Lexus Introduces Second-Generation GX 460 Luxury SUV for 2010
New 301-hp V8 with Six-Speed Transmission
Standard 10 airbags and Available Pre-Collision System
More Versatile Interior with a New Standard Power Fold
November 23, 2009 – Torrance, CA – Lexus has introduced an all-new,
second-generation GX 460 luxury utility vehicle for 2010 that is more powerful,
more efficient, quieter and more luxurious than the GX 470 model it replaces.
The 2010 GX 460 achieves all of these significant developments while its 10
standard airbags and the available Pre-Collision System help enhance safety.
Positioned between the brand’s
LX 570 premium luxury utility vehicle and unibody-based RX models, the 2010 GX
460 combines “right sized” midsize packaging with family-friendly comfort and
premium craftsmanship. The GX 460 has a standard seven-passenger configuration.
Once again built with rugged body-on-frame construction, the 2010 GX 460 is
also equipped with full-time four-wheel drive and the advanced Kinetic Dynamic
Suspension System (KDSS) to help provide both exceptional on-road ride and handling
and true off-road capability.
The 2010 Lexus GX 460 is
powered by an all-new 4.6-liter V8 that is both more powerful and more
efficient than the 4.7-liter V8 it replaces. The new engine produces 301
horsepower and 329 lb.-ft. of peak torque, and is teamed to a new six-speed
automatic transmission with sequential shift. Combined city/highway fuel
economy is improved by 13 percent to an EPA-estimated 17 mpg (vs. 15 mpg in the
2009 GX 470) — better than other V8 luxury utility vehicles and competitive with
some six-cylinder models. The GX 460 has an EPA-estimated 15 mpg city and 20
With the same vehicle footprint
as the GX 470 it replaces, the 2010 GX 460 provides a more versatile interior.
The second row seat slides 4.1 inches fore/aft to maximize passenger and cargo
carrying ability. The foldable and reclining second row seats also feature a
60/40 walk-in function to access the standard power fold-flat third row seats.
The rear door window uses a flip-up glass panel for added convenience.
Luxury is enhanced in the 2010 GX 460 by an even quieter cabin, as well as new
additional standard features and options. The 2010 GX 460 features standard
heated and ventilated front seats for example. Among the new luxury options are
semi-aniline leather, a heated steering wheel, and heated outer second-row
seats. New multimedia features â€” both standard and optional â€” expand onboard
family entertainment choices.
The 2010 GX 460 takes its model designation from an all-new 4.6-liter V8
engine. The new 32-valve DOHC engine features aluminum alloy cylinder heads and
block with dual Variable Valve Timing with Intelligence (VVT-i), which controls
valve timing and overlap on both the intake and exhaust camshafts to optimize
power, fuel efficiency and emissions. (The previous 4.7 had VVT only on the
intake camshafts.) Peak torque is also up for the new 4.6, now 329 lb.-ft. at
3,500 rpm vs. 323 lb.-ft. at 3,400 rpm for the 4.7-liter engine.
The new 4.6-liter V8 is teamed
to a six-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission, compared to a
five-speed automatic with the previous 4.7-liter, benefiting both performance
and fuel economy. The new transmission fits in the same space as the previous
five-speed and features a higher top gear ratio. The new powertrain helps make
the 2010 GX 460 feel more responsive in everyday driving and quieter than the
previous model. The 2010 GX 460 retains the same 6,500-lb. towing capacity as
the GX 470 offered.
The GX 460 comes equipped with
standard full-time four-wheel drive using an electronically controlled transfer
case and a TORSENÂ® torque-sensing center differential. It also offers a
low range for off-road driving. The TORSEN differential distributes power 40:60
under most driving conditions and changes the ratio as needed based on steering
input and wheel slip.
The ability to change to a
30:70 ratio during steering maneuvers helps enhance vehicle tracking through
curves. If the rear wheels spin, the center differential can change the ratio
to 50:50 to help control the slippage. The TORSEN differential also helps make
the GX 460 less prone to slippage caused by sudden changes in road-surface conditions,
such as driving through a puddle or over an ice patch. The rear differential
has also been strengthened for 2010.
The 2010 Lexus GX 460 is one of
the few premium brand luxury utility vehicles that can deliver genuine trail
driving capability. Combining that capability with Lexus luxury and on-road
performance makes it even more exceptional. Lexus studied vehicle usage of current
owners and found that many use their GX models for family hauling during the
week and vacations and camping trips on weekends. They often tow a boat or
watercraft and sometimes drive to areas with unpaved and rugged trails.
