All these rumors had no proofs. All the stories telling the new 2021 Lexus GX is going to be redesigned were based on ‘trusted’ and ‘leaking’ sources. Well, fans and enthusiasts had the right to expect the redesign to happen. Why? The GX SUV is ten years old already. The last big facelift happened ages ago. But, the company is now finally changing their big rig.
How do we know that? Spy photos are latest proofs that the SUV is getting a new look. Well, the heavy camouflage is not allowing curious eyes to see anything through it. But, the shape of the front fascia is weird. However, that is enough to tell us we can expect even more modifications and the new 2021 Lexus GX. Next-generation? We still don’t have valid information about this.
What Do We Know About the 2021 Lexus GX?
Spy phots are available, but what lays under the camo is still a mystery. The redesign is certain. Both exterior and interior are aging and the GX can’t rely only on its performance anymore. Yes, designers refreshed the SUV a few times, but the complete overhaul is the only thing that will make the mid-size luxury model competitive.
While we are trying to find out details about the 2021 Lexus GX redesign, we are sure the SUV is going to use the same drivetrain. It is a 4.6-liter V8 unit, good for on and off-road drive. Another rumor that waits for confirmation is GX Hybrid. Again, the SUV is very big and it is interesting to see how will Lexus find a solution.
The drivetrain of the 2021 Lexus GX will be a reliable and powerful V8 mill. 4.6-liter petrol can produce 300 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque. Experts and fans expect the new transmission. A six-speed automatic is out of date and the GX needs a better gas mileage. This could be tricky to pull off since the gearbox is perfect for the full-time 4×4 drive thanks to the 2-speed transfer case. Anyway, engineers will have a task. Combined fuel economy returns poor 16 mpg. We can list many other mid-size luxury SUVs with a better fuel economy. The towing capacity of the GX will be 6,500 pounds.
Next Generation Lexus GX
Spy shots of the 2021 Lexus GX are showing the old model with the new front fascia. The new grille and bumper are certain, but what about the rest of its body? Sooner or later, the company will launch an all-new version, with a totally fresh look and appearance. The upcoming redesign of the GX mid-size SUV is going to refresh the lineup. However, it is not going to be enough for the next generation of the SUV. Depending on the level of changes for the 2021 YM, the new series could wait longer. If the model changes only the front fascia, that could be the hint for the next-gen 2022 Lexus GX.
Hybrid Is On the Way as Well
As we said, for a couple of years we are listening about a hybrid version of the big SUV. Well, the two largest models in Lexus’ lineup are missing this kind of power source. The new subcompact UX already received it, while the Lexus NX is already using it for a quite while. The mid-size three-row RX is the best-selling model in the class, mostly thanks to its versatility. Of course, it offers a hybrid drivetrain based on a 3.5-liter V6 engine.
Well, the problem with the GX is the size of its powertrain. We still don’t have a hybrid system that uses a V8 engine. Some mild-hybrid configurations are available, but you are not getting huge improvements in gas mileage section. On the other hand, towing capacity suffers, and the new 2021 Lexus GX Hybrid wouldn’t be able to tow 6,500 lbs. For example, the Lexus RX 460h delivers more power, but that is not pasted into better capabilities besides the fuel economy.
2021 Lexus GX Release Date
With the test mule out on the streets, we could expect the 2021 Lexus GX to debut soon. Still, we hope the changes are coming for the rest of the body and not only the front fascia. On the other hand, if only the grille takes the modifications, it could mean we are watching at possible F Sport model and the next update will bring the new generation.
GX is the mid-size luxury SUV and its price is showing what to expect from it. Filled with the latest features, the price will start at the same level as before. The mid-size model is more expensive than the competition, so Lexus is not touching the MSRP of $55,000. Of course, there are upper trim levels and options that will make the SUV go over $60,000. The most recent update includes Android Auto, and the Apple CarPlay is there since 2018.
Spy photos gallery source: Motor1