BUYERS GUIDE - WAGONS LARGE
Based on LandCruiser 100 and 200 Series the ridiculously expensive Lexus 470 and 570 models never achieved the Range Rover cache they obviously craved. However, they’e beautifully assembled machines with silky-smooth petrol V8 power.
In April 2012 Lexus Australia introduced a face-lifted LX570 with new features,
revised model line-up and slightly more realistic, lower pricing. Sporting Lexus’ trademark hideous spindle grille, the new LX570 scored 20-inch wheels, along with LED daytime running lights, a new headlamp design, revised front and rear bumpers, tail lamps and a tow hitch cover.
Turn Assist tightened the turning circle by adding more brake force to the inside rear wheel. Off-road driving was aided by a Multi-Terrain Select function, which delivered stability and traction control assistance over different surfaces. The Crawl Control feature was upgraded, with the number of preset speeds increased from three to five steps.
A Multi-Terrain Monitor used four wide-angle cameras to monitor blind spots and vision was projected on an LCD centre console display.
When the enhancement pack was fitted, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters operated the LX570’s six-speed sequential automatic transmission.
The driver’s seat had Easy Access that retracted the driver’s seat and steering wheel when the ignition was turned off.
A 220-volt power outlet was added to the cargo area and there was a new dual rear seat entertainment system.
Lexus revised the LX570 line-up to a single model, with an enhancement pack replacing the Sports Luxury grade. The LX570 had retail price of $140,900 – almost $9000 less than the superseded Sports model.
The new model carried substantial standard specification including, Multi-Terrain Select and Display, Crawl Control, Adaptive Variable Suspension, cool-box, dual-screen rear seat entertainment, 20-inch wheels, reversing camera, ‘smart’ start and entry, four-zone air-conditioning, 10 airbags, Mark
Levinson 19-speaker audio, front and rear clearance sonar and Bluetooth.
The enhancement pack featured Lexus Pre-Collision safety System, Active Cruise control, rear seat heaters, ventilated front seats, paddle shift and the inclusion of mahogany wood grain-look interior trim, including on the steering wheel.
The enhancement pack was a $16,000 option, bringing the
recommended retail price to $156,900.
The 2020 pricing is 160 grand plus.
The 2002 Lexus was an upgraded version of the LX470
all-terrain luxury wagon featuring ground-breaking technology and numerous other improvements at a lower price. The LX470 had a recommended retail price of $117,000 – a reduction of almost 11 percent over the previous model.
The 2002 LX470 was Australia’s first production 4WD vehicle with Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS).
An improved version of LX470’s Adaptive Variable Suspension improved on-road cornering stability and handling, and off-road ride.
The upgraded LX470’s quad-cam 4.7-litre V8 engine drove through a five-speed automatic transmission, replacing the previous model’s four-speed.
A revised dashboard featured a touch screen, multi-vision display that controlled the air conditioning, audio and satellite navigation systems.
A four-spoke ‘real wood’ steering wheel had built-in audio controls, power tilt and telescope function and automatically retracted for ease of entry and exit.
LX470 combined front seat side airbags with SRS curtain shield
airbags for front and second row seats.
In late 2003 the LX470 scored a rear view camera, Bluetooth and an improved navigation system. The upgrade also included a leather-bound steering wheel
with telephone buttons, improved leather seat upholstery and UV-reducing window glass.
The 2003 Lexus LX470 had a recommended retail price of $118,500.
In mid-2005 the LX470 acquired a Mark Levinson audio system, side step illumination,LED taillights and roof rails with racks as standard equipment.
The 2005 Lexus LX470 had a recommended retail price of $122,200*
The 2008, the third-generation Lexus LX570 was based on the 200 Series LandCruiser and powered by a 5.7-litre V8 petrol engine producing 270kW of power and 530Nm of torque, and mated to a new six-speed sequential-shift automatic transmission.
The LX570 featured more technological advances, safety inclusions and power than ever before and was offered in two grades: Prestige and Sports Luxury.
A four-wheel hydro-pneumatic suspension package with Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) and Active Height Control (AHC) delivered a substantial reduction in body roll and an increase in ride comfort.
LX570 had a new Crawl Control feature, which helped the
driver to concentrate on manoeuvring over rough or difficult surfaces at low speeds without the need for throttle or brake application. AHC, AVS and Crawl Control worked together.
LX570 also featured multi-terrain ABS to help reduce stopping distances on loose and slippery surfaces.
For enhanced safety, the new LX570 had 10 airbags as standard, including driver and front-passenger knee airbags, second-row seat-mounted side airbags and full side curtain-shield airbags that extended across all three rows.
Upper-grade LX570 models had Wide View Front and Side Monitors with cameras mounted in the grille and passenger-side mirror.
Inside, the LX570 had four-zone, 28-outlet climate control, power-sliding second-row seat and a 19-speaker Mark Levinson premium audio system.
In early 2010 LX570 models received upgrades to the navigation and user
interface, USB input for portable media devices, a much-needed 12-volt socket in the cargo area, headlamp washers and updated privacy glass.
The Prestige model was replaced by a Sports variant, which
gained a centre console cool-box, rear seat entertainment system and roof rails. Sports Luxury models had a new look, with the addition of 10-spoke, 20-inch wheels and a sports body-kit with front and rear aero spoilers.
The LX570 had dreamland RRPs of $149,500 for the Sports and $165,400 for the Sports Luxury.