Lexus Brings Boxy Back With The New GX SUV
An angular update and new powertrain make the Japanese marque’s off-road offering a viable contender to fill the Land Cruiser-shaped hole in our hearts.
Following in the tyre tracks of the Range Rover Sport SV, Lexus has gone boxy and brutish for the latest iteration of its GX SUV. The off-roader’s bold redesign caters to those who miss the recently discontinued Toyota Land Cruiser, with the angular facelift looking to strike the right balance between rugged and refined style.
It’s not all about looks though, with the redesign working to enhance off-road capability by improving clearance and visibility. Built on the same platform as the flagship LX 600 SUV, its ladder-frame architecture adds rigidity and improves the handling experience for both on- and off-road use, while double-wishbone front suspension improves stability during straight-line driving, cornering, and braking.
Under the skin is a 3.5L twin-turbo V6 petrol engine. Mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, it’s able to drum up 260 kW and 649 Nm of twist. Marking the first time Lexus has offered a hybrid powertrain for a body-on-frame vehicle, the GX SUV will also be available with a 2.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol hybrid, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The interior also receives a significant update, with a contemporary driver-centric cabin setup. There’s a 14-inch multimedia touchscreen, alongside a 12.3-inch multi-information display for the driver. Designed with off-roading in mind, the central console sees driving and drivetrain switches placed on the driver’s side. The newcomer seats up to seven adults, with three rows of seats, the last of which can be electronically folded away to stow extra luggage.
The new GX SUV comprises part of Lexus’ 2024 line-up, with deliveries of the Japanese-built vehicle slated to commence early next year. While Lexus is yet to officially confirm the GX’s availability in the Australian market, there’s a strong likelihood the brutish SUV will be making its way down under.
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