In about two years, it will be the end of the road for the fourth-gen Lexus RX and possibly its three-row version Lexus RX L. A new Lexus TX series may arrive as the successor to the RX L.
Reports indicate that the next-gen urban mid-size SUV from Lexus would be a separate product, not an RX extension. Last year, Toyota filed trademark applications for ‘TX,’ ‘TX350’, ‘TX500h’, ‘Lexus TX350’, and ‘Lexus TX500h.’ This indicated that the company plans to launch a new TX three-row SUV instead of a next-gen RX. In a new development, it looks like the North American TX units will roll out of a U.S. factory, not the Japanese plant in Kyushu that manufactures the RX L for the world.
On April 28, 2021, Toyota announced plans to make two all-new, three-row SUVs at the Princeton plant in the State of Indiana, USA, and that one of them would be a Lexus. Obviously, the company wasn’t talking about a new generation Lexus GX. It was clearly referring to a next-gen Lexus RX L or an RX L successor, stating that this will be a model “designed with the active Gen Y American Family in mind.”
Trademarks aren’t a direct indicator of the variant mix, but in this case, they offer clues. Like the Lexus RX L, the Lexus RX may come in gasoline and hybrid variants. Additionally, Toyota has confirmed a hybrid powertrain for the upcoming mid-size luxury SUV, saying that this model will “join a diverse, electrified portfolio” in last month’s announcement. Tim Hollander, VP – Manufacturing, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana, said: “The two new products we’re going to introduce, the one Toyota product and the one Lexus product, will be electrified vehicles.”
Smoother ride and semi-autonomous driving
The Lexus TX should feature a new design that communicates a more premium positioning compared to the two-row Lexus RX and allows more interior space than the Lexus RX L. It will likely sit on the TNGA-K platform or simply ‘GA-K’ at Lexus, leading to a stiffer unibody structure, smoother and quieter ride, lower center of gravity, and other improvements over the old model. As for the features, Toyota’s press announcement said that “customers can expect a semi-automated driving system” that allows the driver to park and unpack the SUV from outside, a digital key that owners can share with other people, and seating for up to eight occupants.
The Lexus TX may arrive in late 2022 and compete with the Cadillac XT6, 2022 Volvo XC90, Acura MDX, and the Audi Q7.
Lexus TX FAQs
What is the Lexus TX release date?
The Lexus TX three-row SUV could be launched in late 2022, made in Princeton, Indiana.
What will be Lexus TX price?
The base TX may cost around $50,000.
What will be the Lexus TX alternatives?
The Lexus TX rivals would include the likes of Acura MDX, Cadillac XT6, and the new Volvo XC90.
Featured Image Source: Toyota Motor Corporation