2017 Lexus GX 460 – Release Date, Review and Specs

Although most luxury crossover SUVs offer better on-road performance and passenger comfort, the new 2017 Lexus GX 460 still remains as a capable off-roader with three rows of seating. It offers plenty of luxury features and technologies as well. Its release date should be expected in the latter half of next year.

2017 Lexus GX 460 front angle, headlights and grille

It still manages to coddle its occupants on the pavement as it has over the past with engaging character and comfort amenities. Only a handful of automakers (Lexus and Land Rover) have been able to construct a worthwhile luxury off-roader. In fact, Lexus has managed to offer several of them including the new 2017 Lexus GX 460.

As a division of Toyota, Lexus has mostly borrowed the mechanical tidbits used in the construction of the GX 460 from Toyota’s Land Cruiser Prado. It combines a full-time AWD, a high-clearance suspension, and a body-on-frame construction to enable serious off-roading. Several packages and options are offered for the various trims available depending on an array of consumer’s priorities.

2017 Lexus GX 460 exterior, side view

With a V8 under its hood, the GX 460 is capable of offering the power needed for urban cut-and-thrust. Being a Lexus, the SUV comes with obvious luxuries in its cabin such as leather upholstery and automatic climate control. However, there are several drawbacks such as a cramped backseat and an aging tech interface.

2017 Lexus GX 460 rear angle, tailpipe and taillights

There are several crossover SUVs that will serve you better especially for those who spend more time on the pavement rather than off of it. One particular standout is the 2017 BMW X5. The X5 may fall short in terms of off-road chops but offers a better handling, on-road performance, more interior space, and a higher fuel economy ratings.

The other crossover worth your while is the 2017 Land Rover LR4 especially for those who insist on detouring through the jungles of Cameroon on your way to Neiman Marcus. Ad while you’re weighing in your options, don’t overlook the RX-Series which is Lexus own.

2017 Lexus GX 460 exterior, gray color

Offered Trims – Lexus GX 460

Two main trims are offered: Base and Luxury models.

Interior Review & Exterior Changes – 2017 Lexus GX 460

We have provided several pictures depicting its exterior and interior designs throughout our blog, but we expect more as we edge closer to its release date. So keep checking back.

2017 Lexus GX 460 lcd screen, dashboard and gear shift knob

The base model’s list of standard accessories and equipment includes a rear privacy glass, a sunroof, 18-inch alloy wheels, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, driver memory settings, a premium leatherette upholstery, a 50/50-split third-row seat, automatic dual-zone climate control, an 8-inch display, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, Siri Eyes Free, dual USB ports, a rearview camera, a reclining and sliding 40/20/40-split second-row seat, and a rear spoiler.

2017 Lexus GX 460 leather seats and steering wheel

Optional features available for the GX 460 include automatic wipers, a navigation system, LED foglights, an upgraded interior trim, rear and front parking sensors, automatic tri-zone climate control, heated second-row seats, and Lexus’ Enform smartphone app system.

The Luxury trim model upgrades you with a heated steering wheel, power-folding third-row seats, auto-dimming side mirrors, adaptive suspension, a cargo cover, mahogany wood trim, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring system, headlight washers, rear auto-leveling air springs, and a heated steering wheel.

2017 Lexus GX 460 side angle, alloy wheels

Available options include a rear seat video entertainment system, a lane-departure warning and mitigation system, additional side, front and rear cameras, automatic high-beam control, a 17-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound system, and the off-oriented Crawl Control feature. No changes should be expected on the existing color palette.

2017 Lexus GX 460 side view, alloy wheels

Specifications

Wheelbase: 9 ft. 1.8 in. (109.8 in.)
Length: 16 ft. 0.1 in. (192.1 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 2.2 in. (74.2 in.)
Passenger volume: N/A
Cargo volume: 11.6 cu.ft.
Curb weight: 5130 lbs
Top Speed: N/A
0-60: 7.2 sec
MPG: 15/20 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Black Onyxm Claret Micam Fire Agate Pearlm Nebula Gray Pearlm Satin Cashmere Metallicm Silver Lining Metallicm Starfire Pearl…
Towing Capacity: 6500 lbs

Engine Specifications – 2017 Lexus GX 460

Under the hood of the 2017 Lexus GX 460 is a 4.6L V8 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission system. The transmission further directs the output – 301 hp and 329 lbs. ft. of torque to all the AWD system with a dual-range transfer case.

