As Lexus LX has its close sibling in Toyota Land Cruiser, the new 2020 Lexus GX 460 will be an American version of smaller, Land Cruiser Prado. Well, the last one is not going to be part of the Toyota’s lineup in the US.
What do we expect from 2020 Lexus GX 460? Probably redesign. Spy photos are not unveiling changes on exterior nor interior. The major update could be a hybrid engine. The three-row vehicle is still without such drivetrain, and Toyota is making everything to hybridize its entire SUV class. Also, F Sport version is possible.
The current generation is already ten years old. No matter how many changes the GX adds every year, a complete overhaul is needed. For the upcoming season we won’t see a new generation, but a redesign. With exterior and interior modifications, the 2020 Lexus GX 460 will get a new appearance. What’s more, the F Sport package can always add sporty details.
2020 Lexus GX 460 Redesign
The 2020 Lexus GX 460 will take the position in a mid-size class. However, this SUV is very big and it can accommodate up to seven passengers. The redesign could shake things up, like for its bigger sibling, LX 570, where designers removed a three-row version for 2019. We could see the new 2020 Lexus GX as 7-passenger only, without a two-row model. But, this is just an idea what could happen in an upcoming season.
The new SUV could be also higher than before. The lifted ride will allow the 2020 Lexus GX 460 to move over higher objects. Fans sent negative feedback about off-road capabilities of the big SUV. The new edition should fix these and other lacks users pointed to.
2020 Lexus GX 460 F Sport
The more good news is coming with the latest rumors. These are mentioning the F Sport is going to be part of the 2020 Lexus GX 460 lineup. This version is the most popular model on GX’s smaller sibling, RX 350. Sportier appearance with new grille and spoilers could maker the SUV more aggressive. Also, there are upgrades in suspension and braking sections. So, the ride will also get benefits from these upgrades.
Foldable seats are offering few options for configuring the interior of the 2020 Lexus GX 460. As a premium SUV, the GX offers numerous features, sometimes these we don’t need too much. Well, the base trim is not offering leather seats, which are available for Premium model. Control panel is transparent and easy to use. Button and knobs are within the driver’s reach, which is also good on the safety side.
The three-row SUV keeps the current lineup for 2020 season. That means there are three configurations to start the build of 2020 Lexus GX 460. Besides the base model, there are Premium and Luxury editions. Some of the standard features are privacy glass and leather steering wheel. Leather seats are available for two upper trim levels. Cooling and heating are added for Luxury model. Heated steering wheels also come with this package, as well as the rear-seat climate control.
2020 Lexus GX 460 Specs
Currently, the mid-size three-row SUV is using only one drivetrain. That is a 4.6-liter unit which can deliver 300 hp. Also, this V8 engine is creating 330 lb-ft of torque. The 2020 Lexus GX 460 will continue to use an all-wheel drive exclusively. A six-speed auto transmission is a transfer case that distributes energy. This combo is good for 15/18 mpg for city/highway, or 16 mpg combined.
GX is not one of the best solutions in its class if you are looking at the fuel economy. But, with upgrades, it can become very interesting. Smaller Lexus crossover and SUVs are using hybrid engines. Only GX and LX are not offering such drivetrains. Nevertheless, if the 2020 Lexus GX Hybrid becomes a reality, the premium model will set a challenge to all its rivals. Well, it is not easy to pair a V8 with an electric motor. Instead, engineers could downgrade the base engine to make it more capable for the hybrid system. With such combo, the GX would get extra miles, but it is definitely about to lose some amount of power.
Since we are mentioning there are efficient vehicles in its class, let’s see who are rivals for 2020 Lexus GX 460. The premium sector is packed with new vehicles. One of the latest one to make some stunning moves is Volvo XC90. This model is getting an autonomous drive for the upcoming season. Also, there are Audi Q7 and BMW X6. But, all these luxury SUVs are trying to catch up with Mercedes-Benz GLE class.
2020 Lexus GX 460 Spy Photos and Release Date
Without spy photos, it is hard to say too much about 2020 Lexus GX 460. Well, the vehicle could just bump to some of the upcoming car shows. The silence is not going to fool fans since the GX really needs a redesign or a new generation. Also, changes among its competition will make the SUV less attractive in current form. With things going so slow at the moment, the new GX 460 will probably come in the second half of 2019.
The new 2020 Lexus GX 460 won’t drop under $50,000. In the matter of fact, the price depends on a number of changes we will see. However, after a redesign, the cost will probably jump to $55k for the base model. Luxury trim is the most expensive, with price over $65,000. What’s more, there are additional upgrades that will make this SUV cost at least $70k.