The Australian off-road landscape will receive a potent mix of rugged capability, torque-rich turbocharged performance and practical luxury when Lexus introduces the new GX large 4×4 SUV, expected here mid-year.
The GX, a nameplate making its Australian debut, offers seven-seat flexibility and genuine off-road and towing capability, and will be available in three distinctive grades. The range opens with the GX 550 Luxury and tops out with a Sports Luxury version.
In between the two is a serious off-roader, the GX 550 Overtrail, a variant loaded with enhanced 4×4 capability with unique features (more on that in a moment). First, the Luxury features leather-accented seat upholstery in either dark grey or black.
It rides on 20-inch alloy wheels and has a full-size spare tyre, LED lighting (including headlamps) with dynamic auto-levelling, rear privacy glass, a rear spoiler and flush roof rails. Both front seats feature eight-way adjustment with lumbar and memory functions.
Heating and ventilation is included, while the outboard second row seats are also heated, and there’s three-zone automatic climate control. The third-row seats may be folded away at the push of a button, with a powered tailgate and fold-out glass hatch.
Connectivity on the GX 550 Luxury comes in the form of a 14-inch touchscreen multimedia system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 10-speaker audio system, 12.3-inch digital multi-information display and a colour head-up display.
Ample charging options include five USB-C ports, a 12V front and 220V rear socket and a Qi wireless charger. A full suite of Lexus Safety Sense active safety technologies are included across the GX range.
The Sports Luxury grade steps up to 22-inch alloy wheels, high-grade headlamps with adaptive high-beam, auto-extending side steps and a fixed panoramic roof. Its seats are upholstered in higher grade semi-aniline leather-accented trim.
This variant features unique ornamentation and instrument panel finishes, a digital rear view mirror and multi-colour ambient interior illumination. Drivers gain a 10-way adjustable seat with a massage function given to both front occupants.
A refrigerated centre storage unit and heated steering are also included, along with adaptive variable suspension (AVS), and a 21-speaker Mark Levinson premium audio system. Now to the Overtrail, a variant that is sure to be popular with off road fans.
It scores the same AVS as the Sports Luxury, but adds a rear locking differential and electronic kinetic dynamic suspension, multi-terrain select off-road traction control, a multi-terrain monitor, downhill assist control and multi-stage crawl control.
It also has a larger alternator to run ancillaries and is differentiated from the rest of the range by its rugged exterior styling, including black 18-inch alloy wheels with all-terrain tyres, extended wheel arch mouldings, and unique bumpers.
Black trim elements and bridge-type roof rails also feature, with the Overtrail available in 5-seat only. That said, it does score olive green Ultrasuede accents and stitching on the front seats, stiffer seat bases with softer side bolsters, and unique door ornamentation.
An additional card-shaped smart key designed to fit neatly into the owner’s wallet and a refrigerated cool box are also included. All GX variants are powered by the same 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine producing 260kW and 650Nm.
Power is channelled through a 10-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode and second start function, driving all four wheels though a full-time 4WD system with low-range gearing and a locking centre differential.
A full 3500kg braked towing capacity is offered on Luxury and Overtrail, and 3130kg on Sports Luxury. Australian customers may select from seven exterior colours for the Luxury and Sports Luxury.
The Overtrail will be offered with two single-colour finishes and four two-tone colours featuring a black roof. More details on the new GX range, including Australian pricing will be shared closer the vehicle’s launch.