That only took a few decades.
Lexus is finally preparing to replace the aging GX, which has been around for what feels like a thousand years.
It's well documented that Noah used a Lexus GX to explore Mount Ararat after the Ark came to rest. Who could blame him? The current Lexus GX and its 4.6-liter V8 engine are as close to indestructible as you'll find, and the new guy has quite the reputation to live up to.
For now, we can only provide you with two close-up images of the front and rear and a promise from Lexus that it will arrive soon.
First up, the stuff we know. The new GX's headlights show that Lexus' luxury off-roader will share some design DNA with the upcoming Toyota Tacoma and the Toyota Tundra. Those headlights seem to drop down toward the bumper in the same way at the outboard edges.
The headlights will also incorporate Lexus' well-known Nike-like daytime running light in the unit. We can also see the same triple-beam LED lights as used in the headlight clusters of the upmarket Lexus LX.
The rear image provides more info once you study it closely. A rear LED light bar spanning the length of the vehicle seems obvious but look at the state of the car. Typically, press cars are polished until the photographer can see their reflection in the body, but this car is dirty.
While Lexus may introduce new engines and technology to make it a better daily companion, it's clear that it will remain a rugged off-roader.
The rest is speculation but based on trends we've noticed within Toyota. The all-new GX will use the same modular TNGA-F platform as the upcoming 2024 Toyota 4Runner, Sequoia, and Lexus LX.
We know quite a few things about the next-generation 4Runner but suspect the GX will have some key differences owing to its higher status.
Lexus is almost certain to kill the 4.6-liter V8, and rightly so. It's a dinosaur, and there's no place for it in the modern world. If the GX gets the aforementioned four-pots from the 4Runner, the standard 2.4-liter turbocharged four-pot produces 265 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. The second option is the i-Force Max, which uses the same turbocharged engine above but is aided by electricity. Thanks to the added electrons, the power increases to 340 hp and 400 lb-ft, which makes the existing V8 look unnecessary.
The rumors of the GX going four-cylinder date back to last year, and it will be interesting to see how customers respond to it. Luckily, the TNGA-F platform is highly adaptable, so Toyota's V35A-FTS twin-turbocharged V6 gasoline option might also form part of the range.
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