All-new from the ground up the second generation 2022 Lexus NX arrives with evolved styling, more power options, luxurious new interior options, and more convenience and safety technology.
With a longer, lower and wider stance the 2022 Lexus NX is poised to become the number one seller in the Lexus lineup with its bolder yet refined styling. It takes the themes of the previous generation and makes them sleeker with a more athletic feel than before.
The latest Lexus spindle grille with three-dimensional sculpting for detail is surrounded by more expensive looking trims and of course LED headlamps. At the rear is a full-width LED tail-lamps treatment similar to the UX model and now LEXUS spelled out across the rear hatch.
Inside drivers will find a new cockpit with the largest digital screen treatments yet. An instrument cluster with a 7-inch display, an optional 10-inch head up display and a massive 14-inch HD infotainment screen top the available technology.
While futuristic and progressive, Lexus has retained hard controls most used instead of forcing you to learn complex puck and touchscreen menus. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard and optional are a myriad of conveniences to long to list.
Notable are an array on re-designed front seats standard with heating. Trim and color palettes include luxurious finishes in the fashionable sense and sporty contour for the high-performance minded. Depending on your flavor you can have beautifully crafted woods, piano blacks, and even carbon fiber.
Because the new NX by design has a much lower center of gravity, more power can be at hand. Standard in the NX 250 is the long proven 2.5-liter 4-cylinder with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Available in both FWD and AWD it delivers 203 horsepower and 184 lb. ft. of torque with a projected 0-60 time as fast as 8.2 seconds. Unfortunately auto start-stop is added.
Those wanting more will enjoy a higher horsepower 2.4-liter turbocharged four in the NX 350. With an 8-speed automatic transmission there is 275 horsepower and 317 lb. ft. of torque. That gets the NX 350 from 0-60 time in 6.8 seconds says Lexus.
Also available are two distinct hybrid models starting with the NX 350h, with the venerable 2.5-liter 4-cylinder, hybrid eCVT transmission and standard AWD. It provides 239 combined horsepower and a targeted 36 mpg combined rating from the EPA. Lexus says 0-60 arrives in an impressive 7.2 seconds.
The big news here is the new plug-in hybrid NX 450h+. Utilizing the same popular powertrain that made the RAV4 Prime famous, the NX 450h+. With 36-mile EV range from its high-capacity lithium ion battery, it also has a good deal more power.
With a version of the same 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder engine and AWD system with extra electric power Toyota tells us it has a blistering 6.0 second 0-60 time. While horsepower specs weren’t given at this point, the RAV4 Prime has 302 horsepower. We can expect the same or more here.
Once you choose your RX model, you can also add the F SPORT package that ups the handling and driving experience exponentially for the driving enthusiast. Included is a performance suspension with adaptive adjustment on the fly or by drive mode, larger 20-inch wheels, and an interior treatment that takes it all to another level.
The all-new 2022 Lexus NX series will be arriving later this fall or early winter with pricing to be announced closer to that time.