Available with four options for upholstery and stipple black, open-pore wood or three-dimensional fractals for the interior trim, the NX sweetens the deal with a panoramic sunroof, standard heated front seats and heated rear seats in option, on top of the aerial updates, a virtual assistant, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto wireless and a digital key for the owner or other users.
Under the skin, the compact crossover does not shrink from its kinship with the Toyota RAV4. The base engine for the US market is a 2.5-liter that develops 203 horsepower and 184 pound-feet (250 Nm) of torque without the aid of forced induction. The NX 350 has a 2.4-liter turbo with 275 horsepower and 317 pound-feet (430 Nm), the NX 350h relies on the 2.5-liter front and two electric motors, and the NX 450h + is estimated to cover up to 36 miles (58 kilometers) of all-electric range.
Lexus is unwilling to share too many details on the PHEV powertrain, but the Japanese automaker says it’s capable of sprinting to 60 miles per hour (97 kilometers per hour) in 6.0 seconds. Coincidence or not, the RAV4 Prime is advertised with 302 horsepower, 42 miles (67 kilometers) of zero-emission range and a 5.7-second sprint from stop to 60.
And finally, Lexus has not forgotten to equip the all-new NX with numerous safety features. Highlights include improved cruise control with cornering speed management, emergency steering assistance to avoid risk that can automatically steer and brake to avoid an accident, detection of left-turn vehicles and pedestrian detection on both sides of the compact crossover.