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Lexus GX460

In August, Lexus unveiled the minor-change GX midsize luxury SUV sporting the spindle grille, the last model from the Japanese premium car brand's stable to receive the new-face treatment. Today, it was Lexus Manila's turn to present the newly revised 2014 GX460 before the motoring media at Bellevue Hotel in Alabang.

What's new for this model upgrade?

First, as mentioned, is the familial spindle grille, complemented by LED headlamps and LED daytime running lights. The headlamps now also come with washers. The rear styling has also been tweaked, now featuring clear taillights. Inside, there's a new eight-inch touchscreen monitor that works with a backing-up camera. The new multimedia system, meanwhile, boasts three display configurations: single display (navigation and map), dual display (navigation/map and audio/compass/other function) and triple display. Finally, the new GX460 is now equipped with trailer sway control for better hauling capability.

The GX460 is still powered by a 4.6-liter gasoline Dual VVT-i V8 that produces 301hp and 446Nm. Of course, it still has a buffet of acronyms that make it such a capable off-road vehicle:

* KDSS - Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System

* AVS - Adaptive Variable Suspension

* DAC - Downhill Assist Control

* A-TRAC - Active Traction Control

* VSC - Vehicle Stability Control

* AHC - Adjustable Height Control

* HAC - Hill-start Assist Control

And how much do the spindle grille and the other new stuff cost? The new GX460 is priced at P5,578,000, or P250,000 more than the previous version, which sold at P5,328,000.

(In the bottom photo is Lexus Manila president Danny Isla proudly showing off the 2014 GX460.)

Lexus GX460

Lexus GX460

Lexus Manila president Danny Isla

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