Lexus has unveiled the all-new third-generation GX SUV, replacing the previous model from 2010. The latest GX features a completely new design, including underpinnings, body shell, interior, powertrains, and off-road capabilities.
The new GX SUV is built on the TNGA-F platform, which it shares with the Toyota LC 300 and LX SUVs. It maintains a traditional body-on-frame setup and incorporates the latest TNGA-F modular ladder frame architecture seen in the LX and Land Cruiser. This platform will also be used for upcoming Toyota vehicles like the Hilux and Fortuner SUV.
The exterior of the Lexus GX 550 showcases a more rugged and aggressive appearance compared to its predecessor. The styling includes sharp cuts and creases, blending well with the trademark Lexus spindle grille. The overall profile features flatter and straighter body panels, with an upward kink on the rear passenger door window. The horizontal tail-lamps are connected by an LED strip and display prominent Lexus lettering. The rear windshield and tailgate maintain an upright stance similar to the Lexus LX.
In addition to the standard variants, Lexus introduces the Overtrail and Overtrail+ models for off-road enthusiasts. These trims come with black accents, an aluminum skid plate, and 18-inch wheels with 33-inch tires. They feature crawl control, downhill assist control, a 3D multi-terrain monitor, and Electronic-Kinetic Dynamic Suspension for improved off-road performance. The top-spec GX 550 Overtrail+ offers enhanced seating with a massage function and a power-extending cushion.
Inside the GX SUV, luxury and technology take center stage. It boasts a new 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a large 14-inch touchscreen infotainment system positioned in the center of the dashboard. The cabin provides HVAC and audio controls through dials and includes buttons for operating the 4WD system. Some variants offer a heads-up display, and two seating configurations are available: a six-passenger setup with captain’s chairs for the second row and a seven-passenger layout with a bench seat for the second row.
Under the hood, the North American version of the new GX will feature a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine generating 349 horsepower, paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission. The GX comes with full-time four-wheel drive, a lockable Torsen limited-slip center differential, and an electronically controlled transfer case for shifting between 4WD High and 4WD Low. The Overtrail range also includes a locking rear differential.
For the first time, the new GX will be available in markets such as Australia and Japan, including a right-hand drive version. There are discussions about introducing more engine options, including a potential diesel variant. While it hasn’t been officially confirmed, there are expectations for the new GX to launch in India as well.
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