After years of waiting, the current generation of the company’s full-size SUV finally arrived in 2022 and if we can trust the latest reports, the dynamics are about to change significantly. Namely, while the previous generation was in production for nearly 15 years, it looks like the current one is about to get some updates already. Allegedly, the company is preparing a couple of interesting novelties for the 2025 Lexus LX, and even though this won’t be something we like to call a mid-cycle refresh, the number of changes will be quite decent.
First of all, it looks like the hybrid version is finally about to come, as the current model comes in only is gas version. But more than that, it looks like the time for an off-road version has finally come and that next year’s model is about to get a super tough trim level.
With all these changes in mind, it’s possible to see the 2025 Lexus LX a little bit earlier than usual, though still within the second half of 2024.
2025 Lexus LX Powertrain Upgrades
When the current generation was introduced, everyone expected it to follow the Tundra’s path and come in two variants, both gas-only and electrified. However, that didn’t happen and the initial model came only with a twin-turbo 3.4-liter V6 that puts out 409 horsepower. And to be honest, there is nothing wrong with this powertrain. It offers excellent driving dynamics and a super-high level of refinement, as you would expect from a Lexus. However, rivals have multiple powertrain options on their offer.
So, it looks like the time for a hybrid version has finally come. The 2025 Lexus LX is about to get electrified and, as you may presume, we are about to see the same system as in Tundra, based on the turbo V6 engine. That system puts out 437 horsepower and an impressive 583 pound-feet of torque in Toyota’s pickup but, just like in the case of the gas version, we expect to see a slight power and torque increase in the LX, to accentuate its premium position in Toyota’s hierarchy. How much more power is going to get, it’s still hard to say.
2025 Lexus LX Gets a Dedicated Off-Roader
If you look at the current model, there is nothing major to complain about. The SUV looks attractive, while the ride is smooth and comfortable. Even the off-road performance is decent, even though there is no dedicated off-road trim. However, some rivals, such as the Range Rover, perform better on the road.
And that’s why many expect to see the off-road version on offer. The LX’s closest sibling, the Land Cruiser 300 already comes in such a variant on selected markets, so we see no reason why we would see such an LX in the US. Among upgrades, we would see off-road suspension with increased ground clearance and further off-road aids, including locking differentiators, two or maybe even three of them.
As for the interior design, we don’t believe there could be bigger changes. Simply, the current model already looks pretty impressive. We like the classic cabin design with aesthetics that may not look as prestigious as in the case of some rivals, but with impeccable build quality and a lot of attention to detail. This cabin is luxurious but also built to last and we could not have asked for more.
As for the passenger space, this model balances between comfort and off-road capability, so the wheelbase is shorter compared to most rivals. For that reason, the third row is cramped and works only for kids. On the other hand, the first two rows are spacious and comfortable, while the front seats are some of the best in the business, with excellent comfort and great support.
Novelties in terms of standard equipment are always welcome but we are pretty sure the 2025 Lexus LX won’t come with many of them. The current model is already fully loaded. It comes standard with goodies like 12.3-inch and 7-inch touch screens, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 10-speaker premium stereo, a Wi-Fi hot spot, satellite radio, wireless device charging, navigation, Bluetooth and four USB ports, an 8-inch digital instrument cluster display, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a universal garage door opener, and a moonroof.
The current list of available features includes upgrades like a 25-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound stereo, a rear-seat entertainment system with two 11.4-inch displays, two additional USB ports, ambient interior lighting, and a console cooler. So, we presume some of this could become part of the standard equipment.
2025 Lexus LX Release Date and Price
We expect that the 2025 Lexus LX is about to hit the market sometime in the second half of 2024. Given the current inflation, it’s possible to see some price increases. The current model starts at around 88,000 dollars.