2013 Lexus LX 570

2013 Lexus LX 570

Like its corporate cousin, the 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser, the Lexus LX 570 has undergone a minor facelift to inject some life into the big SUV for the 2013 model year.

The key changes are some minor styling revisions to the exterior though the interior, too, gets an upgrade.

The 2013 LX 570, which makes its debut this week at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, gets a new look at both the front and rear, with designers adding new lights featuring LED detailing, revised bumpers, and a new wheel pattern for the standard 20-inch wheels.

Turn signals have also been added to the side mirrors, and the body moldings on the flanks of the vehicle also sport a new look.

Step inside the eight-seat cabin and Lexus entices you with a dark chrome finish for the center console and front side air vents, along with real mahogany wood trim, and a new “cashmere” color for the leather trim.

One of the new items for 2013 is the Easy Access system that enables the steering wheel and driver’s seat to automatically retract when the ignition is turned off. This provides additional room for the driver to hop in or out. The front seats also feature improved cooling, and a 120-volt power outlet has been added to the middle row.

Luxury amenities coming as standard include four-zone independent climate control, front-seat power-seat cushion extenders, a rear back-up camera, navigation, a nine-speaker stereo and the new Application Suite smartphone connectivity feature. Note, for the audiophiles, there’s an optional 19-speaker Mark Levinson stereo system that’s certainly worth a look at.

No major changes were made to the drivetrain, which still consists of a naturally-aspirated 5.7-liter V-8 matched to six-speed automatic transmission with sequential shift mode. Peak output is 383 horsepower and 403 pound-feet of torque, with 90 percent of this torque coming online from just 2,200 revs.

Drive is sent to all four wheels via a lightweight transfer case using a Torsen limited-slip locking center differential to distribute power 40:60 front-to-rear. Towing capacity is 7,000 pounds.

Safety features include 10 standard airbags, active headrests, camera-based monitoring, and Lexus Enform with Safety Connect. This latter element includes a complimentary one-year trial subscription.

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