The LX 470, the flagship luxury utility vehicle in the Lexus lineup, receives a more powerful V-8 engine, a new tire pressure monitoring system, and an 11-speaker Mark Levinson audio system as standard equipment this year. Further refinements include LED tail lamps, redesigned 18-inch graphite-finish alloy wheels, a new front grille, and three new exterior colors. In addition, maximum towing capacity has been increased to 6,500 lbs. with the appropriate tow hitch.
The LX 470 is available in one trim level, and comes equipped with a 4.7L V-8 engine that produces 275 hp and 332 lb.-ft. of torque. Its five-speed automatic transmission includes shift logic, which holds gears on inclines for additional engine power and downshifts on descents for increased engine braking. It is especially helpful when towing.
The LX 470 comes with safety features such as dual front, front-side, and front seat/second row side-curtain air bags. Other safety features include four-channel anti-lock brakes with Brake Assist and Electronic Brake-Force Distribution, traction control, and stability control. The standard navigation system includes a rear back-up camera, giving the driver a view of potential obstacles (such as a child or bicycle) that might not be visible from the driver's seat.
The LX 470 is also available with the Night View System, which uses infrared technology to enhance visibility at night. Near-infrared beams in the front bumper capture images of objects ahead and project them to a camera mounted inside the vehicle (and located at the top of the windshield). A computer processes the resulting natural-looking images, which are then projected onto the lower section of the windshield within the driver's field of vision, resulting in a picture similar to that of a black and white television.
Standard LX 470 features include power folding and heated outside mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, illuminated running boards, leather-trimmed interior with Bird's-eye Maple trim, three rows of seats, heated front seats, climate control with smog-sensing recirculation, and DVD-based navigation with voice control and Bluetooth technology. Options include a roof rack with cross bars, Lexus Link telematics, a rear spoiler, XM Satellite Radio, and a DVD-based rear-seat entertainment system.
J.D. Power and Associates Research
What do owners think about the quality of Lexus LX Series as it comes off the assembly line
The LX ranks highest in initial quality in the large premium multi-activity vehicle segment in the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Initial Quality Study.SM The LX performs well in the seats, HVAC, and engine/transmission categories. The LX performs better than segment average in the engine/transmission, features/controls/displays, exterior, interior, seats, the driving experience, and HVAC categories.
The LX 470 competes in the Large Premium Utility segment, along with 11 other luxury, full-size SUVs. Competition is fierce in this image-driven segment, where buyers often spend thousands of dollars on aftermarket accessories, customizing their vehicles with their own personal touch.
In calendar year 2005, Lexus sold 8,555 LX 470s, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report.SM The Cadillac Escalade led the segment with 29,876 units sold, followed closely by the Lincoln Navigator (25,844). Additional competition includes the Hummer H2 and H2 SUT, Infiniti QX Series, Cadillac Escalade ESV, Land Rover Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, Toyota Land Cruiser, and the Mercedes-Benz G- and GL-Class.