Lexus NX

The Lexus NX was destined for success when it was introduced in 2014, for it offered crossover-luxury-vehicle customers exactly what they had long been desiring―a stylish and spacious compact with exciting driving dynamics and excellent fuel efficiency―but not even Lexus could have predicted that it would become a worldwide sensation: The Lexus NX dramatically outperformed sales forecasts in every one of its markets around the world, including North America, Europe and China. For the 2018 model, Lexus intends to keep the proverbial wheel rolling with an updated model that the brand introduced at the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show.

Bold New Exterior Styling Refinements

For the 2018 NX, Lexus designers thoroughly enhanced the design essence of the original model, which has garnered universal praise for being one of the best-looking vehicles in its segment. The entire front fascia of the new NX has been refreshed, with the upper portion of the grille and the front bumpers redesigned to more fluidly blend into the hood and front doors, resulting in a sleeker overall shape and excellent aerodynamics. The new NX’s available AHS-equipped headlamps and triple projectors are similar to those equipped on the LC luxury coupe and help give the NX’s face a sportier aura. Also of note, satin and smoked chrome trim elements have been applied to the grille treatment in addition to new vertical elements added to the grille’s inner portion.

The 2018 Lexus NX rear end has received styling touches to help match the sportiness of the front. The lower rear bumper cover now involves elements of the grille’s spindle motif and has been broadened to enhance the vehicle’s wide stance and low-center-of-gravity look. In addition, the NX’s revised taillights have been elongated, and the black garnish has been revised to better emphasize the “L”-shaped lenses. Also, the new NX features larger chrome-tipped exhaust tips that are integrated into the vehicle’s revised bumper cover design and new rear underbody spoiler. For the NX Hybrid, a slotted sectional piece with an L-shaped satin chrome border blends flawlessly into the underbody spoiler.

Two new high-grade aluminum 18-in. wheels have been added to the mix, including a bronze-colored machine-finished piece. The others are equally striking, combining a bright machined-finish with dark metallic paint to express a three-dimensional design with an increased sense of depth.

The Interior: A True Driver’s Environment with Added Convenience

The interior of the new NX has also been slightly reworked to exude a sportier nature, a more luxurious feel, and with enhanced control interfaces. The first thing you’re bound to notice is the larger display on the center dashboard, which has grown from 7 in. to 10.3 in. (Note: Lexus Display Audio monitor is 8 in.) Also, the design of the HVAC control panel has been dramatically simplified by replacing the small section of buttons with four easy-to-operate toggle switches adorned with tiny “Ls” on their surface. And, rear-seat passengers will now be able to set the temperature in their own compartment via a switch on the rear console.

The analogue clock features a cleaner, simpler design than before with an outer ring that’s more pronounced. It has also been slightly enlarged for better readability and now includes satellite control, which automatically sets the time in different time zones.

Nearly all the controls and switches inside the new NX, including the drive mode selector, shift knob and door handles, now have a metallic satin finish, enhancing the premium look and feel of the cabin. Even the audio knob and window switches feature a metallic coating.

On the center console, the remote touch interface pad has been enlarged and redesigned for easier operation, and the palm rest has been reshaped for maximum wrist comfort. The wireless charger tray has also grown in size to accommodate larger smart phones. In addition, the USB ports have been more optimally positioned in the center console, and their amperage has been increased for faster charging. For models equipped with the Heads Up Display (HUD), the unit is now integrated into the upper instrument panel, resulting in a smooth dash surface that looks identical to those of non-HUD-equipped models.

The 2018 Lexus NX adds the convenience of a foot-operated rear hatch that can be used when the user’s hands or arms are full, such as when carrying goods. Placing or kicking up one of your feet toward a sensor beneath the rear-bumper cover opens or closes the electrically-actuated rear hatch.

World-Renown Takumi Craftsmanship

Lexus has become known for its high level of artful craftsmanship through its TAKUMI masters. For all 2018 NXs, their skill and attention to detail is showcased in the revised needlework on the vehicle’s leather surfaces, which are stitched perfectly straight, and not at a slight angle as you would find in other products. This intricate pattern can only be executed with the help of hand-operated machinery equipped with special needles that are resistant to overheating and thread breakage.

“Even if it can’t be immediately seen, an acute attention to details, such as the way the stitching of materials create a subtle pattern, can be felt spiritually to make a difference to the customer. That is the essence of the TAKUMI way that elevates the entire construction of a Lexus,” said Takeaki Kato, the Chief Engineer of the NX.

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