Cadillac rival Lexus has teased an all-new 2024 Lexus GX, describing the new model year of its two-decade-old midsize SUV nameplate as “coming soon” in a May 11th press release.
The Toyota-owned Japanese luxury brand provided two teaser images of the 2024 Lexus GX, including a headlight and the SUV’s tailgate badge, while the image below shows the outgoing-gen, 2023 Lexus GX.
The 2024 Lexus GX is the latest model year of the midsize body-on-frame SUV Lexus has been producing since its 2003 debut. The current second generation model was introduced for the 2010 model year. While it has received several minor updates during the ensuing 13 years, the second-gen Lexus GX is due to be replaced.
Lexus’ decision to launch a third generation of the GX is surprising in light of the fact that the 2024 Lexus TX will soon launch as its large three-row crossover.
This move will put two TX and GX in approximately the same role in the Lexus lineup. However, due to its body-on-frame construction, the Lexus GX offers more ruggedness and off-road capability than the Lexus TX, and will continue to do so with the next-gen 2024 Lexus GX.
Cadillac, the most direct competitor to Lexus among GM’s quartet of North American brands, does not have a model that will go head-to-head with the 2024 Lexus GX. Instead, the Cadillac XT6 crossover will be the market adversary to the 2024 Lexus TX. Meanwhile, the bigger Lexus LX is pitted against the Cadillac Escalade, which the Cadillac quashes in terms of sales volume.
The upcoming Lexus TX, meanwhile, is an indirect replacement for the Lexus RXL, an extended-length, three-row version of the Lexus RX. The RXL was discontinued following the 2022 model year, and the TX was recently teased as a rival to both the Cadillac XT6 and the Buick Enclave.
The current Lexus GX seats seven passengers, has a maximum cargo volume of 64.7 cubic feet, and offers a maximum towing capacity of 6,500 lbs. It is motivated by Toyota’s 4.6L 1UR-FE V8 gasoline engine, which develops a maximum of 301 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 329 pound-feet of torque at 3,500 rpm.
This relatively weak output (as compared to its displacement) enables it to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 7.8 seconds. The drivetrain is 4WD, while power is transferred to the wheels via a 6-speed automatic Electronically Controlled Transmission (ECT).