The Lexus GX was first released in 2003 mainly for the North American market. It was launched at the same time its main competitor, the Lincoln Aviator, was launched. The GX is lined up in between the full size Lexus LX and the luxury crossover RX.
The latest model of the Lexus GX, a five-passenger luxury utility vehicle (eight-passenger with optional third-row seating), has a dimension of 188.2 in / 4,780 mm length, 74.0 in / 1,880 mm width, 74.6 in / 1,895 mm height. Its wheelbase is 109.8 in, wheel size of 17 x 7.5 in and 265/65SR17 mud and snow rated tire. Its rim type is 17-in five-spoke aluminum alloy with Dark Graphite finish or the optional 17-in six-spoke aluminum alloy.
It has 4.7 liter 32 valve V8 engine which produces 263 hp at 5,400 rpm and 323 lb/ft torque at 3,400 rpm. It has the latest Lexus Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) and Electronic Throttle Control System with intelligence (ETCS-i). It is certified Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV II). It has a compression ratio of 10.0:1 and drag coefficient of 0.8. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 8.1 sec and has a top track speed of 112 mph (electronically limited).
For transmission and drivetrain, it comes in full-time four-wheel drive and has the latest Lexus Active Traction Control (A-TRAC) and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC). It has five-speed automatic Electronically Controlled Transmission (ECT) with TORSEN Limited-Slip Center Differential (LSCD) (with manual-locking feature) differential. Its final drive ratio is 3.727:1. For suspension, it has front independent, double-wishbone with coil springs, gas-pressurized shock absorbers and stabilizer bar and rear four-link with rigid axle, air-spring-type shock absorbers and stabilizer bar. It also has Rear Adjustable Height Control (RAHC) and automatic load leveling air suspension and electronic Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) or an optional Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS). For added stability and traction control the GX has the standard electronic Active Traction Control (A-TRAC) and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC).
The Lexus GX takes safety and security to the next level. It is fitted with Advanced front (SRS), Side seat-mounted (SRS) and Side curtain Roll-Sensing (RSCA) (SRS) driver air bags. For the front passenger it has Advanced front (SRS), Side seat-mounted (SRS) and Side curtain Roll-Sensing (RSCA) (SRS) airbags; and for the middle-row outboard passenger it has Side curtain Roll-Sensing (RSCA) (SRS) airbags. It also has the standard four-sensor, four-channel anti lock braking (ABS) system, Brake Assist, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Downhill Assist Control (DAC) and Hill-start Assist Control (HAC).
For additional protection of its passengers in case of crash, it has reinforced ladder-type frame with side-impact door beams, side impact door beams, impact dissipating upper interior trim, front and rear crumple zones, collapsible steering column, three-point seatbelts for all seating positions, front row seatbelts with pretensioners, force limiters and locking seatbelt control.
Other features of the GX 2008 includes automatic on/off projector-beam headlamps with 30-second delay, daytime running lights (DRL), Integrated foglamps, rain-sensing intermittent wipers with mist cycle, power-adjustable outside mirrors with defoggers and auto tilt-down in reverse, power driver seat, Lexus Personalized Settings (LPS) for customize electronic functions, standard cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control with automatic recirculation mode, voice-activated DVD navigation system with backup camera and Bluetooth technology, HomeLink Transceiver for garage, gate, home security system, Lexus Link for cellphone, GPS and other functions, remote windows, remote keyless entry, moonroof with one touch open/close and sliding sunshade, interior air filter with smog sensor, heated seats with variable heat settings, Electroluminescent instrumentation, dynamic directional, altitude and barometric display, theft-deterrent and engine immobilizer with in-key transponder and Lexus Premium Sound System with Automatic Sound Levelizer (ASL) and in-dash, six-disc CD auto-changer.