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2009 Lexus GX470: Its days are numbered

The arrival of the 2010 Toyota 4Runner meant that a luxury-badged cousin would soon follow. Sure enough, Toyota has announced that the new 2010 Lexus GX460 will be among the array of vehicles to be shown next week at China's Auto Guangzhou 2009 show. As the nomenclature would suggest, the next-gen GX will be powered by a 4.6-liter V8, which is rumored to make 300 horsepower in the GX460, a 37-hp bump over the 4.7-liter V8's output in the current vehicle (shown above).

According to scuttlebutt posted to ClubLexus.com following last year's New York City dealer meeting, we should look for the new GX to arrive in January 2010 with styling that borrows heavily from the full-sized LX570 SUV and electrically-folding third row seating. We'll keep our eyes peeled for photos and additional info, but in the meantime you can check out Toyota's brief PR after the jump.

PRESS RELEASE:

TMC to Exhibit 45 Vehicles at Auto Guangzhou 2009


Tokyo-TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION (TMC) announces it will display 45 concept and production vehicles, in separate Toyota and Lexus brand booths, at the 7th China (Guangzhou) International Automobile Exhibition (also known as Auto Guangzhou 2009), to be held at the Guangzhou International Convention and Exhibition Center from November 23 to 30. The theme for the two booths is "The Environment, Safety, and the Future".

The Lexus "GX460", a midsize SUV, will make its world premiere at a press briefing scheduled for November 23. Also on display for Lexus will be the "ES240" and other models. The Toyota display will include the new "Crown", which will go into production and go on sale in China in December this year, the third-generation "Prius" and the "Camry Hybrid".

Furthermore, through the display of concept vehicles such as the short-distance, compact commuter "FT-EV", hybrid sports car "FT-HS" and urban plug-in hybrid vehicle "Hi-CT", TMC aims to present its proactive approach toward limiting CO2 emissions and addressing the diversification of energy sources.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Well, Looking forward to see the show.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good. I always barf whenever I see this things on the road (immediately after saying, "Wait, that's a Lexus? Good God it looks f[vomit here]!"). My dad has the same reaction as well.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Leclerc, maybe you should try making sense?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Maybe you and your dad should get that checked. I guess the apple doesn't fall from the tree.
      • 5 Years Ago
      http://www.lemonauto.com/complaints/toyota/toyota_4runner.htm

      Toyota 4 Runner Recall Information
      Last Updated June 15, 2009

      COMMON COMPLAINTS :

      *Front Suspension Collapse
      *Ball Joint Failure
      *Loss of Steering

      I'm not sure lexus badged toyota 4runner is a really realiable car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Don't you know the new model was just released? FAIL..
      • 5 Years Ago
      300 hp is soooo 2003!
        • 5 Years Ago
        And to think that the last version, with 4.7 liters, made only 263...wait a minute camry v6 3.5 makes...268. what?
        • 5 Years Ago
        My thoughts exactly. They're going to release a 310 hp entry in a field that's already deeply nearing 400 hp (LR4, ML550, and others are around 380 hp).
      • 5 Years Ago
      There are plenty of spy-shots of the LX460 already,

      the engine makes 310HP with some good torque figures as well. The seats are electrical, true, but they fold into the floor of the trunk.

      The SUV, as expected is almost a complete copy of the Land Cruiser Prado available everywhere else but in US... unfortunately..

      Another unfortunate fact is that there are no diesels expected in US again, and the three door version of this incredibly capable off-roader is directed to Asia, Australia and Europe ... again... another again
        • 5 Years Ago
        here is a little more info:
        Sources:

        http://us.lexusownersclub.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=60846

        http://lexusenthusiast.com/2009/10/30/2010-lexus-gx-460-photo-plus-new-information/
        (second link with images)


        Timeline:
        November 16, 2009 - Vehicle Line Off
        November 24, 2009 - 2010 GX Photos available to public (embargo lifted)
        Late November 2009 - pricing letter and price guides sent to dealers
        December 4, 2009 - US debut of 2010 GX at Los Angeles Auto Show
        January 4, 2010 - Expected arrivals of 2010 GX (although we are working diligently to expedite arrivals prior to year end)

        New Features:
        4.6 Liter V-8
        6 speed Automatic Transmission
        ULEV Emissions
        Power fold flat 3rd row seats (standard)
        KDSS Suspension (standard)
        Heated and Ventilated Seats (standard)
        40/20/40 Split and Sliding second row seats
        10 airbags (best in class)
        Back up Camera (1st in segment as standard)
        Active Front Heat rests (standard)
        Dual Screen Rear Entertainment
        Flip Open Rear Door Glass (standard)
        Safety Connect and Lexus Enform (standard)

        NVH:
        Reduced Road Noise and Wind Nose through improved aerodynamics and adoption of acoustic glass
        Additional Noise reducing Components:
        - Side Door Closing Extra Sound Damping Material
        - Power Windows Included Slow Stop Control
        - Climate Fan Noise
        - Sunroof - More Damping Material and Refined Vibration Isolation

        Comfort:
        New Exclusive Lexus Seat Design with Softer Leather
        Larger Compressor for Improved A/C Performance
        Reduced Door Close Effort
        Easier 2nd Row Fold for Access to 3rd Row

        Performance:
        Increased Horsepower and Torque
        Increased combined fuel economy

        Build:
        The 2010 GX will have two model numbers, 9700 (base model) and 9710 (premium model).

        9700 (Base Model) = 80%. 9710 (Premium Model) = 20%.

        9700 1 build strategy (100% Navigation):
        CP = Comfort Package (includes outer mirror with auto retract, park assist)
        NV = Navigation
        PM = Premium Package (wood steering wheel/shift know, semi analine leather, rear A/C, heated rear seats)

        9710 1 build strategy (100% Navigation):
        - Includes the following additional standard specs (heated and wood trim steering wheel, HID headlamps with AFS, outer mirror with auto retract, rear tonneau cover, rear A/C, heated rear seats and semi analine leather), plus the following option codes:
        NL = Navigation with Mark Levinson
        PA = Park Assist
        RI = Rear Seat Entertainment

        Availability:
        Lexus Southern Area tentative production plan:
        November '09 (late December/early January arrivals) = 386 units
        December '09 (late January/early February arrivals) = 691 units
        January 2010 (late February/early March arrivals) = 766 units
        February 2010 (late March/early April arrivals) = 828 units
      • 5 Years Ago
      4.6L 300 hp... ?

      I will take Kia borrego over this.
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