Update: ‘Specifications’ and ‘Lexus GX sales’ sections updated and ‘TopElectricSUV says’ section added.
The current, second-gen Lexus GX arrived back in 2009, and although it enjoys a monopoly in its segment, the SUV is 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.
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.
While Lexus did not confirm, this teaser, released on 14 December 2021, certainly looks like the next-gen Lexus GX or the upcoming three-row Lexus TX. Image Source: Toyota
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.
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 Lexus GX will likely switch to the GA-F platform, which improved the dynamics of the Land Cruiser (pictured). Image Source: Toyota
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.
Hybrid Max powertrain
Earlier reports suggested that the next-gen Prado will come with full-hybrid and mild-hybrid variants. There’s a strong possibility of Toyota using its new Hybrid Max powertrain in the Prado. This performance-oriented hybrid system debuted in the 2023 Crown and is coming to the Grand Highlander in 2023. In the high-riding sedan, the T24A-FTS 2.4-liter turbocharged gasoline engine, a front motor, a direct-shift six speed transmission, and an “eAxle” rear motor work together to drive all four wheels.
The gas engine and two motors together produce 340 horsepower and 400.4 lb.-ft. of torque. Toyota has tuned the 2.4L engine to deliver peak torque between 2,000-3,00 rpm, and SUVs like the GX need such low-rpm performance to tackle tricky off-road situations as well as the extra bulk.
Lexus has used the same combination in an SUV – the 2023 RX 500h. The hybrid system clubs the T24A-FTS engine turbo hybrid engine, a motor, and a six-speed automatic transmission in the front and a motor in the rear. However, this setup generates 366 hp and 406 lb.-ft. of torque. Lexus could similarly do a different tuning for the next-gen GX.
Inside, expect a slimmer dashboard, smaller, more neatly designed buttons made of higher quality material, and the Lexus Interface infotainment system with a floating 14-inch Toyota Audio Multimedia 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.
We’re expecting the new GX to carry the Toyota Audio Multimedia touchscreen infotainment system seen here in the new RX. Image: Lexus
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 & 2023 Lexus GX models
On August 5, 2021, Lexus rolled out the MY2022 update for the GX in the United States featuring an improved interior, which carried over to the MY2023, launched in August 2022. The company introduced a center console that has smaller buttons and knobs and repositioned central AC vents. The 2023 GX has a 10.3-inch floating touchscreen infotainment system in place of the older 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.
Pictorial comparison between the 2021 Lexus GX interior (above) and 2022 Lexus GX interior for the U.S. market. Image Source: Lexus
The prices of the next-gen Lexus GX could start at around USD 60,000 (current model USD 57,575 onwards). The competition will include the Land Rover Defender 110 and Land Rover Discovery, which cost USD 53,500 and USD 58,400 onwards. There’s no word on the variant line-up of the 2024 model, 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 in 2021, 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. Between January and September 2022, Lexus sold 22,466 units of the GX in the U.S. Compared to the same period in 2021 (23,859 units), that was a decline of 5.8%.
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. The Lexus RX 450h+ PHEV followed in May 2022. In early 2023, 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.
The next-gen Lexus GX will likely be the company’s final new body-on-frame SUV packing a combustion engine under the hood. The redesigned GX should be developed for the small segment of Lexus clients who want their posh SUVs to go anywhere but don’t need something as big or extreme as the LX, allowing it to tackle even more terrain than its predecessor — thanks to its hybrid-electric powertrain.
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. by the first half of 2024.
What will be the next-gen Lexus GX price?
The new Lexus GX could start at around USD 60,000.
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.
Image Source: Toyota
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With a Master’s Degree in Business Management & Administration, I’ve been working as an International Automotive News Editor since 2014, and have gained a wealth of knowledge and insight into hybrid and electric vehicles.