Introducing the 2024 Lexus TX
Hard as it may seem to believe, Lexus has never had a dedicated 3-row crossover. That all changes this coming model year with the introduction of the 2024 Lexus TX. The TX is designed for adults to sit in comfort in all three rows. You can expect the TX in the Lexus of Las Vegas showroom this fall.
“TX” is the abbreviation for Texas, where, as any native will tell you, “Everything is bigger”. The Lexus TX is 203 inches long and sits on a 116-inch wheelbase which is greater than the LX 600 by 3 inches and 4 inches respectively. That puts it nicely between the 199-inch Audi Q7 and the 205-inch Mercedes-Benz GLS. Its width matches the LX.
The TX model line will consist of no less than three powertrains. It starts with the TX 350 with the same turbocharged 2.4-liter inline-4 found in the RX, producing the same 275 horsepower and 317 lb-ft of torque. The engine is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission, and there is a choice of front-wheel-drive or all-wheel drive.
The TX 500h is available exclusively in F SPORT Performance trim and uses a 2.4L turbocharged Parallel Hybrid system connected to a 6-speed automatic, It has standard DIRECT4 AWD combined with Dynamic Rear Steering (DRS), which as on the RX and RZ, enables the rear wheels to turn in the same direction as the front wheels to give a quick, stable turning response. At slower speeds, the rear wheels can seamlessly turn in the opposite direction as the front wheels for low-speed maneuverability.
Arriving a little later will be the TX 550h+, which is a plug-in hybrid that combines the Parallel Hybrid system with a 3.5-liter V6 for a combined 406 horsepower. The hybrid system is mated to a CRT and DIRECT4. It has an estimated EV range of 33 miles, after which brings on the smooth and quiet V6 engine. Though more powerful, the TX550h+ is focused on serene luxury, while the TX500h is considered the performance model of the lineup. With a rigid structure and ample sound deadening, all models are designed to deliver on Lexus Driving Signature fundamentals and even take them a step further. The manufacturer estimated combined fuel mileage is 21 mpg for the TX 350, 24 for the TX 500h, and 30 for the TX550h+.
Lexus Design set out to prioritize aerodynamics for the TX, which led in part to the new Lexus “Unified Spindle,” grille which combines contemporary and historical Lexus design language. The headlights are linked by a narrow aperture under which is a set of slats in the body that form the spindle shape.
Standard 20-inch wheels and 22-inch wheels on the F SPORT Performance give the design a planted stance. A blacked-out greenhouse displays simple elegance, while an overhead chrome strip ends with an arrowhead shape that provides a sense of motion while its lower edge flows seamlessly into the bottom of the rear roof spoiler. Signature Lexus vehicle-wide LED tail lights accent the rear.
Just a touch of the Digital Latch opens the doors where the TX welcomes passengers with available multi-colored illumination accents and door trim options. The dash is shaped around a standard 14-inch multi-information display below, which are physical dials and controls for frequently adjusted climate and audio controls. The driver sits before a 12.3 information display, and a Head-up display is available.
Features and Functionality
Wireless smartphone compatibility is standard, and all powertrains are available with a 21-speaker Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound System. Seven charging/communication ports and three power outlets enable passengers to use their smartphones or other devices on road trips. A simple press of the switch on the 2nd-row upper seat back causes the seat to tilt and slide forward for easy access to the generous 3rd-row seat. The 2nd-row captain’s chairs have a center console for storage and cup holders that is removable when storage is a priority.
In full passenger-carrying mode, there are 20.1 cubic feet of space behind the 3rd row. Fold them down, and the space rises to 57.4 cubic feet and eventually reaches 97 cubic feet with all seats down. convenience and driver confidence is enhanced by the standard Lexus Safety System+ 3.0, which includes:
- Pre-Collision System (PCS) with Pedestrian Detection
- All-speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)
- Lane Tracing Assist (LTA)
- Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA)
- Road Sign Assist (RSA)
- Proactive Driving Assist (PDA)
In addition, Advance Park can take over getting in and out of perpendicular or parallel parking spaces. The initial Drive Connect trial and subsequent subscription includes Traffic Jam Assist, which soothes operation on backed-up highways by monitoring surrounding traffic and automatically moving forward and braking to flow within traffic slowdowns for you.
The 2024 TX will be offered in four grades: Standard, Premium, Luxury, and F SPORT Performance. Any one of them promises to open a whole new level of Lexus comfort and luxury for large families or smaller families with friends. You will see the TX 350 and TX 500h make their way to the Lexus of Las Vegas inventory this fall. The TX 550h+ will arrive at a later date.
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