It’s been no secret an all-new Lexus NX is in the works. The 2022 NX leaked out in its entirety earlier this year, offering a preview of its cleaned up design. Now the new NX is official and it’s arriving with a massive new touchscreen and a host of powertrain options.
The new NX isn’t just a new face. Toyota has transitioned the NX to its TNGA-K architecture, the same platform found under the Toyota RAV4, Camry and Lexus ES. The new foundation is giving the NX additional rigidity and a lower center gravity, according to Lexus. The new bones will likely pay dividends in terms of ride and handling and noise, vibration and harshness. These are areas we dinged the current NX during a recent review.
Perhaps the big story here is the host of powertrain options Lexus is offering in the 2022 NX. The NX 250 gets a 2.5-liter four-cylinder making 203 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. It is available in front or all-wheel-drive layout. Opting for the NX 350h effectively adds two electric motors to the NX 250 engine, increasing it to 239 horsepower. If that isn’t enough, buyers can opt for the NX 350 for its turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder making 275 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque. Like the NX 350h, the NX 350 is all-wheel-drive. If that isn’t enough power, wait, there’s more!
For the first time ever Lexus is offering a NX 450h+ model. This model is leverage the same powertrain found under the hood of the Toyota RAV4 Prime, meaning it is a plug in hybrid with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder and electric motors making 302 horsepower. Like the other hybrid, it is exclusively all-wheel-drive, but offers up to 36 miles of EV range.
All non-hybrid models will offer an eight-speed automatic transmission, while hybrid models will have a CVT.
The other headliner here is the 2022 NX’s new interior. Lexus has cleaned up the design from the very busy appearance of the current NX interior. The centerpiece is a new touchscreen, which is angled toward the driver and integrated into a design element that wraps into the gauge cluster. A 9.8-inch infotainment screen is standard, while a 14-inch unit is optional. A seven-inch unit is found in the gauge cluster.
Powering this touchscreen is an all-new infotainment system. This is huge news from Lexus given they’ve dragged their feet when it comes to entering the touchscreen era. The new software was designed by Toyota’s U.S. division, implying it is optimized for U.S. consumers who expect great infotainment systems. May be also mention there is no trackpad in this Lexus!
The new touchscreen isn’t the only updated technology in the new NX. There’s also a new 10-inch heads up display, a digital phone key, camera based rearview mirror and a host of other new technologies. Lexus has even included a new safety feature that will deny the ability to open the door from the interior if a cyclist or car is coming.
The 2022 Lexus NX will arrive in dealerships sometime in the third quarter of this year. Expect pricing to be announced closer to launch.