Half II of the Lexus “Double Function” this week is the 2024 TX — a brand-new mannequin primarily based on the mainstream Toyota Grand Highlander that offers Lexus its first professional three-row household crossover. Whereas it could be a Toyota beneath, the brand new TX places a luxurious spin on the people-hauler components befitting its premium aspirations, and from our first look on the specs, it seems to supply a bit of one thing for everyone.
Measuring simply over 203 inches lengthy and using on a 116-inch wheelbase, the TX is on the lengthy finish of midsize, slotting in properly between the Audi Q7 (199 inches) and the Mercedes-Benz GLS (205). It rides on a multi-link suspension and comes with considered one of three powertrains: a 2.4-liter turbo-four (TX 350), a hybrid primarily based on the identical (TX 500h) after which a plug-in hybrid primarily based on Toyota’s 3.5-liter V6 (TX 550h+).
The turbocharged four-pot might be had with both FWD or AWD (each hybrids include customary all-wheel drive) and produces 275 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque (higher than Highlander as a result of it was rated on premium gasoline) with a projected EPA mixed score of 21 miles per gallon. Stepping as much as the usual hybrid bumps these numbers to 366 hp and 409 lb-ft, good for twenty-four mpg. Then there’s the PHEV. Examine this: 406 horsepower (and an unspecified torque determine) with 30 mpg mixed and 33 miles of EV-only vary. The draw back is that it is the solely powertrain right here to include a CVT, however that is clearly not your momma’s Highlander.
Constructing on that theme, Lexus is providing the two.4-liter hybrid powertrain completely as an F Sport Efficiency mannequin that borrows powertrain and chassis tech from the RX. The usual AWD system is augmented with Toyota’s DRS rear-steer system, which turns the rear wheels to both match or oppose the course of the entrance wheels to enhance stability at velocity or maneuverability in tight spots, respectively. Lexus engineers did not have the utmost rear steering angle determine available, however famous that the TX makes use of it way more liberally than the RX to assist compensate for its further size and wheelbase. That is additionally the one TX with an adaptive suspension setup, which is one thing we have come to count on from F Sport Efficiency fashions.
So, why is the honkin’ V6 PHEV not getting the F-Sport remedy? In a phrase: luxurious. Lexus TX Chief Engineer Naohisa Hatta advised Autoblog that refinement, cabin noise and linear energy supply prompted them to place the V6 within the TX’s most luxurious trim. The fans ought to go for the two.4-liter hybrid F-Sport Efficiency mannequin in the event that they prioritize dynamics. It is the one variant accessible with adaptive suspension and. As an added bonus, the six-speed auto in that mixture must be much more palatable than the 550h+’s CVT.
The inside is spacious and filled with conveniences. The entrance middle console contains a twin lid (break up front-to-back) that permits both the driving force or passenger to open solely their aspect independently if desired. A modular second-row console can be accessible on fashions geared up with captain’s chairs; a second-row bench is customary. Lexus claims there’s 20.1 cubic ft of cargo room behind the third row — besting each the Audi and Mercedes-Benz we talked about beforehand. That jumps to 57.4 cubes with the third row folded flat and 97 cubes with all the rear seats stowed. A one-touch button on the second row seats flips them for simple entry to the rear.
In case you’re conversant in the newest from Toyota and Lexus, you will acknowledge the corporate’s new 14-inch infotainment system. It is customary right here, together with wi-fi Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A 12.3-inch cluster show is out there; the usual display’s dimensions weren’t accessible on the time of publication. Additionally customary is Lexus Security System+ 3.0, which incorporates superior driver aids akin to adaptive cruise management, lane preserving help and blind spot monitoring, amongst others.
The TX is the primary new Lexus automobile to be assembled on the firm’s Indiana plant. Each the TX 350 and TX 500h ought to hit showrooms this fall, whereas the 550h+ will come later, doubtlessly subsequent 12 months as a 2025 mannequin. Keep tuned.