Under the Hood

The LX 570 is named after its 5.7-liter V-8 engine, which adds more than 100 horsepower to this model for a total of 383 hp. The torque rating exceeds 400 pounds-feet. The transmission is a new six-speed, which adds 2,000 pounds of towing capacity for a total of 8,500 pounds.

The suspension is a sophisticated combination of air springs and adaptive shock absorbers that automatically optimize for comfort, performance and body control. Lexus says the "cross-linked" system collects and crunches data from sensors at all four wheels to intuit how each corner should react. The air springs automatically lower the body a couple of inches to ease entry and exit.

Lexus emphasizes the LX's four-wheel drive and offroad ability, but our elaboration on that has been canceled due to lack of interest. More important is the multi-terrain antilock braking, which is claimed to detect loose surfaces and react accordingly. Loose snow, gravel and sand can actually extend stopping distances in cases where a locked wheel would allow the wheel to dig down and achieve more friction.

The most notable of the high-tech features is a blind-corner monitor that uses cameras to show sides of the vehicle that the rearview camera misses. The objective is to avoid grinding the wheels against curbs.

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