2020 Lexus GX Puts BMW’s Massive Kidney Grille To Shame, Adds Off-Road Package

With everything going on at BMW recently in terms of gargantuan grilles, people have forgotten that Lexus has done something similar to the GX ever since the second-gen was updated in 2014.

Now, for the 2020 model year (or the SUV’s second refresh), the grille has carried over, albeit with an updated pattern that makes it look humongous. Flanking it are the new triple-beam LED headlights, standard across the range.

Toyota’s luxury car brand will be offering customers of the revised GX an optional Sport Design Package. Available for the Premium and Luxury trim levels, it adds an exclusive lower grille surround, side mirror casings, rear diffuser, matte black exhaust tip and scarlet taillights. All of these, including the 19-inch alloy wheels, sport a gunmetal metallic finish. This option also swaps the second-row seats for captain’s chairs.

Another novelty is the introduction of the Off-Road Package. Limited to the Luxury grade, it adds several cameras, Multi-Terrain Select, Crawl Control, transmission cooler and protection for the fuel tank. All of these enhance the SUVs driving abilities on arduous terrains, with the aid of a 4.6-liter V8 that carries over with 301 hp (305 PS / 225 kW) and 329 lb-ft (446 Nm) of torque, linked to a six-speed automatic transmission. There’s also a Torsen limited-slip differential, two-speed transfer case and four-wheel drive. As for the towing capacity, that would be 6,500 lbs (2,948 kg).

The Lexus Safety System+ is now standard across the 2020 GX lineup. The bundle of safety items includes Intelligent High Beams, Lane Departure Alert, Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection and High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

Aside from the addition of the new Rioja Red leather with black headliner option (joining the Black, Sepia and Ecru), the interior has remained the same.

Full pricing details and availability will be announced in due course. Meanwhile, the outgoing Lexus GX 460 starts at $52,505 and is available in three grades called 460, 460 Premium and 460 Luxury.

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  • Six_Tymes

    We went from UGLY to now Hideous, and people still buy. At this point I think you could put feces on a bmw or lexus and make up some wild reason and people would buy it, ok, maybe not.

  • designer_dick

    This monstrosity makes the X7 look subtle, understated and elegant, which is three things the X7 is quite patently not.

  • AxlRock

    Interior design from 2010 in this 2020 model. Why Lexus, why?

    • marioGTI

      I wouldn’t have a problem with the interior, but that grille is a disaster!

    • Mr_Fanta_Pants

      Because it’s a Toyota Prado with plastic woodgrain.

  • WalthamDan

    a truck to match your 6 burner Weber grill. Nice!

  • TheBelltower

    Time has not been generous to this grille design. Toyota is nuts to further exaggerate it on a vehicle that already barely sells.

  • sidewaysspin

    That’s crazy, they can just replace the whole front with a grille and place some headlights in it.

  • cbATL

    Vulgar on the outside and the inside looks like a 1980’s boombox = Total Disaster.

  • Subi-Rubicon1

    LOL, so Lexus removes the horizontal chrome pieces from the upper part of the grill and all of a sudden the grill becomes apparent? The shape and size of the grill has been there since 2013’s face lift.

  • Honda NSX-R

    Maybe ugly but it’ll still sell like hot cakes

    • Ben

      I think they’ll sell, but the GX has never sold like hot cakes. The GX has always been that mid sized SUV that can truly offroad. I think they’ll sell moderately more than the current gen, which is a slow, but steady trickle.

  • GreenApple18r

    Love the interior!

  • StrangerGP

    Truly hideous car. Btw is that aluminum in the center console or silver plastic?

  • TrevP

    I am starting to wonder if we will ever get an All-New GX

  • Zcat

    Agree with the “80’s Boom Box interior” statement, and yes, that grille is just childish, cartoonish, and UAF.
    It looks tacked on to a big ugly box.

    Who’s buying these? I didn’t know blind people were able to drive.

  • Bash

    That is one really ugly Prado.

  • Ben

    Here’s the thing, I actually like the GX. Its essentially the V8 version of the 4Runner they discontinued. Admittedly, its not the prettiest truck out there, but I kinda like that. Its not every other SUV like a Cherokee or Explorer. I will say, the grille is funky, but WAY better than the Gillette style grille on the current LX570.

    My only problem is the GX’s engine. Its got enough power and smooth delivery, but only takes premium. I wouldn’t mind paying more for fuel, but could you at least beef up the fuel capacity? Its the main reason I went with a TRD 4Runner instead. The GX seems like you’re constantly gassing up. Hell, a Land Cruiser takes unleaded and has a larger tank, thus you end up paying less than the GX which has the smaller engine and dimensions.

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  • Jawohl

    You would think that by now Lexus would understand why their models don’t sell well globally. This facelift has been botched.

  • Lexus shouls have updated the interior more. Even the Prado, with its most recent facelift, has a more modern looking center console design

    • Benjamin B.

      Still sells well because it’s a pretty reliable and bulletproof vehicle that’s also quite good off-road being a traditional old school SUV

  • Abu Sayyaff

    It’s the classic behavior that we got used to from the Japs “This is what we think is good for you. Me: Yes, but I would like to see 8-speed gearbox, pump in HP, newer infotainment. Japs: Believe us you don’t need all of that, you are just hallucinating “

  • rover10

    That grille looks like an old Valour gas fire!

  • Alban Gojani

    The interior looks 2008 tho.

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    Everything about this is a disaster.

    The exterior is gaudy, vulgar and won’t age well. The interior looks terribly cheap and dated, and the output from that V8 is straight up PATHETIC.

    • Jarosław Kotowicz

      Well I prefer a pathetic output if the engine is bulletproof. It is funny how people care only about numbers.

      • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

        It isn’t about numbers.

        There are other manufacturers who have bulletproof engines while still being efficient and putting out respectable figures.

        • Jarosław Kotowicz

          Give some examples.

    • paulgdeaton

      I used to think the grill was ugly, but Lexus has changed that.

      It is now outright grotesque.

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