2018 Lexus GX – the brutal premium

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The 2018 Lexus GX is a mid-size crossover and perhaps one of Lexus’ best-selling models in the entire family. It has become known for absolute luxury, performance and engineering; the drive is whisper quiet and faultless, but the crossover retains the ability for some serious off-road work, competing with many of the more utilitarian vehicles on the market.

The style could be considered somewhat boxy, or another way of looking at it could be ‘rugged’. You can clearly see elements of the Toyota 4Runner in the design, but it is still very clearly Lexus.

2018 Lexus GX Release date

We think that the GX will be available in the showrooms in the late part of 2017, perhaps with an unveiling slightly earlier in the year.

2018 Lexus GX release date: late 2017

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2018 Lexus GX Price

As you’d expect, this luxury crossover isn’t cheap; the base model will sell for around the $50,000 mark and for one that you’ve ticked all the boxes on, expect to see no change from about $70,000.

2018 Lexus GX Redesign and changes

Starting under the hood, we’ll see a 4.6 liter V8 gasoline engine. Power isn’t outstanding at just 300 BHP but mileage should be pretty good for such a big vehicle and performance doesn’t really lack anything; a zero to sixty sprint will take just 7.5 seconds, thanks mainly to the torquey engine and slick 6-speed auto transmission which has been upgraded specifically for this new model.

As regards a hybrid, nothing has been confirmed, but you’d have to guess that Lexus will be working out the best options for one; vehicles of this nature are having to turn to hybrid power to help the manufacturers comply with legislation.

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2018 Lexus GX video

2018 Lexus GX Equipment

The new GX will also have the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System fitted, meaning that ride quality isn’t compromised by the ability to go serious off-roading – Lexus have even fitted the GX with ‘Crawl Control’ for when the going gets really tough – it will help to manage power and traction on all four wheels.

Inside the cabin, everything is exactly as you’d want or expect; high quality leather upholstery swathes the seats, which are 8-way powered adjustable. The infotainment system has a Hi-Def touchscreen and you’ll also find a separate screen in the back of each front seat, linked to the infotainment system. It will also include a 3D navigation system and as a high-end option, a Mark Levinson 17-speaker sound system, pumping out 330w of power, although o course, the standard system will be good enough for most ears.

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Summary

The new GX is a very conservative vehicle, so 2018 model year will bring mostly only a minor changes to the car.

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