A lot of people can’t wait to see the new model of the 2023 Lexus GX 460. The 2022 YM came with minor updates, which let us dream about the big redesign. It would be time. The current generation is more than 10 years old (debuted in 2009), the SUV is quite popular, so it is a big surprise why Lexus and Toyota (parent company) are not launching the all-new GX. Well, companies are not officially announcing that, but everything indicates that in 2023 we’ll see the third generation.
Here are a few clues. First of all, Toyota is updating the 4Runner, a non-premium sibling of the GX. Then, there is a non-US counterpart, Land Cruiser Prado, which also is heading to the new generation. So, with such changes in the same segment, we doubt Lexus will skip to use the momentum and build the fresh SUV. The GX 460 is a vehicle for the future, smaller and more affordable than the LX, and more powerful than the RX.
Under the bonnet of the GX 460 will remain a V8 engine. The SUV is not facing the replacement like its bigger sibling. For the next LX, engineers will prepare a twin-turbo V6, which will be there instead of the robust 5.7-liter displacement. The mid-size luxury SUV sticks to a 4.6-liter mill which is good for 301 hp and 329 lb-ft of torque. An eight-cylinder plant is very thirsty, returning only 15/19 mpg at this point. However, the new generation should be a little bit lighter, which leads to improvements in the gas mileage sector. A six-speed automatic gearbox is also certain as the best combo for the V8. Lexus might try to get better in the fuel economy with some other transmission, for example, an 8-pace case. An all-wheel drive is standard, which gives grounds why the consumption is so high.
The 2023 Lexus GX 460 Hybrid is one of the hottest rumors about the luxury SUV. The biggest obstacle is the size of the vehicle. Such systems still can’t perform like the classic petrol units. Yes, we have high-performance hybrid SUVs, but none of them is able to do off-roading like the GX. So, if anyone can pull this off, that is Lexus. The focus is on the improvement of the gas mileage, but the 4×4 drive is the best thing about this SUV.
2023 Lexus GX 460 Redesign: Exterior and Interior
The big update brings a lot of changes, outside and inside. Fans were waiting for too long. Expectations from the 2023 Lexus GX 460 redesign are big. A bold exterior is something everyone wants to see. The spindle grille is still eye-catching, but old. A refreshment will do a big job. Hood, light, and bumper upgrades will follow.
The all-new interior should be one of the priorities. The GX remains a three-row SUV with seven seating spaces. Buyers can opt for captain’s chairs in the middle row. This is going to be a larger upgrade since the package brings more features and advanced safety systems. Standard, Premium, and Luxury trims will also be carried over. But, the next-gen SUV is also getting a special, debut package. More color options, hi-tech gadgets, smart services, and connectivity systems will be there as well.
2023 Lexus GX 460 Release Date, Competition
We are still waiting for the official update about the GX. The company is currently focused on the all-new LX600, a replacement for the LX570. This change is affecting the entire SUV lineup since fans of GX and RX are also expecting new models. Either way, the 2023 Lexus GX 460 is not coming before the last quarter of 2022. It might even happen that the all-new version debuts as 2024 YM. The pandemic is causing a lot of delays.
The market for luxury vehicles is growing. The main advantage of the GX is the off-road capability. The vehicle is one of the best combinations of luxury and utility. By picking GX over LX, you can save about $30,000 and still get a V8 engine. There are no too many mid-size SUVs that can keep pace with this model off the road. Land Rover Defender is one of them. However, adventurers are going to sacrifice luxury for utility. That is why Toyota 4Runner and Jeep Wrangler are more popular – for $20,000 difference in price, instead of fancy and luxury features, they can order off-road bundles and make their ride meaner.