Lexus GX: Second Generation

Introducing the Updated 2020 Lexus GX 460

Lexus GX 2020

Lexus has released details on the refreshed 2020 GX 460, which has been updated with a new grille and Lexus Safety System+ as standard.

Here’s the full press release, with photos of the updated SUV.


For drivers of the updated 2020 GX 460, being safe and looking stylish on either Rodeo Drive or Imogene Pass is a cinch. And thanks to an all-new available Off-Road Package featuring Multi-Terrain Select, tackling tough terrain is equally as easy. Adding extra peace of mind is GX’s now standard Lexus Safety System+, completing Lexus’ milestone of equipping all models with standard active safety equipment.

Lexus GX 2020 Rear

Versatility best describes the luxurious three-row GX. It’s not only engineered for all kinds of terrain, including extreme off-road conditions, it also displays exceptional craftsmanship throughout and seating for up to seven passengers. Heated and ventilated front seats are available as a standalone option for the base model and standard on Premium and Luxury models. In the Sport Design Package for Premium and Luxury trims, captain’s chairs comprise the second-row seating.

Lexus GX Front Grille

The 2020 GX wears an updated signature spindle grille that gives it distinctive, standout style which better aligns with the entire Lexus portfolio. Flanking the grille are new standard Premium triple-beam LED headlamps that accent the grille’s refined style. The available Sport Design Package puts an extra touch on the luxury SUV with special details, such as an exclusive lower grille surround, rear valence, side mirrors, matte black exhaust tip, scarlet taillamps and 19-inch alloy wheels with a Gunmetal Metallic finish.


Command the City and the Weekend

A dual-purpose luxury vehicle, GX 460 can go from a short work commute in the city, to a long family vacation deep in the Rocky Mountains. The standard engine is a 301-horsepower 4.6-liter V8 producing 329 lb.-ft. of peak torque. Combine that with a 6,500-lb. towing capacity, and you’ve got an ideal boat hauler. Towing is aided with Trailer Sway Control, a function of the Vehicle Stability Control that enhances straight-line tracking.


Handcrafted Details and Hand-Selected Materials

Elegance is standard on the GX 460. Available features include a wood and leather-trimmed heated steering wheel, crafted exclusively with hand-selected materials. The GX’s available semi-aniline leather is dyed completely through, unlike most leathers with conventional surface dyes. New for 2020, Premium and Luxury grades are equipped with an elegant Gray Sapele wood with aluminum trim.

Lexus GX Interior 2020

The GX comes in seven vibrant exterior colors: Starfire Pearl, Atomic Silver, Nebula Gray Pearl, Nightfall Mica, Fire Agate Pearl, Black Onyx and Claret Mica. The GX interior is available in the following four colors: Black, Sepia, Ecru, and all-new Rioja Red with black headliner.

Lexus Red Interior GX


Control of the Road

Utilizing the technology of the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS), the GX 460 enhances handling and ride comfort by helping to keep the vehicle level in both on and off-road conditions. When the GX encounters an uneven surface, one compressed cylinder causes fluid to flow to the other cylinder, helping the vehicle to keep all four wheels on the ground. The system works without any action needed by the driver.

Lexus GX 2020 in Snow

Another asset of the GX for on-road smoothness is the available Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS). The AVS uses electronically controlled dampers that adjust to road surface conditions. The driver can tailor the ride by selecting from Normal, Sport, or Comfort modes.


Four-Wheel Active Traction

With a full-time automatic four-wheel drive system, the Lexus GX 460 is at home on the backcountry trails as it is in the mall parking lot.

A TORSEN® torque-sensing limited slip center differential distributes power 40:60 front to rear under most driving conditions and changes the ratio as needed based on wheel slip. The four-wheel drive system offers a low range for slow speed off-road driving, and the center differential can be electronically locked.

Lexus GX 2020 Road

The two-speed transfer case with low range is supported by a wide array of chassis control technology. With Downhill Assist Control (DAC), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), Active Traction Control (A-TRAC), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and available Crawl Control, the GX can roam unpaved roads, trails, and steep inclines with confidence.


