The Lexus GX is a mid-size luxury sport utility vehicle (SUV) sold in North American markets in Eurasia by Lexus. The GX stands for Grand crossover. Lexus introduced first generation, known as Lexus GX 470 in 2002, and later became the third SUV to enter Lexus. The 4.7 liter V8 engine in the Lexus GX 470 was the same as used on the larger LX 470 The firm then introduced the second generation model in 2009 now badged Lexus GX 460 to reflect the switch to a 4.6 liter V8 engine, Lexus released later the movement of the lower Lexus GX 400 in 2012 Chinese market, with a 4.0 liter V6 engine.
In the Lexus, the Lexus GX exist between the crossover counterpart, the Rx, and the full premium Lexus LX. All production Lexus GX has happened at the Tahara plant in Japan, alongside Toyota Land Cruiser Prado. In fact, both generations Lexus GXhave heavily based on the Prado, and the latest frontal styling to better Lexus design language. In some areas, significant changes and is only available in small trimmings, such as wheels taillamp lens inserts.
Lexus GX First Generation (J120, 2002-2009)
Lexus introduced the Lexus GX 470 at the North American International Auto Show in January 2002 model 2003, with sales commencing in November 2002. Lexus GX development program started in 1999 following the J120 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado in 1997, and design work by Shoichi Fujiyoshi concludes in the first half of 2000. Being based on the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado (J120), the GX and Prado shared a common platform, mechanicals, and Bodyworks (without front-end), then so had the basic common measures. Similarly, Interiors was the same, with the Lexus more premium touches compared to Toyota-badged version.
The interior came equipped with two rows of seating, and an optional third row are allowed up to eight passengers it carried. However, folding third row with a tight mm 610 (24) of legroom. A Mark Levinson audio system and the Rear Seat Entertainment System available as options. A side-opening rear tailgate was standard.
In 2003, the 2004 model year, the Lexus GX 470’s transmission was improved to a unit no dipstick mark. An optional Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) found as late that year. KDSS freed adjusted stabilizer bars for car compatibility by allowing the wheels to move with a little over rugged, and used front and rear hydraulic valve pressure-sensing and larger stabilizer bars to reduce body roll when-road conditions. Safety improvements for 2004 included roll-sensing feature for the side curtain airbags, tire pressure monitoring system, and rear backup camera system an optional.
The Lexus Lexus GX has various awards including the ‘Four Wheeler of the Year’ in 2003 and 2004 from Four Wheeler Magazine, and Automobile Magazine All Star 2003 in the Mid-Size Sport Utility category. JD Power and Associates named the GX 470 in the highest ranked premium luxury SUV in the first in 2005, and Kelley Blue Book gave the Lexus GX 470 in its Best Value resale Award in 2006.
Lexus GX Second Generation (J150, 2009-present)
The Lexus GX 460 debuted at the China (Guangzhou) International Automobile Exhibition in November 2009. The model went on to body-on-frame construction, full-time four-wheel drive, the transfer case hi-lo, and a Torsen center locking difference. The Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) became the standard. Power came from a new 4.6-liter 1UR-FE V8 engine that produces 224 kW (301 hp) and 446 N · m (329 lb · ft) of torque, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission new. Fuel economy improved over the generation before, during and maximum towing capacity of 2,950 kilograms (6,500 lb). Drag coefficient was reduced to Cd = 0.35. The rear Wiper hidden under the rear spoiler, and at the tailgate sat side-opening, the flip-up glass panel was added.
The inside of the added power to pre-, two passengers third row which is folded flat, allowing wisdom for up to seven passengers, and in the second row sliding or tilting for third row access. Because the third row was no removable and used more space, cargo capacity declined. A toggle switch was filed in the transfer of floor mounted shift lever, and the gauge cluster added steering wheel angle display off road conditions. Similar before, the Mark Levinson sound and dual-display Rear Seat Entertainment System (RSES) were optional, and three-zone climate control, semi-Aniline leather, and the heated second row seats and steering wheel into new options.
On April 13, 2010, Consumer Reports in the United States urged customers not to buy the 2010 model year GX 460, giving it a “Do not buy, Safety Risk” label in its first rating of the vehicle since 2001, following the results of a “oversteer lift-off ‘test emergency. This label was taken on May 7, 2010. The test high-speed, the SUV turned quickly with no input action, causing slide sideways before the vehicle stability control (VSC) began to stop. Consumer Reports said VSC took very little action, and if the tire hit a street or slid off the pavement, rollover accident occurs. The shared-platform Toyota 4Runner passed the test, and when Consumer Reports said it knew the actual events, it recommended fix software. the same day, the car manufacturer Toyota has expressed concern, thanked the magazine, and for a while Lexus GX 460 sales.
While noting that the SUV met all US federal requirements, Toyota confirmed that its testing had copied the results. On April 19, a voluntary recall Lexus GX 460 was issued, and the left-hand-drive Land Cruiser Prado, for a software update to fix the answer to the VSC. With the update software in the area, sales resumed on April 29. Vehicle stability control had been criticized by Wheels magazine for slow response speed models such as Toyota Kluger, and Drive noted that the VSC had also said intervene and quickly. The Wall Street Journal pointed to the lack of VSC decade ago. In September 2013, the Lexus GX updated with the Lexus spindle grille design, LED headlamps new and LED daytime running lights standard, LED foglamps optional. In the US, Lexus GX pricing has been reduced by $4,750.