2016 Lexus TX Rumors, Specs and Review

Reports said that Lexus will replace its GX model with 2016 Lexus TX, a seven-seat crossover. The GX has just received 2014 midcycle updates which include a trapezoidal fascia and more telematics.

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Lexus is working hard to revamp its lineup, but one model that has been missing, is a seven seater crossover, which would compete with models like the Acura MDX and Infiniti QX60. Lexus currently offers the body-on-frame GX SUV, but its expected that it will disappear from the Lexus lineup in 2016 and will be replaced by a new seven-seater crossover dubbed the TX.

The current GX is going to get a styling update for the 2014 model year, but will leave the Lexus lineup in the fall of 2016. If you’ve been waiting patiently for Lexus to introduce a larger crossover, you will have to wait a few more years. The upcoming TX is expected to arrive in the fall of 2016 or early 2017. It isn’t known if the TX will be based on the front-wheel-drive Toyota Avalon platform or the rear-wheel-drive GS platform.

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Lexus is also working on a new smaller crossover, which will be based on the Toyota RAV-4 platform. It’s expected to be called the NX 200t and NX 300h, which also means that the NX 200t will be powered by a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder. The turbocharged version will arrive in the fall of 2014, while the NX 300h hybrid will arrive in early 2015.

Talk about missed opportunities. It has been 10 years since Lexus unveiled the HPX seven-seat car-based crossover concept at the New York auto show — and we’ll wait at least three more years to see a production version on public roads when it arrives in late 2016 or early 2017. Toyota has applied for a trademark for the TX nameplate. Toyota is secretive about whether the TX would use the RX-Avalon front-wheel-drive architecture for packaging benefits or use the IS/GS rear-wheel-drive architecture for a sportier feel.

Swapping out the GX for a car-based crossover is a sensible move — a larger RX-style vehicle would have a larger potential market, and there’s no need for two body-on-frame SUVs in the Lexus lineup any more.

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Release Date and Price

Currently, details on release timing remains unknown. The TX name tag is also still unconfirmed, but insider said that Toyota has already applied for a trademark. The 2016 Lexus TX is expected to be released with a price of $60,000.

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