Off-Road Prowess

Enhancing GX’s already capable skillset when the pavement ends is the all-new Off-Road Package that’s available on Luxury grade. The package offers proven off-road technologies such as Lexus’ Multi-Terrain Monitor and Panoramic View Monitors with driver and passenger cameras; transmission cooler; fuel tank protector; Crawl Control; and Multi-Terrain Select.

Lexus GX Snow 2 2020

Multi-Terrain Select allows you to choose from multiple surfaces such as loose rocks, mud and sand, moguls, and more to optimize drivability. This advanced system regulates wheelspin by automatically adjusting the engine throttle and brakes, helping improve traction. Demanding off-road situations necessitate constant awareness of all surroundings. With the Multi-Terrain Monitor and Panoramic View Monitors, front passengers can view front, rear, side, and now under (displaying terrain and tire location underneath your vehicle) camera views on the navigation screen, providing the most avid off-road driver peace of mind.


Crawl Control – Advanced Technology

Activated with the press of a button, the available Crawl Control system is designed to automatically maintain an optimal slow and steady pace over demanding landscapes. Crawl Control is designed for driving on difficult terrain at low speeds and automatically modulates the throttle and brakes on five low-speed settings, so drivers can keep their focus on steering through difficult terrain.

Lexus GX Rock Climbing

Engaged when the vehicle is in low range, Crawl Control allows the vehicle to move forward or in reverse at one of five driver-selectable low-speed settings. Crawl Control also engages the front and rear “virtual” Locking differentials to help reduce tire slippage and optimize chassis behavior. Crawl Control can also help the driver navigate the GX 460 through sand, mud, or snow.


Multimedia and Connected Technologies

The Lexus multimedia system on the GX offers a touchscreen with a customizable home screen that can display three sections simultaneously. The available navigation system’s three-dimensional map view makes it an even more effective driving partner. Rear seat passengers can power their mobile devices thanks to two additional USB ports, bringing the GX’s total to four.

Lexus GX Interior AGain

Drivers can navigate with peace of mind thanks to Lexus Enform Safety Connect, which is included for the first 10 years of ownership. It allows for access to Lexus Enform response centers 24/7/365. With Lexus Enform Service Connect, the vehicle can also send alerts for specific factory recommended maintenance, simultaneously alerting a preferred Lexus retailer.

The Lexus Enform Remote service lets you lock and unlock doors, start the engine and climate control, check the fuel level and more all through your smartphone, smartwatch or devices enabled with Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa. And it’s included for the first year of ownership.


Lexus Safety

The Lexus GX 460 is equipped to handle today’s modern family and is designed to help them arrive in style, comfort, and safety wherever their adventures lead.

Bolstering this mission is the addition of the Lexus Safety System+ suite of technologies that is now standard on the entire 2020 Lexus vehicle lineup. Lexus Safety System+ includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert, Intelligent High Beams and High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

From advanced lane-assistance technology to intuitive high beams that offer added illumination to help keep you focused on the road ahead, this integrated suite of standard active safety equipment brings us one step closer to a world without crashes.

Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection

Lexus Safety System+ includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection that’s designed to help detect a vehicle or a pedestrian in the path of your Lexus under certain conditions. Should it detect a potential frontal collision, it prompts the driver to take evasive action and may automatically prepare Brake Assist for increased brake force and, in some cases, can even automatically brake the vehicle to a stop.

Lane Departure Alert

Lane Departure Alert is designed to provide an audible alert if an inadvertent lane departure is detected.

Intelligent High Beams

To help provide greater visibility for the driver, as well as fellow drivers, this system offers added illumination to help keep the GX’s driver focused on the road. When the road ahead is clear, the system defaults to high-beam mode, then temporarily switches to low beams when it detects the headlamps or taillamps of vehicles ahead.

High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control

This system uses radar and camera technology to help you maintain a preset speed and following distance from the vehicle ahead. If a driver gets closer than the preset distance, the throttle is automatically reduced, and the brakes may automatically be applied. As soon as the road ahead clears, the GX returns to its preset speed.

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That grill could have used some further texturizing and refinement... it looks like a huge sheet across the front. Looks nice otherwise.

Red leather interior is killer!
 

