Back Monitor (rear camera) with rear guide assist (line display), parking sonar and audio controls on the steering wheel.

LX 570 Sports Luxury has the added active features of Safety Monitors with Wide View (including front and side cameras) and Active (radar) Cruise Control.

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LX 570 HAS LARGER BRAKE PACKAGE


The Lexus LX 570 has a new, larger brake package for increased active safety.

The increase in wheel diameter from 17 to 18 inches gave Lexus chassis engineers the freedom to adopt a large brake package.

Lexus LX now has 340mm ventilated front rotors with four-piston calipers and 345mm diameter rotors at the rear.

The new brake hardware is matched to advanced brake system control technology that provides Multi-terrain ABS (with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Lexus Brake Assist).

The LX 570 brake control system also contributes to the operation of Active Traction Control, Vehicle Stability Control, Hill-start Assist Control and Crawl Control.

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LX 570 HAS COMPREHENSIVE PASSIVE SAFETY PACKAGE


Lexus LX 570 has a comprehensive passive safety package, including ten SRS airbags and active front-seat head restraints.

The LX 570 SRS airbag system includes Roll-Sensing Curtain Shield Airbags (RSCA).

LX 570's ten SRS airbags are dual-stage driver and front passenger SRS airbags, front-seat side airbags, driver and front passenger's SRS knee airbags, second-row seat SRS side airbags and full-length side curtain shield airbags that cover all three rows of seats.

The SRS airbag sensor system features a range of sensors, including the centre airbag sensor assembly with two roll-rate sensors, front impact sensors, side sensors, rear quarter sensors, rear floor sensor, front seat position sensors and front-seat seatbelt tension sensors.

LX 570's Whiplash Injury Lessening (WIL) active front-seat head restraint system has an absorber at the base of the seat backrest, linked by cable to an upper unit which in turn activates the head restraint.

In a rear-end collision, the occupant's hips act on the absorber pad.

The energy is transferred via the cable to the upper unit. The upper unit moves the whole head restraint closer to the occupant's head, to reduce injury to the neck.

LX 570 has an all-new body and frame, both designed to optimise passive safety.

Lexus has paid particular attention to the crashworthiness of the LX 570 frame and the interaction between the frame and upper body in absorbing collision impact.

The frame and upper body (including a newly developed underfloor reinforcement in the upper body) are designed to act as one unit to better absorb impact in a frontal collision, by bending the frame and axial compression of the underbody reinforcement.

The frame has been designed to minimise buckling and reduce the amount of offset between the impact load application point and the frame buckling point. The frame's side rails have preset bending points between the number two and number three cross-members.

Inside, LX 570 has head impact-absorbing structures for the inner materials of the pillar garnishes and roof headlining.

Each pillar garnish has one-piece moulded ribs to act as energy-absorbing panels.

The roof headlining has energy-absorbing resin angle brackets.

Pedestrian safety

Lexus LX 570 has a package of pedestrian safety features designed to reduce the chance of injury to pedestrians in a collision.

This includes special attention to the design of the bonnet, front fenders and cowl panel.

The bonnet's central reinforcement structure has been designed with longitudinal ribs to maximise its ability to absorb impacts.

The front end of the bonnet has an energy-absorbing bead to ensure better absorption of impact with shorter pedestrians.

Energy-absorbing brackets have been installed between the apron and front fenders.

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LX 570 HAS FOUR-WHEEL ACTIVE HEIGHT CONTROL


The new LX 570 has state-of-the-art Lexus Drive Assist suspension control technology, with twice as many control features as the height and suspension control systems in superseded LX 470.

The new suspension control technologies offer improved driving performance, safety, comfort and convenience in all driving conditions.

The suspension control technologies are four-wheel Active Height Control (AHC) and Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS).

The new AHC and AVS systems in LX 570 share a dedicated suspension control electronic control unit (ECU).

In addition to vehicle height control and damping force control, LX 570 has spring-rate control for the front suspension and four-wheel related control.

Four-wheel related control automatically tailors the damping rate at each corner of the vehicle, according to on and off-road driving conditions.

In on-road driving it helps maintain a flat ride posture during cornering. In off-road driving it adjusts damping instantly, for example, if one front wheel strikes a large bump.

The suspension control features in AHC and AVS also operate when LX 570 Sports Luxury's Pre-Crash Safety (PCS) system is in operation, to reduce vehicle pitching under emergency braking.

