In a recent interview, Lexus U.S. Group Vice President and General Manager Mark Templin has revealed the next-generation GX could ride on a unibody architecture.
Lexus U.S. Group Vice President and General Manager Mark Templin has revealed the next-generation GX could ride on a unibody architecture.
Speaking with Ward's Auto, Templin said "There is a potential that at some point, when we replace the GX, we can have a car-based SUV." He declined to give a timeline, but the company has been hesitant to switch the model from body-on-frame construction because it has been a strong seller and could steal sales away from the RX. Talking about the latter, Templin said "The RX kind of covers a big swath of the marketplace" and it appeals to people who want a seven-seater but "don't necessarily have to have a third-row seat."
Besides talking about the GX, Templin said the brand is considering turbocharged engines. While they're just being studied at this point, the executive said turbochargers have come a long way and they appeal to younger buyers.