There's been a lot of news regarding future Lexus products recently, including spy shots of new RC coupe and NX compact crossover, and reports that a 2+2 coupe based on the LF-LC concept is heading for production. Now, Automotive News says that Japan's #1 luxury automaker is planning to replace the fullsize, body-on-frame Lexus GX SUV with a three-row crossover called the TX.

The article says that the GX, which is based on the foreign-market Toyota Land Cruiser Prado, will get a styling update for 2014 before being phased out in 2016. In a similar move as Infiniti made with its three-row JX/QX60, the new TX will be car-based, but details are still unknown as to whether it will be front-wheel-drive riding on the Toyota Avalon platform or rear-wheel-drive using the Lexus GS platform. Either way, this new luxury crossover could join the Lexus lineup as soon as late 2016.


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      briang19
      • 1 Year Ago
      I had the original GX470 and it was the best car I've ever owned. I had $137,000 miles on it when I got rid of it a few months ago, and after 10 years absolutely nothing ever broke. It was a rock solid car with serious offroad capabilities. I took it offroading a lot, and I beat the hell out of it, but it just kept on going. I replaced it with a new Jeep Grand Cherokee because I hated the GX460's styling, but after taking the Jeep offroading a few times I can say that the GX470 was slightly better at it. This new TX this is a joke. They're going to completely ruin the car by turning it into a minivan. Don't put it on a car body, Lexus! What are you thinking? I guess I won't ever be getting another Lexus SUV. Shame.
        futuramautoblog
        • 1 Year Ago
        @briang19
        I solute you, probably the only one who've used the GX for its God-intended purpose => taking it offroad and beating the hell out of it. However, the rest 99%-ners commit serious sin by driving the GX only from their suburban home to grocery market to mall to school to work on nicely paved suburban roads. So, Lexus will actually be happy that you won't be coming back to buy another SUV of theris, as you totally ruin the 99%-ner image Lexus is going after. Toyota dealer that sits right next to Lexus dealer who have closed its doors on you, will gladly show you the alternative to your offroading craving => 4Runner!
      3pipes
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think its a good move considering the trend for unibody crossover and naming it as TX seems to be paying respect to GX owners. GX is a very capable suv and its a shame if will be associated with being a soft roader. Lexus should introduce the Tx as an entirely new product and not a successor of the GX.
      Sanchez
      • 1 Year Ago
      Will they name all future products after American States?
        3pipes
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Sanchez
        Of course not. 'X' is the code of lexus for Crossovers and SUV. Besides, there is no such thing as american state that stands for RC or NX.
      vince
      • 1 Year Ago
      "GX, which is based on the foreign-market Toyota Land Cruiser Prado"... IDK if you were trying to make it look like its not a re-badged 4runner, but it is. The 4Runner, Prado, and GX are all almost identical, and all built in the same factory. My guess is the 4Runner and GX are more similar due to US regulations.
        Snark
        • 1 Year Ago
        @vince
        It's not a rebadged 4Runner. Do you even know what re-badging means? Hint: two vehicles that share the same platform and have different bodies, interiors, and drivetrains are not rebadge jobs.
          Snark
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Snark
          On the other hand, the GX really is a rebadge of the Prado - which shares most of its body panels, much of its interior, and all of its mechanical bits with the GX. If it doesn't share the majority of its panels, it's not a rebadge.
          vince
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Snark
          Ummm, all three look incredibly similar, and the 4Runner and GX are also almost identical mechanically. Same suspension, same 4wd system, and most come with the same engine (the 4.0). The 4Runner dropped its V8, while the GX move to the 4.6 (both had the 4.7 before), but the Prado does not have the V8 available either. The Prado also has diesels and manuals available, which the GX does not. All 3 are basically clones or siblings or whatever you will call it, I was just pointing out its seemed odd to say its based on one and not the other or both.
          • 1 Year Ago
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      Rob
      • 1 Year Ago
      What is it about a beige toyota product that makes me so sleepy?
        TF110
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rob
        Apparently they don't make you sleepy enough to stop your negative comments, do they? This is a solid vehicle, its replacement better live up to the reputation this SUV has.
      RGT881
      • 1 Year Ago
      Who are the people who buy these monstrosities? I like SUVs, but they are so many other, more attractive choices. To own the GX would mean that one is daft, has no taste and is probably from Middle East or Russia.
        Carmaker1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RGT881
        Not everyone in poor or developing nations is affluent enough to afford the LX570 or LC200, where the whole Land Cruiser "sub-brand" is legendary for it's reliability and off-road capability. The Prado and this when exported sell, as one is seen as a substitute to the other.
        RGT881
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RGT881
        there are***
      zizixx89
      • 1 Year Ago
      It will be pretty much a fail if they use RWD
      futuramautoblog
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good riddance! This thing is one of the most hideous looking crapmobile on the streets of US today. While it makes a perfect sense to have Land Cruiser Prado in a location in the world where it can truly perform its duties as a rugged, capable, go-anywhere SUV, it makes no sense to see this thing in the suburban mall parking lot driven by... moms (no offense to all great moms of the world. well except those who bought this because it's a "LEXUS SUV") I am glad Toyota decided to replace this with a proper, car-based CUV for desperate housewives of Orange County! Fingers crossed that it won't be as ugly as this GX!!!
        superchan7
        • 1 Year Ago
        @futuramautoblog
        I think the ever-more-expensive 4Runner can eventually merge with the Land Cruiser Prado for the US market. Agree that the GX is really a status-mobile nowadays. You could argue that it always has been, as a Lexus model.
          Carmaker1
          • 1 Year Ago
          @superchan7
          Good idea, as that's what I think would work better. Replace the larger 200-Series Land Cruiser with the next generation 180-Series Prado/2017 4Runner, keeping the "Land Cruiser" nameplate. My family owned a first gen '04 GX470 (newer than LX470), then replaced it with a '05 QX56. The second generation is not as good as the original was.
      wrestleprocbt
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ugh this is ugly. Having had some luxury SUV's and starting to look to replace my current one I looked at the GX. When buying a lux SUV, I don't want to be buying something that is going to be redone soon and then mine looks outdated. The dealer never mentioned this and I am so glad I found this today. It looks like a Highlander. So dissapointed now in Lexus. Keep the GX and just add a crossover for the mommy crowd.
      askroon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Didn't Toyota yesterday just "reaffirm their commitment to real SUVs" or something? Guess that doesn't translate to the Lexus lineup.
        scion_tc
        • 1 Year Ago
        @askroon
        They will still have the Bigger body on frame lexus SUV
          Zoom
          • 1 Year Ago
          @scion_tc
          And the Land Cruiser. And the 4Runner. And the FJ. This one, in the US, is unnecessary.
      sckid213
      • 1 Year Ago
      The first-gen GX was pretty good-looking, if a little plain and tall/narrow/tippy looking. This gen as pictured above is SO ugly. Arriving "as soon as late 2016"? So basically 2017? Lexus is awfully late to the three-row crossover game. Like WAY late. Each day that passes gives GM the opportunity to sell more Enclaves, which is kind of a natural step up in terms of size from the RX. The Enclave has been on sale since '077. So a decade without really competing in the segment. By 2017, the market may well have already moved on to something else.
      Ron
      • 1 Year Ago
      Another HORRIBLE design by Toyota!!!!
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