The Lexus NX is one of the company’s most popular models and also one of the segment leaders, despite the fact that it remained largely unchanged since the initial launch in 2014. However, that is going to change soon, as the new generation is on the way. With this redesign, the Japanese manufacturer wants to confirm its position on the market and even improve sales numbers. Therefore, the expectations for the 2022 Lexus NX are pretty big.
At this point, the company still keeps most details a secret. However, it’s quite easy to predict some of the things, such as platform, general styling etc. Of course, we count on new engine options too, including a hi-performance version as well. The new model will be slightly bigger and it will also offer more space on the inside. Knowing Lexus, it will certainly come fully loaded with all kinds of the latest tech and safety features. We presume it will hit the market sometime in the second half of the year.
2022 Lexus NX Redesign
The upcoming redesign is about to bring all kinds of novelties and the first thing that comes to mind in the platform. Things are pretty clear here, as the new 2022 Lexus NX is finally about to switch to the company’s new TNGA architecture, which will bring improvements in various aspects. First of all, you may count on a notably lower center of gravity, which will make the new model far more fun to drive compared to the vehicle it replaces. Of course, we count on further weight reduction, while the new platform will also bring new possibilities in terms of electrification. This particularly refers to new batteries, bigger storage areas and similar things.
When it comes to the exterior design, we have no doubt that the 2022 Lexus NX will continue the evolution of Lexus’s well-known design approach. Of course, this would mean the latest version of the brand’s famous spindle grille, which will look more aggressive than ever. Practically, there are no surprises to see in this aspect, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be impressed with the overall appearance.
Speaking of the overall appearance, the rear end will be particularly interesting. It looks like the new 2022 Lexus NX is about to utilize a sloping roof layout, which will provide that coupe-like layout. The new model will be slightly bigger than the current model and it will also feature a completely new suspension setup. The current generation is super soft to drive and we expect the same thing from the new one. Still, count on the sporty version as well, which would make everything stiffer.
The inside of the new 2022 Lexus NX is still a mystery. We are still waiting to get some details about this aspect of the vehicle, so we can talk about general things only. First of all, we presume that Lexus will stick to a more conventional approach and that it won’t be as kitschy as German rivals like BMW X1 or Mercedes GLA. On the other side, we have no doubt that the new model will offer impressive materials and excellent build quality. All this will be complemented with a long list of standard and available equipment. This refers to bot tech goodies and advanced driver-assist and safety systems.
When it comes to the interior space, we count on slight improvements over the current generation, though we definitely don’t expect to see something significant. The current model already seems decent in this aspect. However, the new model would definitely use a couple more cubes in the cargo area.
2022 Lexus NX Engines
Under the hood, the new 2022 Lexus NX should come with at least two powertrain options in the offer. Of course, the first one that comes to mind is a hybrid. We would probably see the same system as in the RAV4, which is based on a familiar 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine. Still, we won’t be surprises if we see more than 220 horsepower, which is RAV4’s max output.
We are also about to see a gasoline engine option in the offer. That would be a new 2.4-liter turbo-four, with a max output of 300 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque.
Finally, we could also see the new plug-in hybrid setup, which recently debuted in the RAV4 Prime, which also offers more than 300 horsepower.
2022 Lexus NX Release Date and Price
At this point, the new 2022 Lexus NX is still several months from the premiere. So, the best we could say is that it should hit the market sometime in the second half of the year. We estimate that based versions will go around 39/40.000 dollars. When it comes to the competition, key rivals are from German premium trio, the BMW X1, Mercedes GLA and the Audi Q3.