2024 Lexus GX
The Third-Gen Leans Into its Off-Road Identity
The current Lexus GX460 has been in production since 2010 and, save for a few facelifts, has pretty much been the same vehicle for the last 13 years. For 2024, the Lexus GX sees a complete redesign for its third-generation and I’m here in Austin, Texas for a First Look at all the details.
First there was the 470, then there was the 460, and now it’s the GX550. This looks like a completely new vehicle. Its square body screams luxury and utility at the same time. And there is still plenty of utility in this GX550.
Overall dimensions are only slightly bigger than before; the wheelbase and length seeing less than three additional inches while the width increases by almost four inches. The front overhang has decreased for additional ground clearance. The GX550 now shares the same platform as the LX600, with a double-wishbone front suspension and a multi-link rear suspension.
When it comes to the powertrain, we say goodbye to the 4.6-liter V-8 and hello to a 3.4-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that is paired with a 10-speed automatic. Now that will be the singular powertrain at launch but Lexus says a hybrid powertrain will come later.
But let’s get back to that new 3.4-liter twin-turbo V6. It outputs 349-horsepower, 48 more than the outgoing V8, and a whopping 479 lb-ft of torque. Full Time 4-wheel-drive is standard with maximum towing capacity now at 8,000-lbs!
And new for 2024 is this Overtrail trim. It’s off-road oriented and one of the big things that’s going to help you out on the trails with the Overtrail and Overtrail+ model is the standard locking electronic rear differential. Now you’re also going to see that this Overtrail trim has 18-inch wheels wrapped in 33-inch off-road All-Terrain tires and we also have some black accents as you can see on the mirrors and up here on the roofline.
Along with the two Overtrail models, the GX will be available in Premium, Premium+, Luxury, and Luxury+. 20-inch wheels are standard with available 22’s.
The GX got a new infotainment system in 2022 which was sort of a band aid before this complete redesign. And now we have a very modern interior with this large 14-inch center display and nice digital instrument cluster that’s a really nice size. We have half digital, half physical climate buttons. We have a volume knob and we also have a traditional shifter. Now down here too is a lot of the drive modes and the off-road modes. It is very simple and it’s out of the way which I really really commend Lexus on because this is a much more streamlined version of what they had previously in their interiors.
Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard, along with heated and ventilated front seats. The second row is available in bench or captain’s chairs and can be optioned with heated seats.
So when it comes to the rear, we can still pop out our rear window. Handy dandy. But one of the biggest departures from last generation is we now have a standard power liftgate, so no more swinging rear door. And then as we approach the cargo area, as you can see we have a lot of cargo room right here. There is currently no third row in this Overtrail model but the load floor in the cargo area is much lower than before and I’m a big fan of that because I’m a little shorter in stature.
And a power or manual third row is still available if you want seating up to 7.
No pricing details on the GX just yet but we do know it will be built at the same plant in Japan and it’s expected to go on sale in early 2024. We’ll have more on the third-generation Lexus GX soon, right here, on MotorWeek!
- Engine: 3.4-liter Twin-Turbo V6
- Horsepower: 349
- Fuel Economy (est.): 17 MPG
- Transmission: 10-speed auto
- Torque: 479 lb-ft.
- Max Towing Capacity: 8,000 lbs.