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As we already wrote, the new look of the Lexus GX 7-seater SUV is debuting as 2020 YM. But, what is next for the mid-size luxury model? Toyota could replace it since it seems like they don’t want to build a new generation and update the vehicle. The 2021 Lexus GX could be the last edition of the SUV we know.
GX is badged as the luxury model and its price starts at $55,000. The SUV is using the body-on-frame platform, which is losing the battle to the more versatile unibody models. Some say the GX is like a dinosaur – old, slow, big. A power liftgate is not available and the styling is already a decade old.
The 2021 Lexus GX Hybrid could fix some lacks. A 4.6-liter V8 returns poor gas mileage. With 16 mpg combined, it is even worse than some full-size SUVs can offer. So, the hybrid would improve these numbers.
But, one of the main questions is – if the Lexus GX is so bad, why buyers are still purchasing it? Is it because of the lack of competition? What does the Lexus offer to keep interested in its old SUV?
Step 1 – Bring the Hybrid
It is hard to build an efficient hybrid on the V8 engine. Still, we can find some vehicles with high-output PHEV variants. For example, there is a Lincoln Aviator with 400 hp. But, this system is based on a 3.0-liter V6 petrol engine. Also, the towing capacity and off-road capabilities are not at the same level. Still, a hybrid variant will offer a better fuel economy for these owners that care about it. Also, the 2021 Lexus GX will be ready for the next steps when the emission standards become more strict.
Buyers Want 2021 Lexus GX F Sport
There are three trim levels available for the GX SUV. Base, Premium, and Luxury models are configurations available for further upgrades. But, there is an F Sport trim available for the Lexus RX and it makes the smaller SUV pretty popular. This package is not some kind of a performance-oriented unit. However, small upgrades on the styling and suspension will make the ride smoother and sportier. The 2021 Lexus GX F Sport would definitely draw attention.
2021 Lexus GX Spy Photos
The prototype of the GX we saw didn’t bring expected changes. Spy shots were showing the SUV with camouflage on the front fascia. But, all we got is a new nose. Still, this is something that will refresh the aging and old look of its predecessors. We hope this is going to be the first change and that 2021 Lexus GX will bring a full redesign. But, at this point, rumors about the discontinuation are becoming louder, so the future of the SUV is under a question mark.
You have a mid-size three-row SUV with 300 hp and a fuel economy of 16 mpg. Acura MDX Sport Hybrid returns 27 mpg and comes with 320 hp and Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive. And all that for the same price. So, Lexus has to do something with the drivetrain for its big rig. It is slow, it consumes too much fuel, and it doesn’t return a breathtaking performance. Hybrid is one of the solutions, and some experts are speaking of diesel units. Toyota, the parent company, is not keen on adding diesel engines to any of their vehicles, including Tacoma or Tundra trucks.
Well, there is a huge advantage of the V8 engine that makes the 2021 Lexus GX better than the competition – off-road capabilities. The SUV is almost unstoppable when you take it to rough terrains. No other rival can provide you such safety and reliability. Well, Toyota is well known for its TRD packages, and some setups are available for the GX model. Anyway, the competition is making it harder for this SUV to a breakthrough in other segments.
As said, there are seven-seater SUVs with the same level of equipment, but better on-road capabilities. The 2020 Lexus GX can tow 6,500 pounds. BMW X5, Range Rover Sport and Mercedes GLE can top this. Acura MDX and Infiniti QX60 stay under this limit. Lincoln Aviator can haul 5,600 pounds with the PHEV version.
2021 Lexus GX Future
The future of the 2021 Lexus GX is a mystery. We don’t know what does the company plans with its large mid-size SUV, which is stuck between efficient smaller models, and more capable full-size vehicles. Big changes will be required to remain on the market. Well, outside the US, Toyota delivers Lexus GX as Land Cruiser Prado. This model was spied under heavy camo, possibly launching a new generation soon. Could the Japanese company bring the same for the GX? We will find out more in the second half of 2020.