Lexus Australia will give customers the opportunity to load up and hit the trails in style when it introduces the seven-seat GX off-road SUV to the local market in the first half of 2024.
This will mark the debut of the GX nameplate in Australia, with the two previous generations having been sold in North America and selected far eastern markets only.
The new third-generation GX has been designed for wider global appeal and infuses the spirit of outdoor adventure and genuine off-road capability with Lexus quality, luxury and refinement.
Lexus Australia Chief Executive John Pappas said the all-new GX is the next step in the expansion of the local Lexus product portfolio, as the brand continues to introduce new models in new segments to meet the diverse needs of its customers.
“The GX is ideal for discerning customers looking for a sophisticated yet rugged full-size SUV to take the whole family camping and back again in true Lexus style,” Mr Pappas said.
“When it arrives in the first half of next year the GX will bolster our formidable luxury SUV line-up with its unmatched practicality.
“Large families with active lifestyles will appreciate the GX’s flexibility of carrying up to seven occupants. It is a true all-rounder, offering superb on-road manners and true off-road performance.”
Based on the same highly rigid GA-F ladder-frame platform underpinning the flagship LX SUV, the GX exudes rugged toughness matched by its purpose-driven exterior design and off-road capability.
Full-time all-wheel drive, a center-locking differential and low-range transfer case support extreme off-road driving, with towing functionality to support active lifestyles.
The GX will be offered initially with a 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Lexus says this powertrain is best suited to the GX, producing acceptable towing performance and all-terrain driving in all weather conditions.
Inside, the GX blends luxury and functionality with a 14-inch touchscreen multimedia system supporting the latest connectivity features and offering an intuitive user experience thanks to the layout and positioning of the switches and functions.
The GX features flexible seating arrangements with seven seats available across three rows, with the second row able to be configured as a trio of bench seats or individual captain’s chairs.
Customers looking to take their adventurous lifestyle to the next level may opt for the new Overtrail model grade, which further enhances the GX’s off-road credentials with a range of features that give the new SUV peerless capability off the beaten path.
Available exclusively in five-seat guise, the Overtrail uses the E-KDSS suspension system to improve wheel articulation and ground contact when traversing tricky terrain; while the Multi-Terrain Select system offers six off-road drive modes (Auto, Dirt, Sand, Mud, Deep Snow and Rock) allowing drivers to maximise traction and performance on a wide range of surfaces.
A full suite of Lexus Safety System +4 active safety technologies will be offered on the GX, paired with Lexus Connected Services functionality for a comprehensive owner safety and security package.
The GX announcement comes just weeks after Lexus confirmed the LM luxury people-mover for Australia. The LM reimagines the concept of luxury chauffeur-driven mobility with supreme levels of passenger seat comfort and amenity normally associated with First and Business class aircraft travel.
Details on the Australian GX range including pricing and specification will be announced closer to its launch in the first half of 2024.