Lexus will make its version of the Toyota Prado four-wheel drive bolder and boxier than before.

CarExpert understands the GX will join the local line-up before mid-2024, giving Lexus a vehicle to slot in between the unibody RX crossover and full-sized LX body-on-frame SUV.

That will give the brand an indirect replacement for the defunct three-row RX L, which must be a welcome relief for Lexus Australia given the recently teased unibody three-row TX crossover – related to the Toyota Grand Highlander – is understood to be left-hand drive-only.

The GX has been teased again, revealing its upright front end and blacked-out grille. Combined with previous teaser images, this picture points to a more aggressive and off-road oriented design for the GX than before.

The GX is likely to drop its petrol V8 engine in favour of a twin-turbo V6 petrol.

Based on the 550 designation, it could be less powerful than the twin-turbo 3.5-litre V6 in the LX600. The flagship Lexus SUV produces 305kW of power and 650Nm of torque.

The outgoing GX460 uses an atmo 4.6-litre V8 producing 224kW and 446Nm. The vehicle is aimed predominantly at the North American market, though it’s also sold in some other markets like Vietnam, the Philippines and Panama.

The GX has always been built in Japan, but has always been produced exclusively in left-hand drive.

The new GX is expected to move to the TNGA-F architecture underpinning the Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series and Lexus LX, as well as the latest Toyota Tundra and Sequoia.

Also expected to move to this architecture is the next Prado, reportedly set to launch in Japan before the end of this year, as well as its counterpart for markets like North America, the similarly aged 4Runner.

Reports out of Japan have varyingly suggested the next Prado could use the 300 Series’ 3.3-litre turbo-diesel V6, as well as a hybrid 2.8-litre turbo-diesel four, a hybrid 2.4-litre turbo-petrol four, and even the Tundra’s new twin-turbo 3.5-litre hybrid V6.

Scott Collie

Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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