Moving forward Lexus has announced to the world the first model in the next generation range the NX. Since 1989 Lexus has been committed to innovation, and diversifying needs in a new carbon-neutral society. The NX a “premium Urban Sports Gear” concept offering luxury crossover, agile driving performance and powerful design. Since introduction until April 2021 the NX has sold cumulative a total of approximately 1 million units in over 90 countries and regions making it a global player.
The new NX features improved linear response thanks to the strengthening of the car’s fundamentals and new technology. The goal was to focus on improving driving control, aerodynamics, and weight reduction. The NX will be available in HEV and a Lexus first – PHEV – further accelerating the roll-out of electrified vehicles for some markets. A 2.5-litre naturally aspirated or 2.4-litre turbo-charged engine or a hybrid variant. For the launch South Africa will exclude the PHEV for now the actual derivatives will be announced at time of launch. Although not for SA the PHEV is equipped with a 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, both with high thermal efficiency.
The HEV models will be available in AWD and FWD equipped with the 2.5-litre powertrain. The new NX has been designed to signal what lies ahead for the next generation of Lexus. Below are some of the high-level design talking points.
a) Exterior design has a three-dimensional architecture which starts from the spindle grille and extends toward the rear fenders
b) The hood has been extended to the edge of the front end while the grille has been raised vertically to strengthen the front-end mass.
c) Longitudinal U-shaped block grille pattern.
d) Rear combination lamps, an elongated light bar located across the centre of the vehicle with L-shaped lamps on the left and right to enhance the unique originality of the NX
e) The revised brand mark placed in the centre of the rear hatch, above the license plate symbolises the next generation of Lexus.
The F Sport variant features special 20-inch allow wheels, a spoiler on the lower bumper, and front-side garnishes that deliver a sporty impression. Inside a newly designed steering wheel, front seats, aluminium pedals, and a shift level have been exclusively designed to improve and enhance the image. 14-inch touch display provides clear images. Premium Sound System consists of 10 speakers including a large-capacity sub-woofer box. South Africa looks forward to the launch of the all new Lexus NX early next year. Exact specs will be announced at launch.