December 20, 2007 – Torrance, CA – Lexus introduces the all-new, more powerful, more capable and more luxurious 2008 LX 570 premium luxury utility vehicle. With a host of technological advancements and a new high-strength chassis, the third-generation LX offers significantly increased performance and new safety features over the LX 470 model it replaces. The all-new roomier eight-passenger LX 570 casts about the same footprint as its award-winning predecessor.Lexus established the paradigm for full-size, full-capability luxury utility vehicles when it debuted the original LX in January 1996. Since that time, the LX has won a multitude of awards for quality and value. For the third generation LX, Lexus retained the basic formula of the previous model, amplifying and enhancing its core attributes. The new LX 570 offers perhaps the most compelling combination of luxury, safety, on-road smoothness and off-road performance of any vehicle in its segment.
The 2008 LX 570 emphasizes Lexus identity with new L-finesse styling, combining it with the muscular strength and sense of security sought in a four-wheel-drive luxury utility vehicle. Under its dramatic new styling, the LX 570 is built on a more capable chassis and features an advanced new suspension system. With 383 horsepower, its new 5.7-liter V8 is 42-percent more powerful than the 4.7-liter V8 engine it replaces, and it is expected to achieve ULEV II certification.
The larger-displacement engine is mated to a new six-speed sequential-shift automatic transmission designed and built to handle demanding tasks with Lexus smoothness and refinement. Not only do the powertrain advancements make the 2008 LX 570 more engaging to drive than its predecessor, but they also help increase towing capacity to 8,500 pounds, 2,000 more than the previous model.
New upgrades to the suspension and a full-time four-wheel-drive system enhance driving comfort and performance, both on- and off-highway. An electro-hydraulic system with four-wheel Active Height Control (AHC) and Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) reacts more quickly and allows for a greater range of adjustment than the system it replaces.
“The original Lexus LX set the trend for the full-size luxury SUV, and the newest version, the LX 570, truly sets a new standard in luxury and technology for its class,” said Mark Templin, Lexus Division group vice president and general manager. “The new LX 570 sets a high-water mark for a Lexus utility vehicle by providing the ideal combination of on- and off-highway capability while at the same time increasing the luxury quotient and roominess.”
New Technology Showcase
Over the years, Lexus has debuted a number of new technologies in the LX, and the 2008 LX 570 continues that tradition. The LX 570 will offer a first-in-its-class Pre-Collision System with Adaptive Radar Cruise Control. In addition, LX 570 it is the first Lexus to offer a new Wide-view Front & Side Monitor feature designed for use in urban settings such as parking garages.
With cameras located within the grille and under the passenger side-view mirror, the driver can check hard-to-view areas by simply pressing a button on the dashboard and viewing the camera images on the standard navigation system screen. The Wide-view Front & Side Monitor functions up to a vehicle speed of about 7.5 mph and displays the front and side views simultaneously in split-screen mode.
New Lexus Design Theme with Muscular SUV Presence
The 2008 LX 570 luxury utility vehicle adopts many characteristics of the brand’s L-finesse design theme. A wide stance and muscular cabin proportions are accented with subtle character lines and luxury touches such as chrome-plated door handles and moldings. The LX 570 conveys its Lexus identity most prominently from the front, where the wide grille, with its “arrowhead” corner treatment, character lines integrated into the bumper and large projector headlights convey a distinctly purposeful look.
Character lines in the hood help to convey the power of the new 5.7-liter V8 it covers. Wheel arches are pronounced, but not overly so, to add an element of ruggedness to the elegant profile. Standard running boards fit more closely to the body for a more integrated appearance. The standard ten-spoke, 20-inch alloy wheel design features a sporty yet elegant three-dimensional appearance. The LX 570 rides on 285/50R20 tires, while the previous LX 470 used 275/60R18 tires.
In the rear, wide combination lights emphasize the large size of the sculpted rear door. They employ high-intensity LEDs and a specially designed diffusion pattern to project “radiance” and to give drivers following behind ample visibility of the LX 570. Tasteful chrome accents set off the lights and the license plate surround.
Throughout the LX 570, ample function is integrated into the design. For example, the standard Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) helps to illuminate a turn or curve as the driver steers into it. In addition, the standard power rear door, Smart Access keyless entry system with push-button start, headlamp washers and a front windshield wiper de-icer provide the level of all-weather convenience expected in a Lexus.
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