2017 Lexus GX 460 engine

Rumors allege the new GX 460 is capable of achieving a maximum towing capacity of about 6,500 pounds.

Various test drives have also confirmed that only 7.2 seconds is required to get past 60 mph with the Luxury SUV. And as for EPA estimates, expect an underwhelming 20/15/17 mpg on the highway/city/combined rating.

Price & 2017 Lexus GX 460 Release Date

2017 Lexus GX 460 release date

Rumors, as of this writing, allege we should expect the new GX 460’s release date in the latter half of 2017. The 2017 Lexus GX 460 will cost you about $50,780 when it goes for sale. It will also be offered on lease terms although specific details are still missing.

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2017 Lexus GX 460 front view, grille and headlights

2017 Lexus GX 460 white color, alloy wheels

2017 Lexus GX 460 rear view, taillights and tailpipe

2017 Lexus GX 460 trunk, cargo space

2017 Lexus GX 460 interior, backseats

2017 Lexus RC350 – Release Date, Review and Specs

With its V6’ engine smooth power, precise steering in standard form, impeccable interior craftsmanship, serene and sophisticated ride quality, and tons of standard features, the new 2017 Lexus RC350continues to distill the brand’s traditional refinement into a sporty two-door package. The 2017 RC350 release date should be expected sometime in early 2017. 

2017 Lexus RC350 side view, blue color, alloy wheels

Two more engines are provided for the new model that enable it flesh out its presence in terms of performance. The four-cylinder engine is offered with a rear-wheel drive and an option of an AWD and is able to churn out a decent 241 hp, and 255 hp for the V6 RC350.

2017 Lexus RC350 rear view, silver color, taillights and tailpipe

EPA also says the fuel economy for the four-cylinder stands at 26 mpg – an average rating in the segment. You could get better offers from other vehicles in the segment such as the Audi A4/S5 or the Cadillac ATS Coupe.

2017 Lexus RC350 front angle, headlights and grille

Based on the Lexus IS sedan, the RC350 offers an adventurous stylish exterior design. The fascias also receive some mild changes, the headlights and taillights in particular have been re-tweaked and are now bolder than before.

2017 Lexus RC350 side view, black color, alloy wheels and headlights

The lovely cabin carries over from the previous model, and only receives subtle changes that add to an already appealing technologies and premium materials. It offers a terrifically comfortable yet well-bolstered seats and is replete with high-quality materials. Also the stiff structure enables it achieve an impressive ride quality that enable it glides over bumps with the result being a comfortable ride quality.

2017 Lexus RC350 exterior, rear view, taillights

Nonetheless, there are several rivals nipping at its heels. They include the BMW 4 Series, the Cadillac ATS Coupe, and the stylish and well-equipped Audi S5 and Audi A5.

2017 Lexus RC350 – Available Trims

2017 Lexus RC350 exterior, front view, blue color, headlights

Three models are offered for the 2017 Lexus RC350: RC 300, RC 200t, and the RC 350.

Exterior Redesign & 2017 Lexus RC350 Interior Review

Standard equipment offered for the include keyless ignition and entry, LED headlights, leatherette premium vinyl upholstery, heated side mirrors, a rearview camera, a rear folding 60/40-split seat, an eight-way power passenger seat, LED taillights, 18” wheels, automatic dual-zone climate control, selectable drive modes, aluminum and wood interior trimmings, heated and ventilated front seats, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, and a rearview auto-diming mirror.

2017 Lexus RC350 interior, steering wheel, gear shift knob

Equipment offered inside include a satellite radio, an auxiliary audio input, a seven-inch touchscreen interface, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a ten-speaker sound system, additional USB ports, smartphone app connectivity, voice controls, and Lexus Enform Service Connect.

2017 Lexus RC350 side view, red color, alloy wheels

Options provided here include a power telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, auto-dimming side mirrors, headlight washers, an electric cabin heater, perforated leather upholstery, automatic wipers, blind-spot monitoring with rear-cross traffic alerts, and ventilated and heated front seats.

2017 Lexus RC350 interior, leather front seats

The F-Sport package offers an unique front fascia, sport-tuned suspension dampers, driver memory settings, perforated leather upholstery, upgraded front brake pads, nineteen-inch wheels, unique front fascia, a special instrument cluster, , and sport front seats.

