The Lexus NX has been on sale since 2014 and about 1 million units have been sold in more than 90 countries and regions.
For the 2021 model year, Lexus has unveiled its new NX model that is based on the development concept of "Vital x Tech Gear.” It is earmarked to make its local launch in early 2022.
On the outside, the new Lexus NX is fitted with a spindle grille that has been deepened with a three-dimensional design, extended hood and the grille pattern features a longitudinal U-shaped block with a 3D effect.
The rear is bolstered with an elongated light bar that runs across the centre of the NX. There are independently-positioned L-shaped lamps on the left and right, plus a revised brand mark that is placed in the centre of the rear hatch.
Lexus International Chief Engineer, Takeaki Kato says, “The development of the new NX was 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 driving, 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 flavour.”
The interior is fitted with a 14” touch display system that is said to provide clear images, thanks to an anti-reflective coating applied to the windshield and the use of glare-reducing bonding technology. Other features include the Lexus Premium Sound System that consists of 10 speakers, including a large-capacity subwoofer box.
The NX will be powered by a 2.4-litre in-line four-cylinder turbocharged engine as well as a 2.5-litre in-line four-cylinder naturally-aspirated unit. Sadly, the PHEV variant isn’t destined for the South African market.
The 2.4-litre turbocharged variant comes fitted with an all-wheel-drive system while the 2.5 can be had with a choice of AWD or FWD systems.
There is an F Sport variant that features special 20” alloys wheels, a spoiler on the lower bumper, and front-side garnishes. Its interior is fitted with a newly-developed steering wheel while the front seats, aluminum pedals, and shift lever have been tweaked.
Offered as standard is the latest Adaptive Variable Suspension for better handling and improved ride comfort. The exact specifications and model grades will be announced at its local launch during the early stages of 2022.