In the compact segment, we got used to frequent changes. The current version of the Lexus NX dates back from 2015. The time for the second generation is perfect, but the Japanese carmaker had to postpone the debut of the crossover for the 2022 season. The NX will get a more aggressive look, with revisited front fascia and advanced technologies. The company mentioned Level 4 autonomous drive, but it will hardly happen on the 2022 Lexus NX. In the future, the compact luxury crossover will definitely have self-driving tech, but also a more efficient powertrain.
Lexus is part of the Toyota family, who is a leader in the hybrid segment. the NX is already available with a powertrain that combines a gasoline engine and electric motor. Rav4 is its non-premium sibling, which will introduce the PHEV version called Prime. A year after this debut, we might see the same, or even improved configuration on the 2022 Lexus NX.
Comfort and resale value was the strong side of the luxury crossover. On the other hand, performances are not as impressive as they are on some of its rivals. There are also quite a few things designers need to improve on the next-gen version. The infotainment system should be smarter and the cargo room is tight because of the sloped roofline.
Redesign and Next-Generation Changes
Most automotive magazines already confirmed a delay in the arrival of the new generation. The 2022 Lexus NX will bring the second series of the luxury crossover. CarBuzz unveils a few details related to siblings from the non-premium Toyota lineup. Rav4 and Venza will ride on the TNGA-K platform, which will be also shared with the luxury model. Spy photos of prototypes are showing a more aggressive styling, similar to the one we are seeing on the new Venza. Of course, the NX is going to use some of the well-known and distinctive details we see on every Lexus. Spindle grille and sloped roofline are just some of the familiar things.
The new 2022 Lexus NX will be longer than the previous generation. Currently, it belongs to the compact class with a body length of 183 inches. The upcoming model seems to be closer to 185 in. The company already made a redesign of the compact model, when the NX200 was replaced with NX300 and NX300h versions.
2022 Lexus NX Plug-In Hybrid
The 2022 Lexus NX will continue to use a gasoline engine as the base drivetrain. A 2.0-liter turbo-four is going to deliver 240 horsepower, which is on par with luxury crossovers built by German carmakers. On the other hand, Lexus can’t respond to high-output versions of BMW X3, Mercedes GLC, or Porsche Macan.
A four-pot mill is also pretty efficient with 25 mpg, no matter which drives you select, FWD, or AWD. A six-speed auto transmission might be replaced. It is aging and the new gearbox could improve gas mileage. However, there are many other factors included, such as aerodynamics and overall weight. The new model should be lighter since Lexus is using more aluminum in the bodies of its vehicles.
A hybrid version is questionable. The PHEV model will upgrade the performance, so most buyers looking for a more efficient ride will go after the new system. Still, a 2.5-liter four-cylinder in the combination with an electric motor could do 33 mpg in the city, which is perfect for everyday commuting. The 2022 Lexus NX PHEV will bring more miles and extra power, at the same time reducing gas emissions. Well, for the Rav4, Prime model and plug-in hybrid system are creating 302 horsepower. A small push will make the NX more competitive against high-output versions of its rivals.
2022 Lexus NX F Sport
The 2022 Lexus NX F Sport is not going to boost the outputs of the crossover. However, body upgrades will enhance the ride impression and overall appearance. Test mules are hiding details. But, we are sure the F Sport package is going to use unique grille and wheels. Inside, sporty buckets will improve comfort, and paddle shifters are another notable addition.
Release Date and Price
The next-gen crossover was planned for the 2021 season, but the COVID-19 outburst is making the company deliver the fresh vehicle like the 2022 Lexus NX. The precise release date is not set yet, but the luxury model can debut early in 2021. Nevertheless, sales won’t start until summer. The price stays put. The base version will be around $40,000 with a destination fee. The F Sport model should add about $3,000, which includes the AWD.
The release date probably depends on the situation with the development of the 2022 Lexus NX PHEV. The price will go up compared to the hybrid system, which is currently at $41,000. The NX will have a tough competition. Acura RDX is going through a redesign, and Volvo XC60 is getting an all-electric version soon. Of course, German models are also leaders in this class, with Audi Q5, BMW X3, and Mercedes GLC setting up standards in performance and luxury.