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Hardcore Lexus GX Off-Road Concept Was Built For Epic Adventures

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Lexus has shown off its new off-road GX concept at the FJ Summit.

Last month, Lexus gave the aging GX SUV a refresh for the 2020 model year. The updated luxury SUV features some visual changes including a new spindle grille and new standard Premium triple-beam LED headlamps, but the main new addition was an optional off-road package available for the Luxury trim, which added new Multi-Terrain Select tech that optimized the SUV for different surfaces such as loose rocks, mud, and sand, among other upgrades.

Taking the popular SUV's off-road prowess to the next level is the Lexus GXOR Concept (standing for GX Off-Road), which has debuted at the FJ Summit in Colorado. While most concepts are created to excite enthusiasts, Lexus says that passionate GX owners inspired the automaker to create the GX Off-Road Concept SUV.

Among the upgrades Lexus has fitted to the off-road concept for owners who enjoy embarking on epic off-road adventures include a Safari snorkel, a rigid 50-inch light bar, upgraded suspension with increased ground clearance, a roof rack, and a custom bumper with an integrated winch. The GX Off-Road Concept rides on Lexus F Sport 18-inch wheels wrapped in chunky off-road tires and comes with full underbody armor for extra strength. You can see the Lexus GX Off-Road Concept in action tackling some tricky terrain with a matching camper trailer in a video released by the automaker.

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No powertrain upgrades were mentioned, so the concept likely uses a 4.6-liter V8 engine producing 301 horsepower and 329 lb-ft of torque. In the standard GX, power is sent to the four-wheel-drive system through a six-speed sequential-shift automatic transmission. Lexus hasn't said if there are any plans to put the rugged off-roader into production, but the GX Off-Road Concept will be displayed at the FJ Summit this week until July 21. The standard 2020 Lexus GX, on the other hand, will go on sale sometime this year and will start at $52,505.