The updated luxury SUV also comes with new standard safety tech.
Having been on sale for ten years, the second-generation Lexus GX is one of the oldest models in the company's current lineup. The luxury SUV was given an update for the 2014 model year with a gigantic spindle grille as well as new LED headlights and LED daytime running lights offered as standard. Rather than launch an all-new redesigned model, Lexus has instead decided to give the GX another refresh for the 2020 model year.
Compared to the outgoing model, the 2020 GX gets an updated signature spindle grille featuring a more angular 3D pattern that makes the SUV look more menacing while keeping the styling consistent with other new Lexus models. Flanking the grille are new standard Premium triple-beam LED headlamps. Lexus is also offering a Sport Design Package for Premium and Luxury trims that offers unique flourishes including an exclusive lower grille surround, rear valence, side mirrors, matte black exhaust tip, scarlet taillamps and 19-inch alloy wheels with a Gunmetal Metallic finish.
Also new for the 2020 Lexus GX is an available off-road package available on the Luxury trim, which adds an abundance of 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.
The latter allows you to optimize the driving experience for different such as loose rocks, mud and sand, moguls, and more to optimize driveability. This advanced system regulates wheelspin 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. Craw Control, on the other hand, is designed for low-speed off-roading experiences by automatically maintaining a steady pace while the SUV's gearbox is in low range.
Like last year's model, the luxury SUV will be sold in the GX 460 guise with a 4.6-liter V8 engine developing 301 horsepower and 329 lb-ft of torque, which is sent to the four-wheel-drive system through a six-speed sequential-shift automatic transmission. A Torsen limited-slip differential and a two-speed transfer case further enhance the SUV's off-roading prowess.
For the 2020 model year, the Lexus Safety System+ now comes as standard across the entire GX range, which includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert, Intelligent High Beams and High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. No word yet on availability, but the 2020 Lexus GX will start at $52,505 when it goes on sale.