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2024 Lexus TX Debuts as Big PHEV 3-Row SUV

In a bit of an unusual move, Lexus is revealing two all-new models at the same time. One is the latest version of its rugged GX off-roader and the other is this three-row Lexus TX. The TX is something completely different for the Lexus brand, offering room for adults in all three rows along with a crossover's ride. It's also just the second Lexus to offer a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain.

While Lexus has done three rows before in the full-size LX SUV and in the recent RX L model, the former is a serious (and seriously expensive) off-road flagship machine while the latter has rear seats intended for more occasional use by kids. The TX is boxier than the RX, and might be more appealing for buyers wanting a rugged Lexus model with more passenger space and headroom in the third row.

The TX's grille is a nod to the spindle grille found on most current Lexus models, but this application has a sleeker nose that helps boost aerodynamic performance.

It's easy to look at this as just a Lexus version of the Toyota Grand Highlander, but the brand has worked to differentiate the two through more than just styling. The Lexus gets more welds and more adhesives, for example, making it stiffer and more silent on the road. It also has a beefed-up steering system and rear chassis section, both of which should improve the driver's connection to the road.

2024 Lexus TX 350 models get a 2.4L turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It's the same engine Lexus uses in the RX and NX, and in this application, it makes 275 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic are standard and Lexus expects it to get 11.2 L/100 km on the combined cycle.

The Lexus TX 500h takes that same engine and integrates a hybrid system. Lexus is only offering it on F Sport grades, and it makes 366 hp with 409 lb-ft of torque. The automaker expects 9.8 L/100 km combined for this hybrid. The 500h models get dynamic rear steering, too, which helps low-speed manoeuvring and highway stability.

At the top of the line is the TX 550h+, a PHEV that offers an estimated 53 km of electric range. The gas engine is a 3.5L V6 that, combined with the electric motors, makes 406 hp. This one should also deliver 7.8 L/100 km, but will show up later, likely in mid-2024, joining the NX to become the company's second plug-in hybrid.

Lexus says the 2024 TX can hold up to 569 L of cargo behind the rear seat, about seven carry-on bags. With the third row folded, space opens up to 1,625 L and with every seat flat, it can hold 2,747 L.

The second row is offered as a bench so the TX seats seven, but there are also captain's chairs available for a six-passenger capacity. A press of a button allows access to the third row, which also has storage compartments and USB power for each passenger.

Lexus offers a wide array of standard driver assists. The TX gets a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, All-speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Tracing Assist, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Road Sign Assist, and Proactive Driving Assist. Advanced Park and Traffic Jam Assist are on the options list.

The 2024 Lexus TX will be offered in five grades in Canada: Premium, Ultra Luxury, Executive, and F Sport Performance 2 and 3. While 20-inch wheels are standard, massive 22-inch units are standard on higher grades. There's no word yet on pricing, but expect that for 350 and 500h models shortly before they go on sale this fall.