BUYERS GUIDE - WAGONS LARGE
Lexus’ LandCruiser-300-based LX combines all the ‘fruit’ from the top-shelf ‘Cruiser with Lexus’ additional equipment and legendary fit and finish.
The post-2022 LX was powered by a choice of twin-turbo V6 engines – 305kW/650Nm 3.5-litre petrol, in the LX 600, or 227kW/700Nm 3.3-litre diesel in the LX 500d. (The LandCruiser comes with diesel-only power.)
Both engines coupled to a new 10-speed automatic transmission.
The 2022 LX was built on Toyota’s 300 Series GA-F platform that was also shared with the Tundra pick-up range. A weight reduction of more than 100kg and improved front-rear weight balance were achieved over the previous models.
Two new model grades – F Sport and luxury four-seat VIP – were added.
Styling was limited by the 300 Series envelope and the truck-sized grille raised some eyebrows.
Second-row seats were designed to ensure ease of access and they electrically fold and raise, to make it easier to get in and out of the third-row seats. The third-row seats in seven-seat variants could be electrically reclined.
A new multi-seat ‘auto arrange’ switch in the cargo area enabled all seats to be moved to create cargo space.
The new four-seat VIP grade had four independent seats with concave headrests, seat backs and cushions. Sunshades on the side windows, special reading lights and a rear-seat display combined to provide a comfortable, private space.
VIP-grade roof vents provided shower-like air-conditioning and additional vents were added to the sides of the base of the rear-centre console.
The VIP grade was equipped with 22-inch forged aluminium alloy wheels, finished with high-gloss paint.
F Sport grade came with a mesh spindle grille and black 22-inch forged wheels with machined highlights.
Inside, the steering wheel and shifter featured perforated leather, and firmer seat side supports and cushions.
F Sport variants had front and rear performance shock absorbers, Torsen limited-slip differential and a rear stabiliser, as well as special tuning of the electric power steering and Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS).
Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS), with a new linear solenoid valve, provided intricate and smooth control based on the road surface and driving conditions. Damping force could be changed to support individual drive modes. It could be set low for a comfortable ride over bumps in city driving and set high to provide flat, stable cornering.
Active height control (AHC), which could automatically and optimally adjust vehicle height, offered three height settings while the vehicle was moving (Normal, Hi1, Hi2) and a ‘Low’ position to make it easier to get in and out of the vehicle.
Off-road driving was aided by Multi-Terrain Select that operated in high as well as low range. It allowed the driver to choose from six modes – Auto, Dirt, Sand, Mud, Deep Snow and Rock.
Crawl Control could automatically propel and brake the LX at one of five driver-selectable speed settings up to 30km/h, while Downhill Assist Control controlled braking at all four wheels to provide stable descent on steep slopes, without locking the wheels.
Electronic differential locks were fitted to front and rear axles.
LX was fitted with electric power steering and an electronic brake system that was significantly quieter and worked with Multi-Terrain Select in off-road driving to counter slipping or spinning wheels.
The Multi-Terrain Monitor used four cameras – front, rear and under the wing mirrors – that displayed conditions around and under the vehicle.
When reversing, a world-first ‘back underfloor view’ used similar composite images to let the driver check the position of the rear wheels.
The all-new LX offered a state-of-the-art multimedia system that was designed to provide easy-to-see information.
The system included a hybrid navigation system that combined a conventional in-vehicle navigation system with a connected navigation system that utilised cloud-based map information.
The instrument panel featured the first Lexus dual display. The 310mm (12.3-inch) upper screen showed navigation and audio controls and served as the Multi-Terrain Monitor during off-road driving. The lower 175mm (7.0-inch) touch display showed the heater control screen and served as a driving-support screen for Multi-Terrain Select.
Dual screens allowed the driver to display the camera image on the upper screen while simultaneously displaying vehicle status in real time on the lower screen.
The latest voice-recognition technology meant the driver could activate the system without having to operate switches or stop playing music.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility debuted in the all-new LX. A new web browser function was also set up that allowed users to browse websites for services such as news, blogs, music and online videos through an internet connection.
A new data communication module enabled safety and security features including SOS call, automated collision notification and stolen vehicle tracking.
The My Settings function, for registering personal settings such as driving position, supported multimedia settings. including navigation and audio. Users could be identified by their smartphones as well as by their smart keys. Multimedia settings were stored in a data centre and could be used in another vehicle.
Another Lexus first was fingerprint authentication through a sensor installed in the centre of the ignition button. The engine would not start unless the fingerprint matched the details supplied for the vehicle.
The LX was equipped with a 10-speaker Lexus Premium Sound System or a Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound System with 25 speakers, including a large-capacity subwoofer.
Lexus Safety System+ had pre-collision safety that could detect bicyclists during the day and pedestrians in low-light conditions. At intersections, it could detect oncoming vehicles before turns and pedestrians crossing the street when turning right or left. A further new feature was emergency steering assist.
Artificial Intelligence was applied to improve the lane-tracing assist function, resulting in smoother and less disruptive steering assist, designed to keep the vehicle in the centre of the lane.
Dynamic radar cruise control gained a curve-speed-control function that decelerated the vehicle in advance, according to the size of an approaching curve.
