The Lexus LX is considered the company’s biggest and most expensive luxury SUV. It’s spacious, powerful, and reliable, making it a popular option among families and adventure seekers who need a ride that can handle heavy loads, lots of passengers, and rough terrain. The first-generation vehicle under this line is the Lexus LX450. Over the years, this model has been upgraded and modified to meet the ever-changing needs of vehicle owners. Today, the LX is in its third generation.
1995-1997: The LX450 as the first-gen LX
Released in 1995, the LX450 successfully appealed to buyers looking for a luxurious SUV that performed well amidst rough terrains. To meet the buyers’ expectations, this vehicle was built using a solid-axle suspension and a body-on-frame construction, much like the Toyota Land Cruiser. To differentiate it from the Land Cruiser, it was equipped with softer springs for a more comfortable ride. Its power source was a huge 4.5-L inline six-cylinder engine that produced 275 lb/ft. of torque and 212 horsepower. This engine was paired with a four-speed automatic transmission with the help of a four-wheel drive layout. A low- and high-range gear was also included as standard equipment. For buyers looking for the ultimate off-road vehicle, the LX450 can be equipped with an optional front and rear locking differentials. With a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 lbs, the LX450 got the attention of off-road enthusiasts.
Since this was also meant to be a luxury vehicle, designers fitted the interior with plush leather and wood surfaces. A split third-row seat enabled the LX450 to accommodate seven passengers. Once this seat is removed and the second-row seat is folded away, the interior can provide 90-cubic feet of cargo space, perfect for a huge cooler or extra backpacks during an off-road trip. Other standard equipment included an alarm system, dual front airbags, antilock brakes, separate heating for rear seats, a solar sensor, and a stereo with seven speakers.
During its production years, no upgrades were made on the LX450. It was only modified during the release of its second-gen version.
1998-2007: Introducing the LX470
As the successor of the LX450, the LX470 was equipped with a more powerful engine, a V8, and a more luxurious interior. The engine produced 268 horsepower and 328 lb/ft. of torque. Interior equipment included a Nakamichi stereo system, power side mirrors, and a navigation system.
2007-present: The LX570 enters the market
The latest version is the LX570, the third generation LX SUV. This latest model was completely redesigned and was introduced at the 2007 New York International Auto Show. It is equipped with a new V8 engine that produces 383 horsepower and 403 lb/ft. of torque. The interior is equipped with plenty of high-tech features such as a cooler on the center console, a rear-seat entertainment system, sonar parking assistance, and the Lexus Intuitive Park Assist system.