2010 Lexus GX460
The Lexus GX460 was launched in the region at the 2009 Dubai International Motor Show in December 2009 and arrived on the roads at the start of 2010.
Using the latest Toyota Land Cruiser Prado as its base, the GX460 offers off-road performance in a luxury package. The visual changes from the super-popular Prado base car are limited to some deeper bumpers, slightly restyled bumpers and a chrome-laden Lexus grille.
On the inside is where the changes are most marked with high-class leather adorning all surfaces and a powerful Mark Levinson stereo system providing plenty of aural entertainment.
There’s loads of clever off-road technology at work to ensure the GX460 doesn’t get stuck in even the most extreme of off-road conditions. These include adaptive air suspension with Kinetic Dynamic Suspension – these system give the GX plenty of suspension travel off-road and work to keep body roll in check on the road, then there’s the selectable centre differential lock when the going gets really tough.
Less hardcore is the all-round camera systems which displays a variety of views from around the car on the centre console’s large screen to ensure you don’t scratch the expensive bodywork on any errant rocks that might get in the way.
Power is provided by a detuned version of the 4.6-litre V8 that’s fitted to the LS luxury sedan, though it’s still pretty potent with 301bhp on offer. A six-speed automatic gearbox sends the power to all four wheels.
There’s seating for seven on board the GX460, though the pair of people in the rearmost pair of seats need to be of the shorter stature to ensure they don’t get muscle cramps within five minutes.