(TORONTO) – Canadians wondering whether they can leverage full-size rugged capability while enjoying a graciously indulgent driving experience have found the answer in the Lexus GX470 – the mid-size luxury SUV that proves it’s possible to be on top of both worlds at once.

“Canadians seeking a no-compromise SUV that features exceptional towing capability, off-road readiness and a vehicle with refined manners can find it all in the GX 470. The remarkable ride quality, quiet acceleration, and a generous, luxurious and versatile cabin are just a few of the reasons why the GX 470 is an easy choice,” said Tony Wearing, Managing Director of Lexus in Canada. “This year, the Lexus GX470 is even more appealing, with more attractive pricing on the fully-equipped Ultra Premium Package model.”

The GX470 returns with a powerful and proven 4.7 litre V8 that delivers up to 263 horsepower, 323 lb-ft of torque, and a towing capacity of 6,500 pounds. Lexus technologies like full-time four-wheel-drive, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Limited-Slip Centre Differential and Active Traction Control (A-TRAC) help drivers navigate almost any surface – from snow-covered to rock-strewn – while front and rear Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) systems provide a remarkably comfortable ride.

Every GX470 features a wealth of comfort and convenience features, including: A 10-way power adjustable and heated driver’s seat, an instrument cluster that includes an altimeter, outside temperature gauge and barometer, power windows with auto up/down function on all windows, a power tilting/telescoping steering wheel, power door locks with keyless entry, power moon roof, cruise control, and more. Those looking for the ultimate in luxury can order their GX470 with the Ultra Premium Package, which adds: A DVD-based navigation system with back-up camera, an upgraded 5.1-channel audio system which includes an in-dash six-disc DVD changer, a rear seat DVD entertainment system with two sets of wireless headphones, and more.

The 2009 Lexus GX470 is now on sale across Canada, with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price starting at $60,550 for the Premium package, and a suggested starting price of $66,950 for models equipped with the Ultra Premium Package.

 

2009 LEXUS GX470 – PRODUCT DETAIL 

All in one

The 2009 Lexus GX470 mid-size luxury SUV is available in one, generously equipped model – the GX470 with Premium Package. In addition, Canadians may upgrade their GX470 with the Ultra Premium Package – to equip their vehicle with additional comfort, convenience and style features.

Authentic performance

In the city, on the highway, or off-road, the 2009 Lexus GX470 showcases its manners in any environment. With a 4.7-litre V8 that delivers up to 263 horsepower, up to 323 lb-ft of torque and a 6,500-pound towing capability, the GX470’s power is evident, and impressive. Add to this Lexus technologies such as Variable Valve Timing with intelligence and the result is power under control - a refreshing refinement in the mid-size SUV segment.

The GX470’s power is harnessed via a five-speed automatic electronically controlled transmission with overdrive and lock-up torque converter that accomplishes silky smooth shifts and maximizes the engine’s efficiency and vehicle’s responsiveness.

Handling and control

The GX470 performs beautifully in town or on the highway, thanks to impressive suspension, handling and steering qualities. But it’s when the road disappears that this mid-size SUV’s full capabilities can be appreciated.

The GX470 features full-time four-wheel-drive to deliver maximum driving confidence in a variety of weather and road conditions, plus the handling and control benefits of the Lexus Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Active Traction Control (A-TRAC) technologies. To prevent roll-back, the GX470 sports Hill Start Assist Control (HAC), while downhill driving is kept smooth and comfortable via Downhill Assist Control (DAC).

The GX470’s front suspension features a double-wishbone design fitted with gas shock absorbers, coil springs and stabilizer bar, while the rear suspension uses a 4-link, load levelling air suspension with stabilizer bar and adjustable height control system. Both front and rear suspensions feature the Lexus Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) technology to deliver stable driving performance wherever the GX470 goes – in town, on the highway, or off-road.

The 2009 GX470 is built on a solid and functional foundation, anchored by P265/65R17 tires on 17” aluminum alloy wheels with wheel locks. All models sport a full-size spare tire with alloy wheel.

Active and passive safety systems

The 2009 Lexus GX470 seats up to eight adults in luxurious comfort. But it also incorporates many active and passive safety systems to help protect the driver and passengers.

In addition to VSC, A-TRAC and other carefully considered handling and control design decisions, the GX470 features a direct tire-pressure monitoring system and a generous suite of braking technologies. These include power-assisted front and rear ventilated disc brakes enhanced with the Lexus Antilock Braking System (ABS), Brake Assist (BA) and Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) as standard equipment.

Fog lamps are also standard equipment, to provide better lighting in low visibility conditions. When backing up, drivers will appreciate the exterior mirrors that automatically tilt when the GX470 is put into reverse, providing better visibility behind the vehicle, plus the available backup camera that is part of the DVD-based navigation system included in the Ultra Premium Package.

