The Lexus GX, a more luxurious twin to the Toyota LandCruiser Prado, is due in Australia in mid-2024 and will be offered in three variants.

    These comprise the more road-focused seven-seat GX 550 Luxury and flagship GX 550 Sports Luxury, as well as the off-road oriented five-seat GX 550 Overtrail.

    All Lexus GX 550 variants are powered by the same twin-turbocharged 3.4-litre petrol V6 engine, which produces a claimed 260kW of power and 650Nm of torque – representing increases of 110kW and 150Nm over the upcoming Prado’s 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine with 48V mild-hybrid assistance.

    Drive is sent to all four wheels through a 10-speed automatic transmission, which features low-range gearing and a locking centre differential.

    While the Lexus GX 550 Luxury and Overtrail boast a 3500kg braked towing capacity, the Sports Luxury has a reduced capacity of 3130kg.

    Standard features for the ‘entry-level’ Lexus GX 550 Luxury include:

    • 20-inch alloy wheels (with a full-size spare) 
    • Self-levelling LED headlights
    • Rear privacy glass
    • Rear spoiler
    • Flush roof rails
    • Eight-way power-adjustable heated and ventilated front seats
    • Heated outboard rear seats with 60:40 split folding
    • Push-button folding third-row seats
    • Tri-zone climate control
    • Head-up display
    • 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster
    • 14-inch infotainment screen
    • Wireless and wired Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
    • 10-speaker sound system
    • Wireless phone charger
    • Five USB-C ports
    • 12-volt front and 220-volt rear outlets
    • Power tailgate with fold-out glass hatch
    • Nine airbags
    • Tyre pressure monitoring system
    • 360-degree camera

    The off-road focused Lexus GX 550 Overtrail loses its third row seats but adds a number of features, such as:

    • Black 18-inch wheels with all-terrain tyres
    • Wheel arch mouldings
    • Unique bumpers 
    • Black trim highlights
    • Bridge-type roof rails
    • Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS)
    • Locking rear differential
    • Electronic Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (eKDSS)
    • Multi-Terrain Select off-road traction control system
    • Multi-Terrain Monitor
    • Downhill assist control
    • ‘Multi-stage’ Crawl Control
    • Olive green Ultrasuede front seat accents and stitching (with stiffer bases and softer bolstering)
    • ‘Unique door ornamentation’
    • Smart key
    • Refrigerated cool box

    In addition to the standard features of the GX 550 Luxury, the Lexus GX 550 Sports Luxury includes: 

    • 22-inch alloy wheels
    • Adaptive high-beam
    • Power-extending side steps
    • Panoramic glass roof
    • Adaptive variable suspension
    • 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat
    • Massage function for both front seats
    • Semi-aniline leather-accented trimmed seats
    • Heated steering wheel
    • Digital rear-view mirror
    • 21-speaker Mark Levinson sound system
    • Hands-free power tailgate
    • Refrigerated coolbox

    Australian pricing for the Lexus GX is yet to be confirmed, though expect it to exceed $100,000 drive-away, given the outgoing – and lesser-equipped Toyota Prado – tops out at $87,468 plus on-road costs in Kakadu guise.

    MORE: Everything Lexus GX

    Jordan Mulach

    Born and raised in Canberra, Jordan has worked as a full-time automotive journalist since 2021, being one of the most-published automotive news writers in Australia before joining CarExpert in 2024.

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