The upcoming 2022 Lexus NX will get significant changes. The current model arrived as a carryover. However, the new NX will arrive as the second-gen model. Just like many reports predicted, next-gen NX won’t arrive before 2022. Luckily, this luxury crossover will start the new generation so we are going to see a lot of changes. To this moment, only a few details about the new NX are available.
That includes the platform that is shared with the Toyota RAV4 crossover. Lexus NX is a small SUV with a hatchback-like appearance and it provides great performances. While the NX model is still a few steps behind its luxury rivals, this SUV provides great ride quality and taller ride height.
Lexus NX Exterior Redesign
The forthcoming 2022 Lexus NX will get a redesign. Moreover, this model will use the same platform that underpins the Toyota RAV4 and Venza models. The NX model is 30 mm longer than RAV4 and 90 mm shorter than Venza. On the other hand, the Lexus NX is wider and lower than both models.
Unlike Toyota’s models, NX will get a sleeker design with a hatchback-like appearance. So far, renderings are available and are giving us an idea of how the new-gen NX could look like. Lexus’ recognizable spindle grille will remain. However, the complete design will evolve and it will look more modern.
On the inside, the new 2022 Lexus NX will remain a modern and luxury model. Of course, new-gen models are usually introducing significant upgrades and the NX model will be no different. However, we don’t know what sort of updates will Lexus provide. We can predict various high-tech updates, including a new infotainment system and newest driver-assistance aids.
On the other hand, we are hoping to see a couple of changes in terms of cabin design. That includes a redesigned dashboard, new seats, and more upright materials. The NX model is not the roomiest SUV you can buy but its comfort is impressive.
Plug-In Hybrid Variant Available
Under the hood, the new 2022 Lexus NX will deploy a familiar 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. This engine is already available in Toyota Venza. Two models are sharing the same platform so a hybrid powertrain will be in the offer as well. Venza provides 220 hp thanks to the three electric motors. On the other hand, the torque rating is not available at the moment. The NX SUV will deploy CVT automatic transmission and electronic on-demand all-wheel-drive setup.
Additionally, Lexus will offer a new and more powerful engine. This unit will be optional and a 2.4-liter turbo-four output is the most likely candidate. This engine is capable of producing 300 horsepower and up to 325 lb-ft of torque. If this engine truly happens, Lexus NX will offer more power than its rivals such as Audi Q3 and BMW X1.
2022 Lexus NX Price and Release Date
The price of the next-gen 2022 Lexus NX will now start at $40,000 for the base trim level. The F-Sport trim is the best-looking model and it will cost around $42,000. Moreover, NX300h is a hybrid model that is available for $43,500.
Finally, the NX300h Luxury is the range-topping trim level and you can buy one for around $50,000. Lexus will launch its new-generation NX SUV in the second half of 2021.