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Redesigned Lexus GX SUV coming in second half of 2009

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The new SUV will feature all-new sheet metal plus a 310hp (231kW) 4.6L V8

The new SUV will feature all-new sheet metal plus a 310hp (231kW) 4.6L V8

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The Lexus GX midsize luxury SUV has been on sale since 2003 and has enjoyed some success during that time, managing to rack up to 35,420 sales in 2004 - its best year on record and easily eclipsing the company’s annual target of 20,000 units. Demand in the midsize luxury SUV segment, however, has tanked in recent years and so far this year sales have dropped more than 52%.

While many rivals may soon start pulling out of the segment altogether, Lexus intends to stick it out by launching a redesigned GX, according to inside sources who spoke with Ward’s Auto. The new model is expected to feature all-new sheet metal as well as a 310hp (231kW) 4.6L V8 in replacement of the current model’s anaemic 263hp (196kW) 4.7L V8. This new 4.6L engine, incidentally, is the same unit used in the 2010 Toyota Tundra.

The current body-on-frame platform will remain, but expect radically different styling as well as a redesigned rear door. The interior will also be fully updated, with more luxurious trim and an updated navigation system coming as standard.

The new GX will likely be called the GX 460 and bow in towards the end of the year as a 2010 model.

When contacted, Lexus General Manager Mark Templin declined to confirm the new GX but said the brand wants a continued presence in the midsize luxury segment.
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  1. I never see many of these in the first place, mainly the RX
     
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  2. There's a healthy number of these models in the upper-class, well-to-do communities down here in Texas. Granted, the RX is Lexus's money-maker in the SUV/crossover segment, but the GX sells pretty well if I'm to go off of how often I see it on the road.
     
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  3. There's a healthy number of these models in the upper-class, well-to-do communities down here in Texas. Granted, the RX is Lexus's money-maker in the SUV/crossover segment, but the GX sells pretty well if I'm to go off of how often I see it on the road.
     
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  4. There's a healthy number of these models in the upper-class, well-to-do communities down here in Texas. Granted, the RX is Lexus's money-maker in the SUV/crossover segment, but the GX sells pretty well if I'm to go off of how often I see it on the road.

    I live in Texas near well to do areas and still mainly see RXs, go through Plano one of the richest areas in Texas, mainly see RXs
     
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  5. What...people....in Texas driving lexus RX. That's unthinkable. I would imagine road full of politically incorrect 4wheelers.
     
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  6. What...people....in Texas driving lexus RX. That's unthinkable. I would imagine road full of politically incorrect 4wheelers.

    Not near Dallas, they are very "enviromentally progressive"
     
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  7. You know, Plano isn't where everyone in the DFW area lives... And yes, of course you'll see more of the RX versus the GX, but still, I would consider the GX mildly successful for a luxury SUV.
     
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  8. You know, Plano isn't where everyone in the DFW area lives... And yes, of course you'll see more of the RX versus the GX, but still, I would consider the GX mildly successful for a luxury SUV.

    No kidding you mean everyone in Dallas does not live in Plano, what a concept, was not the point of my post, I was just saying that in an very affluent area like Plano you see more RXs then GXs.
     
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