Lexus GX 460

After the introduction of the rugged, second-generation GX 460 last year, the capable and efficient luxury utility vehicle moves into the 2011 model year with standard new Smart Stop Technology as an additional measure of consumer confidence.  The braking system enhancement automatically reduces engine power when the brake pedal and the accelerator pedal are applied simultaneously under certain driving conditions.

The seven-passenger, body-on frame GX 460 combines “right sized” mid-size packaging with family-friendly comfort and premium craftsmanship.  The GX 460 provides a versatile interior with its three-row seating arrangement.  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 has a flip-up glass panel for added convenience.

Luxury is enhanced in the GX 460 by a quiet cabin, as well as a wealth of standard features and options.  The GX 460 features standard heated and ventilated front seats for example.  Among the luxury features and options are semi-aniline leather, a heated steering wheel, and heated outer second-row seats.  Multimedia features – both standard and optional – expand onboard family entertainment choices.

The GX 460 takes its model designation from its 4.6-liter V8 engine that produces 301 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 329 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 3,500 rpm.  The 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 GX 460’s fuel economy is better than other V8 luxury utility vehicles and competitive with some six-cylinder models with its EPA-estimated 17 mpg combined, 15 mpg city and 20 mpg highway ratings.

The 4.6-liter V8 is teamed to a six-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with sequential shift.  The responsive powertrain is quiet and helps the GX 460 tow up to 6,500 lbs.

Source: Lexus press

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