Future Models - Lexus 2018 NX
Shanghai show: Lexus updates NX SUV
Spot the difference: The Lexus NX has only undergone minor visual tweaks that retain the look of the original that launched in Australia in 2014.
Mild styling updates, handling tweaks for refreshed Lexus NX range
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20 April 2017
LEXUS has given its NX mid-size SUV a light refresh for the Shanghai motor
show, bringing light styling updates inside and out, changes to ride and
handling and a new nomenclature for turbocharged petrol variants ahead of an
Australian arrival in the first half of 2018.
It would take a keen observer to notice the changes to the NX’s exterior, which
include a revised front bumper and upper portion of the grille, as well as a
new grille pattern for both F Sport’s ‘spindle’ grille as well as the
vertically striped grille on non-F Sport variants.
The headlight cluster has also been redesigned to reflect the new LC coupe,
with the inline trio of LED light bulbs reworked into a triangular design.
Rear styling has also been mildly reworked, with a wider rear bumper,
chrome-tipped exhaust pipes for petrol variants and reworked tail-lights that
further emphasise the ‘L-shaped’ design.
Two new 18-inch aluminium wheels have been added to the range, consisting of a
two-tone bronze-and-grey design and a bright silver design with dark metallic
F Sport variants will get their own exclusive silver-and-black wheels as well
as aluminium instrumentation and a turbo boost and G-force readout on the
Interior revisions include a new 10.3-inch touchscreen interface that replaces
the old 7.0-inch unit, a simplified air-conditioning unit that replaces
multiple buttons with four toggle switches, a new switch for rear passengers to
set their air-con temperature, and a slightly redesigned analogue clock.
The majority of the controls now come in a metallic satin finish, while on the
centre console the touch interface pad has been enlarged with a reshaped palm
rest and convenience is enhanced with the addition of a foot-operated sensor
opening function for the tailgate.
Noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels have been improved with the
addition of sound deadening material and revised suspension.
No changes have been made to the NX’s powertrains, which kicks off with the
turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol four cylinder unit that makes 175kW/350Nm mated
to a six-speed automatic transmission.
It is also offered with a hybrid system that teams a 2.5-litre aspirated petrol
engine to an electric motor for a combined output of 147kW/210Nm when paired
with a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
As GoAuto has reported, the naming convention of the 200t turbo-petrol has been
changed to 300, to reflect the turbocharging that is progressively happening to
all non-hybrid Lexus models across the range.
Handling has been improved with the revision of springs, stabiliser bars and
bushings new shock absorbers and the addition of the Adaptive Variable
Suspension (AVS) system, which can offer up to 650 instantaneous compression
and damping adjustments.
The NX range will now come with a suite of safety technologies including
pre-collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and
automatic high beam.
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