The all-new 2022 Lexus NX has finally been unveiled, and it brings the Lexus brand into a new era. The all-new NX is just one of 20 vehicles to be launched until 2025, and this SUV debuts a few new firsts for the Japanese luxury automaker.
In terms of design, that may not seem to be the case. The all-new NX is clearly evolutionary rather than revolutionary. Upfront, you get Lexus’s signature Spindle Grille that’s flanked by a pair of LED headlights. Below the headlights are vertical air intakes, while the front bumper of the NX can be had in two flavors. The F Sport variant gets a more aggressive lower front bumper along with sportier alloy wheels.
Moving at the back, and this is where we get to see a first in Lexus design. Rather than showcasing the “L” badge, designers opted in displaying the “Lexus” lettering instead. Above it are full-width LED taillights which first debuted in the refreshed Lexus IS.
While the exterior is more revolutionary, that’s not the case when it comes to its interior design. The all-new NX’s interior has now been angled towards the driver. Lexus calls this Tazuna Concept–a cockpit concept that allows the driver to intuitively connect with the car and concentrate more on driving operations.
For this to happen, the Japanese luxury automaker has ditched the confusing Lexus Remote Touch touchpad, opting instead for a traditional touch screen with a completely new operating system called Lexus Interface. Depending on the market and variant, Lexus Interface features a 9.8-inch screen with hard buttons or a bigger 14-inch screen with fewer buttons and switches.
Elsewhere, the 2022 Lexus NX comes as standard with a 7-inch digital gauge cluster, while certain variants feature varying interior colors. For the first time ever in a Lexus, the NX comes with the brand’s Digital Latch push-button door handle. Not only does it make opening and closing the doors easier, but it also benefits from a feature called Safe Exit Assist. This feature works in conjunction with the blind spot warning to prevent occupants from opening the doors if the vehicle detects that there is oncoming traffic or cyclists.
Four engine choices are available for the all-new 2022 Lexus NX. The range kicks off with the NX 250, which means it gets a 2.5-liter Dynamic Force non-turbo gasoline engine that’s also seen from the RAV4. This engine produces 203 hp and 249 Nm of torque and is mated to an 8-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive (FWD) is standard, and this lets the NX sprint from 0-100 kph in 8.3 seconds. Adding all-wheel drive (AWD) increases the acceleration time to 8.6 seconds.
Up next is the NX 350, which gets a new 2.4-liter inline-4 turbo gasoline engine that produces 275 hp and 430 Nm of torque and is mated to an 8-speed automatic. AWD comes as standard, and this lets the NX 350 accelerate from 0-100 kph in just 6.8 seconds.
For those who want excellent fuel economy should look at the NX 350h. This hybrid powertrain combines a 2.5-liter Atkinson Cycle gasoline engine and a more powerful electric motor compared to the previous NX hybrid. Total system output is now at 239 hp, which lets this electrified SUV sprint from 0-100 kph in just 5.7 seconds.
And then for the first time ever in a Lexus, the all-new NX is now available as a plug-in hybrid (PHEV). Called the NX 450h+, this variant uses the same powertrain as the RAV4 Prime PHEV. Total system output for this powertrain is 302 hp, letting this compact crossover SUV sprint to 100 kph in just 6 seconds.
The plug-in hybrid NX also features a Predicted Efficient Drive system, which according to Lexus learns the driver’s habits and predicts his next actions and analyzes real-time traffic in order to optimize the car’s regenerative brakes. For instance, if the Lexus NX thinks that the driver is about to slow down, the resistance from the regenerative brakes will increase in order to more effectively charge the batteries.
Just like the Lexus IS, the all-new NX also features the Lexus Driving Signature. This means that the steering, suspension, its TNGA-K platform from the Toyota RAV4, have been honed at Toyota’s Shimoyama track in order to deliver a spirited and sporty driving experience.
As with every new car nowadays, the Lexus NX comes with a suite of advanced driver-assist systems. Lexus Safety System+ 3.0 includes the usual automatic emergency braking, adaptive high beams, full-speed radar-guided cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, blind spot warning, just to name a few. New for the Lexus brand, however, are Risk Avoidance Emergency Steer Assist, Right/Left Turn Oncoming Pedestrian Detection/Braking, Left Turn Oncoming Vehicle Detection/Braking, and Curve Speed Management for the full-speed radar-guided cruise control.
The all-new 2022 Lexus NX will enter production in Q3 2021, while a Philippine launch may happen early next year.