The 2020 Lexus GX 460 will arrive this fall with some tweaks both inside and out. Updates include a new grille, new LED highlights, new standard safety tech and a new available off-road package for those looking for a little more ruggedness in their city-slicker SUV.
The GX’s new spindle grille will get your attention as it is much more modern and in line with the rest of the Lexus family than the previous generation. It’s flanked by new standard Premium triple-beam LED headlamps. A Sport Design Package is available as well. It adds an exclusive lower grille surround, rear valence, side mirrors, matte black exhaust tip, scarlet tail lamps and 19-inch alloy wheels with a Gunmetal Metallic finish. The GX comes in seven exterior colors: Starfire Pearl, Atomic Silver, Nebula Gray Pearl, Nightfall Mica, Fire Agate Pearl, Black Onyx and Claret Mica.
The three-row GX seats up to seven passengers. Available features include a wood and leather-trimmed heated steering wheel, crafted exclusively with hand-selected materials. The GX’s available semi-aniline leather is dyed completely through, unlike most leathers with conventional surface dyes. New for 2020, Premium and Luxury grades are equipped with an elegant Gray Sapele wood with aluminum trim. Heated and ventilated front seats are available as a standalone option for the base model and standard on Premium and Luxury models. In the Sport Design Package for Premium and Luxury trims, captain’s chairs comprise the second-row seating. The GX interior is available in four colors: Black, Sepia, Ecru, and all-new Rioja Red with black headliner.
There are no changes under the hood. Like the 2019 model, the 2020 offers a 301-horsepower 4.6-liter V8 producing 329 lb.-ft. of peak torque. The GX will tow up to 6,500-lbs and comes with Trailer Sway Control, a function of the Vehicle Stability Control that enhances straight-line tracking.
The GX 460 also offers a newly available Off-Road Package on the Luxury grade.The package offers off-road technologies such as Lexus’ Multi-Terrain Monitor and Panoramic View Monitors with driver and passenger cameras; transmission cooler; fuel tank protector; Crawl Control; and Multi-Terrain Select.
Multi-Terrain Select allows you to choose drive modes for loose rocks, mud and sand, moguls, and more to optimize drivability. This advanced system regulates wheel spin by automatically adjusting the engine throttle and brakes, helping improve traction. With the Multi-Terrain Monitor and Panoramic View Monitors, front passengers can view front, rear, side, and now under (displaying terrain and tire location underneath your vehicle) camera views on the navigation screen, providing the most avid off-road driver peace of mind.
Four-Wheel Active Traction
A Torsen torque-sensing limited slip center differential distributes power 40:60 front to rear under most driving conditions and changes the ratio as needed based on wheel slip. The four-wheel drive system offers a low range for slow speed off-road driving, and the center differential can be electronically locked.
The two-speed transfer case with low range is supported by a wide array of chassis control technology. With Downhill Assist Control, Hill-start Assist Control, Active Traction Control, Vehicle Stability Control and available Crawl Control, the GX can roam unpaved roads, trails, and steep inclines with confidence.
The Lexus multimedia system on the GX offers a touchscreen with a customizable home screen that can display three sections simultaneously. The available navigation system offers a three-dimensional map view. Rear seat passengers can power their mobile devices thanks to two additional USB ports, bringing the GX’s total to four. Lexus Enform Safety Connect
is included for the first 10 years of ownership. It gives access to Lexus Enform response centers 24/7/365 and the vehicle can also send alerts for specific factory recommended maintenance.
The Lexus Enform Remote service lets you lock and unlock doors, start the engine and climate control, check the fuel level and more all through your smartphone, smartwatch or devices enabled with Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa. And it’s included for the first year of ownership.
Standard Lexus Safety System+
Lexus Safety System+ suite of technologies comes standard on the entire 2020 Lexus vehicle lineup. It includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert, Intelligent High Beams and High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control:
- Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
Lexus Safety System+ includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection that’s designed to help detect a vehicle or a pedestrian in the path of your Lexus under certain conditions. Should it detect a potential frontal collision, it prompts the driver to take evasive action and may automatically prepare Brake Assist for increased brake force and, in some cases, can even automatically brake the vehicle to a stop.
Lane Departure Alert is designed to provide an audible alert if an inadvertent lane departure is detected.
To help provide greater visibility for the driver, as well as fellow drivers, this system offers added illumination to help keep the GX’s driver focused on the road. When the road ahead is clear, the system defaults to high-beam mode, then temporarily switches to low beams when it detects the headlamps or taillamps of vehicles ahead.
- High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
This system uses radar and camera technology to help you maintain a preset speed and following distance from the vehicle ahead. If a driver gets closer than the preset distance, the throttle is automatically reduced, and the brakes may automatically be applied. As soon as the road ahead clears, the GX returns to its preset speed.
The 2020 GX 460 is estimated to arrive in CarProUSA Certified Dealer
showrooms in October.