The Lexus LX is a full-size luxury sport utility vehicle (SUV) sold by Lexus since 1996. Three generations of the Lexus LX have been produced, all based heavily on the long-running Toyota Land Cruiser series of SUVs. The first generation LX 450 debuted in 1996 as Lexus’ first entry into the SUV market. Its successor, the LX 470, premiered in 1998 and was produced until 2006. The latest third generation Lexus LX 570 debuted at the New York International Auto Show in April 2007 as a complete redesign for the 2008 model year. The LX 570 is not offered to the Japanese market, but is sold by Lexus in Russia, Brunei, Australia, New Zealand, Dominican Republic, China, Indonesia, Philippines, Taiwan, Middle East, and North America; in those regions, the related Land Cruiser is also sold by Toyota. The LX is not available in the rest of the world, where the Toyota Land Cruiser 200 is sold.
The latest two generations of the Lexus LX have featured a V8 engine powertrain, a welded steel unibody shell combined with a full-size steel ladder frame (body on frame construction), and the capacity to seat eight passengers (LX 470 and LX 570). The first generation LX 450, classified as a mid-size SUV, featured an inline-6 engine and capacity for seven passengers. The second generation LX 470 shared exterior styling with the Toyota Land Cruiser Cygnus, sold in Japan. The LX ranks as Lexus’ largest and most expensive luxury sport utility vehicle, sized above the GX and RX series of SUVs. It was Lexus’ most expensive offering until the LS 600h.