2016 Lexus LX facelift gets a host of tech updates


Here it is guys, the new 2016 Lexus LX facelift. For 2016, the big SUV gets major aesthetic updates (only the door panels remain unchanged), together with a new transmission and a host of new safety features.

On the outside, the LX gets a one-piece spindle grille that is accented by a satin chrome trim to sport a more aggressive fascia. It also receives new LED head- and tailights, plus revised bumpers all around. Going round the side, this new one gets 20-inch split 10-spoke wheels as standard, with a 21-inch option available.

Powertrain-wise, the huge 5.7 litre V8 engine stays, with the same 383 hp and 546 Nm of torque available. The drivetrain, however, has been updated, the ageing six-speed gearbox has been swapped for a new eight-speed automatic transmission instead, similar to other updated Lexus models. The Torsen limited-slip differential is retained this time round.

Inside, a Panoramic view monitor and automatic temperature control, “Climate Concierge,” now comes as standard, alongside a 12.3-inch head unit with Lexus usual Remote-Touch Interface. In the back, passengers are kept busy with larger 11.5-inch screens, USB ports, as well as controls in the armrest that allow the second-row passengers to adjust the air-conditioning and audio systems.

Drivers who opt for comfort or the choice to go off-road are in for a joy, with the addition of the new Drive Mode Select, with four modes to choose from; Eco, Comfort, Sport and Sport +. Each selection will automatically tune the throttle and suspension, which works in tandem with the Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) and dampings to enhance ride comfort.

The updated Lexus Safety System+ suite has been plonked into the new SUV. This includes ten airbags, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert, and a tyre pressure monitoring system. Now standard across the LX range is the Intuitive Park Assist and SmartAccess System with card key. Pretty LuXurious don’t you think?

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Graham Chin

Having spent a number of years as a journalist for a local paper, a marketing executive for a popular German automotive brand and a copywriter, Graham, a true-blue Sarawakian, knew he had to take the leap back into the motoring scene - and so he did. To him, nothing’s better than cruising for hours along a scenic route, in a car that’s designed and built for that purpose.



  • Sam Hailat on Aug 14, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    Fat and ugly.

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  • MeToo on Aug 14, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    That grill… isnt it abit overdoing it?

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  • Jimmy on Aug 14, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    The Americans have never been renowned for their taste for arts and aesthetics.

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  • TheDean on Aug 14, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    The grill looks like a roaring Predator’s alien mouth…

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  • CarmenTung on Aug 14, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    It looks so f ugly..but if my sugar-daddy give me the car I still drive it meh..

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  • Ollie on Aug 17, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Lexus is designed by Japanese * to the guy that said American design. Its owned by Toyota.

    They’ve taken the Predator face and ran with it. Probably one of the world’s ugliest cars, inspired by Nissan Almera.

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