The first Lexus NX was not really mother’s most beautiful, nor will this second generation be. The designers stayed true to the rugged appearance of the SUV, you can even call it quite bombastic with some ill will. Well, fortunately, all cars don’t look alike. Lexus itself calls it ‘functional beauty’. With its still somewhat oddly shaped and even slightly larger grille, the relatively small side windows, the sharp lines in the sides and the somewhat arrow-like stern, the car will certainly not easily be confused with a competitor.
If Lexus finds us at least some customers for it, that turned out to be quite difficult for the first generation of the NX. Worldwide, more than 170,000 units of the first generation were sold, which was not a great success. That is why the manufacturer himself also talks about the ‘potential for greater market penetration’. Customers eager for some originality who will soon be venturing on this successor will finally be able to opt for a plug-in hybrid.
Finally like PHEV
In addition to the Lexus NX 350h with the battery still only charging while driving, there will also be a plug-in hybrid NX 450h+. It combines its well-known 2.5 liters on petrol with an electric motor supplied with energy by a battery of 18.1 kWh and therefore responsible for the four-wheel drive. Together they deliver up to 306 hp, the sprint to 100 km/h succeeds in just over 6 seconds and the consumption and CO2 emissions are respectively just under 3 liters (per 100 kilometers) and less than 40 grams (per kilometer). They are WLTP figures, just like the electric range of 63 kilometers.
The engineers state that with an empty battery there is still an efficient form of ‘self-charging’, the Lexus NX would score about 20% better than the average competitor. The more classic 350h is 242 hp strong, sprints to 100 in 7.7 seconds and can still offer 10% lower CO2 emissions than the 300h of the first NX generation. There is a choice of front and four-wheel drive, in both cases with a towing capacity of 1,500 kilos.
Bigger, more spacious and smarter
The Lexus NX, which has grown slightly in all directions, is on the Toyota group’s GA-K platform, the Japanese manufacturer mentions the lowered center of gravity, wider tracks and better weight distribution over the axles. In front are MacPhersons, in back double triangles. Together with the stiffer structure, it should provide a sportier handling. The Tazuna christened and somewhat more spacious interior gets a new multimedia system with a choice of 9.8 and 14-inch screens, the designers promise great user-friendliness. Many functions can be activated from the steering wheel, with a projection on the windscreen via the head-up display.
The classic handles to open the doors from the inside have been replaced by a button, just pressing it is enough. If a cyclist or pedestrian just passes by, there is an automatic ‘wait’. The loading space of both variants is the same, the battery and electric motor of the 450h+ does not change that. As you would expect from this type of premium car and certainly from a Lexus, all common safety systems are provided. They are grouped under the name Safety System + and almost all come standard on the European versions.