Published on May 23rd, 2023 | by Subhash Nair0
Lexus GX, TX And LBX Teased Ahead Of Launch
Lexus are on an all-out product offensive with a GX refresh and two all-new nameplates coming soon.
The last time Lexus gave us new models was with the pre-pandemic UX compact crossover and LM luxury minivan. These have both since been launched in Malaysia. Then the brand introduced the new RZ electric and now the company are teasing two more all-new nameplates along with an all-new GX, which is not sold here.
The Lexus GX is essentially an upmarket version of the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado. The last 2nd generation GX has been on sale since 2009 and has not dwindled in popularity as Lexus has been giving it frequent minor updates to keep things fresh. A third generation Lexus GX will finally be shown in 2023. This might not be super relevant to our market, but what it does signal is the imminent arrival of an all-new Toyota Land Cruiser Prado model. The Prado was popular in Malaysia in its first independent model form. Since then, UMW Toyota Motor has been unable to compete with reconditioned Land Cruisers coming in through the grey market. Maybe this new generation Land Cruiser Prado is something we may find in authorised dealerships next year?
Another large SUV that was teased alongside the GX was the Lexus TX. This is an all-new nameplate for the brand. The only official hint as to what it is beyond the teaser image is the two-sentence statement reading: “Something big is coming! Introducing the first-ever Lexus TX, coming soon.” That being said, spyshots of the TX have surfaced and it has become apparent that this is a dressed up version of the Toyota Grand Highlander. The Highlander is a popular large unibody SUV in China and Australia where it is sold as the Kluger. The Grand Highlander is the latest American iteration of this model with three rows of seating. We can probably expect the TX to bring a similar 3-row seat configuration too.
Finally, just last night Lexus also teased another new nameplate, the ‘LBX’. Nothing much was shared or shown but it is expected that the LBX may be the spiritual successor to the CT200h, but with some crossover styling integrated.
The LBX was not shown on the Lexus US newsroom, meaning it’s possible that it’ll be targeted at European and Japanese markets. As with the other models, no official info was shared but the full premiers are coming soon so we’ll have details shortly.