Larte Design x Lexus LX 570
The face-lifted Lexus LX570 has been given a more aggressive stance thanks to a new body kit by Larte Design. The finalized design is still a work in progress according to the company, but released images convey what the end result will most likely look like.
Automakers often use the term “facelift” to describe mid-cycle tweaks in headlamp designs and minor changes in hood architecture. The LX570 has gotten an actual facelift; though, with a massive new hourglass-shaped spindle grille. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder but there’s no disputing the fact that Lexus is making a bold visual statement here.
In the front, the SUV has been given a new front bumper, a splitter and a diffuser. To further elaborate the L-shaped LED daytime running lights, little spoilers and air vents are in place.
The spindle grille is separated by horizontal protrusions and continuing bars. Round the back, there’s a new bumper that features an integrated diffuser and a brake light that’s fitted in the center piece.
Based on the LX570 V8 model, Larte Design’s Lexus LX will get more styling goodies by the time it’s ready for launch. The car does not require much tinkering in terms of performance and interior, seeing that it comes as standard with a smooth 400 horsepower engine and one of the most luxurious and best-built cabin in this class. There is also no shortage of luxury amenities and technology features.
Inside the cabin, the LX570 has the usual line-up of luxury amenities. Standard features on the LX570 include a wood-trimmed steering wheel, navigation, illuminated running boards and a tow hitch. The luxury package comes with heated second-row seats and a rear-seat DVD system. All seats are trimmed in plush, semi-aniline leather and the front seats are both heated and ventilated.
The dash is dominated by a new 12.3-inch touch screen that houses the navigation and telematics functions. Satellite radio is piped through a sweet-sounding Mark Levinson audio system with 19 speakers spread throughout the vehicle.
Power-wise, the LX 570 is powered by a 5.7 litre V8 engine with 362 hp and 530 Nm of torque. It’s mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that sends power to all four wheels. The LX 570, despite its size, goes from 0-100 km/h in just 7.7 seconds and onwards to a top speed of 210 km/h. Towing capacity is about 7,000 pounds.
The LX570 is popular in no small part because it delivers solid value. Experts who study model longevity say Lexus’ LX line is virtually indestructible. Its durable, 5.7-liter V-8 engine, properly maintained, should last for 300,000 miles or more. Many LX570 buyers calculate their “return on investment” based on a vehicle lifespan of ten years or more.