The mid-size Lexus GX 460 is a luxury, three-row family hauler and a serious off-roader as well. The model uses old-style, body-on-frame design and mighty V-8 engine and still delivers soft ride. The GX 460 gets upscale comfort features by default as well as modern infotainment and safety technologies. The mid-sized Lexus SUV is an alternative to vehicles such as the Land Rover Discovery, Range Rover Velar and Jeep Grand Cherokee.
The existing GX 460 is the part of the second-generation version introduced for 2010 and Lexus is now making the finishing touches on the refreshed 2020 Lexus GX 460. Judging by the spy photos, the changes on the refreshed GX 460 won’t be significant. Most of changes will be centered on the front section of the model with a few new details inside the cabin. No details appeared about the possible powertrain upgrades.
2020 Lexus GX 460: Design
The Lexus GX 460 is easily distinguishable among other SUVs thanks to the massive spindle grille and upright stance. That won’t change much for the new model year but the model should get more modern styling elements.
The 2020 Lexus GX 460 will keep the same body sculpting defined by the bulging side panels and upright body. The focus of the changes for the new model year will be on model’s front fascia. The new version should appear with the refreshed grille version with more defined edges similar to the unit used on the newest LS and LC 500. The model will also get the new headlights with the triple LED style like on the LX model.
Inside the cabin, the model gets a new three-spoke, multi-functional steering wheel as per the newest reports. There should also be a revised instrument cluster and upgraded infotainment features.
The GX 460 will again provide upscale comfort and come equipped with the upscale features by default. The model will have a long list of standard equipment including dual-zone climate control, power front seats and steering column, driver memory setting, etc. The base model should also come with the latest infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen, nine speakers, HD radio, etc.
The upgrades will include high-quality leather upholstery, heated steering wheel, rear seat entertainment, Mark Levinson sound system and more.
There will also be an array of advanced safety systems like adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind spot mentoring, etc. These systems are not available as standard on the existing version and that could change for the new model year.
The GX 460 will also provide plenty of the legroom and headroom in first rows while the third row isn’t very comfortable. There will also be plenty of the cargo space with the rear rows folded. With up to 65 cubic feet of cargo space, the GX 460 is still in the lower section of the class but it is still significant cargo capacity.
2020 Lexus GX 460: Powertrains
No details about the possible mechanical changes for the new model year appeared. The 2020 Lexus GX 460 will likely continue to rely on the mighty but thirsty V-8 engine.
In the existing form, a 4.6-liter V-8 engine provides 301 hp and torque of 329 pound-feet. The engine works in the combination with the 6-speed automatic transmission. With this powertrain setup, the model can tow up to 6, 500 pounds. The fuel economy isn’t its best side with 15 mpg city and 18 mpg highway. The 10-speed automatic transmission has been mentioned in some reports as the possible upgrade for the new model year but no comments from the company to support this claim.
The GX 460 will again be the four-wheel drive by default and a lockable center differential and low-range transfer case will provide strong off-road capability. The model will also use independent front suspension setup and truck-like axle at the rear side with coil springs. There will also be an auto-leveling and adaptive suspension option.
2020 Lexus GX 460: Release, Price
The refreshed 2020 Lexus GX 460 should appear at some major auto show later in the year while in the meantime more details about the upgrades should be known. The price is also a mystery but one will likely need more than $52, 000 to get the refreshed GX 460 in the base form.