Lexus is gearing up to introduce not one, but two new three row utility vehicles this year, both of which will be fairly direct competitors to the Lincoln Aviator. As Ford Authority previously reported, Lexus put out a teaser shot of the body-on-frame 2024 GX earlier this month, not long after the brand released a teaser for the upcoming 2024 Lexus TX. That latter vehicle will more directly compete with the Aviator, as it will utilize the Toyota TNGA-K unibody platform that the Grand Highlander sits on. While we don’t know exactly what to expect from the TX, the aforementioned Toyota provides some clues as to what it will offer when it officially debuts. For now, we can also take note of the first sighting of the vehicle in public, as our photographers captured one for the first time.
With such heavy camo, predictions about what the 2024 Lexus TX will look like rely on educated guesses, but considering its status as the Grand Highlander for luxury buyers, it will most likely share some aesthetics with its mainstream sibling. Up front, we can see a portion of the front grille, an area that will likely account for the lion’s share of real estate in the area. The Grand Highlander already has a pretty large grille, so the spindle setup for this three row crossover may be quite aggressive even when compared to other products in the Lexus lineup.
Once again, it is hard to make out the actual shape and contour of the crossover, although it is clearly a very close relative of the Grand Highlander. Another development we wouldn’t be surprised to hear is the iForce Max 2.4 liter turbocharged Hybrid Max engine being offered as standard equipment on the utility vehicle. That engine is quite formidable – with a 362 horsepower rating and a potent 400 pound-feet of Torque. Sources believe all-wheel drive will come standard.
This is shaping up to be a very interesting year for this segment, as the 2024 Lincoln Aviator is set to also debut in the near future. The refreshed three row will almost certainly gain Lincoln BlueCruise and a successor to the Sync 3 infotainment system, in addition to other enhancements. The 2024 Lexus TX will represent the first time the luxury brand will field a direct competitor against Lincoln’s three row, as the discontinued Lexus RXL was significantly smaller than the Aviator.
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I’ve come to not expect much of Lexus. Outside of the LC500, most of their vehicles are uncompetitive or overhyped. They haven’t made a truly great vehicle since the LFA left in 2013. If it does come with the 362/400 iForce Max powertrain, it will still be a ways away from the Aviator’s 400/415 or 494/630. The cost of making a highly reliable vehicle is that they are usually lower quality than the competition. Also, given the massively greater refinement of the Powerboost engine in the F-150 than the Grand Touring, I’m assuming the hybrid tech in the next gen Aviator will be a gigantic improvement. If the Nautilus is any indication, materials, infotainment and switch gear will also be improved, meaning the 2024 Aviator will likely erase the very few problems it has.