Lexus Goes Against the Grain, Removes Third Row of Seats from LX 570 SUV
In contrast to adding a third row to its RX Series of midsize premium SUVs, Lexus unveiled a trimmed-down two-row 2018 Lexus LX 570 large premium SUV at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. The new utility, which is still body on frame design and built on same platform as the Toyota Land Cruiser, expands cargo space by 15% and also reduces the suggested starting sticker by $5,000 to a base tag of $84,980 (minus destination fees).
Less may be more however, with enhanced premium content, according to Toyota’s premium brand officials, and the new configuration will still provide fully-capable off-road handling, a choice of one color exterior and interior treatments, advanced suspension control, and a 10-year free subscription to Enform Safety and Service Connect applications for service needs, reminders and emergencies. In addition the new Lexus LX 570 will still seat five and have a towing capacity of 7,000 lbs.
Lexus officials said the decision to eliminate the third row was due to owners response. Now, the large premium SUV will be targeted to smaller families, empty nesters and multiple-vehicle households, according to a statement. The new two-row model will include a standard roof rack with rails and the cargo capacity expands to 50.5 cu.ft. in comparison to the previous version’s 44.7 cu.ft. of storage room.
Inside, the LX 570 still features a leather-trimmed cabin, 4-zone automatic climate control, power tailgate, moonroof and 20-in. wheels. Standard advanced safety systems include park assist, blind spot monitor and rear cross traffic assist. A 12.3-in. navigation screen will pull up camera images from behind with help from the panoramic view monitor. The new two-row model still is powered by a work horse 5.7-liter V-8 engine that generates 383 horsepower and 403 lb.-ft. of torque when matched with an 8-speed automatic. Also standard on the LX 570 are selected driving modes for comfort as road surfaces change.