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The Lexus GX is a mid-size luxury-type sport utility vehicle (SUV) sold in North American markets by Lexus since 2003. The Lexus GX 470 was first introduced in the United States at the North American International Auto Show in 2002 as a 2003 model, and subsequently became the third SUV to enter Lexus' lineup. The GX 470 shares exterior design with the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado, sold in in Asia, Australia, and Europe, and is based on the same platform which also underpins the 4Runner, FJ Cruiser. The 4.7L V8 engine in the GX 470 is the same as used on the larger LX 470. Production of the GX 470 occurs at Lexus' Tahara plant in Japan.

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In the Lexus lineup, the GX 470 is situated between the entry-level crossover RX and the premium full-size LX. Targeted exclusively for the North American market, the Lexus GX design has been characterized as focused on blending both on-road and off-road capabilities in a single vehicle. Since 2003, the GX 470 has been upgraded with added technological features, including a new off-road suspension system and a Sport model.

The Lexus GX 470 was introduced as a 2003 model in November 2002, and released at the same time as the now-defunct competitor, the Lincoln Aviator. The GX 470 has a welded steel body, an electronically controlled five-speed automatic transmission, and an enhanced four-wheel drive system. The GX interior offers a place for up to eight passengers with three rows of seating, although the third row is tight with only 24in (609.6mm) of legroom for its three passengers. A side-opening rear tailgate is standard. Other features include built-in mudguards, water-repellent glass for the windshield and the driver & passenger doors, integrated illuminated running boards, and a roof rack with crossbars. The premium Mark Levinson audio system along with a rear seat DVD entertainment system are available as options.

The GX 470 is powered by a 4.7L,VVT-i 32-valve, four-cam V8 2UZ-FE engine with 270horsepower (201kW) — 263hp (196kW) for 2008 models — at 5,400 rpm and 330lb·ft (447N·m) of torque at 3,400 rpm. This is one of the largest engines that has ever been put into a Lexus. The largest is a 5.7 liter V8 featured in the LX 570. The GX also met all the requirements to make it a certified Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle II (ULEV II). The following year-by-year changes occurred after the GX's 2003 debut:

For 2004, the GX received a number of safety upgrades that included a roll-sensing feature for the side-curtain airbags, a tire-pressure monitoring system and an optional rear backup camera system (for those vehicles with the navigation system installed). An optional Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) became available as a late-year addition. KDSS frees and adjusts the GX's stabilizer bars so that each wheel can move with less restriction over uneven terrain. KDSS uses front and rear hydraulic pressure-sensing valves and larger stabilizer bars to reduce body roll during off-road conditions, while retaining smooth ride quality on regular road surfaces.

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