Well, i'm sure it's not very shocking to some of you, but as you've seen with the new Tacoma, there are a lot of special things coming to the other midsize TNGA-F vehicles.
I won't say too much this time about the 4R (off topic), but I've gotten a response from my contact after making the case for that rendering being endorsed by a T1 source.
HQ source relented upon me providing more context and in their own time pored over the 2025 4Runner in ways I cannot state here publicly, to protect them from any HQ management personnel who might read this and deduce who did so in that way recently.
There's some truth to the 4R renderings, but the Tacoma is something to really keep in mind according to him. I don't want to speculate on what he means, but makes sense in terms of maybe reducing costs? He answered some other questions for me too.
Well, the 2024 Land Cruiser at least continues to be very shocking (just like GX for others) and lives up to what one of you mentioned many years ago to me in private, that has been dismissed as a unicorn of sorts by other Toyota/Lexus owners or mistakenly referred/expected as the 300-Series.
Whether or not that is in bad form to be discussing "early", I feel that I'm honestly sick of some people missing the obvious. The idea the GX was going to die, should've gone out the door back in 2021. I cannot tell you how annoyed I get, reading obtuse comments away from this forum, asking if it's just a refresh or that is it going to be FWD or unibody. Or is TX replacing the GX?
There's a way to know these things, even if you are not a regular on this forum or an industry professional, who understands how a lot of product planning works. A simple Google search brings up the topic and it's honestly your job to differentiate speculation, uninformed conjecture, and clickbait BS from informed discussion in online spaces.
This forum, is probably amongst the fewest out there who've mastered this skill for knowing anything Japanese brand in advance or at least trusting each other to do so, responsibly. German car forums are the next, which is cake for them, when German automotive marketers favor transparent product planning and development, which allow both the media and public to know their next set of moves years in advance. Despite this, they are very successful in spite of competitive benchmarking risks.
None of us have ever had to repeat our points over and over, except when outside misinformation on rare occasion throws some of us off. Judging by posts on social media, it's sad how people miss what's often right in front of them and act shocked that Lexus has been developing a new GX all this time, plus the return of the Land Cruiser name (as a non-300) and that the 4Runner has a future. I mean, come on man! Folks need to get with it, as nobody on this forum is shocked at that at all, at any of those things.
He says that the 2024 GX will be offered as both a gas GX 550 and as a hybrid, everywhere the GX nameplate will be sold. I haven't seen GX 550h trademarked in North America, but I guess it's coming here too anyway. That was what I needed answered on the GX front, because I don't like asking either of them too many questions, unless it's a mutual exchange.
Please dismiss any media out there, speculating that the Tundra i-Force Max V35A-FTS will be offered in the GX 550. They are not using sensible skills to follow Lexus marketing's existing nomenclature practice, where all hybrids have the h suffix. Economy-focused and performance-focused. Mild hybrid or full blown.
How would Lexus offer a much more powerful GX 550 with a hybrid powertrain, below the non-hybrid LX 600 at 409 hp 479 lb-ft, when LX 700h will have a variation of V35A-FTS in performance hybrid form? I would think such a similar model would be GX 650h/700h or GX 600h if significantly detuned.
Surprises can happen, but beyond GX 550 a V35A-FTS powered vehicle and GX 550h a T24A-FTS hybrid shared with 4Runner i-Force Max, I'd be damned if Lexus offers a turbo V6 hybrid in the new GX. I'm not immune to mistakes, but the lack of reasoning out these things annoys me greatly.