Inside the GX470, standard safety systems include six airbags: Dual-stage driver and front passenger airbags, front seat mounted side airbags, and roll-sensing front and rear / side curtain airbags. Three-point lap and shoulder seatbelts are fitted in all eight passenger positions, and include adjustable “B” pillar shoulder belt anchors and front seatbelt pre-tensioners and force limiters. Younger passengers are protected with anchor points for child restraint seats and child protector rear door locks. And because safety is important even when the GX470 is parked, all models are equipped with an anti-theft system and an engine immobilizer.

Comfort and versatility

Inside, the 2009 Lexus GX470 nestles driver and passengers in an indulgent environment where luxurious amenities and meticulous attention to detail are evident. From the heated front seats, steering wheel mounted audio controls and dual-zone automatic climate control to the leather seat surfaces, wood and leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and walnut interior trim, the GX470 makes a drive over even the most unforgiving terrain enjoyable.

Other savvy features include loads of storage space, from a front console box to overhead sunglass storage and front and rear cup-holders; dual illuminated vanity mirrors; power windows with automatic up/down function on all windows; power door locks with keyless entry and a power tailgate lock; cruise control; an accessory power outlet with retained accessory power; and more.

Customization

Buyers may personalize their 2009 Lexus GX470 on the Lexus of Canada web site (www.lexus.ca) or by visiting any Lexus Dealer across Canada.

Peace of mind

Buyers of any 2009 Lexus GX470 enjoy the peace of mind that comes with the industry-leading Lexus comprehensive warranty that covers the entire vehicle for four years/80,000 kilometres. Power train components are covered for six years/110,000 kilometres, major emission control components are covered for eight years/130,000 kilometres and corrosion perforation for six years with unlimited distance. Service adjustments - minor repairs not usually associated with the replacement of parts - are fully covered for one year/32,000 kilometres, while Lexus owners also enjoy the Tire Road Hazard Protection warranty and access to alternate transportation.

The four-year Lexus Roadside Assistance Program provides travel planning as well as the extra security and confidence of a dedicated toll-free telephone number and emergency service for towing - 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The purchase of a new GX470 mid-size luxury SUV also includes free membership in Club Lexus, an online convenience service that places important vehicle ownership information at the guest’s fingertips.

2009 Lexus GX470 – features and specifications

Feature

Instrumentation: Electroluminescent instrumentation gauges; Multi-information display; Tachometer; Outside temperature gauge; Altimeter; Barometer; Digital clock

Power door locks; Keyless entry; Power tailgate lock

Power windows; Auto up/down function for all windows; Side window defoggers; Rear privacy glass; High solar energy-absorbing window glass

Four-spoke steering wheel; Power tilting & telescoping steering column

Cruise control

Reflector-style halogen headlamps; Automatic headlamp system; Fog lamps

Variable intermittent rain-sensing wipers; Rear window intermittent wiper/washer

Climate control: Dual-zone automatic climate control; Rear A/C with climate control; Cabin air filter

Illuminated entry; Cargo lamp; Map lamps

Walnut interior trim; Wood and leather wrapped steering wheel; Wood and leather wrapped shift knob

Leather seat surfaces for all seating positions

10-way power adjustable and heated driver’s captain seat; Power lumbar support; Foldable armrest; Lexus memory seat system (for two drivers)

6-way power adjustable and heated front passenger’s captain seat; Foldable armrest

2nd row seating: 60/40 split fold and tumble bench seat; Adjustable recline

3rd row seating: 50/50 split bench seat; Removable; Fold down seat back

Audio: 240-watt Mark Levinson Audio system featuring AM/FM stereo/in-dash six-disc CD changer with MP3/WMA audio capability; Input jack for portable music player; 14 speakers; Steering wheel-mounted audio controls

Auto-dimming rear view mirror with integrated compass; Power remote heated exterior mirrors linked to driver seat memory system; Reverse auto-tilting exterior mirrors

Dual illuminated vanity mirrors

Smart in-cabin storage: Centre console box; Front seat back pockets; Locking glove box; Overhead sunglass storage; Front and rear cupholders; Door map pockets

Accessory power outlet; Retained accessory power; Integrated garage door opener

P265/65R17 tires; Full size spare tire; Alloy wheels; Wheel locks

Roof rack; Rear splash guards; Power moon roof; Rear step bumper with bumper protector; Chrome-finished door handles; Colour-matched bodyside cladding; 7-pin trailer wire harness; Illuminated running boards; Front tow hook

2009 Lexus GX470 – Available upgrade packages

Ultra Premium Package

Includes: DVD-based navigation system with back-up camera; In-dash six-disc DVD changer; 5.1-channel audio system with cassette player and Bluetooth capability; Rear seat DVD entertainment system with two sets of wireless headphones and audio/DVD remote control; Rear spoiler.

