By Wright Communications -
19 April 2017
Lexus has unveiled an edgier looking NX compact SUV at the Shanghai Motor Show.
The 2018 model will arrive in New Zealand before the end of the
year with sharper handling, improved ride, a sportier and more
sophisticated look and more safety equipment.
"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 spindle grille and the front bumper have been redesigned to
blend more fluidly into the bonnet and front mudguards. Sequential
indicators and new headlights are derived from the LC luxury
At the rear 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 sportier and more
sophisticated looking NX package.
In the cabin, 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
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.
The heads-up display is now integrated into the top of the
dashboard for a smoother look, while a movement sensor will open
the rear hatch when people have their hands full.
New straight stitching is used on the leather upholstery, rather
than the conventional angled stitches.
The two litre turbo charged and 2.5 litre hybrid power trains
continue with enhanced exhaust sound
The suspension has also been revised to improve turn in steering
response and refine the already smooth ride.
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
Detailed specification and pricing will be announced closer to the
2018 model's launch in New Zealand.