2022 Lexus GX Gets First Technology Upgrade In Years

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And a new Black Line Special Edition.

When a vehicle doesn't receive a major update for over a decade, it tends to do one of two things; die off, or thrive - with its antiquity becoming a selling point. The Lexus GX falls into the latter category. The second-generation GX 460 model first debuted back in 2009, and only received a minor update two years ago. Finally, the 2022 Lexus GX has received some new technology in the dash, replacing the outdated infotainment system that's been around since Obama's first term in office.

The original eight-inch touchscreen is gone, replaced by a new 10.3-inch unit mounted higher on the dash. Not only is the screen larger, but it now packs Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa integration. Other interior changes include a redesigned center console and six USB ports.

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Nothing changes under the hood, where the GX still calls upon an ancient 4.6-liter V8 producing only 301 horsepower and 329 lb-ft of torque, going out through an eight-speed automatic transmission. It's not swift or efficient, but the powertrain is simple, smooth, and enables decent off-road performance. This drivetrain also allows for a decent towing capacity of 6,500 pounds.

Lexus continues its Black Line Special Edition series on the GX, giving it 18-inch gloss black wheels, unique bumper valences, a black grille surround, and Garnet Red tail lamps. The Black Line Special Edition comes in Starfire Pearl, Black Onyx, or an exclusive Nori Green Pearl.

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No pricing is available for the 2022 GX, though we doubt it will stray too far from last year's $53,450 starting price. Lexus will soon release new versions of its GX and LX SUVs, set to arrive sometime in 2024. Expect these models to ride on an all-new GA-F platform and ditch the old school V8s in favor of turbocharged V6 engines with hybridization. These latest updates should keep the GX fresh enough for two more model years when the replacement arrives.

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