Lexus LX Models and LX History
Serving as Lexus' maiden sport utility crossover vehicle was the LX 450. Launched for the 1996 model year, the Lexus LX 450 was the mechanical equivalent to a well-equipped Toyota Land Cruiser complete with a same six-cylinder engine. Suspension tuning and features such as standard leather seating were some characteristics defining the Lexus LX from its Toyota-badged counterpart. For 1998, a redesigned LX premium sport utility vehicle gained a 4.7-liter V-8 engine and more individualized Lexus luxury features. Adaptive Variable Suspension and Automatic Height Control were specially outfitted for the new Lexus LX 470. A four-wheel drive premium vehicle, the 1998 LX 470 came heavily-appointed with leather seating, wood trim, front and rear air conditioning as well as a six-disc in-dash CD changer. A navigation system became as an option for the 2001 model year while an available night-vision system was rolled out for the 2003 model year along with a new transmission. Ten years after the last major redesign, the Lexus LX premium sport utility vehicle was completely remodeled for 2008. Receiving a 5.7-liter V-8 engine generating 383 horsepower mated with a six-speed automatic transmission, the 2008 Lexus LX 570 continued to represent the ideals of a luxury utility flagship. Lexus Enform technology was added to the LX 570 in 2010 and was updated in 2013 coinciding with a minor styling update. Another significant upgrade to the LX 570 was performed in 2016 featuring a retouched spindle grille, enlarged multimedia screen, Lexus Safety System + and eight-speed automatic transmission.