Lexus Group Vice President and General Manager
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
Lexus LX 570 Press Conference
2007 New York International Auto Show
April 4, 2007
Jacob Javits Center
Good afternoon! It's great to see you all here, and it's even better to have this opportunity to share with you a new vehicle that we're very excited about. So let's get right to it.
As you know, we're here today to show you something really special, a vehicle we're incredibly proud of. It's the 2008 Lexus LX 570, our new luxury utility vehicle. It replaces the successful LX 470, and believe me, as much as I like LX 470, this new LX is even better. It constitutes a significant upgrade over the current LX in all areas.
It's packed with the luxury appointments and innovative and seamless technology our buyers expect of a Lexus. What is equally important, though, is that this new LX 570 sets a high-water mark with our ability to provide a vehicle that supplies more on- and off-highway prowess than ever before, while at the same time providing the amount of interior space, comfort, luxury and ride quality our customers demand. And our LX customers have traditionally been our most affluent—professionals with families who add the LX to their stable of vehicles for its luxurious utility, versatility and capability.
Our engineers have done their job well, in fact, in that the line between four-wheel-drive super chassis and plush, luxurious sedan has been blurred more than ever before. On one hand, the LX 570 is ready for the snowy roads of your favorite ski resort or the rough, rocky trail that might lead to a ranch house or fishing lodge in Montana. And on the other hand, it's ready to provide a comfortable, luxurious ride over the streets and highways that might take you to either of those places.
Thanks to the rigidity of the LX 570's chassis, and thanks to the sophistication and careful tuning of its suspension, the LX 570's ride and driving dynamics rival those of a high-end luxury sedan. All the while, the LX 570's interior provides the comfort and luxury you find in our top-of-the-line LS sedan.
All of this makes the LX 570 two sides of the same coin. On one side, there's brawn and rock-crawling capability. On the other side, there's comfort, luxury and sophistication.
It's one of the most versatile vehicles available anywhere, with more passenger space, more carrying and towing capacity, more sheer usefulness, than ever before.
Ladies and gentlemen it is my pleasure to introduce to you the all-new 2008 Lexus
LX 570 …
Now, I mentioned that this vehicle is all-new which you can see, but what about what you can't see?
The LX is powered by a new ULEV II-certified engine, a 5.7L V8 that provides a significant performance advantage not only over the vehicle it replaces but also makes it one of the most powerful among its competitors.
The LX 570's engine produces 381 horsepower, that's 111 more than the vehicle it replaces. To ensure that the new LX exhibits torque from low speeds and power through the high-speed range, it produces 90 percent of its more than 400 ft-lbs. of torque at the low-speed range of 2,200 RPM.
And the engine isn't the only component that provides the LX 570 with a performance advantage. Instead, it's only the beginning. That's because it's mated to a new 6-speed, sequentially shifted transmission designed and built especially for the kinds of heavy-duty usages that the LX series has always been ready, willing and able to take on.
This combination, along with an upgraded chassis and suspension system, raises the
LX 570's towing capacity to a full 8,500 pounds, making it perfect for towing a boat or a horse or car trailer.
But that still isn't all. This new LX 570 comes to us with significant upgrades and improvements not only in its suspension, but in its four-wheel-drive system.
First of all, let's take a look at that suspension system video on the screen. New to the LX, the four-wheel electro-hydraulic suspension with Active Height Control is faster and allows for a greater range of adjustment than the system it replaces.
This is a new cross-linked system that allows each wheel to not only react to the driving surface that it's in contact with but also to react to what the opposite wheels are doing.
Because of the intelligence built into it, the LX 570's new suspension senses chassis roll and reduces that roll by more than 30 percent. As a result, both on-road performance and ride comfort are increased.
The system also carefully controls the LX 570's ride height, lowering the chassis by an average of two inches for entry and exit, returning automatically to its normal height when the vehicle gets under way.
For improved aerodynamics, it again lowers the vehicle by nearly an inch in front and by a little more than a half inch in the rear, at highway speeds.
