At this point, Lexus’ mid-size luxury SUV is at the very bottom of its class. The automaker managed to sell just 26,724 in the U.S. last year and things are going to be even worst this year. Essentially, there is nothing wrong with the model except it’s out of date. The current, second-generation GX came in North America almost a decade ago and since then, the automaker introduced just a mild update for the 2014MY model. Today, however, the guys from Motor1 spotted a testing prototype that seems to be the updated version of the 2020 Lexus GX. Yes, the mid-size SUV will yet again receive a refresh only.
The prototype hides just its front end. The camouflage definitely covers a new, wider, larger, and sharper spindle grille that will be chromed from the ground up without any doubt. In addition to the shiny grille, the Lexus’ refreshed SUV might also get a pair of new headlights – LED-treated of course. At this point, the 2020 Lexus GX gets no changes around back, but we think that’s going to change when the production model arrives. Yes, the SUV will at least get new graphics for its taillights. Of course, the automaker could reconsider some new design for the alloys, as well as a few additional color options.
Inside, the 2020 GX gets a few new touches too. It’s nothing big though. As far as we see, the updated crossover sports just a new three-spoke steering wheel and a larger multifunction display behind analog gauges. The automaker will keep infotainment and entertainment up-to-date, while we largely expect a new safety suit as well.
There’s no official word regarding powertrain changes. However, we are absolutely positive there’s a new option beneath the hood of the 202 Lexus GX. More precisely, the thirsty 301-hp 4.6-liter V8 mill will make room for a more efficient and more powerful V6. This 3.5-liter turbo will reportedly deliver 416 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. The option will be hooked to a smoother gearbox as well. In place of the current six-speed auto, the SUV will get a 10-speed automatic transmission.
The revised 2020 Lexus GX will probably appear before the end of this year. The base price will stay as it is now, so you should be able to get the entry-point mid-size SUV for around $53K.