The 2018 Lexus NX will offer a new look with bold, dynamic styling, enhanced performance and new tech. Recently debuted at the Shanghai Motor Show, the updated NX is a welcome refresh and we are excited to see it adopt most of the new Lexus design language and more importantly the new Lexus technology.
What are we most excited about?
The 2018 NX will come with Lexus Safety System+ as standard equipment – finally – and it will also introduce a new convenience: a foot operated rear hatch. Albeit small, the convenience of a foot-operated rear hatch is one feature that has us the most excited about this refreshed model. Lexus explained in a recent press release that the new foot-operated rear hatch will be as easy as “placing or kicking up a foot toward a sensor beneath the rear-bumper cover” to open or close the electrically actuated rear door… Awesome! No longer do we have to be envious of Ford!
What else are we excited about? Immediately noticeable and one update that is long overdue – the 2018 NX will come with an all-new 10.3-inch center dashboard display and simplified AC controls. Along with these notable updates, everyone can also look forward to a cleaner looking analog clock with a more pronounced outer ring that can also change time automatically based on which time zone you happen to be in – but those are the small details that we find to be enjoyed the most once sitting in the updated model ourselves. Nothing beats the feel of the wheel – as they say.
Something else that is definitely worth mentioning is that the updated NX will have a new name… no longer will the “NX 200t” be the “200t” but will be called the “NX 300” for the 2018 model year. Turbocharged fans need not worry however as the NX 300 will still utilize Lexus’ powerful and fuel-efficient turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4, and the NX 300h will continue with a 2.5-liter inline-4 combined with a pair of electric motors. While the NX’s straight-line performance will essentially remain unchanged, there are improvements to the vehicle’s suspension tuning that is said to enhance ride and handling. Lexus explains, “The springs, stabilizer bars and bushings have been re-tuned for improved turn-in response and steady-state cornering. Also, new shock absorbers improve the quality of the NX’s already smooth ride. But, the biggest change to the NX’s chassis is the Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS), now based on the advanced system found in the LC 500, which offers a range of up to 650 instantaneous compression and damping adjustments (up from 30…!!) for enhanced control and overall handling stability.”
For the new NX, we made bold refinements to the design, elevated its performance and added new features to enhance its comfort and convenience. The new NX still possesses the same elements that have made it popular in the past – a sharp design, everday convenience and driving pleasure that will satisfy all enthusiasts – but the vehicle as a whole has evolved dramatically, as you’re bound to see and feel when you first experience it.”
– Takeaki Kato, Chief Engineer of the NX
Kato perfectly summed up our feelings about the updated 2018 NX. We are all looking forward to our first experience with the 2018 Lexus NX and are sure that our Lexus owners will too.