Lexus recently unveiled the 2018 Lexus NX at the recent Shanghai Auto show. The automaker claims to have added an array of updates to its smallest crossover. However, you have to look very closely to see any of the said changes. The most notable change, however, is the nomenclature. The NX200t has been replaced with NX 300 to align the name with the NX 300h. The model retains Lexus’s sharp-edged design language that is characterized by the gigantic front spindle grille, headlights that are split into two parts and sharp creases all over the body.
2018 Lexus NX Exterior
Those who love it will love it more and those who loathe it will hate it even more, I am talking about the Lexus spindle grille that has received just minor modifications. The grille’s upper parts have been revised and they now stretch seamlessly into the doors and the hood. The design makes the front fascia look more attractive and improves the model’s aerodynamics. The headlights are also revised and they now feature 3 projectors whose design is adopted from the LC sport coupe. The bottom section of the front bumper has been pushed forward for a less sharp look.
The rear design is derived from the spindle grille design. The taillights design is also borrowed from the LC coupe. The model’s exhaust tips have also been revised. The rear hatch is hooked up with a kick sensor that is used to open the rear hatch. All one needs is to make a motion under the bumper and it opens.
The 2018 NX models ride on 18-inch alloy wheels.
The cabin also continues almost unchanged. The most notable change is the addition of a new 10.3-inch display with simple to use HVAC controls. Other changes include a larger wireless tray for Smartphones, a larger touch pad, new metallic satin accents including on the door handles and shift knob.
Lexus has also improved the crossover’s safety systems. The 2018 Lexus NX features the automaker’s Safety System+ as standard. The system features adaptive cruise control, pre-collision assist, automatic high-beams and lane departure warning.
Engine and performance
On matters power and performance, Lexus has not changed anything. The new NX 300 is powered a turbocharged 2.0 L, 4-cylinder engine that is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission system. Models powered by this engine will be offered in both FWD and AWD. There are no changes for the NX 300h either. The hybrid variant is powered by a 2.5 L, 4-cylinder, naturally aspirated engine that mates with the automaker’s 2-motor Hybrid Drive to produce 194 hp. The hybrid system is paired with a CVT automatic transmission system.
Lexus designers also retuned the crossover’s stabilizer bars, springs and bushings for steady-state cornering and better turn-in response. The automaker has also added new shock absorbers. The chassis features the Adaptive Variable Suspension that is adopted from the LC 500. This system has enhanced the vehicle’s control and handling stability.
Price and release date
Lexus did not give any information about the 2018 NX 300 price or release date. The model is likely to go on sale in the second half of this year. As for the price, considering that one struggles to identify the new model from the old, I don’t expect any significant price hike, probably a small increment to factor in inflation.