The Lexus lineup is getting another SUV. On Thursday, the luxury brand unveiled its new three-row TX, which joins the UX, NX and RX, among other utility vehicles in the product range. Appropriately given this family-hauler’s name, it was revealed in Austin, Texas.
Built on the GA-K platform, just like the closely related Toyota Grand Highlander as well as a slew of other vehicles too numerous to mention, the new Lexus TX was designed specifically for North America, with ample room in all three rows of seats, enough for life-sized adults to ride in comfort.
Ensuring everyone’s electronic devices are fully juiced, there are seven charging ports in this vehicle plus three power outlets. If your phone or table ever dies while traveling in the TX, you have nobody to blame but yourself.
Naturally, there will also be plenty of cargo space in this new Lexus. Expect more than 20 cubic feet of junk-hauling room behind the third-row seat. Fold those backrests flat and you should get 57.4 cubes behind the second row, which is available as either a 60:40 split bench or as a pair of captain’s chairs. Finally, the TX offers 97 cubic feet of space behind the front-most seats, an undeniably impressive figure.
As for tech, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster is available, while a 14-inch touchscreen is standard. Of course, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both supported, and you can even get the TX with a head-up display. Delivering sound quality to rival a concert hall, a 21-speaker Mark Levinson audio system is on the menu.
Protecting everyone from the unexpected, Lexus Safety System+ 3.0 is standard across the board. This includes a range of advanced driver assistance technologies including lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, road sign recognition and much more.
Giving drivers plenty of choice, three powertrains will be available in this utility vehicle. The base TX 350 features a turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder. Matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission, this engine is good for 275 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque. Expect around 21 miles per gallon in mixed driving.
Stepping up the ladder, the TX 500h is motivated by a hybrid drivetrain that’s centered around the same engine. With a six-speed transmission thrown into the mix, you get 366 hp, 409 lb-ft and an estimated 24 mpg.
Finally, there’s the TX 500h+, the plug-in hybrid version of this SUV. This model features a 3.5-liter V6 and a continuously variable transmission, a combo that’s good for a stout 406 hp and an estimated 30 mpg with an all-electric range of 33 miles. Both hybrid models come standard with all-wheel drive, though the base engine is available with either front-drive or four-corner traction.
Unlike many current Lexus vehicles, the new TX’s exterior styling is unexpectedly restrained, cleaner than you’d expect for this adventurous automaker. Up front is a new version of the brand’s signature spindle grille, one that’s far less garish. The narrow headlights are also connected by a narrow air intake just underneath the front of the hood. This SUV comes standard with 20-inch wheels, but 22s will be on the menu, as will seven exterior paint colors. Like other modern vehicles, including the all-electric Lexus RZ crossover, the doors features electronic latches
The 2024 Lexus TX will be manufactured in Indiana and offered in four trims: Standard, Premium, Luxury and F Sport. Look for the TX 350 and TX 500h at dealerships this fall, though the plug-in hybrid TX 550h+ will not go on sale until an unspecified future date, so stay tuned for updates.