2010 Lexus GX 460 @ The Detroit Auto Show

2010 Lexus GX 460

The Detroit Auto Show was only my second time seeing the 2010 Lexus GX 460, and I came away just as impressed as the first time—it’s the side profile with the muscular wheel wells that makes the new GX so appealing:

2010 Lexus GX 460 Side Profile

Now, I didn’t mind that the side-opening rear door was retained from the previous GX generation, but it’s surprising that the entire rear design has little change to speak of:

2010 Lexus GX 460 Rear

Unusual to stay so true to the previous generation—from About:

2007 Lexus GX 470 Rear

Here’s the full photo gallery of the 2010 Lexus GX 460 at the Detroit Auto Show:

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  1. Not bad.

    - can’t make up my mind. Would it be better to put the reverse lights next to the rear license plate or on the bumper where it makes the bumper look a bit stronger?
    - The way those HIDs are… INTENTIONAL! The headlights would’ve been too reminiscent of the new Prado’s if the headlights were more like the LX’s. They look alright.
    - The center-dash is still a bit awkward. Apparently, everything follows a trapezoidal pattern, and just as the whole structure of the center-dash loosens up a bit towards the top, the two airvents fail to follow the pattern, making the whole thing look like weird cyberbot covered with leather-imitating, soft-touch material.
    - The steering wheel looks cheap and rubbery, but overall, it’s weird how comparing the GX’s interior to the LX’s is like comparing apples and oranges, but the GX seems to display a rather obvious sense of “I’m a bit nicer”. I think Lexus just needs to offer a white on black interior like the LS hybrid’s with the RX hybrid’s two tone door armrests and wood grain and chrome around the window switches.
    - The Prado similarities still bug me…

    BTW, what is that button to the right of the Nav, just below the INFO/Phone button?

  2. @WorldofLuxury: The button below the INFO/PHONE switch is not actually a button but a warning light for the security system. Lexus previously used to mark it with the “security” font, new models now have a pictogram (see RX).
    GX460 looks utterly desirable in my book, more so since the new RX & LX were such disappointments for me to begin with. My only serious gripe is the leather shroud around the gear selector, Lexus’ usual gated shifter would’ve been better.
    A major point in the GX’s favour are the kit levels :-
    - HID headlights, LX-na, RX-yes.
    - LED taillights, LX-yes, RX-na.
    - Front center park sensors, LX-na, RX-na.
    - Fold flat 3rd row, LX-na, RX-na.
    - Parking brake pedal, LX-na, RX-yes.
    - Touchscreen, LX-yes, RX-na.
    - Adequate wood trim, LX-na, RX-na.
    - Ecru/Light brown interior color, LX-na,RX-na.
    As for the front end, the grille looks nicely detailed in these pictures. Overall still a bit odd but acceptable.

  3. speaking from hands on experiance as a Lexus employee who just got training last week at the dealer by lexus corp

    the rear door actually changed alot.

    *it has a liftgate for the glass

    *it has smartaccess on the door handle

    *it has a hidden top mounted wiperblade

    whats cool too is that the inside has a rear mirror that flips down so moms can keep an eye on their kids….

  4. Marc,
    Its funny you mentioned that fold down mirror.  I went to see it about 3 weeks ago and they were going over the whole “it does this and that”  and in my opinion that little feature was probably the easiest and cheapest part of that vehicle but I thought it was one of the coolest things.  I know its in other vehicles but I think these car companies take for granted sometimes a small, cheap, little feature like that can go a long way.

  5. The redesigned GX, to me, resembles the rugged LX 450 of years past. I like it!

  6. wow, thats a sexy friggin car.