Lexus has taken the wraps off the first-ever TX, a full-size three-row luxury SUV. And, if you’re into such humongous automobiles, well, the bad news is that the TX is exclusive to the North American market. The good news, however, is that the TX will be available in multiple flavors: a petrol, a petrol-electric hybrid, and a petrol-electric plug-in hybrid with a V6 engine. Pricing information is not available yet, but your local dealer might be able to help you with that information. In the meantime, let’s take a quick look at what’s on offer.
As mentioned, the TX is a full-size luxury SUV. It is built around the TNGA GA-K platform that underpins the latest Toyota models such as the Grand Highlander and Sienna. In fact, you can consider the TX as a Lexusized version of the Grand Highlander. As for styling, the TX adopts Lexus’ latest design language—which debuted with the LBX. The front fascia sports a new Lexus “Unified Spindle”, which apparently incorporates Lexus’ early design language. The side profile looks fairly clean, and at the rear, there’s a connected taillight design—as part of the brand’s new design language.
The 2024 TX will be offered in 5 trims: Standard, Premium, Luxury, F Sport Performance Premium and F Sport Performance Luxury. The F Sport models boast F Sport-tuned Adaptive Variable Suspension; Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management with Dynamic Rear Steering; Direct4 all-wheel-drive; 22-inch F Sport wheels, and a panoramic glass roof. Download the pre-order brochure here.
The TX measures 203.5-inches (5,169 mm) long, 78.3-inches (1,989 mm) wide and 70.1-inches (1,780 mm) tall, with a wheelbase of 116.1-inches (2,949 mm). Cargo capacity (with second- and third-row folded flat) is claimed to be 97 cu-ft (2,747 litres).
Inside, as you can probably tell, there’s no shortage of space, or at least that’s what it looks like. Depending on the variant, you can have the TX with either 7- or 6-seats (with captain’s chairs for the second-row). Key highlights depending on the trim include a 12.3-inch driver display; a 14-inch touchscreen (standard across the lineup); heated front seats; heated second-row captain’s chairs; Active Sound Control; 21-speaker Mark Levinson audio system, and a total of 7 USB ports. Panoramic View Monitor, Advanced Park, Digital Rearview Mirror, and Head-Up Display, are all part of the optional Technology Package.
The Lexus Safety System+ 3.0 comes standard on all 2024 TX models. The suite includes Pre-Collision System (PCS) with Pedestrian Detection; All-speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC); Lane Tracing Assist (LTA); Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA); Road Sign Assist (RSA), and Proactive Driving Assist (PDA).
Moving on to the juicy bits of the story, the TX offers TX 350, TX 500h and TX 550h+. Lexus plans to offer the first two variants this fall, followed by the 550h+ at a later date.
The TX 350 packs a 2.4-litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol engine with 205 kW (275 bhp/279 metric hp) and 430 Nm (317 lb-ft) of torque, paired with an 8-speed automatic gearbox. AWD is optionally available.
The TX 500h is a hybrid model (parallel hybrid system) that combines a 2.4-litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol engine, an electric motor, a 6-speed automatic gearbox and Direct4 all-wheel-drive system, offering system figures of 273 kW (366 bhp/371 metric hp) and 554 Nm (409 lb-ft).
As for the TX 550h+, well, it’s a plug-in hybrid model, combining a 3.5-litre naturally aspirated V6 petrol engine, an electric motor integrated into the CVT, and of course, Direct4 all-wheel-drive system, offering a system power output of 303 kW (406 bhp/412 metric hp) and yet-to-be-disclosed amount of torque. This model is estimated to offer a pure EV range of up to 53 km (33 mi).
But no matter which model you choose, Lexus claims a towing capacity of 2,268 kg (5,000 lbs).