The alleged three-row-crossover twins are specifically designed for the US market.
Lexus dealers have wished for a three-row crossover that is bigger than the RX L but smaller than the body-on-frame GX and LX SUVs. Their wishes will be answered next year, as Lexus – and, it appears, Toyota – will introduce three-row crossovers to their respective lineups: the Lexus TX and the Toyota Grand Highlander.
The information came from Automotive News, which cited unnamed sources that are privy to the matter. Unsurprisingly, Toyota declined to comment about these future products to the said publication.
The Lexus TX will be based on the Toyota Grand Highlander, according to insiders. To allow a spacious third row, the latter will be a longer version of the Toyota Highlander (also known as the Kluger in various parts of the world). Both are expected to debut in the same year, with the Grand Highlander arriving six months ahead of schedule in mid-2023. Both will be assembled at Toyota’s Indiana factory.
It’s unknown whether the Toyota Grand Highlander and Lexus TX will be built on new chassis or an extended version of the present Highlander platform. The newest Highlander was released in 2019, therefore the timeline is a little hazy.
It’s not the first time we’ve heard of both of these nameplates. In the last two years, Toyota has filed trademarks for both, with the Lexus TX coming in three flavours: TX350, TX500h, and the PHEV TX550h+. Meanwhile, Toyota registered the Grand Highlander name as a trademark in 2021.
It’s worth noting that the trademark registrations, as well as this report, aren’t guarantees of the two models’ arrival or trim levels. The two names have yet to be formally announced by the company. However, based on the schedule mentioned by the sources, we may learn more about them by the end of the year.
Source: Automotive News