Published on August 8th, 2021 | by Amirul Mukminin0
Lexus GX Receives Black Line Treatment In The US
The Land Cruiser Prado-based model also gets some new equipment
The Lexus GX is already very striking in its standard form, mainly due to the fact that it is a large SUV sporting razor-sharp lines and creases from one end to another.
However, despite receiving numerous updates, the current-generation GX is long in the tooth, having debuted a little more than a decade ago. In an effort to keep it ‘fresh’ longer in the US market, Lexus has given the model a Black Line edition and some nifty interior updates.
Based on the Premium grade, the GX Black Line gets gloss black 18-inch wheels, unique Black Line lower front and rear bumper valance design with a blacked out chrome grille surround, black roof rails and Garnet Red taillamps. It is available in three body colours – Starfire Pearl, Black Onyx and Nori Green Pearl.
The cabin is embellished with a black headliner, a bi-tone Nuluxe upholstery and a matte black ash wood trim on the steering wheel. The GX is the latest vehicle from the Japanese automaker to receive the Black Line treatment following the RX L and IS.
In addition to the special edition model, the GX will now come standard with a 10.3-inch multimedia touchscreen that supports Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa integration. Also made standard across the range are Intuitive Parking Assist, navigation, power folding and heated mirrors as well as the Lexus Safety System+.
Striking Style. Dynamic versatility. The head-turning three-row GX 460 is not only engineered for all types of terrain including extreme off-road conditions, it also displays exceptional craftsmanship throughout and offers seating for up to seven passengers.
For 2022, the stunning SUV introduces the new GX Black Line Special Edition to its lineup, offering Lexus owners a new way to express their style. For added peace of mind and convenience, Intuitive Parking Assist, Navigation and power folding and heated mirrors are now standard across the entire GX range. Now equipped with refined center console with updated 10.3-inch multimedia touchscreen, GX guests can enjoy an even more seamless in-cabin experience.
GX Black Line Special Edition
Lexus’ successful Black Line Special Edition treatment is available on GX 460. Based on the GX Premium grade, the Black Line models reflect Lexus’ core values of omotenashi (Japanese for anticipatory hospitality) and takumi craftsmanship with their unique premium finishes that will surely elicit attention from passengers and passersby alike.
Each Black Line Special Edition arrives in style. The fog lamp garnish and eye-catching design impress at every turn. Adding to the Black Line specialness are 18-inch wheels finished in glossy black, as well as blackout chrome grille surround. Additional details include unique Black Line lower front and rear bumper valance design, Garnet Red taillamps, Black roof rails and body-colored door handles. Guests can select Starfire Pearl, Black Onyx or the GX Black Line-exclusive, Nori Green Pearl, as exterior colors.
Inside, passengers will notice a black headliner, as well as a confluence of surfaces covered in bi-tone black Nuluxe with gray-colored bolster inserts and stitching. Matte Black Ash Wood trim on the GX’s steering wheel is standard on all Black Line Special Editions. Optional Lexus roof rail cross bars are also available for guests seeking added function and styling.
Advanced Technology with Connectivity
With an enhanced center console, updated 10.3-inch multimedia touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa integration, GX offers guests a highly connected and intuitive in-cabin experience.
All GX models for 2022 come with the latest smartphone vehicle integrations and their respective virtual assistants. Guests can access the same familiar interface of their desired technologies through the GX’s standard 10.3-inch touchscreen dashboard display. The premium suite of connected technology offers multiple ways to stay connected, including the 3-year Lexus Enform Remote trial to remotely start the engine using select smart devices. And, with six USB ports throughout the GX, both the driver and passengers can keep their smart devices charged and ready.
Performance and Design
A dual-purpose luxury vehicle, GX 460 can go from a short work commute to a long family vacation deep in the Rocky Mountains. Every GX is powered by a 301-horsepower 4.6-liter V8 producing 329 lb.-ft. of peak torque. Combine that with a 6,500-lb. towing capacity, and you’ve got an ideal boat hauler. Towing is aided with Trailer Sway Control, a function of the Vehicle Stability Control that enhances straight-line tracking.
Embracing a sophisticated design all its own, the muscular GX features an imposing stance, a modern front fascia with Premium Triple-Beam LED headlamps, available 19-inch wheels and more. Feel at home in unparalleled craftsmanship, bold details and a striking balance of comfort and capability from a luxury utility vehicle that exceeds all expectations.
Engineered to Explore
Utilizing the technology of the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS), the GX enhances handling and ride comfort by helping to keep the vehicle level in both on and off-road conditions. When the GX encounters an uneven surface, one compressed cylinder causes fluid to flow to the other cylinder, helping the vehicle to keep all four wheels on the ground. The system works without any action needed by the driver.
Another asset of the GX for on-road smoothness is the available Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS). The AVS uses electronically controlled dampers that adjust to road surface conditions. The driver can tailor the ride by selecting from Normal, Sport or Comfort modes.
Four-Wheel Active Traction
With a full-time automatic four-wheel drive system, the Lexus GX 460 is at home on the backcountry trails as it is on Rodeo Drive.
A TORSEN torque-sensing limited slip center differential distributes power 40:60 front to rear under most driving conditions and changes the ratio as needed based on wheel slip. The four-wheel drive system offers a low range for slow speed off-road driving, and the center differential can be electronically locked.
The two-speed transfer case with low range is supported by a wide array of chassis control technology. With Downhill Assist Control (DAC), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), Active Traction Control (A-TRAC), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and available Crawl Control, the GX can roam unpaved roads, trails and steep inclines with confidence.
Enhancing GX’s already capable skillset when the pavement ends is the Off-Road Package that’s available on Luxury grade. The package offers proven off-road technologies such as Lexus’ Multi-Terrain Monitor and Panoramic View Monitors with driver and passenger cameras, transmission cooler, fuel tank protector, Crawl Control and Multi-Terrain Select.
Multi-Terrain Select allows you to choose from multiple surfaces such as loose rocks, mud and sand, moguls and more to optimize drivability. This advanced system regulates wheelspin by automatically adjusting the engine throttle and brakes, helping improve traction. Demanding off-road situations necessitate constant awareness of all surroundings. With the Multi-Terrain Monitor and Panoramic View Monitors, front passengers can view front, rear, side and now under (displaying terrain and tire location underneath your vehicle) camera views on the navigation screen, providing the most avid off-road driver peace of mind.
Activated with the press of a button, the available Crawl Control system is designed to automatically maintain an optimal slow and steady pace over demanding landscapes. Crawl Control is designed for driving on difficult terrain at low speeds and automatically modulates the throttle and brakes on five low-speed settings, so drivers can keep their focus on steering through difficult terrain.
Engaged when the vehicle is in low range, Crawl Control allows the vehicle to move forward or in reverse at one of five driver-selectable low-speed settings. Crawl Control also engages the front and rear “virtual” Locking differentials to help reduce tire slippage and optimize chassis behavior. Crawl Control can also help the driver navigate the GX 460 through sand, mud or snow.
Lexus Safety System+
The Lexus GX 460 is equipped to handle today’s modern family and is designed to help them arrive in style, comfort and safety wherever their adventures lead.
Bolstering this mission is the addition of the Lexus Safety System+ suite of technologies that is standard on the entire 2022 Lexus vehicle lineup. Lexus Safety System+ includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert, Intelligent High Beams and High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. Intuitive Parking Assist is also standard.
From advanced lane assistance technology to intuitive high beams that offer added illumination to help keep you focused on the road ahead, this integrated suite of standard active safety equipment brings us one step closer to a world without crashes.