Lexus GX Review
Lexus GX, a product by the luxury division of Toyota is considered as the sibling of Toyota Land Cruiser Prado. Initially, it was launched in the year 2002 and currently it is running into its second generation. This luxurious SUV shares almost all the traits from the parent’s company except its facade, rear profile and the badges. There are ample muscles engraved over the new GX’s body which highlights the character of the vehicle while making it a perfect companion for high performance experience. This car offers well-equipped cabin where plenty of controls manage all the systems which enable you to explore all your limits.
Engine, mileage & variants
The engine equipped under the hood possesses lot of punch and thrust for the power, and it manages well over the different kinds of road surfaces. The dual Variable Valve Timing-intelligent equipped 4.6 litre V8 engine is highly responsive and performs exceptionally by delivering 301 hp of power at 5500 rpm along with 438 Nm of peak torque at 3500 rpm. The car accelerates to 100 kmph from a standstill position in about 7.8 seconds clocking a top speed of 175 kmph. GX gives a mileage of 7.23 kmpl which is not so praiseworthy.
Lexus GX looks elegant and refined at its first glance, but instantly it shows its strength and tenacity as it moves over any challenging road surface. All of the designing aspects perfectly match with Toyota’s products and allows one to notice significant spots where the cars resemble a lot. Its tall body and masculine persona are bestowed with various impressive inserts across the vehicle and it suits it as well. The equipped high-intensity discharge headlights arch are formed gracefully and it automatically switches to a low beam if any vehicle is detected. Besides, it is incorporated with dampers which absorb vibration and also reduce friction. Its exterior dimensions are measured as 4805 mm x 1855 mm x 1830 mm (L x W x H) with the wheelbase of 2790 mm. Its ground clearance stands at 210 mm. The 18 inch alloy wheels with 265/60 R18 tyres make it perfect on any kind of road surface.
Slide into the cabin of this luxurious SUV and it soothes the inimitable persona of Lexus hospitality. All of the details inside the cabin are inspired by the Japanese hospitality such as conventional sliding doors, bubinga wood inlays polished to the rich sheen. The exceptionally comfortable seats can be electronically controlled in 8 ways with lumbar support adjustments. For in-car entertainment, the new GX is equipped with rear seat entertainment feature featuring two independent screens mounted on the back of front-seat headrests. The 17-speaker Mark Levinson surround audio system features DVD/CD changer giving an unrivalled acoustic experience to the occupants. You can simply pair your mobile devices with the Bluetooth connectivity feature enabling you to make and receive calls without taking hands off the steering wheel. Further, this car offers the boot volume of 1832 litres with foldable rear seats.
Safety, Braking and Miscellaneous
The approach of Lexus regarding your safety lies beyond minimizing the injury; its all about preventing collisions. The stability and handling aspects are controlled by the range of advanced components which cover all-wheel ventilated disc brakes, anti-lock braking systems, electronic brake force distribution, brake assist, Traction control (TRC), cruise control, active terrain control system, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), down hill assist control and many more. Moreover, it has got adaptive suspension system for different terrains along with the active suspension system featuring double wishbone for front axle and 4-link with lateral rod at the rear enabling the driver to add or cancel extra ground clearance for challenging roads.
Lexus GX is capable of all the core needs and it manages well on the different terrains as well. The off road capability of this vehicle is quite impressive, but because of the hefty engine, the fuel efficiency has got beaten up.