Lexus has revealed TX A large three-row crossover SUV to sit above the RX, although it’s unclear if it will be launched in Australia.
Dubbed a vehicle made “specifically for the North American market”, the core Lexus TX range is expected to go on sale in the US in the coming months, with the flagship TX 550h+ plug-in hybrid expected to go on sale there “at a later date”.
The Lexus TX will be produced exclusively at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing plant in Indiana. This was the first time a Lexus vehicle was produced there.
The Lexus TX is based on the TNGA-K platform that underpins the Toyota Grand Highlander, among others. The TX also shares some exterior and interior design elements with the Grand Highlander.
Lexus has confirmed the TX will be available with three powertrains, including hybrid and plug-in hybrid options.
The flagship TX 550h+ is powered by a 3.5 liter V6 plug-in hybrid powertrain (PHEV) producing a total system output of 299kW of power. This is sent through a CVT with a Direct4 all-wheel drive system.
Lexus claims the TX 550h+ has an all-electric range of 53km, with a claimed combined fuel consumption of 7.8 liters per 100km.
This V6 PHEV powertrain is not available in the related Toyota Grand Highlander, and it is also the first Lexus-branded PHEV installed in North America.
The TX 500h is powered by a regular 2.4-litre turbocharged hybrid setup that produces a system output of 269kW and 555Nm of torque. This engine can be found in the Toyota Grand Highlander and Lexus RX, among others.
Drive is sent through a six-speed automatic transmission with Direct4 all-wheel drive. Lexus claims a combined fuel consumption of 9.8 liters per 100km.
The entry-level TX 350 is powered by a non-electric 2.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 202kW of power and 430Nm of torque.
This is mated to an eight-speed transmission with drive being sent either to the front wheels or via an all-wheel drive system.
The Lexus TX measures 5156mm in length, 1981mm in width, and 1780mm in height, with a wheelbase of 2949mm. This makes it 266mm longer, 61mm wider and 85mm wider than the Lexus RX, with a 99mm wheelbase.
Unlike the RX, the Lexus TX is equipped with three rows of seats. Even with the third row of seats upright there is 569 liters of boot capacity, which expands to 2746 liters with the third and second rows folded.
The Lexus TX will be offered in four different trims – Standard, Premium, Luxury and F Sport Performance.
Inside the TX has a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 14-inch touchscreen infotainment system. There’s also a 21-inch Mark Levinson premium surround sound system available with all powertrains.
Depending on the variant, the TX is available with six or seven seats. The first is equipped with a second-row captain’s chair.
The TX will be available with alloy wheels ranging in size from 20- to 22-inches. Seven exterior colors will be offered, as well as three interior colors.
In the safety department, the Lexus TX is fully loaded. It is available with the following safety equipment:
- Autonomous emergency braking
- Lane departure warning with steering assist
- Lane Detection Assist
- Proactive Driving Assistance
- Adaptive cruise control
- Traffic sign recognition
Parking assistance is available, with traffic jam assistance can be activated with a subscription.
Since the TX is focused on North America, it is unlikely to be produced in right-hand drive.
The luxury brand recently confirmed it plans to unveil three cars in “three new segments” and bring them Down Under around mid-2024.
One of these vehicles is confirmed to be the LM people mover, with the other two expected to use the Toyota Yaris Cross-based LBX small crossover, as well as the new GX off-roader.
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