The luxury SUV segment witnesses several movements every year, and can prove to be a challenging environment for some carmakers. However, throughout its existence, Lexus has been able to maintain a dominant position in the segments that it operates in – a forte the luxury brand will likely hold onto for a long time. To reinforce its stance, the Japanese marque has unveiled the new-for-2020 Lexus GX 460. This is, however, an extensive facelift rather than a completely new model; though it does benefit from revised exterior styling, additional safety features and an all-new Off-Road Package.

The most noticeable difference on the exterior of the 2020 GX 460 includes the new and intimidating Lexus spindle grille. It is much larger and more aggressive than before, commanding quite some attention. It is flanked by all-new triple-LED headlamps with boomerang-style LED daytime-running lights (DRLs), rounded off by a subtly tweaked bonnet. Opt for the available Sport Design Package on the GX 460 will bring 19-inch alloy wheels with a Gunmetal Metallic finish, exclusive lower grille surround, rear valence, side mirrors, matte black exhaust tip, and scarlet tail lamps.

Lexus has endowed the new GX 460 with their Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) to optimise body control and traction, both on and off the road.

Riding on the new Prado’s body-on-frame architecture, the 2020 GX 460 comes with permanent four-wheel-drive (4WD) system as standard fitment.

Meanwhile, the top trim of the 2020 GX 460 can be fitted with the new Off-Road Package. This equips the GX with a transmission cooler, fuel tank protector, Crawl Control System, and Multi-Terrain Select. There’s also Lexus’ Multi-Terrain Monitor and Panoramic View Monitors with driver and passenger-side cameras. The latter allows the driver to precisely place the SUV while driving off the beaten path, with the assistance of front, rear, side, and under camera views – which basically displays terrain and tyre location underneath the vehicle. Lexus’ Multi-Terrain Select offers dedicated off-road modes including loose rocks, mud, sand, and moguls.

For traversing over hard-core off-road trails, drivers can engage the new GX 460’s Crawl Control function, which is a part of the Off-Road Package. Available when the SUV’s two-speed transfer case is in low-range mode, Crawl Control not only locks the front & rear “virtual” differentials, but also permits the GX to drive forward or backward in one of five driver-selectable low-speed settings. Riding on the new Prado’s body-on-frame architecture, the 2020 GX 460 comes with permanent four-wheel-drive (4WD) system as standard fitment. It features a standard Torsion torque-sensing limited-slip centre differential, and under normal driving scenarios, can split power between the front and rear axles in a 40:60 ratio, respectively. However, depending on the terrain and driving modes, this ratio can change – and with the centre differential locked – the system splits power 50:50 between the two axles.

The interior features all-new Gray Sapele wood inlays with aluminium trim and Rioja Red leather upholstery with black headliner.

Lexus has endowed the new GX 460 with their Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) to optimise body control and traction, both on and off the road. The fully automated system requires no input from the driver, and works by channelling a special hydraulic fluid between two chambers, one on each side of the GX 460. When driven over uneven terrain, KDSS moves the fluid in such a manner so as to keep all four wheels firmly planted on the ground. There is even Lexus’ Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) which can electronically adjust the dampers according to the surface conditions.

The 2020 GX 460 is now available with Lexus’ Safety System+ suite. This entails a raft of standard safety hardware which, apart from the ubiquitous catalogue of airbags and electronic safety features, also includes Downhill Assist Control (DAC), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), Active Traction Control (A-TRAC), and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC). Furthermore, there’s Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert, Intelligent High Beams and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

On the inside, the 2020 GX 460 features the multi-faceted Lexus Enform technology suite which encompasses Enform Safety Connect, Enform Service Connect, and Enform Remote which allows owners to lock and unlock the doors, start the engine and climate control, check the fuel level and more via a smartphone, smartwatch or devices enabled with Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa. The interior also features all-new Gray Sapele wood inlays with aluminium trim and Rioja Red leather upholstery with black headliner. The powerplant for the 2020 Lexus GX 460 remains untouched; it is the same naturally-aspirated 4.6-litre V8 as before, producing 301hp and 446Nm of torque, and is coupled to a 6-speed automatic transmission.