Next-generation Lexus NX revealed

Lexus showcased the all-new NX during June: the first model of Lexus' next-generation range.

In 2014, Lexus launched the NX which, as of April 2021, has sold a cumulative total of approximately 1 million units in more than 90 countries. Together with the RX SUV, the NX has grown to become a core global model for the premium manufacturer.

The new NX distinguishes itself by focusing on vehicle proportions that enhance an athletic image and align with the model's driving performance, function, and the clean simplicity of the new crossover's technology. For the exterior, changes to the platform have resulted in an expressive, dynamic shape defined by softer angles and more organic forms.

 

The interior is focused on creating a welcoming, hospitable space for each occupant and, for the first time, fully incorporates the ‘Tazuna Concept’. First introduced in the LF-30 Electrified concept car in 2019, the ‘Tazuna Concept’ cockpit aims to enhance the joy of controlling a car at will by enabling better communication between the driver and their vehicle.

 

The ratio of the driver and passenger floor is designed to create optimal space. The meters and central display area contribute to driver comfort by ensuring a wide field of vision, while the wide

passenger area, including the top of the console, provides passengers with ample space.

 

The layout of the information system components leading from the heads-up display to the gauges and from the heads-up display to the centre display allows for smoother, less distracted eye movement while driving. In addition, the start button, shift lever, and drive mode select switch are placed around the steering wheel where they can be handled more naturally, so the driver can operate them smoothly without losing driving posture.

 

Newly for NX will be the carmaker’s ‘Touch Tracer’ system: an operation method that combines the head-up display with touch sensor switches on the steering wheel. When the driver touches the touch sensor switches on the steering wheel, the operation guide is displayed on the head-up display (or in the instrument binnacle when the head-up display is off), allowing more intuitive operation without the need for a driver to look at their hand and keep eyes forward.

The new NX will be available as both a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) and ― a first for Lexus ― as a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), further accelerating its rollout of electrified vehicles (also see page 52 for more details on the forthcoming Lexus UX300e EV).

 

Globally, the NX will adopt a variety of powertrains to meet the diversifying needs of customers and to help contribute to a carbon neutral society. Available powertrains include Lexus' first PHEV, an HEV-equipped with high-capacity battery, a newly developed 2.4-litre inline four-cylinder turbocharged engine, and a 2.5-litre inline four-cylinder naturally aspirated engine. All-wheel drive will be available on models equipped with PHEV and 2.4-litre turbo powertrains, while both AWD and front-wheel drive are available on the models equipped with HEV and 2.5-litre naturally aspirated powertrains.

 

Further specification and pricing information for the new Lexus NX will be available closer to its New Zealand launch.

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