Lexus is introducing a new addition to its 2024 lineup, known as the TX. This three-row SUV serves as a replacement for the previous RX L model, offering enhanced dimensions and expanded third-row space. The TX lineup encompasses the TX350, TX500h hybrid, and TX550h+ plug-in hybrid models.
The 2024 Lexus TX brings forth a long-awaited offering in the luxury crossover segment, providing a true three-row experience. Positioned above the two-row RX, it stands as one of Lexus’s largest SUVs, excluding the truck-based LX600 flagship. Built on the Toyota Grand Highlander platform, the TX distinguishes itself with upgraded features, superior interior materials, a unique exterior design, and the inclusion of an available plug-in hybrid powertrain.
Boasting a 116.1-inch wheelbase and an overall length of 203.1 inches, the TX showcases its significant size, surpassing rivals like the Acura MDX. Unlike the previous RX L, which featured a third-row seat primarily for occasional use, the TX offers more comfortable and accessible rear seats. The second-row seat effortlessly folds forward, ensuring effortless access to the third row, while also providing ample cargo space behind the back seats.
The TX’s design presents intriguing elements, including a body-color treatment of the spindle grille design with a central chrome bar and distinct inverted L-shaped accent lights in the headlights. However, its profile appears somewhat slab-sided, and the full-width LED taillight strip is less distinctive.
The powertrain options of the TX include the familiar offerings from the Grand Highlander. The base TX350 features a 275-hp turbocharged 2.4-liter inline-four engine mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, available in both front- and all-wheel drive configurations. Expected to achieve a combined EPA fuel economy rating of 21 mpg, this powertrain delivers reliable performance.
The more potent TX500h, offered exclusively in F Sport Performance trim, integrates a hybrid system with a 362-hp all-wheel-drive setup. This setup combines the same turbo four-cylinder gasoline engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, and two electric motors. Equipped with features like 22-inch wheels, rear-wheel steering, and adaptive dampers, the TX500h aims for a combined fuel efficiency of 24 mpg.
Notably, the TX stands out with its plug-in hybrid variant, the TX550h+. Powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 gasoline engine, this configuration produces an impressive 406 horsepower and offers an estimated electric driving range of 33 miles. Equipped with all-wheel drive and a continuously variable automatic transmission, this model aims for 30 mpg combined fuel efficiency. Details regarding battery size and charging capabilities are yet to be disclosed.
Lexus strives to distinguish the TX’s interior from its Toyota counterpart, emphasizing a luxurious yet practical design. The dashboard features a 14.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, an optional digital gauge cluster, and an available head-up display. The interior exudes an upscale ambiance while remaining functional, providing ample storage, charging ports, and power outlets. Interior color options include Peppercorn, Birch, and Black. Trim levels encompass base, Premium, Luxury, and the performance-oriented RX500h F Sport Performance.
Anticipated to carry a premium over the RX, which ranges from $48,950 to $64,145, the TX is expected to start at a slightly higher price point. The TX350 and TX500h models are set to debut in the fall, with the PHEV TX550h+ joining the lineup later.
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