• May 19, 2009
According to Ward's Auto, Lexus' GX SUV will finally be relieved of duty when a new model comes calling this autumn. The mid-size body-on-frame GX has been serving essentially unaltered since 2003, and dealerships have been struggling to sell them in recent years, with April deliveries down some 66.1% year-over-year.

According to Ward's sources, the GX will receive the 310-horsepower 4.6-liter V8 from the 2010 Tundra, giving it a useful boost over the larger 263-hp 4.7-liter in the current model. The model will also benefit from a new interior (including a next-gen navigation system) and reworked sheetmetal and fascias, including a different rear door assembly.

The news would appear to make sense, as a successor to Toyota's 4Runner has been confirmed by officials, and that model's chassis underpins the GX (not the Land Cruiser as claimed in the Ward's article).

[Source: Ward's Auto]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      Current one looks like a china closet on wheels.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Current one looks like an old Mitsubishi Montero Sport from the back with the standard Lexus front. Most/all Lexus LX and GXs I see are spa-cruisers only. Their sophisticated 4wd systems are wasted here. I can only hope these vehicles see a more productive life in the hands of their second and third owners as real offroaders who can't afford to buy them new.
      • 5 Years Ago
      When they talk about the different rear door assembly, hopefully that means they are dumping the stupid swing-out door. That is so much less useful than a lift-up tailgate. I've never really gotten why these are used, other than when necessitated by having a spare tire mounted to it, when it won't fit anywhere else.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Does anybody care about this thing? I see them once every three months.
      • 5 Years Ago
      How many GX owners take them off-road anyway?
      • 5 Years Ago
      If Toyota continues its current trend, then "The model will also benefit from a WORSE interior..."

      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      I see these everywhere. Nice SUV, i like them in pearl White

      They are very comfortable and while not the best lookers, they look decent.

      They are very well made and strong, when was the last time you heard anyone have a problem with these? Reason in its self why they are still being sold. If i want a strong luxury, small SUV this could be it...with the assed treatment of rims...i dont really dig those stock rims.


      If they follow the awesome load of tech and luxury they out into the new LX into this, this is sure to be a winner.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The current GX is quite ugly IMO, and the rear is awfully small for such an otherwise large SUV, so it needs to be replaced pronto. That said, those power numbers seem rather small for the new 4.6 L V8. Doesn't the one in the LS have ~380 hp?
      Anyway, as stated earlier, the current GX is based on the Land Cruiser Prado, which was meant to be a smaller but just as capable off-roader when the original Land Cruiser (which is alternatively sold as the Land Cruiser, Land Cruiser Amazon, or Land Cruiser 200) got bigger.
      By the way, did the current Land Cruiser Prado (the GX started selling later) come first or the new 4Runner? And also, aren't all of those vehicles underpinned by the current Tacoma?
        • 5 Years Ago
        This is a truck, not a car. Torque is far more important than horsepower, and that engine will be more than powerful enough. My 2003 4Runner is basically the same truck, but maybe a couple hundred pounds lighter. Mine has an earlier version of the 4.7l V8 that makes about 220 hp, and 320 ft-lbs of torque. Those figures may look low by today's standards, but that is still enough to push my truck from 0 to 60 in about 7.5 seconds. That's plenty fast enough for a mid-size SUV.
      • 5 Years Ago
      My family lives in Panama (and I did for 3 years). The GX is in fact a Land Cruiser Prado (called simly Land Cruiser in Europe), or a Land Cruiser 120 series. Most of the sheetmetal is the same (think of an Avalanche and an Escalade EXT). Regardless of the name, the LCP is a very capable vehicle that will do both as a comfortable vehicle and a good offroader from factory.

      And yes, the Land Cruiser down there goes from the barebones 70 series (the squared ones), to the 120 and the $80,000ish LC200. And you can get a $40-50000 LC120 with 7 leather seats, adjustable ride height, sunroof and a bunch of extras AND locking differentials, which is a dream in many American SUVs.

      So yes, Wards is partially correct.

      Think of the GX and the LC120 as a Tahoe and an Escalade, but in this case, the GX can actually do some serious offroad.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Lexus makes too many SUVs. Let it die.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Vegas: Lexus lost their bearings???

        Uh? Lexus hasn't lost anything. Lexus is top rated. You need to stop, 'cause you're not making any sense. Hate all you want. Lexus is highly rated like Benz & BMW.

        Moving on...

        LS7...

        You still not proving why Lexus should kill off the GX. Pulling Land Rover out of your ass didn't help you.

        I must be talking to two 13 year olds.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes. They have 3. Which is too many. Of luxury makers, Only Land Rover makes more and it's their whole gig.


        • 5 Years Ago
        I wasn't saying that BMW having 4 SUVs was a good idea. Nor did I say that the Navigator L should be considered a separate vehicle, no more than the XC70 or the Escalade ESV (I only said that some might). The only thing I'm doing is refuting your claim that Land Rover is the only luxury manufacturer making the same number or more SUVs than BMW. Good or bad, BMW is right in line with just about every other luxury brand.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Anti, are you really trying to defend Lexus? They have lost their bearings in a huge way. From gimmicks like auto parking to that horrible new G6 convertible (oops). all the way to this overpriced piece of real estate agent lorry, Lexus is beginning to suck big time.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have never understood why this was a Lexus and why Lexus people bought it. This vehicle has always seemed strange. I saw plenty of these in Africa and they are great true off road vehicles but as a luxury ride?
      • 5 Years Ago
      This ugly thing always reaffirmed my belief that people who buy Lexus's will drive anything they slap their logo on and cover in leather.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sooooooo agreed. only people seen driving this ancient ugly monster are 'brand' savvy, unsuspecting Moms of American suburb... yuk.

        this car seriously does not deserve, and should not be used as leather covered, road driven lexus. just use them in Africa! not urban jungle.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wards is somewhat correct...the GX is called the Land Cruiser Prado in many markets.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Or the Land Cruiser 120 in others still. It's *that* model that underpins the US market 4Runner, not the other way around. The Lexus is a rebadge of the Prado/120, whereas the 4Runner is a rebodied version.
        • 5 Years Ago
        In many markets "Land Cruiser" is nearly a brand with several distinct models, SUVs and pickups that are built on at least 3 chassis. Generally, North America has only received what is now the 200 series model.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually, the 4runner uses the Prado platform. The Prado platform was the continuation of the Land Cruiser platform when Toyota decided to make them bigger. In developing countries the offroad capabilities of the Prado are necessary. Besides, the Land Cruiser is too big to get into tight spots. The FJ Cruiser is basically a shorter Prado with a different body.

        In most places, the Lexus GX is sold as an upscale version of the Prado, it's not a substitute. Also the Prado doesn't share the same engines, you can opt for a 2.8 gas, 2.4 diesel, 3.0 diesel and 4.0 V6 gas.

        I live in the DR and Prado is the best selling SUV, specially since it's very durable and can handle the rought roads and off-roading. I should know, I own a FJ Cruiser and my family owns 2 Prado's, which we use as they we're inteded to :)
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