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Lexus has released details on the refreshed 2020 GX 460, which has been updated with a new grille and Lexus Safety System+ as standard.
Here’s the full press release, with photos of the updated SUV.

For drivers of the updated 2020 GX 460, being safe and looking stylish on either Rodeo Drive or Imogene Pass is a cinch. And thanks to an all-new available Off-Road Package featuring Multi-Terrain Select, tackling tough terrain is equally as easy. Adding extra peace of mind is GX’s now standard Lexus Safety System+, completing Lexus’ milestone of equipping all models with standard active safety equipment.

Versatility best describes the luxurious three-row GX. It’s not only engineered for all kinds of terrain, including extreme off-road conditions, it also displays exceptional craftsmanship throughout and seating for up to...
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I want to see a side profile to try to determine how much the front overhang changed, if at all. I also would like to see a side shot of the front end to get a better feel for the grill design/flow when it's not dead-on from the front.
 
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At least, Lexus should have updated the NAV system the way they did with LX. Really not impressed, basically same look with little different front.
 

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As far as I can tell this refresh *does* include the 10th-generation nav; they specifically mentioned the 3D mapping that's a feature of it.

Beyond that, we knew going in that this was a minor refresh ahead of an all-new model in 2-3 years.
 
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As far as I can tell this refresh *does* include the 10th-generation nav; they specifically mentioned the 3D mapping that's a feature of it.

Beyond that, we knew going in that this was a minor refresh ahead of an all-new model in 2-3 years.
Taking a look at the pictures, that is unfortunately not the 10th generation nav system, that is astoundingly the same old 8th gen nav that's been on the GX since 2014 (Which featured 3D/birds eye orientation as well). Gen 10 is easily spotted by its blue map color scheme and would have features such as CarPlay, this one unfortunately doesn't seem to have that - ouch!
 

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... Does this GX not have CarPlay and Android Auto...?
This is what I want to know... they couldn't really do it for the 2020 RX and then leave the GX/others out high and dry, could they?

The mid-cycle SUV refreshes are looking great, though. Just compared this to the outgoing model and it's a really nice set of subtle improvements.
 

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This is what I want to know... they couldn't really do it for the 2020 RX and then leave the GX/others out high and dry, could they?
Yeah, no mention of either CP or AA in the press release. Either someone on the Lexus PR team made a massive oversight, or this refresh was even more pointless than we thought.
 
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This is disappointing but if I had to speculate, Lexus probably chose to keep the 8th gen system solely because of screen size. Every 10th gen system with built-in navigation has a much wider display. So Lexus had 3 options... 1. Keep the existing 8th gen system. 2. Redesign the dash to incorporate a larger, wider display. 3. Develop all new hardware/software for a one-off 10th gen system that fits. The last 2 blowing the budget on a vehicle with 2 maybe 3 years of life left.

What seems more likely is Lexus developing an available CarPlay update (for dealers to sell) on all 8th-9th gen systems down the road.
 
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So they refreshed nothing other than front lights (excluding turn signal ugh), front grille, and some parts of center console, gauge for city driving? Same ancient infotainment system??? Who would buy this? Software honestly should be the easiest part to upgrade. Honestly, what is Lexus infotainment department doing? Nothing?
 

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A big thing with dealers was a captains row option which it gets and a red leather option it seems. That said its pretty shocking this is now ten years old and on a third refresh. The thing is sales numbers do not lie and this thing has turned itself into a bread and butter SUV.

I assume Lexus is like "we would love to do something else but holy cash cow batman". Now how much longer does thing stay around until a new model?
 

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I wonder if the Sport Design and Off-Road Packages can be combined on the Luxury trim level?

To me, the biggest surprise was the lack of a 2-row option to match LX.
 

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A big thing with dealers was a captains row option which it gets and a red leather option it seems. That said its pretty shocking this is now ten years old and on a third refresh. The thing is sales numbers do not lie and this thing has turned itself into a bread and butter SUV.

I assume Lexus is like "we would love to do something else but holy cash cow batman". Now how much longer does thing stay around until a new model?
GX has had 2nd row captains chairs as an option since I think 2017? But yes, red leather is killer!
 
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