If you need a luxury SUV which is good in on-road so as in the off-road drive, then you should consider the Lexus GX 460. The 2018 Lexus GX 460 has recently been released for sale and it has only brought some minor changes which include more standard features and more options considering comfort. However, the latest news indicates that the Lexus manufacturer is also preparing the newest version of this popular model which should arrive as the 2019 Lexus GX 460.
The Lexus GX 460 is a luxury sport utility vehicle which is very capable and provides a smooth ride. Although its exterior is a bit outdated, inside the cabin, the GX 460 offers plenty of modern technology. The interior is spacious and comfortable too, but its cargo space is a bit shallow and limited. Under the hood, it is powered by a strong V-8 unit and standard all-wheel drive system. Unfortunately, the GX 460 shows poor fuel efficiency and acceleration also.
The 2018 Lexus GX 460 has arrived pretty much unchanged from the current model and it brought only some upgrades in the tech department. Those include a semi-aniline bench seat which is now standard on the Luxury trim. As well, the base model is now available with heated and ventilated seats and the captain’s chair second-row seating comes in the Sport Design Package.
Finally, the carmaker is preparing the new 2019 Lexus GX 460, but we assume that it should also arrive almost unchanged from the current model. Perhaps we could see some adjustments in the exterior styling in order to make it more competitive. Furthermore, it should also arrive in the same trim levels which include the base, Premium, and Luxury versions.
Its main rivals on the market are Audi Q7, BMW X5, Volvo XC90, Mercedes-Benz GLE Class and Land Rover Discovery. Compared to the Audi Q7, GX 460 offers less spacious and less cozy cabin.
2019 Lexus GX 460 engine and performance
The new 2019 Lexus GX 460 will be powered by the same engine as the current model and there is one single option under the hood. It is a 4.6-liter V-8 engine which is able to develop 301 horses and 329 pound-feet of torque. This engine pairs with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The all-wheel drive system is standard. It is able to reach 60 mph in 7.8 seconds. As for the fuel economy, it gets 15 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway.
Design of exterior and interior
When it comes to exterior design, the 2019 Lexus GX 460 will feature the well-known square and boxy appearance. It is very tall too and the entry and exit are high but it features large doors. The front end is dominated by the large spindle grille and a pair of LED headlamps. Perhaps, the GX 460 could get some minor refreshments of the front and rear fascias in order to look fresh. It will ride on standard 18-inch wheels.
When it comes to the interior, the 2019 Lexus GX 460 will offer spacious and comfortable cabin which will get many modern features. It has three rows of seats and it is able to welcome up to seven passengers. The third row is flat-folding which provides more cargo space. As well, the third row is mostly suitable for children. The base model gets NuLuxe upholstery while the Premium trim will add real leather upholstery. The dashboard will feature an 8.0-inch touchscreen with the infotainment system. The Android Auto and Apple CarPlay won’t be in the offer.
As for the equipment, the base model comes standard with power front seats, a moonroof, a rearview camera, cruise control, power features and so on. The heated and ventilated front seats, navigation, smartphone-app connectivity and blind spot monitors will be optional. The Premium trim will add navigation, mahogany trim, and heated and ventilated trims. Finally, the Luxury trim will receive a rear air suspension, a heated steering wheel, and adaptive suspension. The dual-screen rear-seat DVD entertainment and Mark Levinson audio system with 17 speakers will be optional.
As for the safety, all models come with 10 airbags, a rearview camera, active head restraints and Bluetooth for hands-free calling. The blind-spot monitors, automatic high beams, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and automatic emergency braking will be optional.
Release date and price
The carmaker still hasn’t said when the 2019 Lexus GX 460 will go on sale. Its price should be similar to the one of the current model which starts at around $52,000.