Lexus first previewed a large, seven-seat crossover as far back as 2003 with its HPX concept, and since then we’ve heard from Lexus officials
that such a vehicle was in the works.
However, with Lexus set to launch a compact NX crossover
and new RC coupe
next year, it looks like the automaker might still be several years away from the launch of its seven-seat crossover.
According to Automotive News
(subscription required), Lexus has applied for the trademark “TX” and will use this for its seven-seat crossover due in late 2016 or early the following year. The vehicle is said to serve as the replacement for the GX SUV.
It’s previously been reported that the GX would be adopting a car-like unibody structure
for its next generation instead of the current model’s body-on-frame platform. It turns out Lexus is likely to drop the GX from its lineup and replace it with the new TX.
Underpinning the vehicle will likely be a stretched version of the front-wheel-drive platform underpinning the RX.
Key competitors would include the Audi Q7, Buick Enclave and Infiniti JX. Cadillac is also said to be preparing a large, seven-seat crossover of its own
For Lexus fans looking for a rugged, go-anywhere SUV, the automaker is still expected to offer its LX in the coming years. Though not a top seller, the LX helps spread development costs of its Toyota Land Cruiser sibling.
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