2024 Lexus GX

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Lexus unveiled a brand new Lexus GX at the same time they showed the new TX.

Unlike the TX, the GX is still based on a truck frame for some real off-road macho creds. The current generation came out in late 2009, so I’d say it was time for something new.

Although Lexus almost ditched that “controversial” spindle grille on other new models, it seems this new GX is having a hard time getting rid of it. Which is too bad. I know most off-road drivers like blocky designs, but I personally think this looks like a mess. Most pure off-road SUVs like the Wrangler, Bronco, and Defender rely on their history to come up with great designs with tons of personality that remind us of their previous models. This just looks like it was designed by a bunch of people who never talked to each other. The interior is even worse. It’s hard to tell if it wants to be “army tough” or “weird futuristic”.

The new GX will be available in 6 versions. “Premium” is the base model (which defeats the meaning of the word “premium”). Then you have Premium Plus, Luxury, Luxury Plus, Overtrail, and Overtrail Plus. Why all these ?

The only powertrain is a 3.4 Liter V6 with 348HP, replacing the 4.6 Liter V6. No Hybrid version will be offered. It is based on the TNGA-F platform as the Lexus LX and Toyota Tundra, for that real truck driving feel rich soccer moms crave.

Something I noticed is the way the rear seats cannot really fold down on the GX. maybe people will see it as old fashion. I see it as “we don’t really care”. All other off-road SUVs like the Bronco, Wrangler, and Defender have found a more modern solution with rear seats folding almost flat for more cargo room (on completely flat in the case of the Defender)

Lexus has not released pricing yet but the current generation starts at around $60 000.

Conversation 5 comments

  1. These will sell like crazy, and certainly better than the prior model, which had gone beyond stale to become petrified. Living in an area with numerous daily sightings of Mercedes G-class and LR Defenders, 97% of which never set an inch of tire offroad, the moneyed set that snaps those up will be all over this. Another option to maintain their faux-rugged credentials on a trip to Whole Foods.

  2. I’m surprised by the hate on the exterior styling of the GX. I think I have universally heard a ton of praise for the design, and I tend to agree. Especially in that tan color on the first pic. I think the interior is incredibly bland, but that could be the endless see of black plastic. I so hate how much black is used on modern car interiors.

  3. You are wrong in so many ways Vince. GX is exactly what it needs to be, interior in person is fantastic, and there will be a hybrid model coming (based on the same platform as the Tundra LX600). The off-road package is going to make new Lexus owners out of all the people who bought used GX’s as “V8 4Runners” to go overlanding in. Size is perfect too.

  4. Tho better than what is current, it’s not great.
    The front end head on is great. So is the rear end straight forward (Minus the rear wiper) The rest of it tho…. Goofy looking. That huge gap painted a different color between the hood and the windshield is odd and pointless as is most of the body panels being colored differently to try and hide mass. The way the window line Jolts at the quarter window is also goofy and pointless.
    In 2023 how does an SUV not have a panoramic roof!? Interior is good. Interesting but good.

    Lexus has an issue with designing something to 90% of perfect and just dropping the ball

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