Lexus unveils 2024 GX with bold new look and blocky design

On Thursday, the 2024 Lexus GX was unveiled, showcasing several improvements such as an updated engine, advanced technology, and a fresh platform.

Production of the GX is set to commence in early 2024 at Lexus’ Tahara facility in Japan. The vehicle will be offered in six trim levels: Premium, Premium+, Luxury, Luxury+, Overtrail, and Overtrail+. Pricing details have not been disclosed at this time.

Replacing the previous 4.6-liter V-8 engine, the 2024 Lexus GX will introduce a 3.4-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine in its initial release. This robust engine generates 349 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. Coupled with a 10-speed automatic transmission, it powers a full-time four-wheel-drive system equipped with a 2-speed transfer case.

As a standard feature, the 2024 Lexus GX will include the Torsen limited-slip center differential. In addition, the Premium, Premium+, and Overtrail models will be equipped with a tow receiver and an impressive 8,000-pound tow rating. While official fuel economy ratings have not yet been announced, Lexus expects a combined rating of 17 mpg, showcasing a modest improvement of merely 1 mpg compared to the previous V-8 engine.

Featuring a new double-wishbone front suspension, a multilink rear end, and a solid rear axle, the 2024 Lexus GX ensures enhanced performance. While the option of adaptive dampers will be available, the vehicle will not offer an air suspension system as an option.

For enhanced off-road performance, the Overtrail models will include a locking rear differential and Toyota’s Electronic-Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (E-KDSS), which allows for disconnecting the sway bars to enhance wheel articulation. These models will ride on 18-inch wheels with 33-inch all-terrain tires and will feature an aluminum skid plate for added protection.

Sharing the TNG-F body-on-frame platform with the latest Toyota Tundra pickup, Sequoia SUV, and Tacoma pickup, the GX has undergone growth in size. It boasts a length increase of 2.8 inches, with 2.4 inches dedicated to the wheelbase. Furthermore, the overall width has expanded by 3.7 inches, while Overtrail models will enjoy a significant width gain of 4.5 inches.

To improve the approach angle to 26 degrees, Lexus has reduced the front overhang by 0.8 inch. The breakover and departure angles vary across trims, with the Overtrail model reaching a maximum of 24 and 22 degrees, respectively.

Exhibiting a robust and upright appearance, the exterior design of the 2024 Lexus GX perfectly captures its SUV nature. At the forefront, the focal point is the latest iteration of Lexus’ spindle grille, which, despite appearing slightly compressed on the narrower GX, commands attention.

Moving along the sides, muscular sheet metal and a prominent shoulder line gracefully ascend towards the rear quarter panel. As a notable update, the previous side-swinging rear tailgate has been replaced with a conventional swing-up tailgate complemented by a pop-out rear glass window.

Inside the cabin, the GX retains physical buttons and knobs for climate and audio controls, as well as off-road functions. However, most controls have been integrated into the standard 14.0-inch touchscreen. A 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster is included as standard, along with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.

An optional head-up display will be available. The GX 550 trim will offer up to 12 cupholders, six charging ports, a 120-volt inverter, and a 10-speaker audio system. Additionally, optional features will include a 21-speaker Mark Levinson audio system and a wireless smartphone charger.

With a seating capacity for up to seven passengers, the 2024 Lexus GX offers flexible configurations that may vary across different trims. Certain models will provide a second-row bench seat equipped with a convenient 60/40-split folding capability, while others will feature second-row captain’s chairs for added comfort.

While a third-row seat will be available, it won’t fold flat into the floor due to its mounting position above the solid rear axle. Lexus has indicated that cargo space has been increased, but exact measurements have not yet been disclosed.

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