Both AHC and AVS can be adjusted via switches on the centre console.

The control choices are High, Normal or Low for vehicle height and Sport, Normal or Comfort for the suspension damping.

In addition, the AHC has an Easy Access Control, which lowers the vehicle when it is stationary, the gear shift lever is in "P" and the engine is switched off.

The AHC and AVS systems in LX 570 use a combination of a hydraulic pump, hydraulic actuators, hydraulic valves and gas chambers to vary hydraulic pressure to each of the specially developed damper units.

This allows the systems to raise and lower vehicle ride height, vary the front spring rates and individually vary the damping rates to all four wheels.

System hardware includes an electric motor-driven height-control pump, suspension control pump accumulator, height control valve, centre suspension control cylinder, front suspension control valve assembly and accumulator assembly, relief gas chamber for the front suspension, rear suspension control accumulator assembly, and specially designed dampers.

LX 570's dampers have a high-pressure main seal and high-pressure oil seal for friction reduction and improved sealing performance.

There are four key benefits in the combination of LX 570's new AHC and AVS systems.

  1. The vehicle height control provides easy access to the vehicle for entry and exit and increased ground clearance for off-road driving.
  2. The spring-rate control on LX 570's front suspension improves on-road driving performance.
  3. The four-wheel related control improves both on and off-road driving.
  4. The damping force control in the AVS system uses non-linear H-infinity control logic.


Vehicle Height Control
VHC regulates the amount of hydraulic fluid sent through the height control valve into each of the four dampers according to the position of the height control switch and driving conditions.

Damping Force Control
DFC provides the optimum damping force by hydraulically controlling the damping force control actuators at each corner of the vehicle, according to the AVS control switch position and driving conditions.

Spring Rate Control (for the front suspension)
This is a new feature in LX 570 which controls the front spring rates by switching the fluid passage to the gas chambers, on both the right and left front dampers.

Four-wheel Related Control
Hydraulic tubes run from the central suspension control cylinder to the four dampers. The centre suspension control cylinder can individually adjust the amount of hydraulic pressure to each damper, thereby altering the damping rate for each corner of the vehicle, according to driving conditions.

There are six height positions for the AHC, according to the height control switch position and driving conditions.
  1. Extra HI: plus 70mm front and plus 80mm rear
  2. HI: plus 50mm front and 60mm rear
  3. L4 Range HI: plus 25mm front and rear
  4. Normal: 0mm front and rear
  5. High Speed LO: minus 20mm front and minus 15mm rear
  6. LO: minus 60mm front and minus 40mm rear


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LX 570 HAS ADAPTIVE VARIABLE SUSPENSION


New Lexus LX 570 has Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) for optimum active safety, ride comfort and a more natural driving feel.

Lexus AVS provides semi-active roll control of LX 570's monotube dampers for optimum ride comfort while maintaining high levels of vibration-damping performance, and a flat ride posture.

The AVS system allows the driver to select one of three suspension settings (Sport, Normal and Comfort) for optimum ride comfort and handling depending on the surface and driving conditions.

The Normal mode ensures driveability and stability, while emphasising ride comfort by controlling the damping force according to driving manoeuvres and road surface conditions.

The Sport mode increases damping force (both compression and rebound) at high piston damper velocities to further enhance driveability and stability.

The system provides a wide range of benefits in addition to driver selection.

It has advanced non-linear H-infinity control logic, to smoothly change the damping force to a target value according to changes in road surface or driving conditions.

The key advantage of non-linear control over the previous Skyhook strategy is that it dovetails with the non-linear characteristic of the damper units.

It provides a wider range of appropriate damper responses to the road conditions.

The difference is most noticeable in situations where a vehicle with passive suspension may experience wheel-hop.

With non-linear control, the AVS-equipped vehicle gives a smoother ride on rough road surfaces.

The system is designed to control the unnatural feeling created by the vehicle body running level on a bumpy surface.

