The three-row Lexus RX L was a failed experiment, but the company hopes to successfully fill the gap left by its departure with the all-new 2024 Lexus TX, which is essentially a posher version of the Toyota Grand Highlander introduced earlier this year.
TX, of course, is the abbreviation for Texas, and that’s where the official reveal took place on Thursday night, more specifically in Austin. At the same time, a completely redesigned 2024 Lexus GX made its debut. Here’s what we found while attending at the event.
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As you can see on the pictures, the new TX doesn’t look like the Grand Highlander at all, instead embodying Lexus’ latest design language. The signature spindle grille up front has been reinterpreted with body-coloured horizontal slats, but it’s just as massive as you’d expect.
The LED light bar in the rear spans the entire width of the liftgate and even extends into the rear fenders, below the blacked-out D-pillars. The TX also comes with a selection of 20- to 22-inch wheels and seven different body colours.
Lexus now has seven SUVs and crossovers in its lineup, and this is the third to offer three-row seating. Optionally, the second-row bench can be replaced by a pair of captain’s chairs, meaning the TX accommodates either six or seven people.
On select models, drivers will face a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and 14-inch centre touchscreen powered by the new Lexus Interface multimedia system. No more touchpad on the centre console, which is fantastic.
Three Powertrain Options
The 2024 Lexus TX is built on the GA-K platform with a special focus on achieving high structural rigidity and low noise levels. Under the hood of the base TX 350 AWD is a turbocharged 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine that delivers 275 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque through an eight-speed automatic transmission. Fuel consumption is estimated at 11.2 L/100 km in combined city-highway driving.
Next up is the TX 500h Direct4 AWD, which features the aforementioned turbo-four and hybrid drive technology. Total system output is rated at 366 horsepower and 409 pound-feet of torque. The autobox may have two fewer gears, but average fuel consumption drops to 9.8 L/100 km.
Finally, the top-line TX 550h+ is a plug-in hybrid that combines a 3.5-litre V6 with an electric motor and high-voltage battery, the capacity of which was not specified during the introduction. This one generates 406 horsepower, while zero-emission range is said to be 53 km. In hybrid operation, Lexus claims the vehicle manages 7.8 L/100 km.
The 2024 Lexus TX will be manufactured at a Toyota plant in Indiana, marking a first for Lexus in this U.S. state. The TX 350 AWD and TX 500h Direct4 AWD are slated to arrive in Canadian dealerships this fall. The TX 550h+ will follow at a later date. Pricing will be announced closer to launch.