The 2016 Lexus GX460 is set for major changes in the near future. While the current car has been a body on frame type of SUV, the new 2016 model is set to change all that with a more conventional uni-body construction. This has its advantages and disadvantages that will be very visible in the end product.
Firstly, let’s start with the advantages of uni-body construction. This will lower the overall weight of the car by quite a big margin, it should allow for more interior space with the same exterior dimensions and it should also make for a much more comfortable ride.
The main disadvantage of ditching the body on frame construction is the fact that the off-road capability of the car will be pretty much gone. There is no doubt that this will be a deal breaker for some drivers but still we think that most drivers that are getting vehicles in this segment are not that much in off-road driving.
2016 Lexus GX460 Release Date
Price for the 2016 model hasn’t been set just yet but it is expected to actually cost less than the current GX. This is quite nice, especially when you factor in the fact that its main competitors are already cheaper than it. Most certainly it will be under $50,000. The release for the car hasn’t been set just yet but we expect it to be available on the market at the end of 2015 or the early 2016.
Engine wise there aren’t any official specs just yet but there might be quite a few engines in the new car. The most probable engine to take the place of the old 4.6 liter V8 should be the brand new Lexus/Toyota 3.5 liter V6 with 306 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. This offers pretty much the same power as the old engine but with much better fuel consumption and also better driving characteristics thanks to an improved engine management system. Transmission wise it should come with either an 8 speed automatic for the rear wheel drive model or with a 6 speed automatic for the all-wheel drive on which would perfectly fall in line with the rest of its competitors.
The exterior of the 2016 Lexus GX460 is going to change drastically. Firstly, the car will be wider and also a it longer than the current model which translates in much more interior space. On top of that, it will come as standard with LED headlights and tail lights and with a general design scheme that seems similar to that of the IS.
Review Of 2016 Lexus GX460
Interior wise it will be completely different than the current model. It will only come as a seven seat model which is quite a nice addition over the previous model. On top of that it will come with more of everything. It will feature a triple zone climate control system, an infotainment system and also electric front seats. On top of that, leather is standard on all models so you can expect to get a quite decent amount of luxury and comfort in the 2016 Lexus GX460.