Joining a trend in the industry, the smaller, more powerful engine is for improved fuel efficiency, especially when paired with a new 10-speed automatic transmission. The car also lost more than 400 pounds in the restyling. Prices start at just under $90,000 for a luxury SUV, with some trim levels exceeding the $100,000 mark.The previous LX 570 couldn’t brag about gas mileage, with it dropping to the EPA-cycle average teen, managing just 14 mpg overall. The new clean-leaf LX 600 now delivers more respectable numbers, for an aggregate number of 19 mpg, which is a 35% improvement.
Would customers mind giving up the V8 engine? Well, Lexus actually started using the twin-turbo V6 in its flagship LS sedan model a few years ago. That quiet, near-limousine gets fewer cylinders just fine, as does this big sporty utility.
Compared to the V8 in the previous LX, the new twin-turbo V6 delivers more horsepower, more torque and gives the car higher traction. This is in addition to the improved fuel economy.
And it’s not just Lexus, as other premium brands use smaller engines as well. For example, Lincoln did something similar with the big Navigator, along with Ford’s Expedition, dropping V8 power to a twin-turbo V6 several years ago. Once again, Lincoln’s big SUV performance numbers have outpaced the V8 Navigator by years.
The sporty side of high-end driving also gets smaller when it comes to engines too, and Mercedes-Benz is on the verge of releasing a sporty sedan with a relatively small engine. The upcoming C 43 AMG C-Class sedan will produce 402 horsepower, but not from a V8 or even a V6. Mercedes engineers were able to manage that figure from the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, using advanced technology drawn from experience with their turbocharged Formula 1 cars. The C 43 AMG will go on sale late this year with the 2023 model.
Almost everyone is looking for better fuel economy and lower carbon emissions, but many still love their big and/or fast cars. Below the surface, these modern flights are able to go about their business, much more efficiently under cover.
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