In some big news this morning, Lexus Australia has confirmed it will be launching the all-new 2024 GX body-on-frame SUV next year. It’ll be the first GX to officially be offered locally.
The 2024 Lexus GX is a complete model change-over, switching to the TNGA-F platform like what is seen underpinning the 300 Series LandCruiser. It uses independent front suspension with a live-axle rear end; double wishbones and four-link, respectively.
Being a proper off-road vehicle, the 2024 GX also features full-time four-wheel drive, a locking centre diff, low-range gearbox, and drivers can utilise a number of different driving modes to optimise performance, in various conditions.
Interestingly, Lexus Australia confirms it will be launching the GX with the 3.5-litre (more accurately a 3.4L) twin-turbo V6 petrol engine paired with a 10-speed automatic. This will be a similar, if not identical package as what is seen in the LX 600.
In the 600 the unit produces 305kW at 5200rpm, and 650Nm between 2000rpm and 3600rpm. In the USA the engine produces 260kW for the new GX. Fuel economy is rated at 12.1L/100km in the LX, however, we’d expect a slightly lower local figure in the GX as it is likely to be a lighter-weight vehicle. The GX is badged as the GX 550 overseas.
On the official Lexus Australia public website it also mentions there will be a 2.4-litre hybrid option at some point. We’ve seen this package in the RX 500h, where it produces up to 273kW via a 2.4-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder. It’s connected to an eight-speed auto.
Also helping with the drive capability is the introduction of a special five-seat variant called the Overtrail. It’ll come with E-KDSS (Electronic – Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System), which is essentially a stabiliser bar disconnect function to allow maximum wheel travel. Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) will also be available.
Inside, the GX comes with a 14-inch touch-screen system packing the latest apps and functions, as well as a fully digital instrument cluster. Practicality and space will continue to be attractive traits, carrying on the tradition from its Toyota twin, the Prado.
Lexus Australia says it will be announcing more details, prices and specifications closer to its launch, which is scheduled for the first half of 2024. Speaking about the new model, Lexus Australia CEO John Pappas said:
“When it arrives in the first half of next year the GX will bolster our formidable luxury SUV line-up with its unmatched practicality. Large families with active lifestyles will appreciate the GX’s flexibility of carrying up to seven occupants. It is a true all-rounder, offering superb on-road manners and true off-road performance.”