One of the truly amazing pieces of intelligent technology we've built into the LX 570 is something we call Crawl Control. You will have noticed that in rough going, careful throttle control is important. That's because modulating your vehicle's speed over very rough and difficult surfaces can be challenging. Crawl Control helps solve that problem. Its purpose is to use throttle and brake to automatically maintain appropriate low speeds. Think of it as cruise control for rough country.
Mind you, you don't have to take this vehicle into the kinds of challenging territory it was built to conquer, but you can if you want to.
In addition to the new active height-adjusting suspension and Crawl Control technologies, the all-new LX will feature what we call the multi-terrain ABS braking system. This innovative system helps to reduce stopping distances on sand or gravel by managing the braking system for these slippery conditions.
It is my pleasure to introduce to you the person most responsible for all of these new technologies and the innovative engineering of the all-new LX 570, the vehicle's Chief Engineer, Mr. Hideki Watanabe. Watanabe-san …
So far I've only talked about one side of our LX coin, and this new LX is about more than intelligence and technology, and, as you see, it has plenty of both. It's also about warm, solid comfort, and it's got plenty of that, too. Watanabe-san made sure of that.
Although the overall wheelbase measurement remains the same, allowing the LX to maintain its signature maneuverability, both the interior and exterior length have increased by at least four inches and it is nearly an inch wider, creating a more inviting and comfortable space for up to eight passengers.
Inside the modern, civilized and characteristically quiet cabin you'll find the amenities you expect from a Lexus, including a push-button start, first-in-class four-zone independent climate control, a first-in-segment power-sliding second-row seat with great legroom and a new 40/20/40 split configuration, a power third-row seat, front seat cushion extenders, touch-screen navigation with VGA resolution and Bluetooth, XM satellite radio with real time traffic and much more.
Outside, you'll also find that we've added standard features such as 20-inch wheels, Adaptive Front Headlights and a power back door.
For those customers who wish to personalize their vehicles, this new LX is available with a number of additional options. These include climate-controlled front seats and heated rear seats, a 19-Speaker Mark Levinson hard disk drive audio system with reference surround sound and a hard disk drive that has the ability to store up to 2,000 songs, a rear seat entertainment system featuring a large, nine-inch screen, our sonar park assist, a Pre-Collision System with Adaptive Cruise Control and Lexus Link.
The LX will also offer a luxury package with upscale amenities such as semi-aniline leather, a cool box up front in the center console and a Smart Card key. In addition, the luxury package features something no other Lexus has offered, wood trim made from Bubinga trees. This rich-looking, exotic wood is used to create exceptional musical instruments like harps and pianos, as well as the cabins of private jets.
Now add to this the safety features LX buyers appreciate such as Active Front Headrests, a first for Lexus in the U.S., and 10 standard airbags—that's best in class—including driver- and front-passenger knee airbags, second-row seat-mounted side airbags and third-row curtains.
While LX customers may expect those features, here is one that we believe will surprise them—the blind corner monitor, a first in North America. With cameras located within the grille, looking forward, and under the passenger side-view mirror, looking down and back, the driver can easily check hard-to-see blind spots by simply pressing a button on the dash and viewing the camera images on the navigation screen.
When that button, located to the right of the steering wheel, is pushed, one side of the nav screen shows the front view, while the other side shows the view at the right front and rear corners. Both views show the driver areas that are typically considered blind spots.
So, for instance, when you're coming out of a parking garage, just cresting the underground exit onto the sidewalk, the front camera will show you what's immediately in front of the LX 570, in areas that might previously have been hidden from you.
As you can see, the evolution of the third-generation LX does indeed represent a creative blending of the comfort, luxury, ride quality and capability that you expect from us. It is truly a vehicle for all seasons, whether that's fishing season or the opera season. It's two sides of the same sophisticated coin.
But really, the features we've presented here to introduce the LX 570 don't really do it justice. To fully appreciate our newest LX, you have to drive it. And that's just what you'll have the chance to do at the beginning of next year when it goes on sale.
In the meantime, I will be happy to answer any questions you may have after the press conference concludes, and you can come up on stage to get a closer look. But first, let's invite the photographers on stage for a minute or two so they can get the shots they need.
Thank you all for joining us today.