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Lexus GX460 facelift to preview Prado update?

Should the Lexus GX460 be sold in Australia?

Lexus has revealed a facelifted version of its GX460, which is the more expensive US-market Lexus twin to the Toyota Prado.

The GX460 occupies the luxury off-road eight-seater SUV spot in the Lexus North American line-up sitting above the RX SUV but below the LX off roader. 

More of a mild update than an all-new car, the GX460 ushers in the latest version of the Lexus ‘spindle’ corporate grille, as well as new headlights with LED internals. The rear of the GX460 appears to be unchanged, and is the strongest stylistic link to the Prado as they look almost identical.

The GX460 interior is largely unchanged. The GX460 interior is largely unchanged.

The interior of the GX460 has remained fairly unchanged as well, with changes limited to new trim choices, new aluminum inserts and new colour choices. 

The 4.6-litre petrol V8 drivetrain is unchanged, but a new optional Off-Road Package gives the GX460 equipment available on higher-spec local Prados including a 360-degree camera system, a transmission cooler, crawl control mode, fuel tank protection, multi-terrain monitoring and multi-terrain select, which allows drivers to select the terrain they’re driving on and the car will tailor its stability control and four-wheel drive system to suit.

The rear of the GX460 is unchanged. The rear of the GX460 is unchanged.

The GX460’s active safety tech has been given a big boost with the addition of auto emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, auto high beam and adaptive cruise control. The suite of safety tech is standard on all GX460 models. 

The GX460 remains off the cards for Australia as it’s made solely in left-hand drive with markets such as North America, Russia and the Middle East in mind, though some of the car's updates could filter through to a future version of the Prado.

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