2009 Lexus GX470 – Technical information

Engine: 4.7L V8

Horsepower: Up to 263 HP @ 5,400 RPM

Torque: Up to 323 lb-ft @ 3,400 RPM

Features: Dual overhead cams; 32 valves; Variable Valve Timing with intelligence; Sequential multi-port electronic fuel injection; Electronic Throttle Control System with intelligence; Heavy duty battery, starter, alternator and heater; Stainless steel exhaust system.

Emissions rating: Tier 2, Bin 5.

Variable Valve Timing with intelligence

VVT-i is a Lexus engine system that continually varies the intake valve timing to deliver optimal valve timing for a full range of driving conditions. It improves drivability, performance and fuel efficiency, and reduces emissions.

Electronic Throttle Control System with intelligence (ETCS-i)

The principle behind ETCS-i – sometimes called “drive-by-wire” – is used on all modern racing cars. When the driver depresses the accelerator, the engine instantaneously receives an electronic signal demanding more power. By replacing the traditional, less-efficient cable link between pedal and engine, ETCS-i can provide better fuel efficiency, faster response and smoother acceleration. It also networks with the engine’s computer to co-ordinate with other control systems, as appropriate.

Transmission: 5-speed automatic ECT

Features: Overdrive; Lock-up torque converter; Transmission cooler.

Fuel efficiency: 15.3L/100km city; 11.4L/100km highway; 13.6L/100km combined.

Electronically Controlled Transmission (ECT)

Electronic control of Lexus automatic transmissions has delivered several breakthroughs in driving comfort and vehicle efficiency. ECT helps to ensure optimal gear change timing according to throttle position and vehicle load for maximum performance and fuel efficiency. It also networks with the engine’s computer to co-ordinate with other control systems, as appropriate.

Capabilities

Seating capacity: 8 adults

Cargo capacity: Behind front seats – 2.513m3 (88.7ft3)

Towing capacity: 2,948 kg (6,500 lbs)

Adaptive Variable Suspension

This suspension system allows the vehicle to raise or lower itself quickly, depending on need. For example, when the vehicle stops the chassis lowers two inches for easier loading an unloading. When driving at highway speeds the chassis lowers one inch at the front and one-half inch at the rear for improved stability; and when the vehicle’s four-wheel drive system is shifted into the low range, the vehicle rises three inches for better ground clearance.

Load Levelling Rear Air Suspension

For a more comfortable ride, the rear air suspension uses load sensors to automatically adjust ride height. The air-spring shock absorbers can be filled with more air to raise the vehicle, or less air to lower it, to help the vehicle provide a smooth and controlled ride.

Vehicle Stability Control

The Lexus Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) system is an active safety system that automatically helps to control a vehicle when it starts to slide – for example, when trying to turn at too high a speed. VSC compares driver braking and steering commands to the vehicle’s actual performance then activates individual brakes as needed and adjusts the throttle setting to help maintain stability and keep the vehicle on course.

Active Traction Control

A version of the Lexus Traction Control system designed specifically for 4WD models, Active Traction Control (A-TRAC) helps the vehicle maintain traction when accelerating in slippery conditions. It also engages when the available grip differs from one side of the vehicle to the other, such as when two wheels are on a gravel or grass verge. When drive wheels begin to slip, A-TRAC automatically adjusts engine power to keep the wheels from losing traction.

 

Hill Start Assist Control

Hill Start Assist Control (HAC) system works to minimize back-rolling when stopped on an uphill grade.

Downhill Assist Control

At speeds of 5-25 km/h, pressing the Downhill Assist Control (DAC) button activates a series of sensors which monitor wheel speed and, in turn, make necessary adjustments to keep helps control the vehicle during steep descents.

Antilock Braking System

The Lexus Antilock Braking System (ABS) uses sensors to monitor speed, traction, vehicle load and the driver’s applied brake force. The system then controls brake applications to minimize wheel lock-up, reducing the chance of the vehicle skidding. The result is shorter stopping distances when hard braking on wet, gravelly, sandy or other surfaces where traction is questionable.

Brake Assist

The Lexus Brake Assist (BA) system is a system designed to assist the driver during emergency braking by supplementing the braking power applied if the driver has not pushed hard enough on the pedal in an emergency braking situation. It works in conjunction with ABS to minimize lock-up during emergency situations.

Electronic Brake Force Distribution

The Lexus Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) system minimizes stopping distances by maximizing the braking power applied to those wheels that have the best grip. This system also automatically adjusts the fore/aft brake balance according to vehicle load, and the right/left brake balance if brakes are applied during cornering.

Available back-up camera

A small camera discretely located at the rear of the vehicle provides a wide-angled view behind the vehicle whenever the vehicle’s transmission is placed in reverse.