Lexus gave the NX model a heavy revision and substantial expansion for the upcoming model year. The 2022 iteration of the crossover comes with a North America-oriented version of the automaker’s new ‘Lexus Interface’ multimedia and navigation system, and a panoramic moonroof. Powertrain options for the lineup include a plug-in hybrid design.
The new NX exterior shows off muscular lines; the center of gravity has dropped for 2022. But the tech on the new NX is the focus here, as Lexus clearly put a great deal of thought into making this new version of the crossover a contender. Most appealing is the driver-assist and safety features suite. Lexus calls it ‘Lexus Safety System+ 3.0’; included in the package are additional protections against left-turn and frontal collisions, along with pedestrian detection and steer assist for avoidance.
Powertrain variants break down the NX sub-models into the baseline NX 250, the sportier NX 350, and the hybrid choice: the NX 450h+, which comes with full-time AWD, compensatory torque distribution for conditions-blind control, and 36 miles of electric-only commuting range. The hybrid gets the NX 250’s 2.5L I4, with electric help upping its 203 horsepower rating to 302. The NX 350’s 2.4L is boosted by a turbo design, and gives drivers 275 HP to play with.
The NX lineup comes with a 7-inch instrument display and a ‘Lexus Interface’ touch screen that measures in at a whisker or two shy of ten inches. Buyers will be able to option a 14-inch touchscreen, though.
Lexus is expecting to begin delivering the 2022 NX late this summer. Pricing TBA.