The Lexus GX could receive a new powertrain in the coming years if the recent trademark registered by Toyota in Costa Rica becomes a reality.
The Japanese automaker filed for registration of the GX550 brand in the country of Central America, where Lexus currently sells its entire line of SUVs, on September 7, 2021. True, this is an ambiguous signal. It is believed that Lexus is thinking about ending sales of the current generation Lexus GX after more than a decade. The current GX, dubbed the GX460 and based on the Land Cruiser Prado that Toyota sells in other countries, is likely to follow a sibling model, which is reportedly scheduled to be redesigned over the next 2-3 years. However, given that Lexus has just refreshed the interior of the GX460, we think the GX may remain on sale for a while. At least in the US.
Whether the GX550 badge will grace the updated GX or complement today’s GX’s 4.6-liter V8 remains to be seen. That said, we expect the GX550 to pack far more horsepower than the outdated 301bhp engine the GX460 is equipped with. It is even possible that the designation “550” has nothing to do with the power plant, but only serves to indicate the position of the model in the brand hierarchy.
Therefore, it is possible that the upcoming GX550 will be equipped with a 409-horsepower twin-turbo V6, which is used in some versions of the recently introduced 300 series Land Cruiser. Of course, the reality of this can only be guessed at. As far as we know, Toyota simply registered the GX550 trademark to ensure it is not being used by a competing manufacturer.