According to Ward’s Auto, the next generation Lexus GX will be launched this fall, and will be powered by the 4.6L V8 engine that debuted in the 2010 Toyota Tundra.
The 2010 GX 460 will see its exterior and interior redesigned, and should include Lexus’ Remote Touch system and a new rear door.
When asked by Ward’s, Lexus GM Mark Templin didn’t confirm or deny the new GX:
Lexus General Manager Mark Templin declines to confirm the new GX but says the brand wants a continued presence in the segment.
“The largest SUVs have been hit the hardest, but there’s still a segment of the population that wants those vehicles,” he tells Ward’s here during a media preview for the Lexus HS 250h sedan.
“(SUV owners) tow things. They play hard. They do a little bit of off-roading, not much. More than actually doing it, they want to know they can do it if they have to. We still think there’s a viable market with our GX.”
The new engine config is backed up, however flimsy, by the fact that Lexus has trademarked the GX460 name with the US Patent Office. A newly redesign 2010 GX has long been rumored (along with the fact that the exterior will closely resemble the LX), and with this new information leaking out, it seems almost guaranteed.
(Note: The above image is of the 2009 GX, not the rumored 2010 GX.)
[Source: Ward’s Auto]