By promoting the realisation of a carbon neutral society, the new Lexus NX – being the first model in its next-generation range with a following example anticipated in the line-up – will meet the diversifying needs of mobile lifestyles globally.
Since 1989, Lexus has been committed to the spirit of innovation, taking on exceptional challenges and proving their mettle to customers. With the launch of the first-generation RX in 1998, Lexus created a new category of luxury crossover SUV and it’s been a leader in that arena ever since.
NX, launched in 2014, was based on the concept of ‘Premium Urban Sports Gear’. Since then, it’s been well-received for its agile driving performance and powerful design. At end of April 2021, NX had sold a cumulative total of approximately 1 million units in more than 90 countries and regions, and together with the RX, has grown to become a core global model for Lexus.
The new NX is based on the development concept of ‘Vital x Tech Gear.’ This concept combines vital dynamism (Vital) with advanced technology (Tech). NX features improved linear response thanks to the strengthening of the car’s fundamentals, a design that attracts attention with athletic proportions, and many advanced new technologies. In order to establish the unique driving experience in future electrified vehicles, Lexus focused on thoroughly improving driving control, aerodynamics, and weight reduction.
Based on the ‘Lexus Electrified’ electrification vision, the new NX will be available as both HEV and – a Lexus first – PHEV, further accelerating the roll-out of electrified vehicles for some markets. The diversification of needs has resulted in a wide line-up of powertrains, including models powered by a 2.5-litre naturally aspirated or a 2.4-litre turbo-charged engine as well as a hybrid variant. South Africa will introduce a full range at launch (excluding the PHEV variant for now) – model specs and derivatives will be announced at launch timing.
Lexus International Chief Engineer, Takeaki Kato says, ‘The development of the new NX raised a series of new challenges for Lexus. We implemented ‘digital development’ to ensure quality by evaluating the well thought out design structure under various conditions using computer models to check productivity. In terms of performance, professional racing drivers conducted an evaluation test drive at the Shimoyama test course to thoroughly ‘train’ the car’s body structure and control the driving force to inherit and evolve the Lexus driving dynamics.’
In an effort to further evolve the next generation Lexus design language, the new NX distinguishes itself by focusing on vehicle proportions that enhance an athletic image and align with the model’s driving performance, function, and the clean simplicity of the new crossover’s technology.
For the exterior, changes to the platform have resulted in an expressive shape defined by softer angles and more organic forms. The interior is focused on creating a welcoming, hospitable space for each occupant and, for the first time, fully incorporates the Tazuna Concept. This human-centred cockpit philosophy enables a more seamless and intuitive connection between driver and vehicle to help enhance concentration on driving.
In the F SPORT option, the exterior features include special 20-inch alloy wheels, a spoiler on the lower bumper, and front-side garnishes that give a sporty impression. The interiors’ newly developed steering wheel, front seats, aluminium pedals, and shift lever have been exclusively designed to enhance the image of sporting performance. Also, the latest AVS is equipped as a standard feature to deliver a high level of handling and ride comfort.
The multimedia system’s high-resolution, 14-inch touch display provides clear images, thanks to an anti-reflective coating applied to the windshield and the use of glare-reducing bonding technology.
The Lexus Premium Sound System consists of 10 speakers, including a large-capacity subwoofer box that uses the bass reflex structure of the rear speakers and the body framework (lower back) to achieve rich and crisp low-frequency reproduction. Meanwhile, the Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound System is based on the Mark Levinson PurePlay concept.
This new second-generation Lexus NX offers elevated levels of driving performance, design, and advanced technology. Lexus South Africa is confident that people will fall in love with the car once it’s launched in South Africa early 2022. The exact specifications and model grades will be announced at that time.