We’ve known the Lexus TX was coming for about a year. And when the Toyota Grand Highlander was revealed, we had a pretty good idea of what it might look like. We made some guesses about what to expect for the 2024 Lexus TX, and in some cases we were spot on, but we missed the mark on a one big thing: powertrains.
So, here’s what you need to know about the all-new TX.
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We drove the 2024 Grand Highlander a few weeks ago, and while we really liked the top-tier Platinum trim, it still felt a bit plasticky in some areas. But the 2024 Lexus TX promises premium materials and accents from the base TX 350 trim. The TX will also include a quieter cabin via high-dampening door and roof mastic seals and increased silencer materials under the cargo and floor areas to soften rear noise vibration.
You’ll also see a standard 12.3-inch behind-the-wheel gauge cluster and a 14-inch infotainment screen with the new Lexus Interface system, wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and available 21-speaker Mark Levinson premium sound system.
Outside of that you’ll have a lot of the same features you see in Grand Higlander like the easy access to the third row, a removable center console with the available captain’s chairs, enough cargo space to hold seven carry-on suitcases and plenty of third-row legroom to hold an adult taller than 6 feet.
None of that is surprising – Lexus is Lexus and will have similar but better features. But the powertrains, now, that’s interesting. The base powertrain for the TX 350 is the 2.4-liter turbo – the same one we see in the NX and RX as well as the Grand Highlander. It delivers 275 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque. This trim is the only one available in front- and all-wheel drive.
But here’s where things get interesting – the top two powertrains are hybrids, one of which is a plug-in. The mid-level AWD-only TX 500h gets the 2.4-liter turbocharged parallel hybrid system, which is the same one we see on the RX 500h. Not the Grand Highlander. It delivers 366 horsepower and 409 pound-feet of torque – the same as the RX.
The top-tier powertrain on the TX 500h+, however, is something unique in the Lexus lineup. It combines the 3.5-liter V-6 engine with the plug-in hybrid powertrain. It will deliver 406 horsepower and is expected to have 33 miles of all electric range.
Preliminary specs are below.
This GA-K global unibody platform is widely used for both cars and SUVs across the Toyota and Lexus lineup. Yes, it’s the same platform as the Grand Highlander, but it’s also the same platform we see on the NX and RX.
The 2024 Lexus TX will also get a rear multi-link suspension and widened front and rear tracks.
With the platform and content similarities, it should come as no surprise that the 2024 Lexus TX will be built at the same Toyota Motor Manufacturing plant as the Grand Highlander, which is located in Princeton, Indiana. But it’s worth noting this is currently the first Lexus vehicle to be assembled there. Also worth noting: This is the only assembly plant for TX in the world.
Though we don’t have any pricing information yet, we do expect that information soon since Lexus has announced the 2024 TX will go on sale before the end of this year. The TX 350 and 500h are expected to hit dealers this fall, while the TX 500h+ will go on sale “at a later date” (read: sometime in 2024).
We thought the Grand Highlander was a homerun for Toyota, and we expect the 2024 TX to be the same for Lexus. Though LX and the upcoming GX are also three-row vehicles, they’re both body-on-frame and can be a little rough around the handling edges. The TX promises to be easy-to-drive and comfortable for every row of passengers – something the forgettable three-row RX was not.
While there are a lot of unknowns still about the 2024 Lexus TX, one thing we’re pretty sure of: That 500h+ powertrain is going to be off-the-charts fun.