After teasing its arrival a couple of months ago, Lexus Philippines has officially launched the second-generation NX. The 2022 Lexus NX debuts a number of design and technology firsts for the brand, which will eventually be carried over to future Lexus models.
The all-new NX’s design is 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 20-inch alloy wheels. The NX 350h Premier also gets 20-inch alloy wheels as standard.
Moving at the back, 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, which was then adopted into the design of the all-new LX.
While the exterior is more evolutionary, 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 the Tazuna Concept–-a cockpit concept that allows the driver to intuitively connect with the car and concentrate more on driving operations
Lexus is saying sayonara to its Remote Touch touchpad interface, opting instead for a traditional touch screen with a completely new operating system called Lexus Interface. The base NX 350h comes with a 9.8-inch screen, while the NX 350h Premier and NX 350 F Sport come with a bigger 14-inch screen, a 17-speaker Mark Levinson sound system, a hands-free powered tailgate, just to name a few.
Two engine choices are available for the 2022 Lexus NX. The first one is the NX 350h, which uses 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 7.7 seconds. Its power is routed to all four wheels via an eCVT.
Opting for the NX 350 F Sport variant benefits you from a 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. All-wheel drive (AWD) also comes as standard, and this lets the NX 350 accelerate from 0-100 kph in just 7 seconds. This variant also comes with a sportier suspension tuning for better handling.
Regardless of which NX variant you’re choosing, the Lexus Safety System+ suite of advanced driver-assistance tech comes as standard. As such, features such as Pre-Collision System (PCS), Adaptive High Beam System (AHS), Automatic High Beam System (AHB), Lane Tracing Assist (LTA), Lane Departure Alert (LDA), and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC).
The 2022 Lexus NX is now on sale at Lexus Manila for the following prices:
- NX 350h: P3,338,000
- NX 350h Premier: P4,488,000
- NX 350 F Sport: P4,548,000