The Lexus NX is among the more moderen additions to the Lexus lineup, having made its debut for the 2015 mannequin yr. In that point, it is solely obtained a few facelifts. Now, the small crossover is getting its first full redesign within the type of the 2022 Lexus NX. And whereas it could look evolutionary, it presents a load of recent and welcome options.
The brand new NX is now constructed on the TNGA-Ok platform, which additionally underpins the Toyota RAV4 and Camry and the Lexus ES amongst different small to midsize fashions. Lexus says it is structurally extra inflexible and presents a decrease heart of gravity. Fitted to this platform is a plethora of powertrains. The NX 250 will get a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder making 203 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. It is obtainable with front- or all-wheel drive. The NX 350h hybrid will get the identical engine however with a few electrical motors. That offers it all-wheel drive in addition to 239 horsepower. The common NX 350 will get a turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder making 275 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque, plus all-wheel drive. Topping the vary is the NX 450h+ with the RAV4 Prime’s 2.5-liter four-cylinder and bigger electrical motors making 302 horsepower. It is also solely obtainable with all-wheel drive and has a 36-mile electrical vary. The non-hybrid powertrains now include an eight-speed computerized, however the hybrids proceed to make use of CVTs.
All of those new mechanical updates match beneath a recent however familiar-looking shell. It is brief and taut with many curves and creases, but it surely’s usually smoothed and softened in comparison with the earlier mannequin. Probably the most distinct change is on the rear the place the NX adopts a full-width taillight just like the IS and UX. It additionally options the model’s title spelled out in letters just under the taillight.
The within is extra considerably up to date, and the point of interest is undoubtedly the brand new infotainment system. The previous touchpad and mouse designs are lifeless, and the NX would be the first to make use of this new touchscreen system. It was developed by a division at Toyota’s North American headquarters, and appears far more intuitive, although we’ll have to order last judgment till we attempt it ourselves. It makes use of both a 9.8-inch display or elective 14-inch unit. The latter incorporates devoted contact buttons for consolation controls and bodily temperature dials blended into it. The smaller display makes use of all bodily controls for consolation capabilities. Each have a bodily quantity knob, too.
The infotainment display is fitted to a panel that blends into the instrument show, which itself incorporates a 7-inch display. The sprint, doorways and console all have flowing planes that intersect with one another, as appears to be frequent amongst Toyota merchandise. Loads of up-to-date know-how is packaged in right here, too. Sixty-four-color ambient lighting is accessible, together with wi-fi charging and a 10-inch head-up show. There’s additionally wi-fi Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, built-in music streaming companies reminiscent of Apple Music, a digital cellphone key, person profiles for automotive settings, digital rearview mirror, plus an AI assistant that responds to pure speech instructions.
One of many extra uncommon bits of know-how are the digital door handles. Whereas they are not a brand new know-how in and of themselves, they’re mixed with a security function to stop you from opening a door into an oncoming bicycle owner or automotive. Together with the blind-spot system, it can discover if a car is coming, provide you with a warning, and maintain the door from opening till the car has handed. Although, within the occasion that it malfunctions or will get a false warning, it may be overridden with extra presses from the within, and the within button may be pulled through a tab to bodily unlatch the automotive if energy is misplaced.
The brand new Lexus NX goes on sale within the third quarter of this yr. Pricing hasn’t been introduced, however we might count on it to have an identical base worth because the outgoing one, which is round $38,000.