- The upscale Lexus LX570 adds the automaker's "spindle" grille for 2013, in addition to several other minor exterior revisions.
- Other changes include new interior features and revised trim.
- The SUV retains its powerful 383-horsepower 5.7-liter V8 and laundry list of standard features.
The all-new "spindle" grille from Lexus is being added to its largest SUV. This year's Detroit Auto Show played host to the debut of the carmaker's revised 2013 LX570, which includes a series of minor revisions including the addition of the new corporate face of Lexus.
According to Lexus, the new spindle grille - which first appeared on the recently released GS sedan - will soon make its way on to every model. On the LX570, it's complemented by several other exterior revisions, including LED daytime running lights, new bumpers and larger fog lamps. Other updates to the large SUV's exterior include new taillights, revised bumpers and a more integrated tow hitch cover.
Inside, the LX570 also receives several updates for the new model year. According to Lexus, a new "Easy Access" system is now standard, which retracts the SUV's driver's seat and steering wheel to simplify entry and exit. Other updates include improved cooling for front seats, a new 120-volt outlet for second-row passengers, an updated instrument panel and a new dark chrome finish for the SUV's gauge cluster and air vents.
Few other upgrades mark the new model year for the LX570, which is an upscale version of the brawny Toyota Land Cruiser. The sole powerplant is a 5.7-liter V8, which sends 383 horsepower and a muscular 403 pound-feet of torque through a standard 6-speed automatic transmission. Standard features include four-wheel drive, 20-inch alloy wheels, adjustable suspension, a navigation system and a rearview camera, while options include front- and side-view cameras and adaptive cruise control.
On sale since 1996, the LX was initially little more than a Land Cruiser with upscale badging, but it has since evolved to offer unique interior and exterior styling. With just over 3,000 units sold in 2011, the LX570 is among the most rare Lexus vehicles - a fact that can be partially attributed to its steep base price of nearly $80,000. Rivals include the Cadillac Escalade, Mercedes GL-Class, the recently redesigned Infiniti QX56 and Land Rover's rugged but stately Range Rover.
What it means to you: While recent updates solidify the LX570 as a strong contender among large luxury SUVs, the Lexus brand doesn't quite offer the cachet of rivals like Mercedes and Land Rover.