For all the off-road aficionados, the news that the 2018 Lexus GX is just around the corner, must have brought a smile to their faces. This Lexus SUV is for a long time regarded as one of the luxury mid-size SUV. It offers unmatched off-road capabilities, along with luxury and style.
However, with the new GX, the Lexus has decided not to alter the winning formula. The traditional design is here, as well as the well-known performance. What Lexus did do is introduce a small number of subtle innovations and changes. So as to keep the GX on pace with its competition.
2018 Lexus GX – Exterior Design and Features
On the outside, the design of the 2018 Lexus GX is a clear evidence of the Lexus’ aim to improve the off-road capabilities and appeal. To fulfill its robust, off-road intentions, the upcoming GX features a tall, square-shouldered shape. Due to this decision, the GX will not excel when it comes to aerodynamics. Thankfully, that is not something most GX fans asked for, in the first place. That tall and robust shape has its fair share of advantages of its own.
However, the doors are large, and the entry and exit are high. With the standard running boards, stepping inside and outside the vehicle is quite easy. The front of the SUV is distinguished by sleek and classy LED headlights, whereas the rear features slightly revamped tail lights. To add a bit of athleticism, the Company has decided to equip the GX with a roof-mounted spoiler.
Speaking of the interiors, one can find ample room for all the traveling and storage requirements. The 3rd row is especially useful for additional storage options, due to its folding capability. The interiors of 2018 Lexus GX also feature the NuLuxe upholstery for the basic version and high-quality leather for the premium versions. The instrument table is very clean-looking and easy to see, with easily reachable controls.
The center of the instrument panel also features climate and sound systems and a central console with the controls for the 4WD system. For the infotainment purposes, there is a 9-speaker AM/FM/CD display audio system, alongside an 8-inch touch-screen display, as well as a Bluetooth suite and the new Siri Eyes iPhone compatibility.
2018 Lexus GX – Engine Specs and Performance
The upcoming 2018 Lexus GX will be equipped with a single 4.6-liter V8 powertrain. This engine is capable of producing 301 horsepower @ 5.500 rpm, and a max torque of 329 lb-ft @ 3.500 rpm. With this specs, the new GX is expected to go from 0-62 mph in around 7.2 seconds.
To meet the off-road requirements, the Lexus has decided to equip its new SUV with a 6-speed automatic transmission, alongside a full 4WD system and a 2-speed transfer case.
As far as the fuel economy is concerned, the GX’s EPA is rated at 15 mpg in city conditions and 18 mpg in highway conditions, with 16 mpg combined. The towing capability of the SUV is estimated at 6.500 pounds.
2018 Lexus GX – Release Date and Price Range
The newest SUV from Lexus is expected to hit the car stores in mid or late 2017. The estimated price will be around 52.000$ for the basic variant and up to 70.000 for premium ones.