Lexus unveils the all-new 2024 GX off-road luxury SUV

Lexus has built a new body-on-frame SUV to take on the Land Rover Defender. With the GX, Lexus has also introduced a new off-road-focused Overtrail grade, which it will integrate into future models.
The Lexus GX shares its platform with the LX and LC300
The Lexus GX shares its platform with the LX and LC300 Lexus

Lexus has revealed the third-generation GX, which will go on sale in North America in early 2024. This is the first all-new GX model since the previous generation was launched in 2009. Lexus hopes to build on the GX’s legendary off-road ability, which has been quite popular with the overlanding crowd, while also adding sophistication and luxury to take on the Land Rover Defender.

The GX has independent suspension all round
The GX has independent suspension all roundLexus

2024 Lexus GX: Chassis and design

The new Lexus GX rides on the same ladder-frame platform as the flagship LX SUV. Gone is the live rear axle of the previous generation GX, which has been replaced with a multi-link setup paired with a double-wishbone front suspension. It has adopted a much more squared-off design while still incorporating the trademark spindle grille. However, in this application, the grill has taken on a rugged persona, and the lower half features retro-looking slots to feed the radiator. The bonnet has sharp ridgelines, which lead to a more steeply raked windscreen, which Lexus claims will improve visibility. The GX is also more slab-sided, with a sharp line that stretches from the headlight to the C-pillar, giving it a broad-shouldered look. The GX is the first Lexus to get an Overtrail grade, which will find its way into other models in the future. The Overtrail GX gets a wider track than the standard model, an electronically locking rear differential, 33-inch all-terrain tyres, 18-inch wheels, black overfenders, and an aluminium skid plate.

Luxurious interior with an old school upright dash
Luxurious interior with an old school upright dashLexus

2024 Lexus GX: Interior and features

Lexus has created what they are calling a road trip oasis inside the new GX. Some exterior design elements find their way into the interior, such as the upright dashboard; however, it houses a 14-inch multimedia touchscreen display with Lexus Interface technology and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The GX can seat up to seven passengers in its leather-lined cabin while they are entertained by a 10-speaker premium surround sound system or an optional 21-speaker Mark Levinson Surround Sound system. The GX is also equipped with the latest safety tech, such as a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Tracing Assist, and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist.

The GX ditches the V8 for a twin-turbo V6
The GX ditches the V8 for a twin-turbo V6Lexus

2024 Lexus GX: Powertrain

The 4.6-litre V8 of the old GX has been replaced with a twin-turbocharged 3.4-litre V6 engine mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. It sends power to all four wheels via a full-time 4WD system with a Torsen limited-slip centre differential. This new engine produces 349bhp and 649Nm of torque, which is substantially more than what the old V8 could manage. Lexus has also said that a hybrid powertrain will be available at a later date.

The GX 550 in Premium trim
The GX 550 in Premium trimLexus

2024 Lexus GX: Rivals

The most obvious rival for the new GX is the Land Rover Defender, which also combines off-road ability with luxury and everyday usability. It's left to be seen if the new GX can match the Defender's on-road dynamics while still maintaining its legendary off-road ability.

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