24′ TX: First US-made SUV with 3 rows, 3 powertrains, and refined styling

The 2024 Lexus TX has been unveiled as an American-produced crossover SUV with three rows of seating, three powertrain options, and a redesigned look.

When the base model and hybrid version are released later this year, the TX will become Lexus’ first three-row SUV that doesn’t utilize a body-on-frame truck chassis. Naohisa Hatta, the chief engineer of the Lexus TX, emphasized that the vehicle was specifically developed with American families in mind. The plug-in hybrid variant is scheduled to arrive at a later date.

Prospective buyers of the Lexus TX will have three powertrain options to choose from: a turbo-4 engine, a hybrid system, and a plug-in hybrid.

Equipped with a 2.4-liter turbo-4 engine, the TX 350 model delivers 275 horsepower and 317 lb-ft of torque. It comes with an 8-speed automatic transmission, and although front-wheel drive is standard, all-wheel drive can be chosen. The estimated combined EPA fuel economy rating for the turbo-4 engine stands at 21 mpg.

Combining a turbo-4 engine with two electric motors and a 6-speed automatic transmission, the TX 500h provides a combined output of 366 horsepower and 409 lb-ft of torque. It is anticipated to achieve a combined fuel economy rating of 24 mpg and includes all-wheel drive, adaptive dampers, and Lexus’ rear-wheel steering system as standard, which reduces the wheelbase when maneuvering corners.

Offering the highest power and efficiency, the Lexus TX 550h+ plug-in hybrid merges a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with three electric motors, delivering a combined power output of 406 horsepower. Although the specific torque rating remains undisclosed, it is projected to possess an electric driving range of 33 miles and achieve a combined EPA fuel economy rating of 30 mpg. Standard equipment includes all-wheel drive.

Each Lexus TX model will offer seating for up to six or seven passengers across three rows, depending on the chosen configuration. The second-row bench seat, which has a 60/40-split, can be upgraded to two captain’s chairs. An optional center console can be added with the captain’s chairs for additional storage or removed to facilitate access to the third row.

Similar to the 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander, the third-row seat in the Lexus TX is suitable for adult passengers. The TX will provide ample cargo space, with 20.1 cubic feet available behind the third row. Folding down the third row expands the cargo capacity to 57.4 cubic feet, and folding both the second and third rows provides 97 cubic feet of space for hauling needs.

With design elements reminiscent of the NX and RX crossovers, the interior of the Lexus TX showcases an 8.0-inch digital gauge cluster and a 14.0-inch touchscreen, thoughtfully angled for the driver’s convenience. Standard features encompass a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, a head-up display, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, seven charging ports, and three power outlets. An optional 21-speaker Mark Levinson sound system will also be offered.

To improve aerodynamics, Lexus has made modifications to the spindle grille, resulting in a more subtle design. According to Hatta, the latest version of Lexus’ grille gives the front end a less distinctive appearance. The sides of the vehicle feature a prominent shoulder line that extends towards the rear, resembling a wider version of the RX and incorporating a full-width LED taillight.

In terms of safety features, every Lexus TX will come equipped with automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitors, adaptive cruise control, and active lane control. A surround-view camera system will be offered as an optional feature.

Production of the Lexus TX will begin in the fall at Toyota’s plant in Princeton, Indiana, making it the brand’s first model manufactured in the United States. This facility is also responsible for producing the Highlander and Grand Highlander models.

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