Nearly every major carmaker has a lineup of Luxury vehicles. While Nissan sells its luxury models under the brand Infiniti, for Toyota it is Lexus series. The Lexus sedans and crossovers are quite popular in global car market and Toyota keeps enhancing the models with new features to keep up with time and competition. The Lexus GX 460 shares the platform with Toyota Land Cruiser Prado and has links with Toyota 4Runner as well. However, in refinement and luxury features it races ahead of its mainstream SUV siblings. The Lexus GX460 2017 is going to get some new features and enhancements, as per industry sources.
2017 Lexus GX 460 – Exterior Body Styles and Interior Changes
The exterior of the Lexus GX 460 2017 will be made on a new platform. Usage of aluminum and sturdy yet lightweight materials ensures the body weight will be less and this will have a positive impact on the fuel efficacy. The front side bumper will get a revamp and it will feature new LED fog lamps. The front grille of the 2017 GX 460 has also got a refresh which gives it tender look. Even the rear lamps are LED based now. Chances are the 2017 model will be fitted with redesigned 20 inch alloy wheels. The SUV has more or less a square-shaped body and lacks the curvature. However, the side opening backdoor of the 2017 Lexus GX 460 may not be well in some situations. High seating position in it ensures excellent outward visibility. Overall, the exterior design still reminds one of its truck origins.
The cabin of the 2017 Lexus GX 460 is absolutely luxurious, as you may expect from a car belonging to this class. The three rows of seats can accommodate up to 7 passengers comfortably. The 40/20/40 split flat folding seats at rear rows ensure you can pack in more luggage when the need is there. The leg room and headroom across all the rows are adequate. However, the children are best suited to be placed in the third row than adults. There is a state of the art infotainment system with touch screen and Lexus Enform application suite. You can opt for luxurious Mark Levinson 17-speaker sound setup too. The DVD back seat double screen framework can also be installed. Higher trims of the model get expensive leather upholstery and wood parts inside while the base trim gets faux leather seats. The anti-lock brakes and stability control are packed in as safety features in the 2017 Lexus GX 460. You also get 10 airbags, Active front head restraints. In all models, there is Safety Connect- a roadside assistance system based on navigation. A forward-collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning and blind-spot monitor enhance safety levels. However, the dated body design of the model may affect its safety score in crash tests. The rearview camera comes as standard and surround-view cameras are optional. As far as comfort and entertainment goes, the 2017 Lexus GX 460 does very well. The models all come equipped with Siri Eyes Free service and connectivity options like USB, Bluetooth and satellite radio are thee in-built.
2017 Lexus GX 460 – Modification under the Hood
The 2017 Lexus GX 460 is likely to come with a new a V-8 4.6 L engine that generates 301 HP. It is likely to be fitted with a six or eight speed automatic transmission gearbox. Both AWD and FWD will be on offer, as per the sources. The combined fuel consumption borders at 20 MPG. The active traction control and downhill assist control aid driving to an extent and by default more power is allocated to the SUV’s rear wheels. This makes driving it on snowy driveways less tedious compared to some rivals. However, its acceleration leaves something to be desired since it reaches 0 to 60 mph in about 7.8 seconds. Ride quality is rather good and cabin noise remains minimal on more or less all terrains.
2017 Lexus GX 460 – Price and Expected Release Date
It is likely that 2017 Lexus GX 460 will not have a steep price tag despite its class. The base trim will be priced around $ 53000 and subsequent trims will be priced higher, the highest one costing close to $ 71,000. By the first quarter of 2017, it will be made available. Overall, the new 2017 Lexus GX 460 has a lot going for it. The exterior changes are not drastic but they do lend it a trendy and sporty appeal. The interior is also refined and quality oozes in every square inch- be it the trims, seats or panels. Safety features while adequate, may not match those of its German rivals, especially the VW models. The main rivals of 2017 Lexus GX 460 are BMW X5, Audi Q7, QX60 and Acura MDX. The Lexus may also face some steep competition in areas like mileage and acceleration. Price wise, however, you do get a lot in the luxury SUV.