2015 Lexus LX 570

2015 Lexus LX 570

So here it is, the big one – for its final model introduction of the year, Lexus Malaysia has brought out the previously-teased cannon that is the LX 570. It’s the first time that the third-gen SUV – essentially the posh relative of the Toyota Land Cruiser – is being sold here through official channels.

The J200 isn’t exactly new, having been around since 2007, but the beast has seen a number of facelifts (three, to be exact) to keep it prim and in line with the times. The third facelift took place this year, and the refreshed LX made its debut back in August. The market debut of the vehicle here brings the count of the local Lexus SUV range to three, the RX and NX being the others in the lineup.

The LX – which is fully imported from Japan – measures in at 5,080 mm long, 1,980 mm wide (sans side mirrors) and 1,865 mm tall, with a 2,850 mm-long wheelbase. The eight-seater is as heavy as it it’s massive – the SUV begins to tip the scales at 2,510 kg.

The latest redesign has seen all the exterior bodywork, with the exception of the door panels, being renewed. As previously mentioned, there’s a one-piece spindle grille that is accented by a satin chrome trim to provide the SUV with a more aggressive face. The LX also gets new LED head- and tailights, as well as revised bumpers all around.

2015 Lexus LX 570

2015 Lexus LX 570

While a 20-inch split 10-spoke wheel is the normal base unit for most markets, Lexus Malaysia has chosen to go with a 21-inch 10-spoke unit that is part of the Enhancement Pack as standard fitment on the local car – the machined-finished wheels are wrapped with 275/50 dual-purpose rubbers. Elsewhere, six exterior colours are available for the LX 570, and buyers will be able to pick from two interior colour themes, which are coordinated with the exterior colour chosen.

As you’d expect, plenty of kit in the interior, which features genuine wood and metal-like accents to give the cabin luxury and plushness. The facelift brings about a new three-spoke, wood-rimmed steering wheel – with partial leather wrapping – and a new leather-wrapped shifter, which sits on a new straight-type selector. Also on, a 12-way powered driver’s seat and a 10-way powered front passenger seat.

Novelties include a heating function for the steering wheel, which allows the temperature of the wheel to be adjusted according to preference. The analogue clock, meanwhile, uses signals from GPS satellites to maintain perfect time keeping. There’s also a wireless smartphone charging pad in the front console, which is compatible with a Qi-supported device or a device with Qi-supported accessories, eliminating the need for a connecting cable.

The LX 570 is equipped with a Mark Levinson Premium Surround System as standard – the 19-speaker system is equipped with 16-channel DSP amplifiers. Second row passengers get a Rear Seat Entertainment system, which features dual 11.6-inch screens and USB ports.

Additionally, a control panel on the rear arm rest allows control of the ventilated seats and fully-automatic air conditioning system, which comes with four-zone independent temperature control. Boot space is 259 litres with the rear-most row deployed.

The update also brings along a triple-linkage multimedia system that integrates the information on the 12.3-inch centre display (with a Remote-Touch Interface in tow), head-up display and 4.2-inch TFT colour display sitting between the speedometer and tachometer. The 12.3-inch Electro-Multi Vision (EMV) display has a treated screen to diffuse reflections and suppress glare.

Moving on to the mechanicals, the suspension system is long-travel independent double-wishbone at the front and five-link at the rear, both with coil springs. There’s adaptive variable suspension (AVS), and auto height control as well.

Output wise, the Malaysian-spec LX 570’s 3UR-FE 5.7 litre V8 offers 362 hp at 5,600 rpm and 530 Nm of twist at 3,200 rpm, identical to the Australian-spec model that was also revealed earlier today. Interestingly, the figures are somewhat lower than the North American LX variant, which has 383 hp and 546 Nm.

The mill is mated to an AE80F eight-speed automatic transmission, which has been adopted on the facelift to replace the AB60F six-speed unit found previously. The new unit gives the LX 570 a shorter first gear, longer top gear and closer spread of intermediate ratios (first, 4.795; second, 2.811; third, 1.844; fourth, 1.429; fifth, 1.213; sixth, 1.000; seventh, 0.817; eighth, 0.672; and reverse, 3.785) than the six-speeder.

The full-time all-wheel-drive driveline includes two-speed transfer and variable fore-aft torque split via a Torsen mechanical limited-slip centre differential. Performance numbers include a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 7.7 seconds and a 210 km/h top speed.

Fuel consumption meanwhile is rated at 20.2 litres/100 km urban, 10.9 litres/100 km extra urban and 14.4 litres/100 km combined, Braked towing capacity is 3,500 kg, though it’s unlikely that most owners will be hauling things in such fashion.

New to the drivetrain is an Integrated Drive Mode, which manages the powertrain, chassis elements and air conditioning for optimum performance in different conditions. Six modes are available, selectable via a rotary control and operable while the vehicle is moving – these are tagged as Normal, Eco, Comfort, Sport S, Sport S+ and Customise.

2015 Lexus LX 570

2015 Lexus LX 570

Driver assistance features include crawl control, which provides improved throttle modulation when manoeuvring over rough, uneven or difficult surfaces at low speeds as well as hill assist control, while Active height control is available for off-road use and makes use of the AVS to allow the vehicle to cross very rough terrain.

As for safety kit, a raft of systems is available under the Lexus Safety System umbrella – aside from the usual bag (VSC, traction control, Isofix), the LX 570 comes equipped with ten airbags, all-speed active cruise control, blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert (plus reverse camera), lane departure warning and a tyre pressure monitoring system.

There’s also a Multi-Terrain Monitor, which displays the images of areas around the vehicle when traveling at low speeds (up to 20 km/h) and as a perimeter safety confirmation – it also offers an underfloor view, helpful when navigating off-road.

Finally, we get to the matter of pricing – the Lexus LX 570 goes for RM923,960 on-the-road without insurance. The brand’s flagship SUV comes with a three-year or 100,000 km warranty (whichever comes first), and there’s no hassle when it comes to service – Lexus Malaysia is offering a five-year or 100,000 km Free Schedule Maintenance Service package with every purchase of an LX 570.