Revealed at the Shanghai Auto Show, the 2018 Lexus NX has actually been provided a mid-cycle upgrade that adds new visual edge and hones its dynamics. The compact front-drive/AWD luxury crossover also gains a variety of interior improvements and sees the NX 200t variant shift to NX 300 status, a modification that more closely aligns its nomenclature with the NX 300h hybrid.
You might have to squint to discover some of the changes to the exterior sheetmetal, but Lexus has redesigned the whole front fascia of the NX. The car manufacturer improved the front bumper and upgraded the upper part of the grille for a more fluid look. New vertical aspects comprise the inner portion of the grille, and the foglamps have actually moved to the corner of the front bumpers. In the rear, Lexus widened the lower bumper and lengthened the taillights while likewise increasing the size of the exhaust suggestions and revising the rear underbody spoiler. Chauffeurs can now open and close the rear hatch with the swipe of the foot underneath the bumper.
Inside cabin revisions enhance the NX household with a better combination of sport and luxury. Highlighting the list is the accessibility of new 10.3-inch center touchscreen screen in location of the existing 7.0-inch system. Streamlined HVAC controls, a larger remote touch interface pad on the center console, a brand-new analog clock design and repositioned USB ports with boosted amperage for faster charging add more appeal as does a brand-new foot-activated/kick-under power rear hatch. More sound-deadening products make for a quieter ride under all conditions.
The suspension retuning includes the springs, shocks, stabilizer bars and bushings to improve the trip and hone the handling on all NX variants. F Sport models benefit from a more capable Adaptive Variable Suspension based on the system utilized on the new LC 500. All models now come with the Lexus Safety System+ suite of active security technologies including the pre-collision system, dynamic radar cruise control, lane departure alert and automated high beams.
Call modification notwithstanding, the freshly minted NX 300 continues on with the 200t-spec 235-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder engine and 6-speed automated transmission. Things also rollover on the AWD-only NX 300h which pairs its naturally aspirated 2.5-liter 4-cylinder with the 2-motor Lexus Hybrid Drive that makes 194 horses. Output is delivered via a devoted CVT automatic. No information has been released concerning prices or on-sale date for the 2018 Lexus NX models.
Anticipate the revised Lexus NX to go on sale later this year, most likely with a small cost uptick over the current model’s $36,260 point of entry.