Lexus GX: Luxurious Prado teased once more, probably for Australia

Lexus will make its model of the Toyota Prado four-wheel drive bolder and boxier than earlier than.

CarExpert understands the GX will be part of the native line-up earlier than mid-2024, giving Lexus a automobile to fit in between the unibody RX crossover and full-sized LX body-on-frame SUV.

That may give the model an oblique alternative for the defunct three-row RX L, which have to be a welcome aid for Lexus Australia given the lately teased unibody three-row TX crossover – associated to the Toyota Grand Highlander – is known to be left-hand drive-only.

It’s been teased once more, revealing its flat sides, boxy window line, and full-width mild bar. Additionally new are squared-off mirrors that decision the Toyota FJ Cruiser to thoughts.

The GX is more likely to drop its petrol V8 engine in favour of a twin-turbo V6 petrol.

Based mostly on the 550 designation, it may very well be much less highly effective than the twin-turbo 3.5-litre V6 within the LX600. The flagship Lexus SUV produces 305kW of energy and 650Nm of torque.

The outgoing GX460 makes use of an atmo 4.6-litre V8 producing 224kW and 446Nm. The automobile is aimed predominantly on the North American market, although it’s additionally offered in another markets like Vietnam, the Philippines and Panama.

The GX has at all times been inbuilt Japan, however has at all times been produced completely in left-hand drive.

The brand new GX is anticipated to maneuver to the TNGA-F structure underpinning the Toyota LandCruiser 300 Collection and Lexus LX, in addition to the newest Toyota Tundra and Sequoia.

Additionally anticipated to maneuver to this structure is the following Prado, reportedly set to launch in Japan earlier than the top of this yr, in addition to its counterpart for markets like North America, the equally aged 4Runner.

Reviews out of Japan have varyingly recommended the following Prado might use the 300 Collection’ 3.3-litre turbo-diesel V6, in addition to a hybrid 2.8-litre turbo-diesel 4, a hybrid 2.4-litre turbo-petrol 4, and even the Tundra’s new twin-turbo 3.5-litre hybrid V6.