Like the previous GX 470, the
2010 GX 460 has robust body-on-frame construction and does not compromise on-
or off-road performance; the high-strength chassis and dynamic suspension
control technology support both.
The available Adaptive Variable
Suspension (AVS) with three modes: Normal, Sport and Comfort, and independent
front suspension delivers a smooth on-road ride without compromising rugged
off-road capabilities. The 2010 GX 460 rides on larger standard 18-inch alloy
wheels with 265/60 R18 tires, versus 17-inch wheels for the 2009 GX 470 model.
The power rack-and-pinion steering system helps make it easier to maneuver the
GX 460 in tight spaces. Rear Adjustable Height Control (AHC) enhances the
vehicle’s flexibility in a wide range of driving situations.
Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS)
KDSS is standard on the GX 460, and enhanced for 2010 with steering and yaw
sensors. By adjusting roll resistance provided by the front and rear stabilizer
bars, KDSS can reduce maximum body-roll angle by as much as 50 percent to help
enhance both on-road handling response and off-highway capability.
Using hydraulic cylinders
acting on each stabilizer bar and linked by a pressure-sensing valve, KDSS
reduces the degree of roll stiffness provided by the stabilizer bars in
response to changing road conditions and driver inputs. Because KDSS allows the
stabilizer bars to disengage in certain situations like off-road driving, the
nominal stiffness of the bars can be notably increased to help reduce body-tilt
and improve on-road handling.
During on-road cornering, when both front and rear cylinders are compressed, no
fluid flows in the system and the stabilizer bars work conventionally to help
reduce body lean. In off-road driving situations, KDSS allows the wheels on
each axle to move with a larger degree of side-to-side independence, helping to
minimize any tendency for wheel lift. When the GX 460 encounters an uneven
surface, one compressed cylinder causes fluid to flow between the front and
rear cylinders, allowing the stabilizer bars to move freely. That action
increases wheel travel and articulation and helps to equalize wheel loading.
Crawl Control and Downhill Assist
In addition to KDSS, the 2010
Lexus GX 460 offers optional Crawl Control a new technology that helps make
driving off-road easier. The Crawl Control feature automatically modulates the
throttle and brake, allowing the driver to concentrate on steering. Crawl
Control is also useful for helping to free the vehicle from sand, mud or snow.
When the transmission is
shifted into low range, Crawl Control regulates engine speed and output, along
with braking force, to propel the vehicle forward or in reverse at one of five
low-speed settings. This allows the driver to maintain focus while steering
over very rough level ground or steep grades, without having to also modulate
the throttle, or brake, pedals.
Crawl Control also actuates the front and rear virtual locking differentials
to help reduce tire slippage and optimize chassis behavior.
Without canceling Crawl
Control, the driver can reduce vehicle speed by braking or adjusting the
crawling speed with a selector switch. Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) provides
additional control for off-road driving by helping to keep the vehicle from
rolling back while starting on a steep incline or slippery surface.
Downhill Assist Control (DAC) is designed to augment the low-speed descending
ability of the transmission’s low range by helping to hold the vehicle to a
target speed with no intervention from the driver. Active traction control
(A-TRAC) provides the traction benefits of having locking front and rear
differentials, but with lower weight. The system can apply the brake to a
slipping wheel, while transferring torque to the wheels with better traction.
A steering angle indicator in the gauge panel shows the driver at a glance
which direction the front wheels are pointing â€” useful for situations where
this can be difficult to discern, such as driving off-road or when parking.
The GX 460, like all Lexus
models, is equipped with an array of dynamic safety systems. Vehicle Stability
Control (VSC) helps keep the GX 460 going on its intended course by detecting
front- and rear-wheel slide during cornering and attempting to control either
condition with a combination of torque intervention and individual wheel
Brake-force Distribution (EBD) utilizes the anti-lock brake system (ABS) and
distributes proper brake force between the front and rear wheels according to
driving conditions and wheel-load.
Brake Assist (BA) is designed
to determine if the driver is attempting emergency braking, and if the driver
has not stepped firmly enough on the brake pedal to engage ABS, the system
supplements the applied braking power.
The Supplemental Restraint
System (SRS) includes a class-leading standard 10 airbags: dual front and side
airbags; driver and front passenger knee airbags; second-row seat-mounted side
airbags, and roll-sensing side curtain airbags covering all two or three rows.
The front airbags are designed to inflate according to collision severity. The
roll-sensing side curtain airbags are designed to deploy when a severe tilt
angle, roll or lateral G-force is detected.
