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Old 11-23-2009, 05:56 PM   #13
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Lexus Announces Pricing for All-New 2010 GX 460
# New 4.6-Liter Engine and 301-hp V8 with Six Speed Transmission
# New Standard Power Fold-Flat Third Row and 10 Airbags

Lexus today announced the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices (MSRP) for the all-new, second generation 2010 GX 460 luxury utility vehicle which will arrive at dealerships beginning in late December. For the first time, the GX will be offered in two grades, base, which will carry an MSRP of $51,970, and Premium which will be priced at $56,765. The MSRP does not include a delivery, processing and handling fee of $875. The all-new GX 460 will be on display for the first time in North America at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show in December.

The second generation GX 460 that is more powerful, more efficient and more luxurious will be powered with an all-new 4.6-liter V8 engine. The engine will produce 301 horsepower and 329 lb-ft of peak torque. It is teamed with an efficient six-speed automatic transmission with sequential shift that helps provide the best-in-class V8 fuel economy. Combined city/highway fuel economy is improved by 13 percent to an EPA-estimated 17 mpg. The GX 460 has an EPA-estimated 15 mpg city and 20 mpg highway.

2010 Lexus GX 460 First Drive
This Is Not a Crossover Compromise

It uses body-on-frame construction like your average pickup truck and there's a good-size V8 under the hood. It has a two-speed transfer case for serious off-roading, and if you happen to own a 6,000-pound boat, it'll tow that, too.

In other words, the 2010 Lexus GX 460 isn't an SUV for people who are on the fence. It's a luxury vehicle for buyers who want every last capability and have the money to pay for it. It's an actual utility vehicle, and quite a nice one at that.

As its name suggests, the GX's V8 now displaces 4.6 liters. It's essentially the same V8 engine found in the Lexus LS 460 sedan but with different intake and exhaust plumbing and revised engine controls. The result is 301 horsepower and 326 pound-feet of torque, which is 38 horses and 6 lb-ft of torque more than the previous 4.7-liter V8.

Unlike the heavy-footed Land Rover LR3 (now LR4), the GX carries its weight well. Around town, the light-effort steering and quick throttle response make the GX feel small, easy to drive and perfectly suited to the country club environment it will no doubt live in during most of its life.

It doesn't have the impenetrable, military-grade feel of the Land Rover either. Even in the dirt, it feels like a light-duty machine, with delicate inputs and responses. Even the brakes have a light touch despite feeling more than capable of handling the GX's 5,300 pounds.

So the market is small, almost not worth it, but Lexus says there are still buyers who like the idea of having more capability than they really need. To them a crossover is a compromise, which is true. The Lexus GX 460 has a few compromises of its own, namely cargo room and a steep price. If you can get past these issues, though, there's no reason to look past it, unless of course you don't like being on camera.

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