The LX 570 AVS system also has:

  • Thumping Sensitive Control: to ensure damper force does not increase while driving on rough roads.
  • Large-amplitude Control: to decrease spring vibration when the suspension control ECU detects any large fluctuation in wheel stroke at low speeds.
  • Roll-posture Control: to ensure stability and controllability during cornering, increasing the damping force and therefore reducing rolling movement.
  • Anti-dive and Anti-squat Control: to maintain vehicle posture under braking and acceleration.
  • High-speed Control: to vary damper force according to vehicle speed, to increase comfort at low speeds and maintain vehicle posture at high speeds.
  • Absorber Control: to provide the three driver-selectable damper modes.
  • L4 Range Control: to maximise comfort in off-road driving.
The AVS normally controls damper force in 16 steps. However, when L4 Range is selected, the AVS system manages damping force in eight intermediate steps if the vehicle is travelling at more than 55km/h, and in three steps when the speed drops below 55km/h.

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LX 570 ADJUSTS TO AVAILABLE GRIP LEVELS


Lexus LX 570 has a new ABS system that adjusts to available traction conditions.

Lexus Multi-terrain ABS can detect the type of road conditions based on the grip level - including sandy, muddy, gravel and dirt roads.

It uses this information to determine the best slip ratio for optimum deceleration.

Multi-terrain ABS was designed to improve braking feel and optimise control and stopping distances during on and off-road driving.

The system uses information from engine computer sensors, wheel-speed sensors and the Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) system's G-sensor to differentiate road surfaces.

It then selects the appropriate slip ratio control logic, according to the road surface.

A percentage of braking slip helps provide the optimum deceleration - in a similar way that a small percentage of wheel slip provides optimum acceleration on low-grip surfaces.

The new system has separate wheel-slip ratio curves for dry/wet tarmac, sand/gravel and dirt.

In addition, LX 570's Multi-terrain ABS provides an Electronic Brakeforce Distribution function to optimise brake-force distribution regardless of vehicle load condition.

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LX 570 SPORTS LUXURY HAS MILLIMETRE-WAVE RADAR


The new Lexus LX 570 Sports Luxury has Active Cruise Control (ACC) to help the driver maintain appropriate vehicle-to-vehicle distance in motorway driving.

The system is based on millimetre-wavelength radar.

The radar sensor is also used in LX 570 Sports Luxury's Pre-Crash Safety system - to detect obstacles in the vehicle's path.

It uses the Doppler Effect - the change in frequency of the reflected wave - to determine the relative velocity of any obstacle.

The ACC system has two modes - a conventional cruise control mode, known as constant speed control, and vehicle-to-vehicle distance control.

The engine electronic control unit (ECU) controls the constant speed mode.

The vehicle-to-vehicle mode uses a radar sensor, yaw rate sensor, steering sensor and various other units to recognise the distance to the vehicle in front and in the same driving lane.

The system includes a new deceleration feedback control, which gently activates the brakes to provide smooth deceleration when required to maintain vehicle spacing.

There are four sub-modes in vehicle-to-vehicle control.

  1. Driver-set constant speed (conventional cruise control): when the radar detects no vehicle ahead. The driver can set a desired inter-vehicle spacing in anticipation of his or her need, using the distance control.
  2. Deceleration control: when the ACC detects a slower vehicle ahead in the same lane and slows the vehicle by closing the electronic throttle, and if necessary also signalling the Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) controller to apply the brakes. If the system cannot sufficiently reduce the vehicle's speed, it alerts the driver by sounding an alarm.
  3. Follow-Up control: when the LX maintains a specific distance to the vehicle in front. The inter-vehicle distance can be changed using the distance control switch.
  4. Acceleration control: when the vehicle in front moves into another lane and the LX can return to its pre-set target speed.


LX's active cruise control operates in vehicle-to-vehicle mode when the cruise control switch is first activated.

The initial distance setting is the "long" setting.

The driver can toggle on the steering wheel to the middle setting or short setting.

In vehicle-to-vehicle mode, the system recognises and determines the lane in which the vehicle is travelling and the lane in which the vehicle ahead is travelling. The system will maintain a set distance from the vehicle ahead, using information from the radar sensor and processing by the distance control ECU.

If the system detects the need for any system-induced brake application to maintain the vehicle-to-vehicle distance, it will notify the driver via the instrument panel's multifunction display and it will illuminate LX's stop lamps.

Warning messages are programmed into the instrument panel multifunction display to warn the driver if the radar sensor is inoperative, or when any conditions that cancel radar cruise control are present.

In addition, the multifunction display has graphics to display the mode in use (constant speed or vehicle distance) and the speed setting or distance setting.

The measuring system for vehicle-to-vehicle distance is a millimetre-wavelength radar mounted behind the radiator grille.

The system's ECU calculates distance on the duration and input angle of any returning beams.