The optional Pre-Collision
System (PCS) can help reduce collision damage. The package includes Dynamic
Radar Cruise Control, which uses millimeter-wave radar to measure and help
maintain a pre-set distance from a vehicle traveling ahead. The multi-information
display within the combination meter will show a car icon with the selected
following distance. If, based on a variety of inputs, PCS determines that a
collision is unavoidable, the system preemptively retracts the front seat belts
and pre-initializes BA so that increased braking will be applied the instant
the driver depresses the pedal.
In addition, an available
Pre-Collision System with Driver Attention Monitor and Lane Departure Alert (LDA) is now
available for the 2010 GX 460. Using two small cameras mounted at the front of
the vehicle that work in conjunction with millimeter-wave radar, the system is
sensitive enough to detect certain nonmetallic objects. The Driver Monitor
System uses a third camera, mounted on the steering column, monitors the orientation
of the driver’s face.
If the camera detects that it appears the driver is not looking directly ahead
for a few seconds or more, and if an obstacle is detected ahead, then it alerts
the driver, first with a warning chime and a flashing light. As the car gets
closer to the obstacle, PCS can begin to gently apply the brakes on its own.
To help assist the driver in
maneuvering around the obstacle, the system reprograms the steering ratio,
amplifying the intensity and quickness of the steering response. At the same
time, PCS automatically retracts the front seatbelts and prepares the brake
system to respond with full force when activated by the driver in anticipation
of a possible impact.
LDA alerts the driver of unintentional lane departure by sounding a warning
buzzer and displaying an alert. It does not steer the vehicle independently and
it requires the driver to maintain active steering control.
New for 2010, active front
headrests move up and forward almost instantly in the event of certain lower
speed rear-end collisions when the force of the occupant’s body is applied to
the seat back. Also new, the available Adaptive Front lighting System (AFS),
illuminates a turn or curve as the driver steers into it and includes high
intensity discharge (HID) headlights. The available Pre-Collision System with
Driver Attention Monitor Package includes new Intelligent High Beams with
headlamp cleaners automatically adjust the high beams to avoid blinding drivers
in oncoming vehicles. The cleaners help ensure optimal headlight performance in
all weather conditions.
The GX 460 presents a luxurious passenger environment with the fit and finishes
expected in a Lexus. Standard features include: eight-way power-adjustable,
heated/ventilated front seats; automatic climate control; leather trimmed seats
and surfaces; steering wheel audio controls; rain-sensing windshield wipers;
power moonroof; a wood and leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob;
memory system for the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside
mirrors; and an overhead console with integrated HomeLink® transmitter.
Equipped for family multimedia entertainment, the 2010 GX 460 comes standard
with a Lexus Premium nine-speaker audio system with integrated iPod® control and XM® Radio receiver.
Bluetooth® capability includes music streaming and hands free phone.
A rear back-up camera is standard on the 2010 GX 460. The camera provides the
driver a view of what its lens can detect behind the vehicle when engaged in
reverse gear, projecting the image on the standard 4.2-inch multi-information
display, or the optional navigation system’s LCD display.
Lexus makes personalizing the
GX 460 easy for 2010 by offering a Convenience Package and a Comfort Plus
Package, as well as making many of the package’s features available as
stand-alone options. The Convenience Package includes electrochromic exterior
mirrors with power retract, and Intuitive Parking Assist. The Comfort Plus
Package includes semi-aniline leather; heated second-row outer seats;
wood-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob; and three-zone automatic climate
The new-generation hard disc
drive (HDD) navigation system is a standalone option for 2010 and features
Voice Command casual language-based voice recognition system and Bluetooth
phonebook download to enhance owner convenience. The available Mark Levinson
Premium Audio system is the platinum standard for OEM mobile audio and for 2010
features 17 speakers, up from 14 in the 2009 model. The available Rear Seat
Entertainment (RSE) system now includes two LCD screens, one in each of the
front seat backrests. Three-zone automatic climate control for enhanced
third-row passenger comfort is also available as a standalone option.
The newly available Wide-view Front and Side Monitor, which debuted on the 2009
LX 570 premium luxury utility vehicle, is designed to enhance visibility in
tight settings, such as parking garages, and to help the driver view blind
spots when pulling out of parking spaces into traffic, and stopped at
intersections and T-junctions. The new available Intuitive Parking Assist helps
the driver detect obstacles at the front, rear or corners of the vehicle and
helps guide the GX into street or garage parking spaces.
