Black accents can’t hide the SUV’s outdated lines.
The Lexus LX, surprisingly, lives on for 2019. And at the Los Angeles Auto Show next month, it will get a special exterior treatment. Lexus today showed off its lightly reworked LX Inspiration Series – but don’t expect to be all that inspired.
The Inspiration Series package adds just a handful of lukewarm design elements to the exterior of the LX. The Black Onyx paint job and 21-inch black wheels with matching center caps attempt to toughen up the tired design. Black trim pieces also make their way to the headlights, taillights, and window surrounds, with a new dark chrome surround on the grill.
The cabin forgoes an all-black-everything look and makes do with a bright Moonlight White semi-aniline leather trim instead. Apart from that the headliner, center console, carpets, cargo mats, and even key gloves are finished in black to match the rest of the body.
All LX Inspiration models come standard with a rear-seat entertainment System, a 19-speaker, Mark Levinson audio system, color head-up display, and heated and ventilated front and second-row seats. There’s even a “Climate Concierge” feature that heats and cools all four areas of the vehicle individually. Neat.
The only thing that doesn’t get in the way of upgrades is the engine. The same 5.7-liter V8 engine from the LX 570 carries over here. It produces 383 horsepower and 403 pound-feet of torque. Paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, it can tow up to 7,000 pounds (3,175 kilograms).
As for the price – well, if you have to ask, Lexus asks a whopping $100,420 for the LX’s light makeover. That’s $14,590 more expensive than the entry-level LX, which starts at $85,830.
The LX is more than just a luxury SUV. It’s an inspiration for those who desire a higher-level driving experience. Already equipped for the road with high quality materials and exhilarating performance, this luxury SUV takes all the worry out of decision-making.
In November, Lexus will introduce the next exclusive designed model in the Inspiration Series. The LX features a stealth Black Onyx exterior that rides high on 21-inch black alloy wheels and center caps. This new beauty also leads with a black front grille and dark chrome surround.
The LX is also enhanced with black trim for the headlamps, foglights and windows along with smoked headlamp lenses. The rear of this flagship SUV continues the black theme with black chrome accents for the taillamps, license plate and back door.
An exclusive Moonlight White Semi-Aniline Leather Trim with a black headliner complement the black exterior. To help complete the thoughtfully crafted luxury SUV, the carpet, cargo mats and key gloves all provide unique finish to the interior.
All LX Inspiration Series come with heated and ventilated front and second-row outboard seats. The Climate Concierge feature automatically monitors the temperature of the four separate climate zones and adjusts not only the fans, but also the temperature of the seats and steering wheel. In addition, the “LX” projector door lamps round out this Luxury package.
Every LX Inspiration Series also includes the following features: Rear Seat Entertainment System, 19-speaker, 450-watt Mark Levinson®1 Reference Surround Sound audio system and Color Head-Up Display (HUD).
In addition, a Cool box, wireless charger and heated wood & leather-trimmed steering wheel complete the package.
Available just in time for the winter holidays, only 500 luxury owners will be able to drive the exclusive LX Inspiration Series home. It will go on sale with a starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $100,420.
Like all LX 570s, the LX Inspiration Series is powered by a 5.7-liter V8 engine with 383 horsepower and 403 lb.-ft. of torque available at 3,600 rpm. Equipped with an 8-speed automatic transmission, the LX is capable of towing up to 7,000-lbs.