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Lexus LX 570 - The Luxury Utility Vehicle

July 19, 2010

TORRANCE, CA - The eight-passenger LX 570 continues to be a premium luxury utility vehicle for daily driving or conquering off-road challenges, according to the manufacturer. For the 2011 model-year, the LX 570 receives a standard brake override system, updated interior colors, and additions to the available Luxury Package. The Costa Azul Mica exterior is discontinued.

The LX 570 receives standard a brake override system as an additional measure of consumer confidence. The braking system enhancement will automatically reduce engine power when the brake pedal and the accelerator pedal are applied simultaneously under certain driving conditions. 

The LX 570's 5.7L V-8 delivers the punch and towing power demanded in this segment.  The powerplant produces 383 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and peak torque of 403 lb.-ft at 3,600 rpm.

The V8's advanced Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) system controls valve timing and overlap on both the intake and exhaust valves, which helps to optimize power, fuel efficiency and emissions.  The Acoustic Control Induction System (ACIS) switches the length of the intake tract in two stages, based on rpm and throttle angle, to improve torque across the engine speed range.  Tubular stainless steel headers flow into a full stainless steel exhaust system.

The LX 570's six-speed automatic transmission is designed to handle high torque while performing with Lexus quietness and smoothness.  The electronically-controlled transmission's control unit estimates road conditions and predicts the driver's intention to select the appropriate gear ratio for the vehicle's speed and the driving conditions.  A sequential shift mode allows the driver to select gears manually.

The LX 570's transfer case provides full-time four-wheel drive that is equally adept at handling the rigors of slippery winter weather or deep mud or snow.  A 2.62:1 low-range ratio is available for challenging driving surfaces.  The system uses a TORSEN® limited-slip locking center differential to distribute power 40:60 front-to-rear, directing more power to the wheels with the best grip should slippage occur.  Four-wheel Active Traction Control (A-TRAC) employs both brake and throttle intervention to help control wheel spin.  Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) helps maintain directional control during cornering and can be disengaged via the "TRAC off" switch.

The Crawl Control feature provides improved throttle modulation when maneuvering over rough, uneven or difficult surfaces.  When the transmission is shifted into low range, Crawl Control regulates engine speed and output, along with braking force, to propel the vehicle forward or in reverse at one of three low-speed settings.  Crawl Control also actuates a set of virtual locking differentials to help reduce tire slippage and optimize chassis behavior.

2010 LX 570

The LX 570's highly capable chassis is equipped with an advanced suspension system. Body-on-frame construction provides ruggedness and durability in extreme driving conditions, plus impressive ride isolation characteristics and a 7,000-pound towing capability.  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 used in the previous generation LX.

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