The all-new Lexus NX is the second generation of Lexus’ mid-size luxury SUV. It heralds new directions in design, new powertrains, including Lexus’ first plug-in hybrid electric. The all-new model is equipped to do even better, with new and improved electrified powertrains with class-leading performance and efficiency, and the introduction of wealth of new technologies to make every journey safer, more connected and more enjoyable.
On the outside, curved surfaces and sharp angles with dynamic proportions express agility and a road-gripping look. Compared to the previous generation NX, overall length has increased by 20 mm, the wheelbase by 30 mm, the width by 20 mm and the height by 5 mm. At the front, the hallmark Lexus spindle grille plays a more integral role in the design. It has a more upright position, which helps improve airflow into the engine compartment, and dispenses with its chrome frame. The grille has a new mesh pattern comprising U-shaped blocks that create a stronger three-dimensional look.
The new NX is the first model to feature Lexus’ Tazuna concept for the driver’s cockpit, an approach that was first revealed in the Lexus LF-30 Electrified concept car.
Taking its name from a Japanese word describing a rider’s use of the reins to control a horse, it focuses on giving the driver direct, intuitive control of the vehicle, following the principal of “hands on the wheel, eyes on the road”.
To help keep the driver’s attention focused on the road ahead, the primary sources of information – the multi-information display, multimedia screen, gauges, meters and optional head-up display – are grouped so they can be read at-a-glance.
While the driver experiences the focused, engaging environment created by the new Tazuna cockpit design, passengers enjoy a greater sense of space with an elevated level of comfort, quality and attention to detail that are quintessentially Lexus, evoking the feeling of a luxurious lounge.
Comfort is addressed in details such as the precise design of the front seats, with particular attention paid to the cross-section shape, the position of the side-supporting bolsters with concave cut-out areas so there is room for unobstructed elbow movement when reaching for controls or using the console box.
The ”no compromise” packaging of the NX’s interior allows for a generous load capacity: the load space height is the same as in the previous model but is 40 mm longer. Thus, load space is 545 litres with the rear seats in place – more space for day-to-day use.
The line-up includes Lexus’ first plug-in hybrid electric, a model that instantly becomes a reference point for the segment in terms of its combination of power and greater zero emissions EV driving capability.
The range also offers a new hybrid electric model, with significantly enhanced performance and efficiency, and new petrol engines will strengthen the NX’s competitiveness.
The new NX is the first model to feature the third generation of Lexus Safety System+, equipping it with a comprehensive package of active safety and driver assistance features.
The latest developments introduce new features and upgrades in the performance and functionality of others, with enhancement of the detection range of the millimetre-wave radar and camera. Systems have also been tuned to operate in a way that feels natural to the driver and thus more reassuring, adding to the driving confidence inspired by the NX’s new platform and powertrains.