Lexus has whipped the wraps off the box-fresh GX, with the latest iteration sporting “authentic” off-roader styling, enhanced tech, and a V6 engine. Is this a preview of what we can expect from the upcoming Land Cruiser Prado?

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New from the ground up, the GX is based on the automaker’s GA-F global architecture, the same platform underpinning the latest LX, the latter of which we tested in 2022. According to Lexus, the GX’s “robust” body-on-frame construction makes it a “serious” 4×4, capable of tackling challenging off-road conditions, while delivering the company’s signature on-road driving qualities. The suspension configuration has been optimised for stability. At the same time, the electric power steering set-up has been tuned for a “fluid” response at low speeds and “reassuring” stability at high-speed cruising.

The new GX has ditched its forebear’s (218 kW) 4.6-litre V8 for a 3.5-litre V6. The latter, twin-turbocharged unit produces 260 kW and 650 Nm, send to all four corners via a 10-speed automatic transmission. Lexus says the increased power and torque outputs gives the GX “class-leading” towing capability (3.5 tonnes).

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For the exterior, Lexus says its development team focused on producing a design that expresses the SUV’s performance capabilities. “The overall effect they sought was the look of a car that has been cut from a solid block of metal,” said the manufacturer. The latest variant is longer (regarding the bodywork and the wheelbase) and wider than its predecessor, while the height has been reduced.

The GX’s boxy bodywork measures 4 950 mm bow to stern, 1 980 mm in width, and 1 865 mm in height. The wheelbase measures 2 850 mm. “The new GX displays the proportions of an authentic off-roader,” said the firm. The approach angle have also been improved, thanks to the shorter front overhang.

Lexus says the thick, squared-off shape of the bonnet projects toughness, while the low-set centre section provides a good view of the front corners. Flanked by tapered headlamps, replete with LED daytime-running lights, the front grille has been “uniquely” styled for the GX. The lamps and ‘spindle’ grille have been positioned “as high as possible” to avoid striking obstacles when driving on rough roads. The rear end features Lexus’ signature L-shaped light bar. The GX is available with “exclusive” 18-inch wheels.

Stepping inside, the interior is “modern” and “calming”. A 14-inch touchscreen display takes centre stage. Lexus says careful attention has been pad to the driver’s seat to provide enhanced bolstering around the waist and pelvis. The cushion has also been structured to keep the spine and head more stable.

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