Lexus NX 2018

Lexus NX Suv updated, NZ launch in 2018

Words: Nile Bijoux
19 Apr 2017

Looking for an SUV that isn't European? Check out Lexus' updated NX, straight from the Shanghai Motor Show.

Two years old now, Lexus' NX SUV has received an update. A lot of the changes are pretty subtle but there's a new-look exterior including grille, bonnet, headlight and taillight changes.

“The brave, imaginative styling of the latest model has been taken to the next level,” said Paul Carroll, the Senior General Manager of Lexus New Zealand.

“The NX will appeal to people who want to be different. It’s daring styling does not follow the conventional, conservative looks of some of its rivals.”

The front shows off the new-look spindle grille, with sequential indicators and new headlights nicked from the LC luxury coupe. Moving to the back, the bumper has been broadened to enhance the low centre of gravity look and wide stance. The elongated tail lights better emphasise the “L” shape and larger chrome tipped exhaust pipes are integrated with the bumper and rear diffuser. New 18-inch alloy wheels complete the look.

Moving indoors, the central dashboard display has grown from seven to 10.3 inches and the controls for the air conditioning system have been simplified, with separate temperature controls for the rear seat. Nearly all controls and switches have a metallic satin finish enhancing the premium look and feel of the cabin. The wireless charger tray will now accommodate larger smart phones.

New straight stitching is used on the leather upholstery, rather than the conventional angled stitches.

In terms of powertrain, the 2.0L turbo and the 2.5L hybrid options remain

Lexus’ Safety System + will now be available on all models (previously only available on the Limited). It combines the pre-collision system, dynamic radar cruise control, lane departure alert, automatic high beam and intelligence clearance sonar.

Mr Carroll expects the 2018 NX to continue the strong surge of sales by SUVs. Three quarters of Lexus’ sales last year were SUVs, with the NX and RX taking the lion’s share, with nearly three quarters of them being the world leading hybrid models.

The NX will continue to be available in standard, Limited and F Sport models with a choice of 2WD and AWD across the seven-model range.

Detailed specification and pricing will be announced closer to the 2018 model’s launch in New Zealand.

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