The new NX premium medium SUV is now available and the next phase launches the Lexus 350 hybrid range. The brand is fully committed to its carbon-neutral strategy and focusing on lowering fuel emissions to provide realistic electrified motoring.
The Lexus NX hybrid range joins its petrol grade siblings: the 2.5-litre normally-aspirated eight-speed automatic EX grade and the 2.4-litre turbocharged petrol grade appears in F Sport guise. In the newly-minted hybrid range, the models comprise three derivatives, namely: NX 350h EX (standard grade), NX 350h SE (luxury spec) and NX 350h F Sport.
An extensive list of firsts include the introduction of the 14-inch Lexus Interface multimedia system and the ‘Hello Lexus’ voice command, plus the E-latch door system – to make the 2022 Lexus NX set the stage for the next chapter in the Lexus brand. This is centred on four pillars: Design, Lexus Driving Signature, Electrification and Advanced Technology and the all-new NX plays a key role in leading the brand forward in each of these sectors.
The new NX has been re-designed from the inside out. Every exterior surface has been re-imagined; the signature spindle grille has been refined and the most notable expression of future Lexus design is the elegant new block LEXUS rear badging and full-width tail lamp.
The Lexus Driving Signature results from an entirely new approach to vehicle development. This ensures a uniquely Lexus experience where each vehicle exhibits a direct, linear driving feel that is consistent across the line-up. So, advanced technology abounds in the all-new NX. Drivers can stay in touch with the intuitive features of Lexus Interface, such as wireless Apple Car Play and Android Auto, as well as other niceties such as the Lexus Voice Assistant.
Commitment to Carbon Neutrality
A fourth-generation large capacity hybrid system employs a highly efficient 2.5 litre inline 4-cylinder engine with a high output while the NX hybrid powertrain delivers a total system output of 179kW. All-important fuel-sipping credentials result in 5.0 litres per 100 kilometres and yet the NX hybrid sprints from 0 -100km/h sprint in just 7.7 seconds and reaches a governed top speed of 200km/h.
The hybrid model’s system design has been improved with a new front transaxle and a compact lithium-ion battery. A standard feature is the motor-driven AWD E-Four system which has been incorporated on the rear transaxle. This system aids with improved torque delivery to the rear wheels, thus providing excellent performance off the line and improved overall drivability as well as fuel economy.
Lexus Safety First
The Lexus NX 350h EX opens the range with Lexus-first technologies including new e-latch electrically-activated door handles. The SE grade and F-Sport mechanism goes a step further and incorporates safe exit assist (SEA) – which can detect cyclists or vehicles passing close to the vehicle, keeping the door closed to avoid a collision.
Standard across the range is the Pre-crash system, which has now been improved to include Front Cross Traffic Alert. This system alerts the driver when a vehicle is approaching from either side in front. Other safety gizmos include a Parking Support Brake (PKSB) with obstacle and vehicle detection, Blind-Spot Monitor (BSM), Dynamic Radar Active Cruise Control (DRCC) and Lane Tracing Assist (LTA).
Re-Designed from the Inside Out
The new Lexus NX hybrid range offers a variety of different wheel designs by grade. The EX has an 18-inch wheel featuring sharp machined spokes and dark grey coating for a tailored appearance. On the SE Grade, the NX hybrid is standard with a 20-inch wheel, featuring sharp machined spokes with contrasting dark / chrome accents. The hybrid F Sport wheel is a dynamic design featuring accentuated sharp edges with a super-gloss finish.
Other standard features include LED headlamps with automatic high-beam, dual-zone climate control, power-adjustable and heated front seats (front and rear for SE grade), heads-up display for the SE grade and the human-centric Tazuna cockpit concept across the range.
Tazuna is a Japanese word that’s derived from the control an equestrian has when riding a horse, whilst maintaining posture and looking ahead. Tazuna was realised through innovative yet simple-to-use technology to ensure ‘Eyes on the Road, Hands on the Wheel.’ intuitive driving. The hybrid SE grade and F-Sport come standard with a panoramic view monitor, wireless smartphone charging, plus a sliding panoramic roof.
Lexus NX – Next Is Now
Nine colours are available in the hybrid range– White Quartz, Sonic Titanium, Sonic Chrome, Graphite Black, Terrane Khaki, Celestial Blue, Blazing Carnelian, Black and Madder Red – while the F Sport grade further exclusively offers White Nova and Poseidon Blue.
NX has four trim upholstery colours – Black, Hazel, Rich Cream and Dark Rose –available for the NX 350h EX grade. The SE hybrid trim colours are the same but include a wood element in the cabin. The hybrid F-Sport boasts three interior trim options in unique F-Sport upholstery. These are available in Black, Flare Red and White only.
Every Lexus NX is delivered with the Lexus Warranty Experience featuring the brand’s best-in-class 7-year/105 000km Warranty and Full Maintenance Plan.
Please note that as with all motoring brands at present, Lexus is experiencing supply constraints, but orders are open for the NX product offering.
The NX 350h EX retails at R888 500, the 350h SE grade is R1 040 700, while the flagship F-Sport hybrid grade carries a price-tag of R 1 065 500.