Lexus has applied its latest iteration of the L-Finesse design language to its SUV range-topping LX570 for 2012.

The most noteable changes take place on the LX’s nose where what is probably the largest iteration of the company’s new spindle grille is flanked by a pair of squared-off bi-xenon headlamps which come with adaptive high-beam assist and feature LED elements. The front apron has also been restyled, while the rear features a modest restyle of the LED brakelamps. The whole shooting match rolls on a set of new 20-inch alloy wheels in a split five-spoke design with a liquid graphite finish.

The cabin is as sumptuous and well-stocked as ever. Among the comfort and convenience features are keyless entry and go, electrically adjustable heated leather seats, a touchscreen DVD/CD/MP3 infotainment system with sat-nav and connected to a 19-speaker Mark Levinson audio system, rear parking and surround view cameras and dual 7-inch LCD screens for the rear DVD entertainment system.

Power is still provided by a 5,7-litre petrol V8 developing 270 kW and 530 n.m of torque. This unit is coupled with a six-speed automaytic transmission that sends drive to all corners via and AWD system overseen by a five-preset Multi-Terrain Select system. Lexus claims a 0-100 km/h time of 7,5 seconds, an average fuel consumption figure of 14,8 L/100 km and CO2 emissions of 350 g/km.

Among this model’s safety features are ABS with EBD and BA, stability control, hill-start assist and 10 airbags.

A warranty and maintenance plan, both spanning 4 years/100 00 km, are standard.

Lexus LX pricing (inclusive of VAT): R1 178 600