Lexus LX Inspiration Special Edition Not So Inspiring

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Special edition model should give aging SUV a new lease of life.

Lexus' flagship SUV, the LX 570, last received a refresh in 2016. Although the design was all-new, the Toyota Land Cruiser underpinnings weren't exactly cutting edge. Toyota hasn't hinted at a next-generation for the Land Cruiser or the LX 570 but it seems like both models are nearing the end of their current lifespans. Since the LX is mainly a niche model, it seemed like Lexus was content to leave it on the market unchanged for a few more years, capping off the end of the generation with a special edition model.

A few months ago, we saw leaked images of an LX570 Black Edition S along with a mildly restyled Land Cruiser. We didn't know if the Black Edition S would make it the US but it looks like Lexus will instead introduce a different limited edition model called the Inspiration Series.

The LX Inspiration Series features a Black Onyx exterior with matching black 21-inch wheels for a stealthy look. The front grille is also black and the traditional bright chrome has been replaced with a darker material. Even the accents surrounding the taillights, license plate, and back door are now finished in black chrome.

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The contrasting interior is finished in an exclusive Moonlight White Semi-Aniline leather trim with a black roof liner. The Inspiration Series comes well-optioned inside with heated and ventilated front and rear seats, four-zone climate control, puddle lights that project the letters "LX" on the ground, a rear-seat entertainment system, a 19-speaker, 450-watt Mark Levinson audio system, a color HUD, a wireless charger, and a cooled center console.

Lexus will only build 500 examples starting at $100,420. No mechanical changes mean the Inspiration Series still features the same 5.7-liter V8 engine with 383 horsepower and 403 lb-ft of torque going out through an eight-speed automatic as well as the frustrating Lexus Enform infotainment system. We found the LX to be pretty dated in a segment which now includes the excellent Lincoln Navigator. Perhaps this new special edition will attract more people to the LX.

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