After revealing the LS 500 F Sport last week in New York, Lexus took to the East to unveil its latest offering. The Lexus NX, the Japanese luxury automaker's compact crossover, has undergone several changes for its mid-cycle refresh.
First and foremost, the NX 200t has been renamed the NX 300, although the drivetrain remains unchanged. The gasoline variant will continue to be powered by the same 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four first introduced in 2014. (Loosely based on the Toyota RAV4, the NX was Lexus' first all-new SUV model since the introduction of the GX in 2002.)
In addition to the four-cylinder turbo, a 2.5-liter four-pot hybrid option (sold as the NX 300h) is also available, packing a gasoline engine working in tandem with an electric motor and lithium ion-battery pack. Think Prius, but with a little more power.
For the 2018 model year then, the NX's fascia and rear end have been reworked. Up front, the headlights, signature spindle grille, and bumper have all received a refresh from Lexus' design team. Meanwhile in the back, the bumper, taillights and exhaust tips have all been tweaked as well. These new design elements give the NX an overall sportier look to appeal to younger buyers given that this is the entry-level crossover model in Lexus' lineup.
All NX models benefit from an upgraded suspension, which includes retuned springs, sway bars, and bushings, as well as new shock absorbers. The result is an improved ride, according to Lexus, as well as better cornering and handling. The interior also sees a number of refinements to enhance the driver and passenger experience.
The NX has been an international success for Lexus, particularly in the North America and Asia. As gas prices fall, demand for crossovers continues to grow and manufacturers are competing to meet consumers' needs. Due to this, Lexus isn't stopping its crossover lineup at the NX. It is currently developing the UX—a smaller, subcompact crossover that is expected to be revealed later this year.