The All-New 2022 Lexus NX- What We Know So Far!
2022 Lexus NX
The second-generation Lexus NX has been revealed, featuring new looks and engine options.
The Lexus NX is re-entering the market with its update. The 2022 model is entirely new, with a more streamlined style than the previous generation, including LED lights and a windscreen with a steeper slope.
Despite sharing its chassis and powertrains with the Toyota RAV4, the Lexus NX is more akin to the brand’s tiny UX crossover, though taller and broader.
But before we dive into more details, these are the three major highlights of the 2022 Lexus NX:
- The 2017 Lexus NX has a more modern and elegant appearance.
- In addition, it has new safety measures and other technology.
- It comes with several gasoline engines as well as a plug-in hybrid version.
Lexus is expected to offer two gasoline engines and two hybrids, one of which is a plug-in hybrid, for the 2022 model year.
The newly released 2022 NX will be a more serious competitor to competing small luxury SUVs like the Audi Q3, BMW X1, and Mercedes-Benz GLA-class than its predecessor.
2022 Exterior Design
For the 2022 model year, Lexus has updated its subcompact SUV. It will be available in dealerships in the United States in the fall of 2021.
Lexus has taken a more evolutionary rather than revolutionary approach to the design of the second-generation NX.
Lexus claims to have drawn design inspiration from the LF-Z electric vehicle prototype that debuted earlier this year.
The SUV looks like an NX at first sight, but the Japanese automaker has modified it to be sleeker and more modern.
The new Lexus Spindle grille takes center stage up front. Still, it’s the new single-piece headlamps (which replace the split ones of the previous generation) that genuinely assist in uncluttering the SUV’s appearance.
The new NX is expected to start at roughly $40,000, but some premium consumers may find that the base model is too basic.
The front end also looks more muscular thanks to the C-shaped air intakes with integrated fog lamps.
The new NX is distinguished from its predecessor by its more oversized hood, new character lines, and sharper creases when viewed from the side.
The SUV retains a well-proportioned and dynamic profile, yet its general appearance and silhouette are identical to that of its predecessor from the side.
The new curved LED taillights that span the width of the SUV, along with the connecting light bar, give the NX a truly modern look.
The Lexus lettering on the tailgate (just below the light bar), which replaces the carmaker’s original “L” mark, is another modification on the back.
The new NX’s interior has been updated, with a new dashboard design that is more driver-focused, akin to the LF-Z concept.
A touchscreen infotainment system is included on all NX models; base models have a 9.8-inch display, while high-end trims have a massive 14.0-inch display.
Android Auto & Apple CarPlay are both available and use a wireless connection; a wireless smartphone charging pad and a head-up display are optional.
A 360-degree camera, automatic lights and wipers, wireless mobile charging, motorized front seats, and a digital instrument cluster are among the NX’s other amenities.
Lexus hasn’t revealed anything about the NX’s audio systems, although we expect a high-end Mark Levinson configuration to be available.
The new NX takes a huge step forward in cabin design with more modern and classier materials.
The previous model had one of the roomier cabins in the luxury-subcompact crossover market.
Still, the new model, according to Lexus, has even more passenger space in the back seat, as well as greater storage capacity.
In addition, a panoramic sunroof, heated rear seats, an ambient interior lighting system with 64 color options, and black open-pore wood trim are available as options.
A panoramic sunroof, heated rear seats, an ambient interior lighting system with 64 color options, and black open-pore wood trim are available as options.
Engine Specification & Performance
Unlike the previous generation, which had only two engine options, the 2022 NX will feature four.
The base NX250 model will be powered by a 203-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder, while a 275-hp turbocharged 2.4-liter will power the NX350.
These variants will get an eight-speed automatic transmission, but the NX250 will be available with front- or all-wheel drive, whereas the NX350 will come standard with all-wheel drive.
The NX350h, which combines two electric motors with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder for 239 horsepower, is the first of two hybrid alternatives.
The more exciting alternative is the top-spec NX450h+, which takes the RAV4 Prime’s 302-hp plug-in hybrid powertrain. All-wheel drive is standard on both hybrids.
The EPA has yet to report on the NX’s fuel economy ratings for 2022.
The EPA has yet to comment on Lexus’ assertion that the plug-in NX450h+ will provide up to 36 miles of electric driving per charge.
Visit the EPA’s website for additional information on the NX’s fuel economy.
The new NX also comes with several safety features, including ABS with EBD, traction and stability control, and front and rear parking sensors.
It also gets a blind spot monitoring system that works in tandem with Lexus’ new E-Latch, which prevents the door from opening if there are oncoming vehicles or motorcycles.
Will It Launch In India?
Since 2017, the NX, the Japanese luxury carmaker’s entry-level SUV, has been available in India.
The all-new SUV unveiled today could eventually make its way to our shores.
Though, no specific timetable has been announced as of yet.
Expect pricing to rise slightly over the current model’s Rs 54.90-60.60 lakh (ex-showroom) pricing when Lexus launches the new NX in India.