2017 Lexus GX 460 Redesign
The current generation of the GX 460 has been soldiering on since 2009. This luxury vehicle is one of the few remaining traditional body-on-frame SUVs. Although it still manages to retain high sales on some markets, the company’s officials have recently stated that its days in the current form are numbered. In that regard, we expect the 2017 Lexus GX 460 to come as a completely redesigned model riding on a unibody platform.
2017 Lexus GX 460 New Architecture
It’s no secret that the SUV segment is expanding rapidly, whereas the traditional ladder-frame chassis has already become outdated. The 2017 Lexus GX 460 is expected to adopt a much lighter unibody platform that should result in a significant weight reduction. Not only that, the new underpinnings will give the next-generation model a car-like driving experience. Perhaps the most important breakthrough will come with improved fuel efficiency, which has been one of the GX’s biggest drawbacks. On the other hand, Lexus is very likely to retain the conventional exterior styling for which its SUV range has been known. We expect the redesigned model to adopt a design that’s more in line with the recently overhauled models such as the LX 570. The brand new GX is likely to receive the brand’s signature spindle-grille similar to the one seen on the full-size LX.
2017 Lexus GX 460 Engine Specs
Unfortunately, the details on the new GX’s engine range are still unknown. The current iteration is powered by a 4.6-liter V8 that generates 301 horsepower and 329 pound-feet of torque. It is matched to a six-speed automatic transmission with a manual-shift mode. However, rumor has it that the 2017 Lexus GX 460 might come with a turbocharged engine under its hood. The downsized engine using a turbocharger is certainly expected to return much better fuel economy than the naturally-aspirated unit found in the outgoing version. Of course, it remains to be seen whether Lexus will decide to go in this direction.
2017 Lexus GX 460 Release Date
The 2017 Lexus GX 460 is most likely to the market in the second half of 2016.