Quite the Prado now, eh?
Lexus has decided that for the 2020 model-year, they’d lightly-redress their LandCruiser Prado-based GX SUV with some new look-at-me bits up front, which have distracted somewhat from the major changes that have occurred inside. But that said frankly even if they didn’t reprofile the spindle grille to include the cross-hatch design from the current crop of Lexus’ we’d still be talking about its looks because, well, look at it.
There are also a new set of headlights flanking that spindle grille, each featuring the three-LED pods that have become a signature of Lexus models, underscored by the arrowhead driving lights that have also become a design hallmark.
Further changes have taken place inside where, if you squint, you’ll notice new aluminium trim and wood garnishes dotted about the place.
The big change comes in terms of the safety systems on board. Standard across the range is the inclusion of Lexus Safety System+, which throws in all the latest advanced driver assistance technology from Japan. As such you get things like AEB, automatic high-beams, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot monitoring all as standard.
You’re also offered an off-road pack for the first time, which throws in the sort of hardware one would need for a serious adventure. You get a Multi-Terrain Monitor as well as a 360º supervision camera system, as well as a transmission cooling system, extra protection around your petrol tank, was well as Multi-Terrain Select and rock-crawl control.
Yes, we said petrol tank, because in the US this car continues to offer a 4.6-litre V8 mill with 224kW and 446Nm exclusively. Power goes to all-four wheels through a Torsen centre-diff, though standard power distribution is set up at 40:60 front-rear.