Lexus offers a Limited Edition version of its full-size LX 470 sport utility vehicle for 2007. Only 400 copies will be produced for the United States. Each gets a special Black Onyx exterior, special 18-inch wheels, chrome trim, and special badges. Inside, Limited Edition LX 470s get Stone leather seating, black bird's-eye maple trim, and black floor mats with special emblems.
Lexus entered the sport utility segment in 1996 with the launch of its LX, a full-size SUV based on the body-on-frame, truck-style platform from the highly regarded Toyota Land Cruiser. A second-generation LX with an even larger V-8 engine was introduced in 1998, and the model received extensive and luxurious updating in 2002. The LX 470 was upgraded again in 2005, and has been little changed since.
The LX 470 draws its power from a 268-hp, 4.7-liter V-8 engine that supplies a full-time four-wheel-drive system assisted by an array of modern advanced dynamic handling technologies. It features a height-adjustable suspension and computer-controlled shock absorbers to ensure a smooth ride. It also has what Lexus calls a unique variable gear ratio steering system to improve maneuverability at low speeds and to enhance the driver's control on the highway. The LX 470 can also tow up to 6,500 pounds.
Front, side and side curtain air bags are on a long list of standard safety equipment. Also standard are power leather seats, a power moonroof, a power tilt and telescoping steering column, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a Mark Levinson premium audio system. Other standard equipment includes a navigation system with a rear-view camera. The options list includes Night View, a system that uses near-infrared technology to help the driver see beyond the range of the headlights.
The Lexus LX 470 competes in the Large Premium Utility segment, which consists of 13 models. Buyers in this segment look for exterior styling, performance, and comfort, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Avoider StudySM and the Escaped Shopper Study.SM
The top sellers in the segment during calendar year 2006, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM were the Cadillac Escalade (39,017 units sold), Lincoln Navigator (23,947), and Mercedes-Benz GL-Class (18,776) in its first year on the market. The Lexus LX 470 sold 5,595 units in 2006, a decrease of 34.6 percent compared to the previous year. Other models offered in the Large Premium Utility segment include the Land Rover Range Rover Sport , Cadillac Escalade ESV (7,019), HUMMER H2, Land Rover Range Rover, and Infiniti QX-Series. Joining the segment in 2007 are the Lincoln Navigator L and the Mercedes-Benz G-Class .