As the first introduction of the GX nameplate in Australia, Lexus prepares to launch the third-generation, seven-seat GX off-road SUV in the first half of 2024. Traditionally sold in North America and selected far-eastern markets, the all-new GX aims to appeal to global markets, particularly customers seeking a luxurious, yet robust full-size SUV.
John Pappas, Lexus Australia Chief Executive, announced the GX as the latest addition to the Lexus product portfolio, bridging the gap between rugged outdoor adventures and everyday luxury. The GX is designed to accommodate large, active families, boasting the capacity to seat seven occupants comfortably.
Constructed on the robust GA-F ladder-frame platform, which also underpins the flagship LX SUV, the GX combines rugged toughness with a purposeful exterior design tailored for off-road capability. The 2,850mm wheelbase mirrors every generation of the LX, with reduced front overhang and an improved departure angle compared to its predecessor.
The GX offers an engaging driving experience on and off-road, thanks to its double-wishbone front and four-link rigid axle rear suspension, enhanced by the adaptive variable suspension (AVS) system. It comes with full-time all-wheel drive, a center-locking differential, low-range transfer case, and towing functionality.
Initially, the GX will feature a 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine coupled with a 10-speed automatic transmission, providing satisfactory towing performance and all-terrain driving in all weather conditions.
The SUV's interior blends luxury and functionality, featuring a 14-inch touchscreen multimedia system with intuitive user experience. It also provides flexible seating arrangements across three rows, with an option for either bench seats or individual captain's chairs in the second row.
For customers seeking even more adventure, Lexus offers the new Overtrail model grade, enhancing the GX's off-road capabilities. Available exclusively in a five-seat variant, the Overtrail model uses the E-KDSS suspension system to improve wheel articulation when traversing challenging terrain, and the Multi-Terrain Select system offers six off-road drive modes.
Lexus is equipping the GX with a full suite of active safety technologies and Lexus Connected Services for a comprehensive owner safety and security package. Further details on the Australian GX range, including pricing and specification, will be announced as the launch approaches in 2024.