2017 Lexus RC350 rear view, taillights and tailpipe

Standalone options include front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, LED foglights, a limited-slip differential, variable-ratio steering, and a power sunroof. More of these options will be offered on its release date.

2017 Lexus RC350 Engine Specs & Fuel Economy

Motivation for the 2017 Lexus RC350 is offered for the four-cylinder turbocharged 2.0L engine good for 241 hp and 258 lbs. ft. of torque. It comes hooked to a standard rear-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission system.

EPA says we should expect the fuel economy to stand at 22/32/26 mpg in the city/highway/combined.

Generating 255 horsepower- and 236 pounds-ft. of torque is the 3.5L V6 engine offered under the hood of the RC 300. A six-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel drive are hooked to this mill. EPA projections for this powertrain stand at 19/26/21 mpg.

2017 Lexus RC350 engine

Opting for the RC 350 gets you a 3.5L V6 engine gets you an all-wheel drive system and an eight-speed transmission system. Here, the output stands at 306 horsepower and 277 pounds-ft. of torque. Fuel economy according to EPA is rated at 19/28/22 mpg with the rear-wheel drive, and 19/26/21 mpg with the all-wheel drive system.

Zipping from 0-60 mph with the rear-wheel drive RC 350 F Sport only takes 5.9 seconds, and a respectable fuel economy of 24 mpg in real-world driving on various evaluation loops.

Specifications

Wheelbase: 107.5 in
Length: 184.8 in
Width: 72.4 in
Passenger volume: 82,0 cu ft
Cargo volume: 10,4 cu ft
Curb weight: 3748 lbs
Top Speed: 146 mph
0-60: 5,7 sec
MPG: 19/28 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Atomic Silver, Eminent White Pearl, Infrared, Molten Pearl, Nebula Gray Pearl, Obsidian, Silver Lining Metallic, Ultra White and Ultrasonic Blue Mica 2.0
Towing Capacity: N/A

2017 Lexus RC350 Release Date & Price

2017 Lexus RC350 Release date

The Lexus RC 350 price starts from an MSRP of $42,780. When will it go for sale? Expect the vehicle sometime in early 2017.

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2017 Lexus RC350 front view, headlights and grille

2017 Lexus RC350 side view, orange color, alloy wheels and headlights

2017 Lexus RC350 exterior, side view, alloy wheels

2017 Lexus RC350 exterior, side view, grille and alloy wheels

2017 Lexus RC350 front view, silver color, grille

2017 Lexus RC350 exterior, grille, headlights and alloy wheels

2017 Lexus RC350 rear view, red color, taillights and tailpipe

2017 Lexus RC350 trunk

2017 Lexus RC350 interior, trunk

2017 Lexus RC350 interior, dashboard, lcd screen

2017 Lexus RC350 interior, leather rear seats

2017 Lexus NX 200t Release Date & Info

2017 Lexus NX 200t Release Date, Specs, Info – The new 2017 Lexus NX 200t comes with a high-tech interior and an aggressive exterior design, but with a limited cargo space it might not be the best option for customers shopping for family-oriented vehicles. Some of its pros include a quiet and smooth engine, an impeccable cabin construction, copious high-tech features, and a generous backseat. Its date of release should be expected in the latter end of next year.

2017 Lexus NX 200t front view, headlights, grille and alloy wheels

With each passing year, it has become increasingly difficult to stand out in a field as competitive as the compact luxury sports utility vehicle segment. But regardless of the task, the Lexus NX 200t has always been willing to give it a shot. Love it or hate it, the NX unique sense of style is something worth getting bragging rights. Its exterior features a bold slashes and angles that make its competitors look tame.

2017 Lexus NX 200t side view, silver, alloy wheels

However, reasonable and seasoned shoppers in its segment may differ about its exterior uniqueness. Much can be said about it exterior but less can be talked about when you come inside. From a utility stand point, the NX scores poorly as it diminishes the appeal often associated with owning an SUV.

2017 Lexus NX 200t rear view, taillights and tailpipe

But if that is not your priority, the NX offers plenty of features and technologies to help offset its cargo space downside. The dashboard is upscale and sporty and comes furnished with lots of high-quality surfaces. The seats are comfortable and supportive. Lots of leg-and headroom space is available even for backseat passengers.

