Generations Timeline, Specs and Pictures
Lexus introduced the fourth generation of the LX in 2021 based on the Toyota Land Cruiser J300 series.
It used the same body-on-frame GA-F platform but was heavily enhanced with luxurious amenities that belonged to the premium segment.
The 2021 LX was not developed as a new vehicle from the ground up. While it still shared many technical components with the less-expensive Land Cruiser, it featured specific details and assemblies for the premium segment. At the front, it featured the specific Spindle-grille. While that design element looked proper for a sedan or smaller SUV, it resembled a gate, or a wall, when placed on the LX’s tall and wide front fascia. It was flanked by a pair of tall scoops, which hosted the LED foglights. But the connection with the Land Cruiser J300 is obvious when viewed from the side due to the same profile. At the back, the LED taillights featured a light strip that ran across the tailgate. A roof spoiler enhanced the car’s look, even though it wasn’t that much of a use.
Available with a five or four-seat layout, the LX’s interior was more appropriate for a luxury vehicle than any Land Cruiser. Its instrument panel featured a total of 19.3” screens. An upper 12.3” monitor showed the infotainment system, while a lower-mounted 7” display served as a control panel for the climate control and Multi-Terrain Select command center.
Under the hood, Lexus installed a twin-turbo V6 powerplant paired with a ten-speed automatic gearbox. Power went in all four corners, and unlike the third LX’s generation, this one featured a longer wheel-travel for both axles. Thus, Toyota confirmed its expertise in the off-road area.
Year after year after year, the LX managed to move on without significant changes and still be present in the Lexus lineup.
In 2015 it received the third facelift and a new turbodiesel engine for selected markets. The 2015 model was presented at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and more aesthetic improvement was made. First of all, the front was completely redesigned. A new bumper, new grille, and new headlights were installed.
The bow-tie look of the grille is guarded by more aggressive headlights. In fact, only the doors and the roof remained unchanged. But underneath the new look is still the same 2007 ladder-frame and the whole body structure is the same. But since they did it right from the start, why change it? The double-wishbone front suspension and the rigid rear axle are good enough for pretty much everything. And, with a tow-hitch fixed directly to the vehicle frame, the LX450 can easily tow up to 7000 pounds (3175 kg), partly due to the 5.7-liter V8 engine mated to a new 8-speed automatic transmission. Fortunately, they kept also the low-range transmission case.
Another important change is inside. The whole interior was redesigned and a new, larger 12.3-inch navigation screen can show several view combinations (panoramic/driver’s side, panoramic/passenger’s side, panoramic/rear, panoramic/front, side/side, rear, front/side/side, underfloor/side/side, rear/side/side) to help aid the driver. The LX also adds standard several safety features, new multimedia with Remote Touch Interface and substantial dual screens for the available Rear Seat Entertainment System to help captivate passengers.
In 2012, the Lexus LX got refreshed, sporting a new look thanks to LED daytime running lights, new headlights, larger fog lamps, big spindle grille, new bumpers, taillights and rims.
The turn signals have also been replaced on the side mirrors while the interior comes with a new Easy Access system for the driver, redesigned instrument cluster and center console, mahogany wood trim, better cooling for the front seats and revised trim packages. The V8 engine got tuned to 383 HP and the suspension got some tweaks too, offering up to 9-inches of travel for when the going gets rough.
Based on the same platform with the Toyota Land Cruiser V8, the Lexus LX was a large SUV with seating for up to seven people inside.
It was in the same league with the Cadillac Escalade or Audi Q7.
With a solid background in off-road capabilities and great experience in building premium cars, the Lexus LX was introduced in 2007 at the New York International Auto Show. Despite its big size, the car-maker promised a comfortable ride inside and safe passage through difficult terrain.
The exterior resembled the Land Cruiser V8, but the front fascia was typical for a Lexus. The big and swept headlights, the four horizontal bars on the grille, and the big, muscular SUV stance were proof that its owner won’t be unnoticed. The premium appearance was enhanced by chrome details and the side steps. The 20” light-alloy wheels and the rear roof-spoiler were standard features.
Inside, the Lexus was fitted as standard with full-leather upholstery for all seats. In the front, the big center stack hosted the Mark&Levinson audio system with up 19 speakers and an onboard hard-drive for up to 2000 songs offered as an option.
For the drivetrain, the LX 570 was fitted with a 5.7-liter V8 engine mated to a standard 6-speed automatic transmission. The all-wheel-drive system was fitted with a locking center differential and a low-range gear. On top of that, the adjustable suspension offered three levels for comfort, sport, or normal ride.
Based on the same platform as the Toyota Land Cruiser J100, the second generation of the Lexus LX was one of the most luxurious, true-offroad vehicles on the market.
The Land Cruiser J100 was one of those vehicles which made you wonder if there are places on Earth where it couldn’t go. It was adapted to conquer the South Pole and other God forgotten areas where no one has gone before. The Lexus LX was introduced to the market to do exactly the same things as its less-polished brother, but with more luxurious features inside.
With its quad-headlights look, with the broad grille that sported two chromed slats, the Lexus LX showed commanding respect on the road and proved superior abilities off-road. The flared arches were needed to keep the rest of the bodywork clean. While the side-steps were offered as an option and useful only to get inside, the rest of the vehicle showed nothing else but rugged, off-road abilities in a proper off-road, two-box shape.
Stepping inside the vehicle was like one thin line between the wilderness and the comfortable serenity of a luxurious lounge. Its leather-wrapped interior and wood-trims around the cabin formed a mix of exclusivity and hi-tech. Lexus offered a premium sound system that transformed the large SUV into a concert hall on wheels.
Under the hood, Toyota dropped a 4.7-liter V8 engine that provided only 235 hp at 4.800 rpm. It was paired to a rugged 4-speed automatic transmission that sent the power in all corners. A transfer box with low-range gear was fitted as standard.
Lexus introduced the large LX model in 1996 based on the already famous Toyota Land Cruiser J80, which already proved its qualities.
Toyota was eager to show a new premium SUV on international markets, and the bullet-proof, reliable Land Cruiser J80 was its best bet. The Japanese engineers had to add the Lexus-specific design elements and replace most of the interior parts from the cabin.
The LX was big, and despite its rounded edges, it couldn’t hide its dimensions. At the front, the bulky bumper featured two air intakes, supplementing the squared grille placed between the headlights. The design team installed clear, corner-mounted turn signals, in addition to the orange mounted on the front side of the vehicle. On its sides, the LX sported flared plastic moldings over the wheel-arches and doors. A set of side-steps made the ingress and egress more manageable, even though they diminished the ramp breakover angle.
Inside, Lexus replaced the fabric-covered Toyota interior and installed a new, leather-wrapped one. The dashboard design was similar to the one offered on the Land Cruiser J80, but with higher quality materials and different colors that matched the wood trims from the center stack and the door panels. Like its sibling, the LX offered seating for seven, with two jump-seats in the trunk provided as an option. The wide cabin allowed the carmaker to place comfortable seats at the front and, thanks to its long wheelbase and small transmission tunnel, three seats on the bench.
Under the hood, Toyota installed only one engine choice: a 4.5-liter naturally aspirated gasoline engine. It paired it with either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic. Power went in all corners via a high and low gear transfer case and a locking center differential. A rear differential lock was available as an option.