Lexus designed the 2010 GX 460
to combine function and elegance, with unmistakable brand identity rooted in
the L-finesse design language. The overall effect conveys the vehicle’s
full-range capability and luxury credentials. A key goal of the designers was
to have the vehicle create the impression of being sculpted from a single block
The distinctive grille features three horizontal bars and, upon closer
inspection, intricate detail and texture that conveys renowned Lexus attention
to detail. Distinctive character lines on the hood and a chrome surround frame
the grille. The front bumper features standard integrated fog lamps.
Functional design elements
include low-profile roof rails and an acoustic insulation windshield that help
reduce wind noise. Tasteful luxury touches abound, including green-tint UV
protection front glass, privacy glass on rear windows, and running board
The 2010 GX 460 provides the luxury
appointments and workmanship of a Lexus sedan. Reduced drivetrain noise,
especially in the 3,000-4,000 rpm range, combined with new sound insulating,
dampening and absorbing materials used throughout the frame and body, provide
an even quieter cabin than before. Adopting a feature from the flagship LS
sedans, the GX 460 uses one-touch power windows with motors that reduce speed
near the closure point to minimize the sound of the window closing.
The instrument panel is
designed to appear as if formed from a single metal bar and is arranged to
place all vital controls within easy reach. Optitron instrument
gauges are a traditional and functional Lexus design element. Leather-trimmed
seat facings, headrests, armrests, door trim, shift knob and steering wheel
also add to the Lexus touch. For 2010, expanded wood trim, instrument panel
stitching and soft-touch surfaces enhance the luxury feel. The GX offers three
interior colors for 2010: Ecru, Black and Sepia.
Lexus Enform with Safety Connect
Two all-new telematics features are available on the 2010 GX 460
by subscription. Safety Connect is standard on all vehicles, while Lexus
Enform, is available on navigation-equipped vehicles. Complimentary one-year
trial subscriptions to Safety Connect are included on all purchases of new
Lexus vehicles, while complimentary one-year trial subscriptions to Lexus
Enform with Safety Connect are included with all purchases of new Lexus
vehicles equipped with navigation. The Lexus Enform and Safety Connect response
centers operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week every day of the year.
Safety Connect, the cornerstone of the
services, is standard on all GX 460 vehicles and offers four safety and
security features: Automatic Collision Notification, Stolen Vehicle Location,
Emergency Assistance (SOS), and Enhanced Roadside Assistance, which adds GPS
data to the already included warranty-based Lexus roadside service.
Lexus Enform, available on navigation-equipped vehicles, includes all of the
Safety Connect features and builds upon them with the premium services of
Destination Assist and eDestination. Destination Assist agents are available
via the on-board cellular equipment and can help drivers find a specific
address, a business by name, or a type of business (e.g., gas station, movie
theater, etc.), and even Zagat-rated restaurants, and then send the coordinates to
the navigation system for routing.
With eDestination, drivers can go online via LexusDrivers.com to save and sort
destinations in up to 20 folders, each holding as many as 10 destinations. Then
drivers can send the locationsâ€”up to 200 at a time to their vehicle, where they
will be available for download into the navigation system. Online, drivers can
create personalized location names (e.g., Favorite sushi,1 PM Appt, Kids
doc, etc.) and even list notes about their saved locations, all helping them
see exactly the information they choose in the vehicle.
Lexus Insider, a complimentary, opt-in service is also available without a
subscription on all Lexus Enform-equipped vehicles. This feature offers
in-vehicle audio casts that provide owners access to useful vehicle tips and
event information, and insights into exclusive owners’ benefits all designed
to further enhance the Lexus experience.
XM â€” Beyond Radio
As part of the Lexus Enform navigation platform, the GX 460 is factory-ready
for a variety of innovative services including XM NavTraffic, XM NavWeatherTM and XM Sports and
XM NavTraffic informs the driver of current traffic conditions with real-time
traffic displays. When traffic problems are detected the navigation system
alerts the driver so that the route can be adjusted.
XM Sports and Stocks features in-vehicle
updates on sports and stocks so drivers can stay connected to their favorite
teams and investment data while on the road. XM Sports provides game results
and schedules for up to five personally selected North American national league
sports teams while XM Stocks supplies data for up to 10 personally selected
stocks. After inputting their selections, drivers can access the reports either
by the navigation system, or by using the voice command system, adding a new
level of flexibility.
XM NavTraffic and XM NavWeather are available via individual XM subscriptions
while XM Sports and Stocks is included with an XM Radio subscription. All XM
services offer complimentary 90-day trial subscriptions.
All new Lexus vehicles come with a
48-month/50,000-mile basic limited warranty with roadside assistance for 48
months/unlimited miles. Powertrain and restraint system coverage is provided
for 72 months/70,000 miles. Corrosion perforation protection is covered for 72
months, regardless of mileage.