2017 Lexus NX 200t front view, grille, headlights and alloy wheels

In all fairness, its rivals offer better features and technologies. For instance, the 2017 BMW X3 and Audi Q5 offer an exemplary performance via its wide selection of engines; plenty of cargo space; and a brand known for luxury, reliability, and upscale technologies. Other rivals include the 2017 Acura RDX, and the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC.

Available Trims – Lexus NX 200t

The five-passenger 2017 Lexus NX 200t luxury crossover is available in a single trim level. You can also check the NX 300h Hybrid in a separate review.

2017 Lexus NX 200t – Interior & Exterior

Standard 200t equipment and technologies include automatic climate control, cruise control, LED automatic headlights, 17” alloy wheels, a 60/40-split folding and reclining rear seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless entry and ignition, eight-way power front seats, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, an auto-dimming mirror, a cargo cover, “NuLuxe” premium vinyl upholstery, and cruise control.

2017 Lexus NX 200t steering wheel, gear shift knob, lcd screen and dashboard

Technology features available include satellite and HD radio, smartphone app integration, a 7-inch display screen, Siri Eyes Free voice connectivity, an eight-speaker sound system, an auxiliary audio jack, a CD player, a rearview camera, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a USB port, and Lexus Enform Service Connect.

The 200t F Sport package available adds additional gauges, 18-inch wheels, paddle shifters, special interior trim, styling elements, and a sport-tuned suspension system.

2017 Lexus NX 200t interior, back leather seads

The optional Comfort package bundles driver memory settings, and a power-adjustable steering wheel. The Premium package bundles a sunroof, 18” wheels, ventilated and heated front seats, and auto-dimming exterior mirrors. The Luxury package comes packed with wood trim, a heated steering wheel, automatic wipers, power liftgate, and leather upholstery.

2017 Lexus NX 200t side view, blue color, alloy wheels and headlights

Stand-alone options include a wireless charging tray for Qi-compatible smartphones, upgraded LED headlamps, various additional safety features, and front and rear parking sensors, two additional speakers, and the Remote Touch electronics interface.

2017 Lexus NX 200t F Sport, rear view, taillights and alloy wheels

Buyers shouldn’t expect to see any radical exterior 200t changes. Nonetheless, it offers a cool, modern ambiance that compares to nothing else in its class. The materials used and overall body construction is evidently top notch. Details like wood trim, contrast stitching and a modern analogue clock add a crisp finish to its cabin.

Release Date & Price Estimate – 2017 Lexus NX 200t

Industry pundits’ reports allege the NX 200t will probably hit showrooms in the latter end of next year. As for its price, expect an MSRP starting price of $34,965.

2017 Lexus NX 200t Engine Specs

A turbocharged four-cylinder 2.0L engine comes equipped under the hood of the 2017 Lexus NX 200t. Its output – 235 hp and 258 lbs. ft. of torque is routed to the front wheels via the six-speed automatic transmission system. The AWD is available as an option.

Test drives conducted on the 2017 Lexus NX 200t have yielded a 0-60 acceleration of the segment-average 7 seconds.

2017 Lexus NX 200t engine

Although the 2017 EPA ratings for the NX 200t haven’t been conducted yet, we expect the front wheel drive model to return 22/28/25 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 24 mpg/combined with the fuel-sapping AWD.

Specifications

Wheelbase: 104.7 in
Length: 182.3 in
Width: 73.6 in
Passenger volume: N/A
Cargo volume: 54.6 cu.ft
Curb weight: 3,940 lbs
Top Speed: 124 mph
0-60: 6,9 sec
MPG: 22/28 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Atomic Silver, Autumn Shimmer, Blue Vortex Metallic, Eminent White Pearl, Matador Red Mica, Nebula Gray Pearl, Obsidian…
Towing Capacity: 2000 lbs

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2017 Lexus NX 200t front angle, headlights and grille

2017 Lexus NX 200t side angle, white color, alloy wheels

2017 Lexus NX 200t side view, red color, alloy wheels, grille

2017 Lexus NX 200t F Sport, white color, side view, alloy wheels

2017 Lexus NX 200t F Sport, rear view, alloy wheels, taillights

2017 Lexus NX 200t F Sport, rear view, taillights and tailpipe

2017 Lexus NX 200t trunk