Lexus gives 2022 GX 460 Apple CarPlay, Android Auto

The current generation Lexus GX has been with us for some time. First launched in 2010, it has received several updates and facelifts – the most recent being late 2019 for the 2020 model year.

Not only did it get a bolder front end, Lexus also updated the interior by adding more standard equipment and features. There is no doubt that the latest update gave the 10-year-old SUV a new look. But given its age, the GX could use more tech upgrades inside the cabin.

Well, it looks like Lexus has heard our calls as the luxury automaker recently unveiled the 2022 GX 460. Before saying it still looks the same, Lexus actually hasn’t changed anything on the exterior. (with the exception of the new Black Line group, which we’ll get to later). Instead, the automaker gave it a redesigned center console inside the cabin.

Placed at the top of the center dash is a new 10.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system. In addition to the usual AM / FM radio, the in-dash DVD player, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, the new system supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The automaker was able to install the new touchscreen by changing the positions of the vents with the 10.3-inch screen. As an added touch, Lexus also released an updated control panel for the three-zone automatic climate system.

As for the exterior changes, the 2022 GX 460 is now available with the aforementioned Black Line package. This gives the SUV 18-inch black alloy rims, a black grille, black fog light bezels and black painted front and rear bumper valences.

Lexus gives 2022 GX 460 Apple CarPlay, Android Auto image

Under the hood, the GX continues to be powered by a naturally aspirated 4.6-liter V8. It develops 292 hp at 5,500 rpm and 438 Nm of torque at 3,500 rpm. Power is then sent to a permanent 4WD system via a six-speed automatic transmission.

The 2022 Lexus GX is expected to go on sale in international markets later this year. As for the Philippine market, we might get the upgraded GX next year.

But when will Lexus unveil an all-new GX? Rumors say an all-new GX could be revealed in 2024. But before we see the light of the world, the next-generation Land Cruiser Prado (from which the GX is based) will need to be launched first.

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