The ECU is designed so it does not react to non-moving objects, such as a vehicle parked at the side of the road.

Lexus Active Cruise Control is not an accident avoidance system.

There are some weather and other conditions where the ACC will not accurately determine the distance to the vehicle ahead.

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TOP-OF-THE-LINE LX 570 ANTICIPATES DANGER


Lexus' new LX 570 Sports Luxury uses millimetre-wave radar technology to recognise potentially dangerous situations, therefore reducing the potential for collision damage and injury.

The Lexus Pre-Collision System (PCS) is a fusion of leading-edge active and passive safety technology.

Engineers at the Lexus Development Centre in Aichi, Japan, developed the system.

It adjusts the vehicle's active safety systems to increase the chances of avoiding an accident and, if it determines a collision is unavoidable, prepares the vehicle's passive safety systems.

PCS is now standard equipment on three of four models in the Lexus GS Line and both LS models, as well as new LX 570 Sports Luxury.

PCS is part of the comprehensive active and passive safety package offered in the new Sports Luxury LX 570 model.

It uses LX 570 Sports Luxury's millimetre-wave radar sensor - a system which also provides radar cruise control - to detect obstacles in front of the vehicle.

PCS also reacts to any situation where the vehicle is in emergency braking mode or in a front or rear-end skid.

It uses information from the Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) system sensors (that monitor vehicle speed, steering angle and yaw rate) and the electronic braking control system to determine if an emergency situation is developing.

The three conditions for PCS activation are:

  • when the inter-vehicle distance control ECU determines that a collision cannot be avoided; and/or
  • when the VSC and electronic braking control ECUs determine that emergency braking has been applied; or
  • when the vehicle is in an understeer or oversteer situation.


In such a situation, the PCS pre-emptively prepares the vehicle.

It adjusts the Lexus Brake Assist system for maximum braking force so that any brake application will deliver the maximum possible reduction in speed.

It also adjusts the Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) and Active Height Control (AHC), stiffening the dampers and lowering the vehicle ride height.

These adjustments help control nose dive when PCS braking is engaged and increase the responsiveness of the vehicle to steering inputs for evasive action.

If the system subsequently determines that a collision is unavoidable, the PCS then pre-tensions the front seatbelts through the motorised uptake of slack - to maximise their initial restraint performance.

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LX 570 HAS ADVANCED CRAWL CONTROL SYSTEM


Lexus LX570 has an advanced system to control vehicle speed in the toughest off-road conditions.

Lexus Crawl Control automatically maintains a low uniform vehicle speed uphill and downhill - by controlling both engine output and brake hydraulic pressure, allowing the driver to concentrate fully on steering the vehicle.

It provides feet-off speed control to take the vehicle over rugged rocky terrain, moguls, rubble, snow, mud, gravel and sand.

The system has two modes, providing brake control at speeds below 25km/h, and both engine and brake control at speeds below 10km/h.

The system uses the vehicle's existing hardware, including electronic throttle, wheel-speed sensors, G-sensor and ABS actuator.

A speed-selector dial on the centre console provides the choice of three speeds.

It increases vehicle stability in extreme 4WD conditions by minimising wheel spin and tyre lock-up.

The system has the added benefit of reducing potential damage to the vehicle, by smoothly controlling vehicle speed over rugged terrain.

It reduces load on the drivetrain by smoothly controlling engine output and brake application.

The system can only be engaged under these conditions: transfer gear position switch in L4; shift lever in any position except P or N; vehicle stopped; brake pedal depressed; parking brake off; doors closed; second-gear start system switched off; Crawl Control switch on.

A CRAWL indicator in the instrument panel/multi-information display lets the driver know the system has been activated and the SLIP indicator will blink.

The system will deactivate if any one of the following conditions occurs: Crawl Control switch is turned OFF; transfer shifted to H4 (high range); gear lever shifted to P; speed exceeds 25km/h.

The Crawl Control system will operate to provide engine and brake control at speeds up to 10km/h - unless deactivated by any of the following conditions: speed exceedes 10km/h; the brake pedal is pressed hard; the parking brake is activated; any door is opened; the VSC system detects abnormal conditions; transmission oil temperature increases to warning level; or the second-gear start switch is pushed.

When the system is deactivated, a warning buzzer sounds and the CRAWL indicator will change from lit to blinking.

Once Crawl Control is completely finished, the indicator light will turn off.

