Lexus has added a much more powerful V8 engine to the 2006 version of its ultra-luxury SUV, the LX 470 as well as many other pieces of standard equipment.
All LX 470s now come with an 11-speaker Mark Levinson Premium Audio System, direct-type tire pressure monitoring system and redesigned 18-inch alloy wheels with a graphite finish and three new body colours.
The V8 engine on the LX 470 has now been equipped with Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i), boosting horsepower from 235 to 275. VVT-i helps the engine perform as if it had a larger displacement, yet without the extra fuel consumption of a larger engine. The engine is mated to a five-speed automatic tranmission.
Lexus’ flagship SUV contains several safety systems, including front seat-mounted side airbags and front seat/second row side curtain airbags, a rear backup camera and an optional Night View System, which uses infrared technology to help enhance nighttime vision.
The LX 470 features body-on-frame construction, height-adjustable hydropneumatic- assisted suspension and computer-controlled shock absorber damping. The double wishbone independent front suspension employs torsion bar springs for long wheel travel.
The adjustable suspension system has four settings. Setting ’2’ will work for most everyday driving conditions, setting ’1’ can be used for more comfort on bumpy roads, and settings ’3’ and ’4’ can be used when the vehicle is heavily loaded or when driving on unpaved roads.
No matter what suspension setting is on, the vehicle has at least 9.8-inches of ground clearance, though the driver can use Hydraulic Adjustable Height Control to raise it even more when going over particularly rough terrain.
The LX 470 incorporates a full-time four-wheel drive system with a center differential that distributes the power 50/50 front-to-rear. The system is always engages unless the driver needs to traverse steep off-pavement terrain, where he or she can then switch into low-range mode.
In addition to all of these features, the LX 470 will have electronic brake-force distribution, traction control, brake assist and antilock braking system.
Though drivers may be quite overwhelmed by all of these driving features, the interior still has all the extras that are expected in a Lexus. The interior has steering wheel mounted audio controls, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a standard DVD-based navigation system with voice command and bluetooth wireless technology. Bluetooth allows the vehicle’s owner to transfer personal phone books to the DVD navigation system and make hands-free phone calls through the nav system’s touch-screen control panel.
A rear seat entertainment system is available, featuring a 6.5-inch overhead screen in front of the second row of seats, complete with two wireless headphones and a remote control.