Since Lexus introduced the 'spindle grill' about a decade ago, there's been a lot of talk about it. It's been dividing opinion since then with its huge opening. Now, they've made it even more 'in your face' with the introduction of the 2020 Lexus GX 460.
No, the GX isn't all-new but Lexus gave it yet another facelift. The grill has a new pattern, echoing that of the ES 350 and LS 500. It now has a chevron pattern and it gives the impression of looking larger than before. Also, the chrome surround is thicker, which should be quite a sight in the rear-view mirror. Its on-road presence is further enhanced by new headlight patterns plus LED lighting. As for the rest of the 4x4, it carries over largely unchanged at least from the exterior point of view. The wheels, side panels, tail lights, and rear bumper look the same as before.
But climb on board (and we do mean climb), and you'll spot minor changes. Most noticeable is the steering wheel. Before this update, the GX 460 had a four-spoke steering wheel, as seen in our review from a few years back. The instrument cluster has also been given a bit of an update too. For 2020, it has a larger multi-information display with new graphics. Also, rear passengers will be delighted with the addition of two extra USB ports.
If you're brave enough to take this multi-million peso SUV on the trails, Lexus is even offering an off-road package. For a little bit more, you get additional underbody protection, a fuel tank guard, a beefed up transmission cooler, Crawl Control, and Multi-Terrain Select. Then there's the Lexus Safety System + which is largely similar to Toyota Safety Sense. It includes Land Departure Alert, pre-collision system with pedestrian protection, radar cruise control, and automatic high beams.
On to the engine and it's the same 4.6-liter V8 mill from before. Output is unchanged with a rating of 301 PS and 446 Nm of torque. It has permanent four-wheel drive and it still sticks to a tried and tested six-speed automatic transmission.
With Lexus updating the GX 460 yet again, we can't help but wonder when an all-new version of the Toyota Prado will arrive. After all, the GX is based on the Prado and if this facelift look will hang around for a few more years, it will be quite a wait for the next-generation model.