The second generation Lexus NX opens a new chapter in the history of the brand, paving the way for exterior and interior design and introducing new powertrains, including the first plug-in electric hybrid drive in the Lexus lineup. The new NX is more dynamic and provides a more enjoyable driving experience. It also received a new generation multimedia and communication system, as well as advanced technologies that improve safety, driving comfort and ease of use of the car.
New Lexus HX.
The new NX replaces a model that has been a huge success in Europe, with more than 170,000 units sold since its launch in 2014. Most of the units were purchased by new Lexus customers, which has been a major driver of the brand's development in the region. Building on these advances, Lexus has completely redesigned the NX to tailor the new model to rising customer expectations - up to 95% vehicle parts have been replaced with new components. Changes are noticeable in both performance and handling, as well as efficiency.
New Lexus HX. was first introduced on June 12, 2021, and it will arrive in European stores in the fourth quarter of 2021.
New electrified powertrains with best-in-class performance
The new NX will change the Lexus brand. A range of electrified powertrains, using new and improved technologies and delivering best-in-class performance, could further strengthen the model's position in the market. This range represents Lexus' first plug-in electric hybrid drive and will set the benchmark in its class for its combination of power, efficiency and all-electric driving capabilities. There will also be a new hybrid model with much better performance than the fourth generation hybrid system.
The new petrol engines will also be available in Russia and Eastern European markets.
NX 450h+, Lexus' first plug-in electric hybrid
Lexus has used its 15 years of experience in hybrid technology to create its first electric plug-in hybrid (PHEV), the new NX 450h+. The new model will accelerate the introduction of electrified vehicles to the market as part of the Lexus Electrified strategy.
This is a revolutionary electrified model in the new NX line. The system consists of a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder petrol engine, electric motors and a lithium-ion battery with the highest capacity in its class at 18.1 kWh. An additional electric motor on the rear axle provides permanent all-wheel drive. The hybrid system of this model generates a total of 306 hp. and accelerates the car from 0 to 100 km / h in just over six seconds. Estimated CO2 emissions (WLTP combined cycle) below 40g/km and fuel consumption below 3L/100km are likely to be the best in the NX segment.
The size and capacity of the battery, combined with Lexus' electrified powertrain know-how, delivers a best-in-class electric range of 63 km and pure electric travel at speeds up to 135 km/h.
Importantly, the Lexus plug-in electric hybrid drive maintains high performance even with a dead battery. Many competing vehicles will switch to ICE in this situation, with the NX 450h+ defaulting to an efficient self-charging hybrid system. Under such conditions, the expected performance of the NX should be 20% higher than that of its competitors.
The use of the plug-in system required no compromise in terms of practicality - the luggage compartment has the same capacity as in the hybrid model (the drive elements did not take up additional space). In addition, there is a 21-liter box for charging cables under the boot floor. Considering that NX car buyers also use them on long journeys, the 55-litre tank capacity has not changed either.
NX 350h fourth generation hybrid
Fourth-generation Lexus hybrid technology has taken the performance and efficiency of the NX 350h Hybrid to an even higher level. The new model has more power on the 22% at 242 hp, and on the 15% it has a faster 0-60 mph time of 7.7 seconds. At the same time, CO2 emissions are expected to decrease by about 10%.
The NX 350h will be available with both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. Both versions can pull a trailer weighing up to 1500 kg.
New 2.5L and 2.4L turbocharged engines for Eastern European and Russian markets
Two new gasoline engines will help improve NX's competitiveness in Russia and Eastern Europe. The range includes a 2.4-liter turbocharged engine developing 279 hp. and 430 Nm of torque. Its strength is compounded by the quick operation of an eight-speed Direct Shift automatic transmission with a new, shorter gear ratio. The all-new electronically controlled permanent all-wheel drive ensures efficient power transfer to the road in reduced traction conditions. The capabilities of the NX are enhanced with dynamic torque sharing and torque preload. Torque distribution between the front and rear axles can be 75:25 or 50:50 depending on driving conditions.
New 2.5-liter engine with 199 hp puts the NX-250 at the center of the segment in the region. This model is also offered with permanent all-wheel drive and an eight-speed Direct Shift automatic transmission.
Lexus Driving Signature and 4WD concept
Performance work on the new NX has focused on implementing the Lexus Driving Signature concept, which is the perfect combination of driving comfort with steering, throttle and brake responsiveness at all times, as the driver intended.
Central to this is the use of Lexus' global architecture and the GA-K platform. This is ensured by a low center of gravity (-20 mm), a larger front and rear track and an improved front-rear balance. All this helps to improve the handling and driving performance of the car. MacPherson struts are used at the front, and a multi-link suspension at the rear.
In addition, a much stiffer body was constructed, using innovative, lightweight materials to reinforce the structure, which also allowed for the use of additional stiffeners and reinforcements. For the first time in the world, steel with a strength of up to 1180 MPa was used in the structure to reinforce the thresholds and steel with a strength of 1470 MPa to reinforce the roof. The front fenders and hood are made of aluminium. In addition to laser welding the screws and using glue to connect the structure, the structure has been reinforced with a new laser forging technology. There is also a double hood latch with transverse reinforcement between the two locks, which increases its rigidity in relation to the entire body and dampens vibrations caused by air turbulence.
Professional drivers in the testing program
The NX went through an extensive testing program at the Lexus Shimoyama test track, with professional racers involved in the development of the car. Their detailed driving experience and attention was taken into account when setting up and tuning the car, and this made huge strides in terms of responsiveness and feel of the steering and braking systems.
The E-Four electrical all-wheel drive system on the NX 450h+ and NX 350h has been redesigned to allow the rear electric motor to run continuously, delivering more torque and improved traction.
The new 2.5-litre and 2.4-litre turbocharged petrol engines are available exclusively with all-wheel drive. In the turbocharged 2.4L version, the electronically controlled permanent all-wheel drive capabilities have been enhanced with preload and Dynamic Torque Distribution (DTC), allowing the NX to deliver impressive low-traction performance as well as stable and quick exit from corners.
Pre-premiere shows of the new Lexus NX in Russia will take place in August 2021. Prices will be announced in July.