In roughly a year, if you’re shopping for a three-row luxury crossover, you’ll have a new alternative to pick from. Lexus is expected to unveil its new TX utility vehicle in late 2023, according to Automotive News.
This three-row SUV should offer greater internal room and comfort than the present Lexus RX L, which debuted for the 2018 model year. It is a nicer version of the reported Toyota Grand Highlander, which is slated to launch in the middle of next year. The new TX is claimed to compete with other high-end utility vehicles such as the Mercedes-Benz GLS and BMW X7, however, it’s unclear whether a gussied-up Highlander can hold its own against those German giants.
Despite the fact that neither of these vehicles has been formally unveiled, the forthcoming Grand Highlander and Lexus TX are expected to seat up to eight people thanks to a second-row bench seat. Both models will use a hybrid powertrain, however, it’s unclear if this will be a plug-in or a more traditional system. The Toyota Grand Highlander and TX will be built in Princeton, Indiana, at a facility that received an $803 million investment last year, which resulted in the creation of 1,400 jobs.
Although little is known about these future SUVs, both are likely to include a hands-free driving feature akin to GM’s Super Cruise and Ford’s BlueCruise. A remote parking option and a digital key, both of which can be accessed via your smartphone, are also expected.
It’s surprising Lexus hasn’t released a larger unibody SUV sooner, one that sits above the popular RX, given the unbelievable popularity of utility vehicles these days. Yes, there are various body-on-frame options from this manufacturer, including the enormous LX and the little more manageable GX, though these off-road vehicles have definitely truck-like attitudes. The possibility of the incoming Lexus TX is sure to excite both dealers and drivers.