Lexus LX470: Now, You Know
- Lexus LX470 was actually the second generation of Lexus LX. Its exterior design was based on the Toyota Land Cruiser Cygnus, a model that was sold only in Japan. The LX470 and the Land Cruiser looked very similar to each other-the only apparent differences were their front ends and interior styling. LX470 was given a quad-headlamp and a larger grille.
- One of the amazing suspension features of the Lexus LX470 was the Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS). It had the capacity to select from a number of settings and alter the firmness of the shock absorber in just 2.5 milliseconds at each wheel.
- In 2002, Lexus LX470 offered the world's very first active automotive night vision system. This safety feature basically had an infrared camera and could project information on the windshield using a head-up display. It also came in with the option to adjust its brightness with a dimmer knob.
- Lexus LX470 was the most expensive vehicle that Lexus ever sold. Many people would have thought it was the LS430; but even with the LS430's optional features, the price of the LX470 would still be unsurpassed. It was pegged at around $8,000 higher than the LS in 2003.
- Steven Spielberg is popularly known to be an avid fan of Lexus cars and actually owns a Lexus LX470 himself. He once requested the car manufacturer to design a vehicle, which appeared in the movies "Minority Report" and "The Island."
- Lexus initiated a recall of around 39,000 LX470 vehicles in 2010 to address the possibility of steering shaft problems. It was discovered that there was a tendency for the snap ring to disengage whenever the front wheels of the LX470 hits an object severely, eventually damaging the steering shaft. This problem with the Lexus LX470 was addressed by redesigning the snap ring and adding a component to prevent steering shaft disengagement.
- The Lexus LX470 had its fleeting "star" moments, too. It was briefly featured in a bunch of films and TV series including Godzilla, MacGruber, Jackass: The Movie, War of the Worlds, Rush Hour 3, Quantum of Solace, Six Feet Under, The OC, and Ghost Whisperer.