- the redesigned 2022 lexus nx features a broad powertrain lineup including a new plug-in-hybrid model.
- the versions comprise gasoline nx250 and nx350 models, and nx350h and nx450h+ hybrids.
- the new nx will go on sale in the u.s. this fall.
the nx is the second best-selling lexus model after the rx, so it’s no surprise that the company is pulling out all the stops for the new 2022 nx. this second-generation model will arrive this fall with a new design, a new infotainment system, and a significantly broader range of powertrain options including a new turbo four-cylinder gas engine and a newly available plug-in hybrid model.
the nx lineup starts off with the base nx250, which has the same naturally aspirated 2.5-liter inline-four from the rav4, producing 203 hp and 184 pound-feet of torque. it has an eight-speed automatic transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive. in terms of power output, the next step up is the nx350h, which combines a 2.5-liter gasoline engine with two electric motor-generators for a total of 239 horsepower—20 hp more than the rav4 hybrid. lexus claims up to 36 mpg for the hybrid model.
the nonhybrid nx350 features a new turbo 2.4-liter inline-four with 275 hp and 317 pound-feet of torque, which should make it significantly quicker than the previous nx300 and its less powerful turbo 2.0-liter engine. it also has an eight-speed automatic transmission. and sitting at the top is the nx450h+ plug-in-hybrid, which shares its all-wheel-drive 302-horsepower drivetrain with the surprisingly quick rav4 prime. lexus claims the plug-in model will have an estimated electric driving range of 36 miles, compared with the rav4 prime's epa-estimated 42-mile range.
the nx's new exterior design isn't revolutionary, but we think the spindle grille design is better integrated than before. out back, the nx incorporates a new "lexus" script across the tailgate with a different font in place of the typical oval "l" logo, which remains in front.
the biggest changes are seen inside, as the nx debuts a completely new infotainment interface for lexus. we're glad to see the old touchpad controller disappear, and the new system uses a centrally mounted touchscreen and a few physical knobs. a 9.8-inch screen is standard, while a huge 14.0-inch touchscreen is optional and incorporates many of the climate controls into the screen. lexus claims that the new model has more rear-seat room and cargo space than before, but hasn't yet provided specific dimensions for the 2022 nx.
an f sport package will be offered for both the nx350 and nx450h+ models that adds appearance tweaks—including dark trim and black 20-inch wheels—along with adaptive dampers. new options include a panoramic sunroof, heated rear seats, and upgraded driver-assistance features including a system that prevents you from opening the door from inside the car if it senses that a bicyclist or another vehicle is approaching.
we assume that the nx will cost a bit more than the current car, which starts at $38,635 for the base front-wheel-drive nx300 model and $41,185 for an all-wheel-drive nx300h hybrid. we'll find out more information closer to its on-sale date this fall.