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 new 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 of the TNGA family – GA-F.
In the case of the new Land Cruiser, Toyota said (on toyota.ru) that the GA-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 body and frame are 20% more rigid than those of the LC 200, and the body is approximately 200 kg lighter. Expect the Lexus GX to also benefit in these aspects when it switches to the GA-F platform.
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 at least the electrified gasoline engine for the next-gen GX.
Design & Features
The new Lexus GX may feature an evolutionary design with changes that helps it align with other large Lexus SUVs like the all-new NX, the next-gen LX and RX, and the RX L successor (possibly Lexus TX). Slimmer dashboard and AC vents, smaller, more neatly designed buttons made of higher quality material, and a floating 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system 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.
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 2022 GX may pack the third-generation Lexus Safety System + suite of active safety and driver assistance features.
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 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 theLand Rover Defender 110 and Land Rover Discovery, which cost USD 50,500 and USD 54,000 onwards. There’s no word on the variant line-up yet, but a recent trademark filing at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) suggests that it will include a new Lexus GX550. With no ‘h’ in the name, we doubt that’d be the name of a hybrid variant.
Lexus electrification strategy
Lexus plans to introduce 20 new or improved models by 2025, more than 10 of them electrified models. A launch of significance is soon coming to showrooms – the Lexus NX 450h+ PHEV. Its first dedicated BEV model, the production version of the Lexus LF-Z Electrified concept, is likely heading to showrooms in H2 2022. In March 2024, the company 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. Toyota’s luxury brand aims to achieve carbon neutrality across line-up by 2050.
We will keep updating this story as and when new information emerges.
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 next-gen Lexus GX’s prices 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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