New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 15, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald-Zeitung □ Friday, March 15,1996 □ 9Wheels
and damage-vulnerable air suspension systems.
Spring rates are about 15 percent softer than those of the Land Cruiser and, in addition to coil springs, a progressive rate rubber spring is installed coaxially with each spring. The spring rate of these hollow springs are low at the start of deformation, rising as suspension compression increases.
Combined with the more compliant coil spring rates, this new design makes possible a supple on-highway ride while retaining maximum capacity for severe off-road conditions.
Enhanced sound insulation materials and body-to-frame mounts control cabin noise, vibration and harshness levels.
Four-wheel disc brakes with three-channel anti-lock are standard.
The anti-lock braking system employs a deceleration sensor to enable the computer system to discriminate between braking and momentary traction loss while driving in slippery conditions.
The LX 450 is rated for a 5,000-pound tow
ing capacity when equipped with a towing hitch receiver. Optional heavy duty equipment packages are not required.
The heart of any SUV, of course, is its four-wheel drive system. The LX 450's drive train employs traction enhancing systems whose sophistication and effectiveness rivals even that of most military vehicles.
All-wheel drive is permanently engaged, utilizing a viscous center differential coupling to distribute torque between front and rear axle. A two-speed transfer case provides high and low ranges, which can be engaged while the vehicle Is in _I motion.
An optional manual differential lock system provides even greater traction. This system permits the driver to manually lock the front axle, rear axle, center differential or all three, when in low range.
The LX 450 has a chiseled horizontal grille that identifies it as a member of the Lexus family. The grille is flanked by large dual beam headlights with integrated clear side marker lenses. I was particularly impressed with the LX 450's high beam headlights, which were the brightest and most effective live come across on any sort of vehicle in some time.
Cabin appointments aboard the LX 450 include three row seating for seven, unique in the SUV segment. The third row seats fold against the cargo area sides when storage is required. Center row seating also folds to create more cargo space and features tumble-forward entry function on both sides to ease third seat entry.
LX 450 seating is fully trimmed with the same leather grade as used in the LS 400 sedan. More than three full hides are carefully selectLexus LX 450go-anywhere capability with luxury
Sport utility vehicle combines
Toyota, wearing its Lexus suit, has combined a heritage of more than 40 years of four-wheel drive experience with customer-driven luxury and quality to produce the LX 450 sport utility vehicle.
Based on the rugged and respected Land Cruis-
David er piat^orrn’ LX 450
^ ll combines go-anywhere
mullens capability with world class
The LX 450 is targeted at affluent buyers who want to make a statement about their active lifestyles without compromising the refinement, features, comfort, safety, dependability and long-term reliability they have come to expect in their luxury sedan or coupe.
Additionally, Lexus is betting that the LX 450 will help retain customers who might otherwise drift toward a Land Rover as they become interested in a four-wheel drive capable vehicle.
The LX 450 platform, which is the Toyota Land Cruiser platform, was engineered to withstand severe usage in the world's most hostile conditions. And in those conditions, it has built a most enviable reputation for getting the job done.
Rather than adaptations of passenger car or light truck components, the Land Cruiser and, consequently, the LX 450 powerplant, steering gear, suspension and drive train, as well as other critical elements were specifically designed for their application and were engineered to survive primitive terrain, temperature extremes, moisture and dust.
Lexus officials candidly admit that most LX 450 owners will never put their vehicles to the ultimate test and, in fact, recognize the fact that many LX 450s will never leave the road. But they quickly add that those lucky enough to own such a vehicle can be confident of their truck's capabilities in poor weather or 'while fighting their way through the worst hazards of urban life.'
And, despite its go-anywhere ruggedness, the LX 450's occupants will enjoy accommodations and a driving environment appropriate to the marque.
Interior appointments rival those of Lexus’ flagship sedan, and newly developed suspension1996 Lexus LX 450
components provide an ideal blend of ride comfort with confident on- and off-road handling.
The powerplant chosen for the LX 450 is well suited for this application. The in-line six-cylinder, with its 24 valves, produce an exceptional 212 horsepower at 4,600 rpm for effortless pulling power.
The LX 450’s standard automatic transmission and electronic control systems are similar to the transmission used in the '96 SC 300 sport coupe, but the 300's sophisticated overdrive 4th gear ratio is changed and a second gear start function has been added to the electronic control system. When selected by a console switch, this feature engages second gear to prevent excess wheel slippage when starting from a standstill on icy, snowy or muddy surfaces.
The new SUV's suspension was carefully tuned to provide responsive on-pavement handling without sacrificing maximum suspension compliance and travel for ride comfort and off-road traction. It provides an optimum blend of characteristics without resorting to complex
ed to trim each LX 450 interior in a warm ivory leather. Wood accents on the center console and door trim complete the rich and tasteful interior.
Automatic climate control with solar sensor, separate rear seat heating system, full function power driver and passenger seats, power door locks, windows and outside rear view mirrors are all standard. Power windows feature retained accessory power and can be activated after the key is removed for 60 seconds or until a door is opened. Power door locks feature anti-lockout, overriding any attempts to lock the doors if the key is left in the ignition. Door locks employ a two-step security unlock function, unlocking only the driver door with a twist of the key, or all doors with a second twist of the key.
The LX 450's standard sound system includes an AM/FM electronically tuned radio with cassette tape deck and an optional six-disc CD changer. The changer is built into the center console for convenient access to front and middle seat occupants.
Total maximum audio system power is 195 watts, powering seven loudspeakers tuned for the vehicle's interior acoustics. A center console-mounted woofer is contained in its own tuned enclosure and powered by a dedicated amplifier producing 55 watts maximum.
Antenna height can be regulated by an instrument panel switch or retracted to avoid damage from overhanging trees or brush.
The LX 450's standard equipment list is so complete that only three options are offered: the CD changer, the front and rear differential lock system, and power tilt/slide moonroof with sliding sunshade.
The base price of my test vehicle was $47,500.
The CD changer added $ 1,050 to that price, and the moonroof $ 1,250.
A dealer installed convenience package that included running boards, a roof rack, rear wind deflector, cargo mat, tow hitch assembly and hood protector added another $ 1,3 IO, and destination charges added $495 to bring the bottom line on the test vehicle's window sticker to $51,605.
(David Sullens, editor and publisher of the New' Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, has written an automotive column for the past 11 years )100 Automobiles 100 Automobiles 100 Automobiles 100 Automobiles 100 Automobiles 100 Automobiles 105 Trucks/Vans 110
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