While Lexus may have a flawless reputation for producing luxury cars, don’t for one moment believe that these powerful, sleek, aspirational vehicles are confined to the tarmac of the city streets. Lexus has produced some of the best off-road SUVs on the market, ensuring that while you’re tackling dried-out wadis, giant dunes or punishing rocky tracks, inside the cabin is pure serenity, comfort and luxury.
Two particular models stand out when you’re looking for Lexus models for off-road – the GX and the LX.
The Lexus GX
With a 4.6L V8 powertrain paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission, there is no doubting the power or the capabilities of the GX460. However, when you combine a vehicle that is specifically designed to tackle any conditions and any terrain and add to it the luxurious comfort, advanced technologies and flawless build quality of a Lexus, you have something very special indeed.
This impressive seven-seater SUV has the sleek elegance to cruise the urban landscape with ease, with its distinctive spindle grille, refined body shape and dominating road presence. But take it off-road and it quickly demonstrates its true purpose in life, and where it’s most at home.
The body-on-frame construction (the only vehicle in its class to have this) gives it a stiffer, more stable and balanced feel. It has the confidence and the nimbleness to tackle any terrain, thanks to a host of off-road driver-assist features such as Crawl Control, Multi-Terrain Select and Downhill Assist Control for those super-steep descents.
That V8 engine is a controllable powerhouse, the only normally-aspirated V8 in its class with Variable Valve Timing to give you better control over low-speed torque for those seriously challenging off-road moments. And all the while your GX is taking on the elements, the almost-silent cabin is a haven of tranquillity and luxury, with every conceivable technology to make your experience a better one.
The Lexus LX
If there’s anything that can rival the GX for off-road driving capabilities combined with elegant luxury, it’s the LX.
The LX is powered by a dynamic 3.5L V6 twin-turbocharged engine that produces 409hp and a massive 650Nm of torque, giving it an exceptional power/weight ratio that’s totally controllable and capable of taking on tougher terrain. Those two turbos mean that it can easily hold its own against larger V8s.
Specialist features such as Multi-Terrain Select allows the driver to pick from one of six different driving-assist modes, depending on the conditions both on and off-road. Active Height Control suspension lets the driver set the perfect ground clearance to ensure you don’t snag the vehicle on rocky outcrops, while Crawl Control puts throttle control in the hands of the onboard actuator, making challenging off-road driving less tiring.
No detail has been overlooked, and the LX combines sublime luxury inside and rugged good looks outside. Touches such as the memory function, that ensures the driver’s preferred engine settings automatically take over as soon as the engine starts, elevate the LX to a whole new level of excellence.
So which one is better? That all depends on your preferences. To find out, book a test drive with Al-Futtaim Lexus online today and Experience Amazing for yourself.