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2021 Lexus LX 570 gets fresh Sport Package, new color options, Amazon Alexa compatibility

The LX 570 will be a part of the Lexus lineup for at least one more year and it's getting some improvements.

Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

The 2021 Lexus LX 570 will continue on as a beefy flagship for one more iteration at least, but with some changes for the new model year. Lexus has updated the available Sport Package, given the SUV a new paint job option, and added connectivity, and upgraded LX Inspiration Series offerings.

Lexus will continue to have the LX be powered by a 5.7-liter V8 engine that produces 383 horsepower and 403 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, full-time four-wheel drive, and a Torsen limited-slip differential. It continues to be rated to tow up to 7,000 pounds.

2021 Lexus LX 570 The model is still powered by a 5.7-liter V8 engine.Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

The model rides on standard 20-inch split 10-spoke wheels, with 21-inch 10-spoke wheels offered as an option.

The LX will be offered with new color choices - a Nori Green Pearl paint job and Glazed Caramel interior. Available wood trim selections include Open-Pore Walnut, Linear Dark Mocha Wood, Linear Espresso Wood, and Dark Brown Walnut - none of which are new for 2021.

The 2021 LX gets Amazon Alexa compatibility, something that is making its way to most all Toyota and Lexus models. A rear-seat entertainment system featuring dual 11.6-inch screens is available, as is a 19-speaker, 450-watt Mark Levinson Reference Surround Sound audio system.

2021 Lexus LX 570 The SUV is a touch old school, but it has most of the modern infotainment amenities buyers want.Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

All LX 570s come equipped with Lexus Safety System + as well as blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, panoramic view monitor, multi-terrain monitor, and Intuitive Parking Assist.

The popular Sport Package, available only on the three-row version of the SUV, has been updated for 2021 to include 21-inch forged alloy wheels, an updated sport grille and front fascia, sport lower rear valence, and body color/chrome accent side mirrors. The interior of the models includes a black headliner and semi-aniline leather trimmed upholstery in Black, Cabernet, or Glazed Caramel.

2021 Lexus LX 570 The interior of the LX has gotten more premium as its current generation has gone on.Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

The LX Inspiration Series is adding a level of sophistication to the model. It is available in a Black Onyx or Eminent White Pearl paint scheme. The exterior of the models features 21-inch black alloy wheels and center caps, a black grille with black chrome surround, black headlamps with smoked lenses, black fog lamps, black window accents, black roof rails, black taillamps with smoked lenses, black chrome garnish, black rear license plate garnish, black frame back door garnish, and black rear badges.

The interior of these models gets black semi-aniline leather trim with Rioja red accents, a black headliner, unique carpet floor and cargo mats, and unique key gloves.

2021 Lexus LX 570 The Lexus Inspiration Series delivers black accents.Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

Only 500 Inspiration Series models will be produced - all of the three-row variety.

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The 2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo is joining the company’s lineup

Photo courtesy of Mazda North American Operations

The decision to add a turbocharged engine variant to the Mazda3 was met with praise for those who like getting in a little more excitement behind the wheel. Now It has been announced that the Mazda3's crossover counterpart, the CX-30 is getting the same treatment.

The 2021 Mazda CX-30 will be available with a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 250 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque when the tank is filled with 93 octane fuel. The performance drops to 227 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque when owners fill up with 87 octane. Engines with the turbo-four also get standard all-wheel drive.

2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo The body styling is pretty much the same as the rest of the Mazda CX-30 lineup, but it does have unique wheels and other attributes.Photo courtesy of Mazda North American Operations

To accommodate the new engine option, Mazda has not had to change the outward appearance of the model In earnest but does add some highlights including 18-inch black aluminum alloy wheels, larger tailpipes, gloss black door mirrors and a "TURBO" badge on the liftgate.

As the most premium Mazda CX-30 model, it comes with a frameless auto-dimming rearview mirror, black upper dash and chrome finishes. The features list includes a Bose 12-speaker audio system and an 8.8-inch infotainment screen..

The CX-30 2.5 Turbo, as the models with the engine will be known. Also comes equipped with Smart City Brake Support Reverse and rear cross-traffic braking technologies that can sense a vehicle coming into the lane of travel when reversing, warn the driver, and apply the brakes in order to possibly avoid a collision. Additional available safety technologies include a 360-degree view monitor, Active Drive Display, traffic sign recognition, and adaptation front lighting.

2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo The CX-30 debuted just last year.Photo courtesy of Mazda North American Operations

The 2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo is scheduled to go on sale by the end of 2020. Specific packaging and pricing details will be announced in the coming months

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Volkswagen has chosen a name for its new SUV.

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The forthcoming new Volkswagen SUV will be called the Taos after the town in New Mexico. The name was chosen to specifically appeal to North American customers, who are the target market for the SUV, which Will slot below the Tiguan in the VW lineup.

“We're thrilled to announce the name for the newest member of the Volkswagen family," said Hein Schafer, Senior Vice President for Product Marketing and Strategy, Volkswagen of America, Inc. "It was important to choose a name that really embodied the nature of the car and the town of Taos, New Mexico was a perfect fit. It's a small city that offers big things—from outdoor adventure to arts and design and great cuisine."

Taos New Mexico Taos, New Mexico is the namesake for a forthcoming Volkswagen model.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

"We are excited that Volkswagen has named their sport utility vehicle after the town of Taos," said Taos Mayor Dan Barrone. "It's a great opportunity for our community to share its rich history and culture alongside Volkswagen with its unique and rich history and culture."

Taos, New Mexico is a thriving small town of 6,000 people. It has a 400-year history and a 1,000-year-old Native American community just a few miles from the center fo town. Artists and skiers flock to the city, which is noted for its stunning landscapes.

Incidentally, Taos was also home to John Muir, an engineer turned mechanic, and author of "How To Keep Your Volkswagen Alive: A Manual of Step-by-Step procedures for the Compleat Idiot." First published in 1969, and illustrated by local artist Peter Aschwanden, this counter-culture guide to Volkswagen repairs quickly developed a popular following. The book, started in Muir's Taos shop, has helped keep countless VW models running, from Beetles and Buses to Type 3 and Type 4 models.

Volkswagen promises that the new Taos “will offer great value, excellent fuel economy, and great packaging, as well as advanced infotainment and driver-assistance features”.

The 2022 Volkswagen Taos will be revealed on October 13.

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