In the past several months, most reports were suggesting that the current generation of this luxury SUV will carry on for another couple of years. These days, it seems certain, as the 2020 Lexus GX460 is about to come with novelties that will make it competitive for another couple of years. According to the latest reports, we are about to see a fine amount of novelties for the next year. Naturally, most of them will be in terms of styling.
The testing model has been spotted and it wears a camouflage at the front end. Also, we are about to see some interesting tweaks on the inside. Mechanically, we probably won’t see any notable change. The 2020 Lexus GX460 is about to continue with the familiar powertrain and other parts. All this indicates that we could see it on the market a little bit earlier than usual, but still not before the last quarter of the year.
2020 Lexus GX460 Redesign
Despite the update, the 2020 Lexus GX460 won’t change in terms of base design characteristics. It will remain one of the rare bird in the luxury segment that still rides on a traditional body-on-frame. These days, this is probably the main reason why GX is still popular. Simply, many drivers still appreciate more its impressive off-road characteristics and utility, than better on-road driving characteristics, which is typical for most rivals.
In terms of the styling, this update is about to bring a fine amount of novelties. Of course, most of them will come at the front end, where we can notice a camouflage on the testing model. We expect modifications on headlights, grille and other parts, which will bring this old SUV closer to the brand’s new design language. So, count on narrower headlights, more accentuated spindle grille etc.
When it comes to the interior design, the latest reports suggest that the 2020 Lexus GX460 won’t change too much. Practically, the biggest novelty will be a new steering wheel, which should be borrowed from Lexus’ passenger cars. Other than that, we don’t expect any notable change, even on the dashboard. Of course, new color schemes seem very likely. Also, some reports suggest that we could see a new touchscreen, along with a new infotainment system. We are still waiting for the official confirmation.
Other than that, we count on a familiar layout. In terms of size, this is pretty much typical mid-size SUV, which comes with standard three rows of seats. Also typically for the class, the third row isn’t that generous when it comes to legroom and should be left for kids. When it comes to the cargo area, you can count on about 11.6 cubic feet behind the third row, while the overall capacity goes up to 65 cubic feet.
In terms of tech goodies, there is a chance to see a new infotainment system, along with the touchscreen. According to the latest reports, the new infotainment system would come with many improvements and include smartphone integration goodies like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Other than that, we could see a couple of additions to the current list of standard equipment, which includes things like satellite radio, HD Radio, a nine-speaker stereo, a 120-volt household-style power outlet, Bluetooth, two USB ports, and a moonroof.
When it comes to safety, the latest reports suggest that most of the features will be standard already in base versions. This includes systems like front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning etc.
2020 Lexus GX460 Engine
Under the hood, we count on the same, well-known V8 engine. It is a 4.6-liter unit, which delivers 301 horsepower and 329 pound-feet of torque. Latest reports are suggesting that the 2020 Lexus GX460 could come with a nice power boost. That would definitely be a great novelty. If this happens, don’t be afraid that this power boost could negatively affect fuel economy. It is already pretty bad, as the GX returns just 15 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway. On the other side, max towing capacity is pretty good and goes around 6.500 pounds. When it comes to the transmission, count on the same 6-speed automatic gearbox.
2020 Lexus GX460 Release Date and Price
The 2020 Lexus GX460 will come with updates. However, it looks like it won’t come much earlier than usual. Most likely, it will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year. When it comes to the price, we don’t expect bigger changes compared to the current model, which starts at around 52.500 dollars.