The LX 570 multi-information display will message that Crawl Control has finished operation.

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LX 570 HAS SONAR PARK ASSIST


The new Lexus LX 570 has sonar parking assist, to detect obstacles around the vehicle.

LX 570 has this feature in addition to a rear camera.

The ultrasonic clearance parking system provides added safety and convenience when parking, by minimising potential blind spots at the rear and sides of the vehicle.

The front and rear bumper-mounted parking ultrasonic sensors alert the driver - through a series of beeps and car frame graphics in the multi-information display - when the vehicle is too close to an object*.

The parking sonar activates on preset clearance areas around the vehicle.

There are two ultrasonic sensors in the front bumper and four sensors in the rear bumper.

The sensors at the four corners of the vehicle have a detection range of 60cm.

The two sensors in the rear bumper have a detection range of 150cm.

The intelligent sensor system uses digital signals between the sensors and the system's Electronic Control Unit.

The driver can switch off the system if it is not required.

*Park Assist is designed as a driver assist device only and should not be used as a substitute for skilled driving and safe parking practices. The area into which the vehicle is to be reversed must be visually monitored by the driver while parking.

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LX 570 MAJOR TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS



Engine

Engine code

3UR-FE

Displacement (cm3 )

5663cc

Engine type

90-degree V8 water-cooled all-alloy multi-point petrol fuel injection, two overhead camshafts per bank and four valves per cylinder, computer-controlled variable inlet and exhaust camshaft timing, electronically controlled acoustic variable induction system, stainless-steel headers, dual warm-up type catalytic converters, dual knock control system and electronic engine management with multiplex engine diagnosis

Fuel type

Tuned for 98 PULP, will operate on 91 RON ULP

Valve mechanism

Four valves per cylinder, chain-driven camshafts, dual VVT-i

Bore x stroke (mm)

94.0 x 102

Compression ratio

10.2:1

Max. power

270kW @ 5600rpm

Max. torque

530Nm @ 3200rpm

Transmission

Type

AB60F six-speed automatic, electronically controlled with flex lock-up torque converter and Artificial Intelligence shift control

Gear ratios

 

First

3.333:1

Second

1.960:1

Third

1.353:1

Fourth

1.000:1

Fifth

0.728:1

Sixth

0.588:1

Reverse

3.061:1

Final drive ratio

3.909:1

Suspension

Type

Front

Independent, coil springs, double wishbones, hydro-pneumatic shock absorbers with four-wheel active height control, adaptive variable suspension and hollow ball-joint-mounted anti-roll bar

Rear

Live axle, coil springs, upper and lower trailing arms, Panhard rod and adaptive variable rate hydro-pneumatic shock absorbers with three selectable suspension heights and hollow anti-roll bar with ball joint mount

4WD specifications

Constant 4WD with mechanical centre differential and centre differential lock, dual range transfer box, torque-sensing centre differential, electric activation of centre differential and transfer hi/lo ratios

Brakes

Front

Four-piston calipers, 340 x 32mm ventilated discs

Rear

Single-piston floating calipers, 345 x 18mm ventilated discs

Additional features

Multi-terrain ABS

Electronic Brakeforce Distribution

Brake Assist

Active Traction Control

Vehicle Stability Control

Electronic Brake Control

Hill-start Assist Control

Crawl control

Steering

Type

Rack and pinion, power-assisted

Turns lock-to-lock

2.7 - 3.3

Minimum turning diameter - tyre (m)

11.8

Additional features

Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS)

Wheels and tyres

Standard

18 x 8JJ aluminium alloy wheels, 285/60R18

Body/exterior dimensions

Overall length (mm)

4990

Overall width (mm)

1970

Overall height (mm)

1920 (Sports Luxury) / 1865 (Prestige)

Wheelbase (mm)

2850

Track front (mm)

1640

Track rear (mm)

1635

Ground clearance (unladen) (mm)

225

Weights/loads

Kerb weight (kg)

2740

Gross vehicle weight (kg)

3300

Capacities

Fuel tank (L)

138

Seating

Eight

Performance

Max. speed (km/h)

220

0-100 km/h (sec)

7.8

Fuel consumption (L/100 km) Fuel consumption will vary depending on driving conditions/style, vehicle conditions and options/accessories. Source of fuel consumption data: ADR81/01 combined cycle.

Combined

14.8

CO2 emissions (g/km)

Combined

350

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