Update: ‘Platform & Specifications’ section updated and ‘Lexus GX sales’ section added.
The current, second-gen Lexus GX arrived back in 2009, and although it enjoys a monopoly in its segment, it’s clearly showing its age. A next-gen Lexus GX is on the brand’s product roadmap, and it will arrive in 2024, as per a report from autonews.com. It will be the luxury-class sibling of the next-gen Toyota Land Cruiser Prado, which is due in 2023.
Platform & Specifications
The Lexus GX would retain its much-favored feature when it moves to its third generation: ladder frame construction. However, the only body-on-frame luxury SUV in its class will adopt a new platform – the TNGA-F.
In the case of the new Land Cruiser, Toyota said that the TNGA-F platform allowed it to lower the vehicle’s center of gravity and improve axle weight distribution. Building the LC 300 on the TNGA architecture has improved comfort, handling, safety, and noise insulation as well. The frame is 20% more rigid than that of the LC 200, and the body is approximately 200 kg (441 lbs) lighter. The Lexus LX received the same benefits as the Toyota LC 300 in these aspects when it switched to the TNGA-F platform in 2021.
The Toyota Tundra and its SUV sibling Toyota Sequoia followed as the next TNGA-F platform-based models. In the case of Sequoia, Toyota says that the main objective of the TNGA-F platform is to give supreme comfort, excellent handling, and impressive capability. Techniques such as new laser welding technology, have allowed increasing rigidity and ride comfort. Expect the new GX to download the same features as it transitions to the next generation.
Reports suggest that the next-gen Prado will come with full-hybrid and mild-hybrid variants, with the former employing a 2.5-liter gasoline engine and the latter a 2.8-liter diesel engine. Lexus may borrow the electrified gasoline engine for the next-gen GX. Details on the new hybrid system should emerge later this year.
The next-gen Lexus GX would feature an evolutionary design. A purported teaser showing its exterior from the front three-quarter angle was revealed by Toyota on 14 December 2021 when detailing its product roadmap. The redesigned model would look as tough and old-school as the current SUV, only bolder and more elegant.
The basic recipe would be the same, a boxy, broad body, a high-set hood, simple doors, large windows, and slightly raked D-pillars. The next-gen GX would embody Lexus’ new design DNA, with sleeker headlamps that incorporate the signature L-shaped DRL on the top, a new front grille split into three sections, and an extended hood housing the brand logo. New, rounded side mirrors, reshaped and possibly wider rear quarter glass panels, and a new shark-fin antenna could complete the recipe.
Inside, expect a slimmer dashboard, smaller, more neatly designed buttons made of higher quality material, and the Lexus Interface infotainment system with a floating 12.3-inch touchscreen should bring appeal to the interior. Expect a more contemporary center console, floor console, and steering wheel design. Compared to its monocoque rivals, the Lexus GX will probably still look clunky, but that’s how loyal customers prefer it.
The new infotainment system of the next-gen GX should come with a user profile that allows saving the preferred settings in the cloud and applying them in other Lexus models equipped with Lexus Interface. Also expect cloud-based navigation, wireless Apple CarPlay, and wireless Android Auto.
In addition to the large touchscreen infotainment system, expect the next-gen GX’s tech features to include an advanced air filter, a head-up display, a wireless charger, and panoramic cameras. In select markets like Russia, a fingerprint reader on the start switch is likely to be on this list.
The next-gen Lexus GX could get many of the all-new Lexus LX’s advanced driver assistance systems under the Lexus Safety System 2.5+ package. LSS+ 2.5 includes Intelligent High Beams (auto high-beam), Pre-Collision System (PCS) with Frontal Collision Warning (FCW), Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), Pedestrian Detection, and Bicyclist Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/ SA), and All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC).
On the 2022 Lexus GX
On August 5, 2021, Lexus rolled out the MY2022 update for the GX in the United States featuring an improved interior. The company introduced a center console that has smaller buttons and knobs and repositioned central AC vents. The 2022 GX has a 10.3-inch floating touchscreen infotainment system in place of the 2021 GX’s 8-inch center console-integrated touchscreen infotainment system. While the old unit offered only Amazon Alexa integration, the new unit supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well. Things can only get better from here, and as stated above, expect the interface to get bigger and more advanced in the 2024 model.
The prices of the next-gen Lexus GX could start at around USD 55,000. The competition will include the Land Rover Defender 110 and Land Rover Discovery, which cost USD 51,700 and USD 56,600 onwards. There’s no word on the variant line-up yet, but a trademark filing at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) suggests that it will include a new Lexus GX550.
Lexus GX sales
Lexus GX sales in the U.S. went up 14% in 2021, growing from 28,519 units in 2020 to 32,509 units. It was the third highest-selling Lexus SUV in the country last year, while the RX and NX took the first and second spots. It contributed approximately 11% to Lexus’ total U.S. sales in 2021 – 304,476 units.
Lexus electrification strategy
Announcing the EV strategy of Toyota (the parent company) on December 14, 2021, President Akio Toyoda said that Lexus aims to launch a full line-up of EVs in all vehicle segments by 2030. The luxury brand targets EVs to account for 100% of its sales in North America, China, and Europe and targets EV sales of 1 million units globally by that year. By 2035, the company wants to convert 100% of its sales globally to EVs.
The Lexus NX 450h+ PHEV, the brand’s first dedicated BEV model, broke cover in June 2021. By the middle of this year, the Lexus RZ, the production version of the Lexus LF-Z Electrified concept, would go on sale in America.
In March 2024, Lexus will open a new business and technical center where teams involved in brand development, design, production technology, and planning can work together to accelerate the planning and development of next-gen Lexus models.
We will keep updating this story as and when new information emerges on the GX.
Next-gen Lexus GX FAQs
What is the next-gen Lexus GX release date?
The next-gen Lexus GX could arrive in the U.S. during the first half of 2024.
What will be the next-gen Lexus GX price?
The new Lexus GX could start at around USD 55,000.
Which SUVs will rival the next-gen Lexus GX?
The next-gen Lexus GX will compete with the BMW X5 and the Land Rover Discovery.
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