A new design to be known as the Lexus TX is remaining organized to take on the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLS and BMW X7.
In accordance to Automotive News, the new TX is primarily based on the upcoming Toyota Grand Highlander, a stretched version of the preferred huge crossover which is marketed as the Kluger in Australia.
The Grand Highlander is scheduled to enter North American showrooms in the center of 2023, and the TX will abide by close to six months afterwards.
When equipped with a few-seat next-row bench, the Grand Highlander and TX can seat up to 8 people today. Captain’s chairs in the middle row will lower capacity to seven.
Lexus sellers, in particular in the US, experienced been clamouring for a three-row crossover for several years. Their calls ended up finally heeded in late 2017 when the RX L was launched.
With an added 110mm grafted on to the back again of the auto, the 5.0m RX L has seating for up to seven people today, but it’s not notably at ease for individuals confined to the rear pew.
The TX need to eliminate those people problems with a considerably for a longer time wheelbase and an over-all size well over five metres — the common length Kluger/Highlander is about 5.0m very long and rides on a 2850mm wheelbase.
Each the Grand Highlander and Lexus TX will be created at the company’s manufacturing unit in Princeton, Indiana. The two autos will use a variation of the GA-K system that underpins a lot of cars from the RAV4 by way of to Highlander and Camry, as properly as the Lexus ES and NX.
Previous yr when Toyota announced a US$800 million ($1.1 billion) improve for the Princeton plant, it verified the new crossovers will be obtainable with a fingers-totally free driving mode for some American highways. The cars will also help smartphone-as-a-crucial technologies, and permit drivers to manage parking from outdoors the automobile through their telephone.
It’s unclear if the TX or the Grand Highlander are remaining engineered for correct-hand drive.
Also unknown are the drivetrains to be presented in the TX and Grand Highlander. The Highlander/Kluger is at the moment out there with a 142kW/242Nm 2.5-litre four-cylinder hybrid, and a 218kW/350Nm 3.5-litre V6.
The report does not show how substantially differentiation there will be amongst the TX and Grand Highlander.
It could observe the template laid out by the Lexus ES and Toyota Avalon, both which ride on the GA-K architecture, share drivetrains and have the identical wheelbase, but are wholly in phrases of exterior and inside style.
Or the new designs could abide by the route of the LX and LandCruiser which share doorways and drivetrains, but attribute exclusive front- and rear-close layouts, as well as distinctive dashboards.