Lexus recently announced the world premiere of the all-new NX, the first model of its next-generation range. The NX, as well as the fourth-coming model lineup, will better meet the diversifying needs and lifestyles of customers the world over, and in doing so, will pro-mote the realization of a carbon-neutral society.
Since its establishment in 1989, Lexus has been committed to the spirit of innovation and has continued to take on the challenge of providing new technologies and values to its customers and the mo-tor industry. With the launch of the first-generation RX in 1998, Lexus created a new category of luxury crossover SUV’s and has been at the forefront ever since.
The NX is based on the “Lexus Electrified” electrification vision and will be available as both HEV and a Lexus first, PHEV, further accelerating the roll-out of electrified vehicles for some markets. Lexus will be offering a wide line-up of powertrains, including models powered by a 2.5-litre naturally-aspirated or a 2.4-litre turbo-charged engine as well as a hybrid variant.
South Africa will introduce a full range at launch (excluding the PHEV variant for now) along with the model specs and derivatives. All-wheel drive (AWD) is available on models equipped with PHEV and 2.4-litre turbo powertrains, whilst both AWD and front-wheel drive (FWD) are available on the models equipped with HEV and 2.5-li-tre naturally-aspirated powertrains.
The Lexus- first e-latch system electronically controls the latching and unlatching of the doors. This feature is combined with a Blind Spot Monitor to provide a ‘safe exit’ assist function with control door opening. For the exterior, changes to the platform have resulted in an expressive, dynamic shape defined by softer angles and more organic forms.
The interior is focused on creating a welcoming, hospitable space for each occupant and, for the first time, fully incorporates the Tazuna Concept. This human-centered cockpit philosophy enables a more seamless and intuitive connection between the driver and car to help enhance driving concentration.
The hood has been extended to the edge of the front end while the grille surface has been raised vertically to strengthen the front end’s mass. For the rear combination lamps, an elongated light bar, located across the center of the vehicle combines with the independently positioned L-shaped lamps on the left and right to enhance the unique originality of the NX.
The multimedia system’s high-resolution, 14-inch touch dis-play provides clear images, thanks to an anti-reflective coating applied to the windshield and the use of glare-reducing bonding technology. The Lexus Premium Sound System consists of 10 speakers, including a large-capacity sub-woofer box, utilising the bass reflex structure of the rear speakers and the body framework (lower back) to achieve rich and crisp low-frequency reproduction. The Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound System is based on the Mark Levinson PurePlay concept.
The all-new Lexus NX will be launched in South Africa early in 2022. The exact specifications and model grades will be announced at its launch date.