Road-sign assist used a camera to capture major road signs and display them on the vehicle’s multi-information display.
BladeScan adaptive high-beam system broadened the range of illumination, enabling the driver to see pedestrians and road signs without impeding the visibility of other road users.
The range included LX 500d and LX 600 seven-seat variants, LX 500d F Sport and LX 600 F Sport five-seat variants, LX 500d Sports Luxury and LX 600 Sports Luxury five-seat variants, and the flagship LX 600 Ultra Luxury four-seat variant.
A seven-seat configuration for the SUV flagship LX Sports Luxury grade was added in early 2024.
Across-the-range technologies included dual centre screens, natural speech recognition, BladeScan adaptive high-beam system and a 25-speaker, Mark Levinson premium surround sound system.
Also available on selected grades was fingerprint identification for engine start.
Purchase included three-year membership to the Lexus Encore Platinum owner benefits program, including Lexus on Demand, where members could borrow another Lexus to suit their needs for when travelling interstate or to New Zealand on four occasions, for up to eight days.
The LX 600 Ultra Luxury four-seater was powered by the Lexus LS-derived, 3.5-litre, twin-turbocharged, petrol V6 engine, with 305kW of power and 650Nm of torque.
Electrically adjustable and heated/ventilated second-row seats had up to 860mm of legroom, seat backs with up to 48-degree recline, an independently adjustable ottoman with two-position memory, and a five-stage massage function.
All seat functions, rear wireless smartphone charging and controls for the four-zone climate control and twin 11.6-inch rear displays – with HDMI, Miracast or Wi-Fi compatibility – were accessed through the centrally located rear control panel.
Walnut brown ornamentation and leather upholstery complemented the opulent Ultra Luxury interior.
The LX F Sport and LX Sports Luxury grades added a fifth seat and the option of The LandCruiser 300 Series’ 3.3-litre, twin-turbocharged V6 diesel engine, delivering 227kW and 700Nm.
F Sport and Sports Luxury highlights shared with the Ultra Luxury included front and rear-outboard seat heating and ventilation, a heated steering wheel, centre console-mounted cool box, a digital rear-view mirror, soft-close doors and Lexus-debut fingerprint identification for the engine start button. Up to 10 fingerprints could be registered to authorise engine start and link to seat and mirror memory settings.
The F Sport had a jet-black mesh grille and satin-plated moulding was featured across the front and rear of the vehicle. Standard were 22-inch forged alloy wheels, so you could forget thinking about taking this model seriously off-road.
The F Sport had aluminium ornamentation, aluminium pedals and scuff plates, perforated leather-accented steering wheel and gearshift, and sports seats.
The F Sport had a rear Torsen limited-slip differential, front and rear performance dampers, Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) and electric power steering tune.
The Sports Luxury had 22-inch forged alloy wheels, ‘Takanoha’ ornamentation with a three-layer wooden mosaic technique. The Sports Luxury also shared twin 11.6-inch rear screens with the Ultra Luxury.
The relative ‘poverty pack’ range openers were the LX 500d and LX 600 models, with 20-inch wheels, seven seats with power-adjustable third-row and tri-beam LED headlamps with BladeScan adaptive high-beam system (AHS).
BladeScan AHS used a spinning blade mirror to selectively illuminate the road ahead. The LED lights broadened the range of high-beam illumination without dazzling drivers ahead, or approaching from the opposite direction.
LX 600 and LX 500d specification included four-zone climate control, leather-accented seats, wood ornamentation, 10-way driver and eight-way front passenger seat power adjustment, heated front seats and 25-speaker sound system.
Every Lexus LX had two central screens, driver display, colour head-up display (HUD), voice control, DAB+ digital radio, satellite navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility and wireless smartphone charging.
The advanced Lexus Safety System+ technology suite included: pre-collision system with pedestrian and daytime cyclist detection; front and rear parking support brake (PKSB) with obstacle and vehicle detection; blind-spot monitor (BSM); dynamic radar cruise control (DRCC); lane tracing assist (LTA); road sign assist (RSA) and tyre pressure warning monitor.
LX-first intersection turn assist issued warnings and automatic braking if, at an intersection, the car turned in front of an oncoming vehicle in the opposite lane, or pedestrians walking in the opposite direction of the vehicle.
LX-first emergency steering assist also worked to aid the driver when executing an evasive steering manoeuvre, by helping to maintain vehicle stability and keeping the vehicle in its lane.
Other state-of-the-art new technologies included Lexus Connected Services, which included automatic collision notification, stolen vehicle tracking and SOS call.
Every LX had four cameras around the vehicle to identify potential hazards. A multi-terrain monitor offered front, rear, panoramic and ‘see-through’ views.
The LX had Auto, Dirt, Sand, Mud, Deep Snow and Rock 4WD modes and active height control (AHC) suspension with Normal, High 1 and High 2 settings.
Both powertrains had a full-time all-wheel-drive system, 10-speed automatic transmission and a low-range transfer case.
A trailer wiring harness with towing hitch was fitted to all grades, with 3500kg braked towing capacity.
Pricing at launch ranged from $153,091 to $215.091.
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’re 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.