Beyond loading one of their nifty new 2024 GX 550 Overtrail models with a raft of burly accessories, the crew at Lexus has also dusted off a couple of older trucks for this year’s SEMA Show in Las Vegas.
First up, the newest (and best-looking) of this bunch. It’s an open secret around these parts that your author is smitten with the new GX 550 thanks to styling choices which include squared-off body panels and a very upright stance. The truck – because that’s exactly what this is – comes standard with 33-inch Toyo Open Country knobby tires and some underbody armor, to which the team added rock rails, Defender-esque rear window panels shod with rotoPax containers, and a roof ladder. All these items are apparently available in catalogs. In case you need a refresher, this third-gen GX packs a twin-turbocharged 3.4-liter V6 engine making 349 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque.
For reasons unknown, the brand is also using a pair of 2022 models to showcase some other parts and pieces from its Associated Accessory Product (AAP) program. The GX 460, which looks instantly dated next to the ’24, has been clad in a Saffron Yellow matte wrap before being piled on with rock sliders, a set of skid plates, a carrying rack, and a 63-quart fridge freezer tucked away. Those tires are, like the ones on its newer sibling, Toyo Open Country hoops.
The other brute is a 2022 LX 600, showing up at the show with an Aquamarine body wrap and subdued exterior trim bits. It, too, gets 33-inch Toyos plus a quick-deploying awning and camp kitchen bundle. The latter offers an easy way to prepare meals whilst out on the trail and is secured by a Yakima EXO SwingBase installed on the SUV’s trailer hitch. As proof this machine is ready to Do Leisure, someone installed stand-up paddleboard and surfboard mounts on the roof rack.
For fun, Lexus is also displaying a few builds completed by private owners, including 2008 and 2009 examples of the GX. I’m still taking the ’24 GX, though.
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