With the 2018 Lexus GX 460, the Japanese automaker seeks to refresh and reinvigorate its aging SUV series. Although the GX series has basically created the luxury SUV segment, it has fallen behind its competition in the last few years. While the previous GX models had that body-on-frame construction that allowed them to pull off tremendous off-road feats, they still lacked a lot in terms of handling and control. To make the GX 460 competitive once again, the Lexus has decided to equip the latest variant with all of its bells and whistles. With them, the newest model is expected to go against the Audi Q7 and the Acura MDX.
2018 Lexus GX 460 – Rugged and Conventional Look
Just like the previous models, the upcoming 2018 Lexus GX 460 is more focused on rugged and conventional looks, rather than luxury and athleticism. This comes as a no surprise since the GX is primarily an off-road oriented SUV. As opposed to other luxury SUVs, this one features strong, sharp lines and a notable blocky design. When looking at it, one can easily notice plenty of robust design choices and very few aerodynamic ones. However, this design approach does pay off in some ways. The doors are big, the exit and entry are high, while the running boards make entering and exiting the vehicle quite simple. There are also some subtle changes, as well. These come in the form of a revamped “spindle” grille, slightly redesigned headlights and taillights and a new rear spoiler.
Interior Features and Tech Options
Even though the 2018 Lexus GX 460 sports a roomy and convenient interior, it is still behind the leading SUVs on the market. While the Japanese automaker did introduce a number of improvements, it still feels a bit dated. This SUV’s interior is also focused more on durability, ruggedness and available space, not luxury and style. The 2018 Lexus GX 460 interior features a 3-row seating and can easily accommodate up to 7 passengers. Thanks to a flat-folding 3rd seat row, the customers can expect lots of flexibility and cargo configurations.
The headroom and legroom are more than plentiful, as well as cargo space. When it comes to the materials, the base version will get the NuLuxe upholstery treatment, while the premium variants will get real leather. The dashboard features an ergonomic design and conveniently placed buttons. In the tech department, we will see a 3-zone automatic climate control, an 8-inch touchscreen, an optional 17-speaker Mark Levinson sound system, Bluetooth, and a plethora of safety measures.
Under the Hood, Specs and Performance
The upcoming 2018 Lexus GX 460 will sport a single engine variant. This is going to be a 4.6-liter V-8 engine, with 301 horsepower and 329 lb-ft of torque. It will come coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel-drive. With this engine, the SUV will go from 0 to 62 mph in less-than-impressive 7.2 seconds. Its EPA is rated at 15/18 mpg in city/highway conditions and 16 mpg combined.
Arrive and Estimated Price
The latest 2018 Lexus GX 460 will most likely arrive by the end of 2017. Its starting price is estimated at $52.000 and can reach almost $72.000 for a full suite model.