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2020 Lexus GX 460: A big package of off-road safety and technology

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The 2020 Lexus GX 460 has received several updates for the new model year.

Active four-wheel traction and ramp control are useful for rougher terrain.

The tech features are plentiful and mostly focus on convenience.

Lexus has just unveiled the details of its new GX 460 SUV and this thing is packed with features of all kinds. Tech, safety, comfort and convenience, the lot. They even increased the beast's all-terrain capabilities (not that you're seriously going to King of The Hammers in this thing). But for what it is, it's hard to argue with the 2020 Lexus GX 460.

Of course, there is a way to chat with him.

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2020 Lexus GX 460 Powertrain: A Control Freak

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Lexus is touting the "restyle" of the GX 460, and that's one of the biggest arguments against it. “The 2020 GX sports an updated signature tapered grille that gives it a distinctive and standout style that better aligns with the entire Lexus portfolio. Just make sure your face is better aligned with the toilet bowl, because I swear to Buddha Stevie Wonder could see how ugly it is. Someone please, please grab the head of Lexus' styling department by the collar and arrest him with this grille "design".

I've seen nicer designs in Soviet buildings.

< p>However, if you can get past the face, what makes the 2020 Lexus GX 460 worth it? Well, for starters, the transmission and how it reduces power is worth looking at.

2020 Lexus GX 460 Powertrain: A Control Freak

The GX 460's 4.6-liter V8 develops 301 horsepower, 329 lb-ft. of torque and, when properly equipped, handles 6,500 lbs. value of towing duty. If you have things to tow, the trailer sway and vehicle stability control systems will help you keep things under, uh, control.

Control is a big deal for the GX 460. Lexus references this word all over their press materials. The Kinetic dynamic suspension system, for example, is there to “enhance handling and ride comfort,” while keeping the vehicle level on and off the road. In other words, the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System helps you stay in control of the GX 460. The Adaptive Variable Suspension includes “electronically controlled dampers” with driver selectable modes: Normal, Sport or Comfort.

The Lexus GX 460 also features active four-wheel drive; which means the TORSEN torque-sensing limited-slip differential splits power 40:60 (front to rear) under most driving conditions, changing the ratio as needed based on wheel slip. wheels. The drive system has a low range for low-speed, off-pavement situations; and the center differential can be electronically locked, further enhancing the GX's off-road capabilities. Adding to all the benefits of the powertrain is a wide range of chassis control technologies: downhill assist and hill-start assist; Active vehicle traction and stability control; and finally, Crawl Control.

Like I said, control is a big deal for the 2020 Lexus GX 460. Though I seriously doubt you'll blow Moab up with the thing.

The Crawl Control system automatically maintains a steady pace over rougher terrain. The 2020 Lexus GX 460 modulates the throttle and brakes alone, while the driver operates the steering wheel. Picture: Lexus.

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And all of that capability and control is available in seven exterior colors: Starfire Pearl, Atomic Silver, Nebula Gray Pearl, Nightfall Mica, Fire Agate Pearl, Black Onyx, and Claret Mica. The interior of the GX is available in four colors: black, sepia, ecru and a new Rioja red with black headlining.

Speaking of the interior, it's, as you'd expect, multimedia and connectivity. functions. It all starts with the touchscreen system with a customizable home screen that can display three sections simultaneously. The navigation system has a three-dimensional map view and there are four USB ports. Lexus Enform Safety Connect provides access to Lexus Service Centers 24/7, while Lexus Enform Service Connect sends maintenance alerts to you and your dealer.

Lexus Enform Remote lets you lock and unlock doors; start the engine and climate controls; and check fuel levels (and more) via your smartphone, smartwatch, or other devices using Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa.

2020 Lexus GX 460 interior layout. Photo: Lexus.

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The new GX 460 is also as safe as possible thanks to the now standard Lexus Safety System+ suite of technologies. This includes the Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert, Intelligent High Beams and High Speed ​​Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. Intuitive high beams deliver smarter lighting, for lack of a better word. When the road is clear, the system defaults to high beam, temporarily switching to low beam when it detects another vehicle.

Pricing & Availability

As of this writing, we don't know either, but the current GX 460 starts at $52,502. There's a lot to love about the 2020 Lexus GX 460; it's roomy, comfortable, packed with features to make your trip easier, and has plenty of off-road benefits that are great, even though 99% of owners will never use it. Don't pay too much attention to its appearance.

Tony Borroz has spent his whole life racing vintage cars and sports cars. He is the author of

Bricks & Bones: The Endearing Legacy and Nitty-Gritty Phenomenon of The Indy 500, available in paperback or Kindle.

Follow his work on Twitter: @TonyBorroz.

Photo and photo source: Lexus.


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