- ‘Sharpened’ Lexus NX scheduled for SA pre-Christmas
- New spindle grille, new front bumper, new alloy wheel rims
- Headlights redesigned, new-look diode tail lights
FRANKFURT, Germany – The Lexus NX crossover, since its launch in 2014, has established itself within the automaker’s range until now it has more than 20% of local sales since its launch.
The updated units should reach South African showrooms before Christmas.
Lexus SA attributes the NX’s success to the cars’ “combination of luxury, cool contemporary design, intelligent packaging and enjoyable driving dynamics”. It also has a choice of battery and petrol-electric engines.
Lexus has initiated a package of revisions and improvements to exterior and cabin styling, safety and equipment which were shown at the 2017 Frankfurt auto show. “Its strong design essence,” Lexus says, “has proved appealing to buyers so we’ve focused on details to enhance its visual impact.”
HORIZONTAL GRILLE BARS
The signature Lexus spindle grille now has “a powerful new look” said to align it more closely with Lexus’s other SUV models – the RX and LX. Lexus explained:
“The design features a series of horizontal bars that extend all the way down to the lower lip. Wider spacing between them below the pinch-point of the spindle emphasises the car’s width and adds a sense of strength to the NX’s frontal appearance.
“This effect is accentuated by the introduction of larger, deeply recessed, lateral air intakes angled to emphasise the car’s broad stance.”
The diode headlights have a new internal arrangement to accommodate a self-adapting feature, Lexus says, “but the look is sporty and echoes the lighting design of the new LC luxury coupe. Sequential turn indicators are also new, front and rear.
The cars’ tail has revisions to the lower section of the bumper “to amplify the sense of a wide stance and low centre of gravity”. The tail light clusters have become elongated and black garnish is said to emphasise the L-shaped lenses.
Petrol units – now badged NX 300 – have larger, chrome-framed, exhausts while larger satin chrome trim has been added on the full hybrid NX 300h to accentuate the spindle motif.
An F Sport model will have new 18” alloy wheel rims with a combination of bright machined and dark metallic finishes.
The NX’s cabin will have detail changes intended to project a sportier character and an “even more luxurious” feel but the most prominent change, Lexus says, is a larger central multimedia display. In the case of Lexus Premium Navigation, the screen has grown from 18 to 26cm.
The Lexus Display Audio screen has grown from 18 to 20cm and the aircon console has been “rendered more ergonomically efficient” with four toggle switches replacing a number of buttons. The clock is also larger and easier to read.
The touchpad on the centre console has also grown, its palm rest reshaped for better wrist support, and the wireless-charging tray has been made wider and longer to accommodate larger smart phones.
SECOND UPHOLSTERY CHOICE
The USB ports have been moved to a handier central position and have higher amperage for faster charging of devices.
Ochre upholstery and trim will join the current black interior option; red will debut on F Sport models.
Electric automatic power will open or close the tail door with the use of the now common “waving foot” feature and a button next to the tail grab handle will automatically lock the vehicle.