The 2012 Lexus LX 570 has a host of cosmetic and technical improvements that has resulted in a distinct new look, more luxury features and even better dynamic performance.

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Lexus South Africa has opted to also include some of the predecessor’s Aero Kit options in the new SE model. Prominent design features include outside mirrors with power-folding and reverse auto-tilt, and integrated puddle lights welcoming both driver and passengers to the LX when the key is detected. An electric tilt/slide moonroof with one-touch opening and closing, jam protection and a speed-sensing wind deflector, lets more light into the cabin. A new alloy wheel design characterises the 2012 Lexus LX – split 5-twin spoke, 20-inch wheels with a liquid graphite finish and 285/50 tyres and a full-size spare wheel with alloy wheel is provided.

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The centre console houses a full-colour multi-information touch-sensitive TFT display screen while 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 with 450 Watt maximum power, 15 channels and single-feed, in-dash DVD/CD.

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The display screen also houses the visual display of the Back Guide Monitor, which incorporates a rear camera system with guidelines to assist in safe reversing, as well as three additional cameras for safely negotiating parking in tight urban spots or to check obstacles during 4×4 use in the bush. These wide-view cameras are located under the front mirrors and inside the grille, providing a bird’s eye view of the vehicle from inside the cabin.

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Under the hood lurks a powerful, 32-valve 270 kW/530 Nm 5.7 litre V8 petrol engine with dual Variable Valve Timing – intelligent (VVT-i) and double overhead camshafts (DOHC). As engine speeds change, the timing of the inlet and exhaust valves are continually re-tuned to ensure the most low-speed torque and more power at higher engine speeds. Power is transferred to all four wheels by a 6-speed, sequential-shift electronically-controlled automatic gearbox (ECT) with paddle shift. Artificial intelligence shift control minimises unnecessary upshifts when climbing hills or on winding roads. For greater control on steep descents, the ‘box automatically downshifts to increase engine braking. The Top speed for the LX 570 is electronically limited to 210km/h. It will sell for R1 178 600.

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