There has been an online buzz about the upcoming Lexus GX dubbed the 2016 Lexus GX. This 7-seater family hauler will feature a Uni-body style and various improvements all round. The truck-based Premium Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) boasts a good mix of true-off-road capability and Lexus level of luxury.
The new model will be offered in a new range of colors including star fire, metallic brown, mica, silver, metallic black and its signature metallic black. The new 2016 Lexus GX is offered in just tree trim levels i.e. the base Lexus GX 460, GX 460 Premium and GX 460 Luxury . The 2016 Lexus GX 470 is reviewed separately.
2016 Lexus GX Exterior
The new 2016 Lexus GX has undergone a radical amount of changes. To begin with, the dimensions have been increased slightly. The new model measures 192.1-inches long, 74.2-inches wide, 74.2-inches tall and has a wheelbase of 109.8-inches. This increase in dimension means there will be increased head and leg room as well as more cargo space.
Lexus has utilized lightweight material such as aluminum on the body of the GX resulting in a reduced curb weight of 5,128 lb. At the front, the vehicle will feature a pronounced spindle grille which is featured on most Lexus models. The grille is flanked on both sides by large headlights that culminate in an aggressive front look. The headlights as well as taillights on the rear have adopted LED lighting technology. The front bumper is integrated with aggressive-looking air dams.
At the rear, the automaker has gone with a wide design which is clean and more conservative. The vehicle also features carved-out fenders and an imposing beltline that result in a truck-like profile. The vehicle will ride on 20-inch alloy wheels.
2016 Lexus GX Interior
Switching gears to the interior, the Lexus GX features an exceptionally designed interior with quality materials. The 2016 Lexus GX is a big car that accommodates 7 passengers in its 3-row seating arrangement. The second row of seats has a 40/20/40 split-folding capacity to enable access to third low of seats as well as increase cargo capacity when required. The third row splits 50/50 with a powered fold-flat technology to increase cargo capacity.
Standard equipment on the GX 460 include leather upholstery, heated driver’s and front passenger’s seat, SmartAccess keyless entry and ignition, a sunroof and a high-grade stereo with satellite radio. The GX 460 has an optional package i.e. the Comfort package which adds a 3-zone climate control, heated second row seats and ventilated front seats.
The second optional package for the GX 460 i.e. the Navigation package adds voice commands, Enform telematics system and an on board guidance. The top trim i.e. the Lexus GX 460 Luxury adds a rear seat entertainment system, semi-aniline leather upholstery and adjustable-height air suspension. There is also an option for a Mark Levinson stereo system. For safety, the GX comes with a driver assistance package and a set of airbags.
Engine Specs and Performance
The Lexus GX 2016 line features a single drive-train under its hood. The unit is a 4.6 L, V8 engine that has capability to produce 301 hp and 329 lb-ft of torque. The engine accelerates from 0-60 mph in 7.8 seconds which is a little disappointing for a V8 engine; were it a V6 it would be acceptable. The engine is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission system.
Power is channeled to all wheels via a computer-managed 4-wheel drive system that features Torsen center differential. To enhance its control, Lexus has equipped the vehicle with Crawl Control which brakes and modulates throttle over steep terrain. There is also a Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System that enables superb on-road stability and off-road travel.
Price and release date
Official information about the vehicle’s release date or price is not yet available. However, according to rumors, the vehicle will be released to Toyota dealerships before the end of this year or early next year.
The starting MSRP price for the base model will be set at around $ 50,140, Lexus GX 460 Premium $ 54,585 while the Luxury trim will cost around $ 61, 515.