Lexus makes some subtle changes to the GX460

It’s still as plush and premium as ever, but with some new added tech
by Leandre Grecia | Aug 26, 2020
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Just a couple of weeks back, Lexus updated the LX570 with a new design package and some new standard features across the range. Now, it has made a handful of changes to the LX’s smaller sibling, the GX460.

As with the LX, the GX gets subtle aesthetic changes and tech upgrades, but it does get a new package. The Premium Plus package that’s now available with the Lexus GX460 offers features from the Premium trim such as new 18-inch silver wheels, heated wood-trimmed steering wheel and a navigation package. It also gets Amazon Alexa integration, new third-row power seats, and a 330-watt Mark Levinson 17-speaker surround sound audio setup.

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Other standard additions across the range include sound-insulating acoustic glass, two new rear USB ports, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect integration that’s available for the first 10 years of ownership. This enables full access to Lexus Enform response centers. The Lexus Enform Remote service is also available for the first year of ownership—this lets you access functions such as locking or unlocking of doors, engine startup, and climate control through a smartphone.

The new Premium Package gets no changes under the hood, so it still packs a 4.6-liter V8 that generates a hefty 301hp and 446Nm of torque. With this setup, the GX boasts a towing capacity of more than 2,900kg. Off-road capabilities are bolstered with a 4x4 drivetrain and a plethora of added features such as downhill assist control, active traction control, vehicle stability control, crawl control, and multi-terrain select.

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It also comes equipped with more performance-oriented tech including the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) and Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS). The KDSS automatically adjusts the vehicle’s cylinders to keep all four wheels on the ground in both on- and off-road conditions.

Meanwhile, the AVS enables on-road smoothness with the use of electronically controlled dampers. The driver can select between three modes—Normal, Sport, or Comfort—and adjust accordingly to different road surface conditions.

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Other added safety features include a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert, intelligent high beams and high-speed dynamic radar cruise control.

So, what do you think of the new Lexus GX460? Would you take this over the LX570?

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