Lexus has confirmed the seven-seat GX off-road SUV is officially headed down under, with the new model expected to arrive in the first half of 2024. This will mark the debut of the nameplate in Australia.
The third-generation GX (the first two versions were offered in the United States) has been designed for wider global appeal and infuses the spirit of outdoor adventure and genuine off-road capability with levels of everyday luxury and refinement expected of a Lexus.
Based on the same highly rigid GA-F ladder-frame platform underpinning the flagship LX SUV, the GX exudes rugged toughness matched by its purpose-driven exterior design and off-road capability.
Its 2,850mm wheelbase matches every generation of LX since inception, with reduced front overhang and an improved departure angle compared to the previous GX.
The double-wishbone front and four-link rigid axle rear suspension is supported by the adaptive variable suspension (AVS) system for enhanced on-road ride comfort and handling stability. Full-time all-wheel drive features.
A centre-locking differential and low-range transfer case further improve the driving experience on and off-road. Towing capable, it’s powered by a 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
Inside, it blends luxury and functionality with a 14.0-inch touchscreen multimedia system supporting the latest connectivity features and offering an intuitive user experience thanks to the layout and positioning of the switches and functions.
Flexible seating arrangements feature, with seven seats available across three rows. The second row can be configured as a 3-seat bench or individual captain’s chairs too. Separately, an Overtrail model further enhances the GX’s off-road credentials.
Available exclusively in a five-seat guise, the Overtrail uses the E-KDSS suspension system to improve wheel articulation and ground contact when traversing tricky terrain, along with Multi-Terrain Select, which offers six off-road drive modes.
Auto, Dirt, Sand, Mud, Deep Snow and Rock all allow drivers to maximise traction and performance on a wide range of surfaces. A full suite of Lexus Safety System + active safety technologies will also be offered on the GX.
The GX announcement comes just weeks after Lexus confirmed the stunning LM luxury people-mover for Australia. The LM reimagines the concept of luxury chauffeur-driven mobility with supreme levels of passenger seat comfort and amenity.
Details on the Australian GX range, including pricing and specifications, will be announced closer to its launch in the first half of 2024. If you’re keen on one and need finance, talk to CreditOne.