The new Toyota Grand Highlander reveal wasn't the only three-row surprise the Japanese automaker had up its sleeve for 2023, because we now also have access to a Lexus three-row family hauler that shares its underpinnings with the aforementioned Toyota. The all-new Lexus TX SUV is a vehicle that has been specially designed for the North American market that loves larger vehicles - and with gas, hybrid, or plug-in powertrains to choose from, the TX is likely to appeal to a broad segment of the market. Prioritizing comfort in every row and garnished with expected Lexus luxury, the TX is also going to be the first Lexus produced at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing plant in Indiana, USA.
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In terms of a release date for the 2024 Lexus TX, a staggered launch is planned for the lineup. TX 350 and 500h models are expected to go on sale this fall, while the TX 550h+ will arrive a little later on.
We haven't received information about the price of the 2024 Lexus TX range, but we know there will be three powertrains and four trim levels to choose from, starting with Standard, Premium, and Luxury, and topping out with the F SPORT Performance.
While an accurate MSRP is anyone's guess at this point, we wouldn't be surprised if the TX starts in the low-$50k price bracket, with the PHEV versions costing around $10k more.
Rivals to the new Lexus TX SUV come from within its own backyard, with the new Toyota Grand Highlander offering a spacious third row. With a starting MSRP under $45k, the Grand Highlander will likely steal away consumers who are budget conscious, but the Lexus TX is likely to counter with a plush interior, loads of on-board tech, and a sublime driving experience.
The TX's price range should also see it overlap with the likes of the Genesis GV80, Mazda CX-90, and Acura MDX.
The new Lexus TX shows off a unique take on the familiar spindle grille, and while it's certainly eye-catching and unique, we're not sure everyone will love how it looks. Aerodynamics and performance were guiding principles in the design of the TX, and it will lead the way for the new 'Unified Spindle' design, which we're likely to see on future Lexus products. It's functional, too, promoting cooling as well as looking striking.
At the front of the TX, the new grille design is flanked by slim headlights, which are joined visually by a thin aperture highlighting the hood's edge. This creates a broad, modern countenance for the TX. The rear end is a little more generic, with the signature L-shaped light bar continuing the broad, horizontal theme from the nose. The rear pillars are also blacked out.
The lower-rung models in the TX range will come with 20-inch wheels as standard, while the top-spec versions will have 22-inch items to fill the arches. The F SPORT Performance models will also get bespoke designs that identify it as the halo model.
As for exterior colors, buyers can paint their Lexus TX models in Cloudburst Gray, Wind Chill Pearl, Caviar, Matador Red Mica, Nightfall Mica, Incognito, and Celestial Silver - but not all colors will be available to all trims.
As a three-row SUV, the 2024 TX is large - almost as big as the all-new GX. Dimensions for the Lexus TX include a wheelbase of 116.1 inches, a height of 70.1 inches, and a width of 78.3 inches across the range. The hybrid 500h models will be slightly longer than the other trims at 203.5 inches, while the rest are 203.1 inches long.
Lexus hasn't given us a curb weight figure for the TX range, but given its size and the range of electrified powertrains on offer, it will likely tip the scales between 4,500 pounds and 5,000 lbs.
As a new range within the Lexus stable, the TX will cover a variety of bases with powertrains ranging from traditional gas to hybrid options. By making three powertrains available, Lexus hopes to meet the diverse needs of its customers and cater to their different lifestyles. And, since Lexus is moving toward carbon neutrality, two of the available powertrains are hybrid and plug-in hybrid options.
The base model, the TX 350, comes with a 2.4-liter turbocharged inline-four and can be had with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The entry-level Lexus TX's engine makes 275 horsepower and 317 lb-ft of torque and it uses an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Next up are the TX 500h models, which are AWD only, and employ a parallel hybrid setup with specs of 366 hp and 409 lb-ft. A six-speed automatic is standard here, and these models will come with Dynamic Rear Steering for even better maneuverability and improved stability. The plug-in hybrid TX 550h+ sits at the top of the range and uses a 3.5-liter V6 hybrid engine to make 406 hp.
Lexus hasn't provided us with 0-60 mph figures for the 2024 TX, but it's more than likely to be somewhere between six and eight seconds, with the gas-only models not being as quick as the high-performance PHEV.
The automaker hasn't released official figures just yet, but has shared that combined gas mileage figures for the TX 350 would be 21 mpg while the HEV 500h will manage 24 mpg. The 550h+ should attain 30 mpg combined, and it will also target an all-electric range of 33 miles.
We don't know how long charging the PHEV will take, nor do we have any specifications for the battery size and charging capacity to base estimates off. We'll update this section once Lexus shares the relevant information.
As a three-row SUV, the Lexus TX should be spacious and comfortable for all occupants. Depending on the trim you choose, the second row can be configured with a 60/40 split-folding bench or with a pair of captain's chairs. In either configuration, the third row is easy to access, thanks to a slide assist walk-in mechanism: a switch on the second-row seat shoulder tilts and slides the seats out of your way, making it easy to hop into the back seats.
As we are accustomed to with Lexus, we expect high-quality materials to be used throughout, with the top items reserved for the more expensive trims. We know there are three interior color options for the Lexus TX, including Peppercorn, Birch, and Black. And to further the serene vibe of the TX, the cabin has been extensively insulated with high-damping door and roof seals and extra silencer materials used under the cargo floor.
From behind the wheel, the cockpit feels driver-focused, and to this end, there is a 12.3-inch multi-information display and head-up display on the options list. A 14-inch Multimedia Touchscreen Display is standard, and it runs wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A 21-speaker Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound system will be available to all models in the range.
The Lexus TX isn't just about providing enough seats for a whole group of people, but ensuring they are comfortable and have access to all the necessary conveniences. Seven charging and connection points are dotted around the cabin, and there are three power outlets throughout. The cupholders are removable, and can fit various sizes of cups and bottles. In front, the armrest console opens on the left and right sides independently, and the second-row center console, when equipped with the captain's chairs, is removable, too, and can be used to store small items, phones, or even tablets.
Important safety features that come standard include the Lexus Safety System+ 3.0, which is comprised of a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, all-speed dynamic radar cruise control, lane tracing assist, lane departure alert with steering assist, road sign assist, and proactive driving assist. Traffic jam assist and advanced park assist will be available optionally.
As for cargo space in the Lexus TX, there is space for around seven carry-on suitcases behind the back row, at just over 20 cubic feet, but folding the third row down opens up 57.4 cubes. Maximum trunk space with the second and third rows folded is 97 cubes.
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