Lexus GX makes its world premiere

Lexus has revealed it’s new GX premium off-road SUV. Sparking the spirit of outdoor adventure, the seven-seater is positioned between the RX and LX, and offers a broad mix of performance and occupant carrying flexibility.

While we can’t confirm yet whether it will come to Australia (as Lexus is yet to make that decision locally), we can tell you the GX exudes visual toughness, with its subtle, frameless iteration of the signature Lexus spindle body, a black grille and an upturned lower bumper.

The LED head lamp design closely resembles its larger LX sibling, framed by L-shaped daytime running lights. Below the headlamps sit grille openings extending downwards to accommodate the sub-radiator required for improved cooling.

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The commanding bonnet is designed with a concave centre that not only accentuates the body but also improves forward visibility. From the side, the GX’s off-roading intent is clear, with a high bonnet line, A-pillars pulled more upright, and a vertically oriented tailgate.

Like other Lexus SUVs, a single LED light strip runs across the width of the tailgate, accompanied by ‘LEXUS’ lettering and compact combination tail lamps. The tailgate also features an opening for the upper glass compartment, for easy cargo access.

The GX interior offers a modern and comfortable cabin, with steering wheel switches seamlessly paired with the head-up display, and a clean, horizontal/vertical dashboard layout enhancing the driver’s perception of vehicle posture off road.

The 14-inch centre display uses a combination of touchscreen and buttons for the multimedia system, with particular emphasis given to the size, shape, layout and display information for the switches.

The flexible second-row seat configuration allows customers to choose between a bench seat or captain’s chairs, while the third row brings seven-seat flexibility and when not required, can be stowed neatly into the floor with an electric folding mechanism.

Underpinned by the same GA-F ladder-frame architecture found on the larger LX, the GX offers rugged strength, improved on-and off-road driving and compatibility with the latest safety and off-road technologies.

Inside the 2024 Lexus GX (overseas model shown)

The new suspension system uses a high-mount double-wishbone arrangement at the front, while at the rear, a four-link rigid axle with lateral control arms is used, developed to offer greater wheel articulation off road.

Adaptive variable suspension improves on-road ride comfort and handling stability, with both front and rear suspension using shock absorbers featuring independent telescopic valves and friction control modules.

Lexus will also offer a special five-seat Overtrail variant which adopts exclusive functional and design features essential for a rugged off-road vehicle. More than just a series of visual upgrades, it introduces the E-KDSS suspension system for the first time on a Lexus.

Multi-Terrain Select controls the system’s drive control and suspension to offer six drive modes (Auto, Dirt, Sand, Mud, Deep Snow and Rock) for improved performance on all surfaces.

Crawl control offers five low-speed settings, allowing drivers to traverse uneven terrain without operating the accelerator or brakes, while downhill assist control automatically and independently adjusts the hydraulic pressure of each wheel brake on steep slopes.

A multi-terrain monitor uses cameras mounted on the front, sides and rear to display high-definition images of the vehicle’s surroundings including underneath the vehicle floor, helping the driver accurately position the wheels and avoid unforeseen obstacles.

A full suite of Lexus Safety System + active safety technologies is also included on the GX, while under the hood are a choice of two powertrains, starting with a 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol engine mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.

The first ever hybrid powertrain for a body-on-frame Lexus vehicle will also be offered in the form of a 2.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol hybrid and newly developed eight-speed automatic transmission.

Both powertrains employ a full-time all-wheel drive set-up with a low-range transfer case and locking centre differential. Once Lexus Australia has decided if the GX will head down under, we’ll bring you an update, right here on Exhaust Notes Australia.

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