2022 Lexus Debuts With a Long List of Firsts

The all-new 2022 Lexus NX includes the most technological vehicle changes since the model launch. A list of innovations includes an all-new Lexus Interface multimedia system.

The new exterior features a lower center of gravity, a stronger stance, an updated grille pattern, new taillights, a redesigned LEXUS rear badging, optional three-projector headlamps.

Color choices include Redline, Cloudburst Gray, Grecian Water, plus F Sport-exclusive Ultra White, Obsidian, and Ultra Sonic Blue Mica 2.0.

Interior

Inside, the NX first comes with a 7-inch Multi Instrument Display and an optional 10-inch head up display. The manufacturer has concentrated most driving-related functions on the steering wheel.

The seats are newly designed. For frequently used functions, Lexus remains dial controls. Comfort features are now more accessible.

A 9.8-inch multimedia touchscreen is standard. The most notable update in the cabin is the Lexus Interface, integrated multimedia and digital support on the optional 14-inch touchscreen display. It offers OTA updates, wireless charging, smartphone connection to the user’s unique profile.  

Lexus Safety System+ 3.0 is standard for the NX. It adds such features as Road Sign Assist, Pre-collision System, Lane Assistance, Intelligent High Beam, Road Sign Assist.

Safe Exit Assist and Digital Latch system help make exit from the vehicle more safely. A new, optional Digital Mirror provides a clear view of obstacles behind the car.

Powertrain

The 2022 Lexus NX comes in NX250, NX350, NX350h, plug-in-hybrid NX450h+ versions. The base engine is a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter inline-four with start/stop function, making 203 hp and 184 lb-ft. Either front- or all-wheel drive is available, and 8-speed automatic transmission.

The NX350h comes with the D4-S fuel injection 2.5-liter gasoline engine and two electric motor generators. The total output is 239 hp. The fuel economy is up to 36 mpg for the hybrid model. The new engine makes the NX quicker than before and 6 mpg more efficient.

The non-hybrid NX350 features a new turbocharged 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder engine that produces 275 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque.

The model’s first NX450h+ plug-in-hybrid shares its all-wheel-drive 302-hp drivetrain with the Toyota RAV4 Prime. The EPA- estimated electric driving range is 36 miles vs RAV4 Prime’s 42 miles.

This PHEV variant needs 6.0 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph – faster than other versions.

Using the maximum charging current of 240 volts and with the optional 6.6 kW Expedited Onboard Charger, the Lexus NX plug-in hybrid can be fully charged in 2.5 hours. With a standard 3.3-kW onboard charger, the charging time goes up to 4.5 hours.

The all-new 2022 NX goes into production in the 3rd quarter of this year. Lexus will announce pricing closer to the on-sale date. The new model will be probably slightly more expensive than the current NX.

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