Susan Frissell, Editor
This is the second-generation Lexus NX crossover, and it might just be Lexus’ most important new car since the first-gen RX debuted in 1998. The 2022 NX rides on Toyota’s latest TNGA platform, packs multiple new powertrains, including a plug-in hybrid and, probably most importantly, it has a brand-new touchscreen infotainment system.
Changes are plenty, including all parts of the NX. Called “evolutionary,” the NX sports the Lexus spindle grille, newly tweaked, the headlights are one cohesive unit, and the taillights have a horizontal bar connecting the NX’s surfacing. The rear has a new, shapely look, making the 2022 NX sleeker and more modern. The NX watchers will notice a replacement of the round emblem on the rear, with a written-out script, soon to appear on other Lexus products.
The new NX powertrain is borrowed from the Toyota RAV4 Prime, a larger battery along with the 2.5-liter 4 cyl. , and two electric motors. The 450h Plus makes 302 total horsepower. The electric range is 36 miles, and can gain full charge in 2 ½ hours on a 240-volt supply (when using optional 6.6-kW charger.
Pricing has not yet been announced but the NX 250 is expected to be close to the current pricing for NX 300, $40,085 base. The turbocharged NX 350 and hybrid NX 350h will be around $45,000. The NX 450h Plus could be well over $50,000. The NX is expected to enter production in the third quarter of 2021, and all four powertrains will go on sale at the same time.
There is so much to tell. Stay-tuned for a test drive review.