The Lexus LX 470 pioneered the segment for full-size, full-capability luxury SUVs and continues to lead in technology and quality. Burnishing its long-standing quality reputation, the LX 470 was named highest ranked Large Premium Multi-Activity Vehicle in the 2006 J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality StudySM.
The LX 470 is powered by a sophisticated and smooth 268-horsepower, 4.7-liter V8 and combines a robust chassis with full-time four-wheel drive and a full array of advanced dynamic handling systems. For 2007, the LX 470 gains a new front-passenger-seat occupant-classification sensor. The sensor signals airbag deployment in an impact depending on whether there is a passenger in the front seat. Front-seat-mounted side airbags and front seat and second row side-curtain airbags, are standard.
"As did other Lexus vehicles, the LX 470 essentially steered its segment by leading it in capability, comfort, versatility and, of course, documented quality," said Bob Carter, Lexus group vice president and general manager. "We are proud that the LX 470 continues to win accolades for quality even with the increased competition."
Equipped with Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i), the LX 470’s 4.7-liter V8 engine produces 268 horsepower at 5,400 rpm and 328 lb.-ft. of peak torque at just 3,400 rpm. The LX 470 also meets Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle II (ULEV II) certification. Its five-speed automatic transmission provides seamless shift quality, and shift logic holds gears on inclines for power and on descents for increased engine braking – especially helpful when towing. Maximum towing capacity is 6,500 lbs. with the appropriate hitch.
The Lexus LX 470 is built on a rugged body-on-frame chassis equipped with advanced, height-adjustable hydropneumatic-assisted suspension and computer-controlled shock-absorber damping. This combination gives the versatile LX 470 both the smooth, composed ride expected of a Lexus and off-road capability at the top of its segment. Standard 18 x 8-inch alloy wheels are equipped with 275/60R18 mud- and snow-rated tires.
Four-Wheel Drive and Unique Steering Technology
The LX 470’s full-time four-wheel-drive system is equally adept at handling the rigors of slippery winter weather or deep mud or snow. A center differential distributes the power 50:50 front-to-rear. Traction control (TRAC) employs both brake and throttle intervention to help control wheel spin.
Where other SUVs vary the amount of steering assist, the LX 470’s innovative Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS) can vary the rack-and-pinion steering ratio to improve maneuverability at low speeds and preserve control at highway speeds. In slow, tight maneuvering (under 6 mph), the system provides 2.4 turns lock-to-lock. At such low speeds, a computer-controlled actuator on the intermediate steering shaft increases the driver’s steering angle, quickening the steering ratio. At higher speeds, the mechanism rotates slightly in the opposite direction of steering input to decrease the total steering angle, resulting in a "slower" steering ratio desirable for a more controlled handling response.
To help enhance safety, VGRS selects a higher (slower) steering ratio if the Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) system is activated, which helps to prevent too large of a steering angle if the driver is attempting to avoid an obstacle. The 39.1-ft. turning circle is commendable for a large luxury vehicle.
Advanced Suspension with Adjustable Height Control
Double-wishbone independent front suspension employs torsion-bar springs for long wheel travel, and the Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) system helps to ensure smooth ride quality for all driving situations. AVS provides four positions to control the shock absorber damping force.
Position 2 will suit most driving conditions and will automatically select the appropriate suspension damping that driving conditions demand.
Position 1 provides a softer response on bumpy roads. Positions 3 and 4 provide increasingly greater levels of control for driving a heavily loaded vehicle, driving at higher speeds on paved roads, or driving on unpaved roads. When the driver shifts the two-speed transfer case into low range for negotiating steep inclines, the AVS automatically selects the suitable damping setting.
The LX 470 provides a minimum ground clearance of 9.8 inches. Hydraulic Adjustable Height Control (AHC) allows the driver to raise the vehicle to handle particularly rough off-road terrain, and to lower it for easy entry and exit. A height-control switch and light indicate current suspension height and will recommend optimal height as road conditions change.
Advanced Dynamic-Control Technology
An array of dynamic-control systems support safe, confident driving in the LX 470. The ABS operates even in low range, adjusting its level of control in response to changes in road slope.
Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) allocates brake force between the front and rear wheels to help provide added control under hard braking. Brake Assist is designed to determine if the driver is attempting emergency braking. If the driver has not stepped firmly enough on the brake pedal to engage the ABS, the system applies increased braking power until pedal pressure is released.
The standard Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) system helps keep the vehicle on its intended course by detecting front-wheel and rear-wheel slide during cornering and attempting to control either condition using torque intervention and individual wheel braking to correct any discrepancy.
The 2007 LX 470 exemplifies the Lexus brand’s leadership in advanced safety technology. The standard Lexus Navigation System integrates a rear back-up camera that automatically projects an image of what its lens can detect behind the vehicle onto the navigation screen when the vehicle is in reverse gear.
The advanced optional Night View System uses near-infrared technology to help enhance nighttime driving visibility. Near-infrared beams projected from two lamps in the front bumper record images of objects ahead and relay them back to a charged coupled device (CCD) camera mounted inside the vehicle at the top of the windshield. A dedicated computer processes the images, which are then projected onto the lower section of the windshield within the driver’s field of vision, resulting in a picture similar to that on a black and white television.
The available Lexus Link system combines Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) and digital cellular-phone technology to connect the customer with trained Lexus Link advisors at any time.
Purchasing the Lexus Link option includes a one-year subscription to the Safety Plan, featuring airbag deployment notification. In the event that an airbag is deployed, an emergency call is automatically placed to the Lexus Link Call Center. In addition, occupants can place an emergency call to the call center by pressing the button on the overhead console.
Lexus Link advisors can contact emergency service or roadside assistance providers and offer accident assistance information. Advisors can provide additional services, including stolen vehicle location assistance and remotely locking or unlocking doors. The customer can build on the Lexus Link package by adding the Directions Plan, which provides route support, ride assist (taxi, limousine or other transportation) and other information and convenience services.
The top-tier Concierge Plan adds a number of useful services to turn Lexus Link into a personal assistant. The Personal Calling option is a hands-free, voice-activated calling service that enables customers to make and receive calls in the vehicle. Customers can purchase prepaid packages of calling minutes to fit their needs.
Luxury Through Technology and Convenience
Standard LX 470 equipment includes a leather-trimmed interior, a power moonroof with one-touch control, power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with integrated audio controls, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and rear-seat audio. The front seats feature integral armrests, and the front seat cushions are height-adjustable at the front and rear for optimal comfort.
Advanced electronics enhance on-board entertainment and convenience but without adding to driver distraction. The standard DVD-based Lexus Navigation System includes voice command for ease of use, and its seven-inch display screen can show DVD movies when the transmission selector is in "park" and the parking brake is set.
Bluetooth wireless technology allows the transfer of personal phone books to the navigation system, from which the driver can make hands-free phone calls via its touch-screen control panel. The driver can answer and end calls, as well as adjust call volume, using steering wheel controls.
Home Entertainment on the Road
The standard Mark Levinson Premium Audio System in the LX 470 is built around a discrete amplifier design with 240-watts continuous average power at .01 percent total harmonic distortion (20-20,000 Hz). The 11-speaker system includes a rear-cargo-area subwoofer and plays both audio CDs and DVDs. The optional Rear Seat Entertainment System plays DVDs over a 6.5-inch wide-format overhead screen that deploys from the headliner ahead of the second seat row. The option includes two sets of wireless headphones and a remote control.
The standard security system incorporates an immobilizer into the key card and uses a free-wheel key cylinder in the doors. This feature protects against someone using the wrong key or trying to break the lock by inserting a screwdriver or other tool into the cylinder by not allowing the door to open. A Lexus dealer can set customized preferences for several of the vehicle’s electronic conveniences with programmable Lexus Personalized Settings.
All new Lexus vehicle come with a 48-month/50,000-mile basic limited warranty with roadside assistance for 48 months/unlimited miles. Powertrain and restraint system coverage is provided for 72 months/70,000 miles. Corrosion perforation protection is covered for 72 months, regardless of mileage. The LX 470 is priced for $67,395.