2018 Lexus NX: Updates and Upgrades

Lexus announced a few months back that the 2018 NX would see some changes, but it wasn’t until today that we learned that these changes go well beyond the sheet metal.  The 2018 NX will offer a few amped up design elements and introduce new features and technology that has definitely amped up our excitement level for the 2018 NX.

Not only will the 2018 NX come with an evolved look, but it will also adopt the advanced Lexus Safety System+ as standard equipment and provide significantly improved value with a price decrease on the NX Hybrid and a barely noticeable price change for the renamed NX 300.  Learn more about the updates and upgrades you’ll find on the 2018 Lexus NX.  Coming soon to Lexus at Dominion.


The 2018 Lexus NX improves upon its already stunning sporty look with a revised front grille and bumper.  For 2018 you’ll see the upper portion of the grille and the front bumpers redesigned to more fluidly blend into the hood and front doors.  The end result is a sleeker overall shape and excellent aerodynamics.  The 2018 NX style continues to improve with available triple projector LED headlamps that are similar to the show-stopping Lexus LC 500 coupe.  The updated NX will also see revised, elongated taillights with new black garnish to better emphasize the L-shaped lenses.  Leave it to Lexus to knock even seemingly minor design improvements out of the park with inspiring attention to detail!

New colors will also be made available with Caviar Mica making its debut for 2018 (finally!).  New interiors include Rioja Red and Glazed Caramel for non-F SPORT models and Circuit Red (yes, we’ve seen this one before on the RC F) which will be the F SPORT exclusive interior option.


New Triple Projector LED Headlamps Available on 2018 Lexus NX

The interior of the 2018 NX has been reworked to exude a more luxurious feel with a new satin metallic finishes, simpler design, enhanced control interfaces and stunning 10.3-inch screen available with navigation.  Below is a list of interior upgrades you can expect for the 2018 model.

  • HVAC control panel simplified. Four easy-to-operate toggle switches replace the busy control panel you see on today’s model
  • Analog Clock enlarged with cleaner design
  • Satin Metallic Finish on nearly all controls and switches (door handles, drive mode select, shift knob, etc.)
  • Remote Touch Interface pad enlarged for easier use and reshaped palm rest for maximum wrist comfort
  • USB ports better positioned in the center console, and their amperage increased for faster charging
  • Larger Display grows from 7-inches to 10.3-inches with available navigation


Interior upgrades for 2018 Lexus NX

The F SPORT NX will carry-over with this year’s distinct features and details, but a new, optional Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) will up the performance on the 2018 NX F SPORT.  The new AVS is based on the advanced system found in the LC 500, which offers a range of up to 650 instantaneous compression and damping adjustment for enhanced control and overall stability.

To compliment the bold, refreshed design for 2018, the new NX will feature two new multimedia systems: standard high-resolution Lexus Display Audio (LDA) with an 8-inch screen and 8-speaker audio system and optional navigation system, which features the enhanced 10.3-inch screen.  This new screen boasts not only a larger image but a clearer one with various improvements to the functionality, multimedia and Enform systems.

The 2018 NX continues in the footsteps of the recently released 2018 LC and will now come with 10 years of complimentary Lexus Enform Safety Connect and Service Connect connected services.  Now complimentary for the first 10 years of ownership, 2018 NX drivers can enjoy peace of mind with invaluable services which include an Emergency Assistance Button (SOS), Roadside Assistance, Automatic Collision Notification, and Stolen Vehicle Notification.  Even better is the also included Enform Service Connect which can send alerts for specific factory recommended maintenance, simultaneously alerting your preferred Lexus dealer (…Lexus at Dominion!) making vehicle maintenance as easy as it can get.

In addition, the 2018 NX will feature Wi-Fi capability via the multimedia system where NX passengers can easily connect up to five devices utilizing the NX as a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.  Even better for Verizon customers, the new Lexus Enform Wi-Fi provides up to 4GB of complementary data for the first year (just in case you’re one of the few that don’t already use an unlimited data plan).

The Navigation system itself is also new for the 2018 NX.  Dynamic Navigation will provide NX drivers with the most up-to-date map data, routes and ETA’s on their embedded system through real-time updates.  The new navigation system will also include a “one box POI” that allows navigation users to search for POI’s in casual search terms as if they were using Google or another internet search box.

And, if we weren’t excited enough, the 2018 Lexus NX will finally come standard with power folding outside mirrors!!  This new standard feature alone has us jumping for joy… it’s the little things that make us happy here.  What else?  Below is a summarized list for you.

  • Intuitive Parking Assist with Auto Brake
  • Available Panoramic View Monitor
  • Triple Beam LED Headlamps with AFS
  • Foot Activated Rear Power Door
  • Navigation System with 10.3-inch Screen
  • Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) – F SPORT
  • 10 Years of Complimentary Enform Safety Connect and Service Connect
  • Wi-Fi Capability
  • Dynamic Navigation
  • Caviar Mica exterior color option
  • Rioja Red and Glazed Caramel interior options
  • Circuit Red F SPORT interior option
  • Refreshed Front Fascia and Redesigned Bumpers
  • Revised Taillights
  • Standard Lexus Safety System+

Which features are you most excited to see on the 2018 model?  Let us know in the comments section below and be sure to check back for more updates and info on the latest Lexus models.







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