Lexus has introduced the second generation of the NX crossover, which has been given a hybrid plug-in drive of 305hp and a brand new, modern cabin design, along with an evolution of the exterior look. The NX is Lexus ’best-selling model in Europe, and the new one was introduced shortly after the brand’s announcement that it would introduce new hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all-electric models by 2025.
The NX 450h + uses a petrol-electric drive very similar to that of the Toyota RAV4 and Suzuki Across. It combines a 2.5-liter atmospheric four-cylinder gasoline engine of 185hp and an electric unit of 180hp on the front axle, as well as a 54hp unit on the rear axle for permanent all-wheel drive. Acceleration from 0-100km / h takes just over 6 seconds.
The car can cover 65km if it uses only electricity from a battery with a capacity of 18.1kWh, and then the maximum speed is limited to 135km / h. When the battery is discharged, the system automatically starts charging it. The hybrid mode is, according to Lexus, 20% more efficient than rival plug-in hybrid SUV models. The estimated CO2 emission is less than 40g / km, and the fuel consumption is about 3 liters per 100km.
Another power option is the NX 350h hybrid, which is 22% more powerful, emits 10% less CO2 and is 15% faster than the previous model. The electrified 2.5-liter four-cylinder petrol sends 240hp to the front or optionally on both axles. Acceleration from 0-100km / h is 7.7 seconds, and the vehicle can pull a load of up to 1500kg.
The new NX is more agile and more precise to drive thanks to a 20mm lower center of gravity, increased track at both ends and a better weight distribution than before. New materials and welding techniques were used, so the whole car was stiffer, and professional race drivers worked on adjusting the acceleration and braking.
The NX is the first Lexus with a new Tazna cockpit design, which was announced with the radical LF-30 concept in 2019. The goal was to focus the interior on the driver and offer him intuitive control over the vehicle. The key functions are on the touch-sensitive buttons on the steering wheel, and the center console is directed towards the driver’s seat.
The standard center screen has a diagonal of 9.8 inches, and the optional 14-inch is among the largest in the segment. The software controls a CPU that is 3.6 times faster than the outgoing NX. A new operating system with “smart services” has been installed, including the display of travel and traffic data in real time, and there is also voice command control.
Lekus announced that the new NX is more spacious, comfortable and of better quality than the previous one. New details are electrified door opening functions, a personalized light sequence that greets the driver and prepares the cab in advance via a Lexus app.
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