The current generation of this mid-size SUV has been around since 2009 but if we can trust the latest reports, the Japanese carmaker won’t rush with changes. The current generation will remain in production for some more time and one of the main reasons for that is the sales record from the last year. More than 32.000 units have been sold during 2021, which is the best result since 2006. Simply, buyers don’t have many alternatives when it comes to mid-size, body-on-frame luxury SUVs, so Toyota engineers can work on the next generation at a steady pace.
All this means that the 2023 Lexus GX 460 is about to carry on in the same way. We are about to see a familiar design, with familiar characteristics. What we really like about this SUV is its combination of off-road performance and luxury. The cabin quality is great, while there is also a generous list of standard equipment. The 2022 update has brought a couple of new tech features, while the predicted reliability rating is traditionally very high.
Considering that no bigger changes are expected, we presume that the 2023 Lexus GX 460 will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the next year.
2023 Lexus GX 460 Redesign
Design-wise, the 2023 Lexus GX 460 will continue with the same design that was originally introduced in 2009. This SUV shares a lot of things with the Land Cruiser J150, not just in terms of mechanics, but in terms of some styling elements as well. Speaking of the styling, the current generation has been around for a very long time, so it’s no wonder we’ve seen two facelifts so far. The first one was in 2013, while the second one came with the 2020 model year. The latter brought a new spindle grille layout and adapted this SUV to the brand’s latest design language.
Also, keep in mind that the 2022 model year has brought a new Black Line Special Edition, so it’s quite easy to conclude that the next year’s model won’t bring anything in particular.
The 2022 model has brought a couple of pretty big novelties, which clearly indicates that the 2023 Lexus GX 460 interior will continue in the same way. We saw a new 10.3-inch infotainment system, as well as a revised center stack. Furthermore, Lexus introduced some new materials and color schemes. The overall dashboard design may look a little bit old, but the materials and overall feel of quality are really impressive.
In terms of seating configuration, expect no changes. The GX comes with three rows of seats and accommodates up to 7 passengers. The second-row captain’s chairs are also available. The third row isn’t particularly generous with space and it works for kids only.
When it comes to the cargo area, you may count on about 11.6 cubic feet of space, 46.7 cubic feet behind the second row, and 64.7 cubic feet of the total cargo volume. That’s about average for a mid-size luxury SUV.
Once again, we don’t expect bigger changes for the next year, especially after the novelties that were introduced with the 2022 model. So, all versions should come standard with goodies like a moonroof, dual-zone climate control, proximity keyless entry, a 10.3-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, a nine-speaker stereo, voice recognition, Bluetooth, satellite radio, HD Radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, four USB ports, and navigation. Among upgrades, expect to find things like tri-zone climate control, a 17-speaker Mark Levinson premium stereo.
When it comes to safety features, all models should come standard with goodies like a rearview camera, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, parking sensors, automatic high beams, rear-seat reminder etc. The only two upgrades should be a surround-view camera and a rain-sensing windshield camera.
2023 Lexus GX 460 Engines
Under the hood, the 2023 Lexus GX 460 will continue with a good-old 4.6-liter V8, which puts out around 301 horsepower and 329 pound-feet of torque. The engine offers decent driving dynamics, while the 6-speed automatic transmission does a good job as well. Of course, 4WD is standard, as well as a mode selector that includes five traction modes, depending on terrain. Among optional off-road features, you can find crawl control, a fuel tank skid plate, enhanced transmission cooling, and a surround-view camera with front-view mode.
The main downside of this engine is fuel economy, which goes around 15 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway.
2023 Lexus GX 460 Release Date and Price
We expect that the 2023 Lexus GX 460 will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year, with a starting price of around 56.000 dollars.