TNGA-based all-new 2022 Lexus NX debuts; new 2.4L turbo, brand's first-ever PHEV

Sanjay · Jun 12, 2021 01:07 PM

TNGA-based all-new 2022 Lexus NX debuts; new 2.4L turbo, brand's first-ever PHEV 01

Welcome to the all-new 2022 Lexus NX, the second generation of the brand's compact SUV line that first debuted in 2014.

Exterior - Man-eating spindle grille

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F-Sport amps it up further

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The new look sees the NX getting a more aggressive front fascia, with an even larger spindle grille sitting in between the sharp LED headlights that now integrates the brand's trademark L-shaped daytime running lights (DRLs).

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Flowing smoothly down the sides (it's got a choice of 18- or 20-inch wheels now), the NX's rear end also boasts new tail lamps, and of course the new 'Lexus' script running across the bootlid.

Also read: 30 years of Lexus: How it began and what is the meaning of the Lexus name?

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The range's new flagship NX450h+

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With new looks comes new dimensions as well. This NX is marginally longer, wider, and taller than the model it replaces:

2022 Lexus NX Dimensions
Dimensions Units
Length (mm) 4,660 (+20)
Width (mm) 1,865 (+20)
Height (mm) 1,640 (+5)
Wheelbase (mm) 2,690 (+30)

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Interior - No more touchpad

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Much like the outside, the cabin also employs a totally-new look, this time employing the 'Tazuna concept'.

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It's a big shift in every aspect, from how it looks to what functions it has.

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There's a fully-digital instrument cluster as well

Right off the bat, there centre console that now features an angled touchscreen infotainment system that goes all the way up to a maximum 14-inches, a 6-inch increase from what the outgoing model has.

Also read: How symbols derive their power - the myth of car brands and the influence they have over us

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Gone is the touchpad too, and Lexus now employs good ol' physical controls that flank the screen.

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Push the wireless charger up and there's a storage cubby underneath

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And of course, the infotainment system supports Wi-Fi connection, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, and even Baidu CarLife.

Also read: Why your next car should come with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay

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Putting sound through is a Lexus Premium Sound System that consists of 10 speakers, including a built-in subwoofer. For more aural oomph, Lexus also offers the Mark Levinson 7 Premium Surround Sound System, and that comes with 17 speakers.

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64-colour ambient lighting is present, as well as the new Touch Tracer Operation function. This combines the head-up display with touch-sensitive sensors on the steering wheel, allowing the driver to look at vital functions without taking their eyes off their road.

Powertrain - TNGA-K, new engines

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As nifty as the new bodywork and cabin look, the headlines are about what lies under the hood.

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Sitting on the same TNGA-K platform as the Toyota Harrier, Toyota RAV4, Toyota Camry, and Lexus ES (among other models), Lexus offers 7 different powertrain combinations across the range, utilising Dynamic Force engines.

Also read: Toyota Corolla Altis' TNGA platform, what is it and does it make any difference?

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Of which, the NX450h+ is the brand's first-ever plug-in hybrid, pairing the 2.5-litre Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine (A25A-FXS) with two electric motors and an 18.1 kWh lithium-ion battery. Total power ouput 

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In short, here's the summary of the new NX's powertrain list:

  • 2.5-litre naturally aspirated, A25A-FKS (NX 250): 199 PS
  • 2.5-litre full-hybrid, A25A-FKS + THS II (NX 350h): 242 PS
  • 2.4-litre turbocharged, T24A-FTS (NX 350): 279 PS
  • 2.5-litre plug-in hybrid, A25A-FKS with THS II Plug-in (NX 450h+): 306 PS

There's options for front-wheel- or all-wheel drive/e-FOUR too.

Safety - Updated LSS+

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Safety-wise, there's an updated Lexus Safety System+ that features:

  • Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (with All-Speed Follow)
  • Lane Departure Alert (LDA)
  • Lane Tracing Assist (LTA)
  • Road Sign Assist (RSA)
  • Proactive Driving Assist

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The AEB system - or Pre-Crash System (PCS, in Lexus' parlance) now has an expanded scope of assistance, including avoiding pedestrians, motorcyclists, and intersecting/oncoming vehicles.

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Meanwhile, Lexus says the ACC now detects curves better, and the LTA has been enhanced to offer a more comfortable steering support. On the other hand, PDA is more of a warning system that displays warning messages when the car senses danger.

Conclusion - In Malaysia in 2022?

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So that's a quick summary of the latest Lexus NX. It's a near-certainty for it to reach Malaysia, but not so soon - perhaps sometime in 2022.

For now though, we still have the last-gen Lexus NX on our shores. Here's what we think of it.

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