2018 Lexus GX460: What should we expect?

The Lexus GX460 is one of few truly off-road capable three-row
mid-size SUVs with the body-on-frame based structure and
standard V-8 engine which can drive your family on all terrains
plus be comfortable on the road and deliver high-end luxury and
tech features. However, this capable and well-equipped vehicle
was the all-new for 2010 model year and with the 2014 model
year subtle styling refresh, it is expected for the thorough
redesign in coming years. The next version of this model will
come as the 2018 Lexus GX460 but will it upgrade to the current
version?

What could be new for 2018?

While the Lexus presented the new LS sedan and refreshed NX
compact crossover, the destiny of the 2018 GX460 is still the
mystery. However, if we want to believe other sources this
model will again be put on hold when it comes to the serious
changes. Lexus will likely offer some tech and trim
enhancements while the decision about the future of this model
and the possible redesign should be under consideration in the
upcoming model years.

2018 Lexus GX460

2018 Lexus GX460: Design

The newest models Lexus presented are the proof that this brand
won’t radically change its design approach in the near future.
This means that polarizing spindle grille will remain the
dominating element of brand’s styling. However, models
will get the somewhat more sculpted body and its elements.

However, as the things now stand, the 2018 Lexus GX460 won’t
change much in any aspect and that also applies to model’s
styling. So, it will continue in upright form with the
pronounced lines and gaping grille upfront. Lexus might
modernize lighting clusters like on the newest models adding
also new color options and some details but we don’t expect
radical changes.

Interior, features:

Inside this model will be a nice place to be but don’t expect
it to impress like some of its rivals. Nevertheless, it can be
more luxurious and equipped than you will ever need. It will
have comfortable front seats and satisfying middle comfort
while the rearmost seats will accommodate kids. The higher trim
levels will bring authentic trim accents and soft leather while
the newest infotainment features will keep you connected.

The new version could grow the display from the current 8-inch
and update infotainment features alongside with the safety rig.
On the other hand, the base models will include 18-inch alloy
wheels, automatic LED headlights, dual-zone climate control,
power steering wheel and front seats, infotainment interface,
etc.

The Luxury version will add to that with the adaptive
suspension, upgraded leather padding, heated steering wheel,
wood trim and more safety equipment.

The new safety features could be added to the current level of
equipment which includes lane departure warning, forward
collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic
alert, etc. Most of these safety features should be standard.

2018 Lexus GX460

2018 Lexus GX460: Performance

Lexus has replaced its venerable V-8 engine with the twin-turbo
V-6 engine in its new sedan model but the new 2018 Lexus GX460
will likely stick with the current engine. A 4.6-liter V-8 can
produce 301 hp and reaches torque of 329 lb-ft at 3, 500 rpm.
Combined with this engine is a six-speed transmission system.
The standard feature is also a full-time four-wheel drive
system. It comes with a dual-range transfer case.

This power hardware can push this vehicle to 60 mph in 7.2
seconds. It can tow up to 6, 500 pounds. As for the fuel
economy, expect 15 mpg city and 18 mpg highway.

2018 Lexus GX460: Arrival, Price

If the reports about the new 2018 Lexus GX460 turn out to be
true the price of this model won’t change much either. It will
start from around $52, 000. The arrival should be late
this year.