Everything we know about the 2022 Lexus NX in May [Update]

The official video of the next-gen Lexus NX 2022 popped up early in February and it is regarded that the variant line-up of the compact luxury crossover would include four members:

  • 2022 Lexus NX 200 gasoline
  • 2022 Lexus NX 300 gasoline
  • 2022 Lexus NX 350h hybrid
  • 2022 Lexus NX 450h+ plug-in hybrid

Video Source: youtube.com/Matto R

Take a look at everything we know about the new Lexus SUV as of April 2021.

2022 Lexus NX exterior

With an exterior design close to the first-gen Lexus NX, the 2022 Lexus NX might seem like a facelift from a distance. At the front, new headlamps are sharper and inspired by those of the 2021 Lexus LS. Unfortunately, but not unexpectedly, the polarizing spindle grille is on for one more generation and comes with new vertical inserts.

The edgier character lines on the shoulders and doors complement the sharper headlamps. At the rear, the reshaped lamps are connected via a full-width light strip, and the new lights give a bolder styling to the SUV.

2022 Lexus NX interior

The 2022 Lexus NX interior packs more drastic improvements over the old model. The new steering seems easier to hold. A touchscreen infotainment system has replaced the old model’s clunky infotainment system with the finicky touchpad controller, as many customers felt. As in the new ES, the touchscreen has been positioned close to the driver and tilted to that side for improved visibility and operability. For the same reasons, it could be a glass-covered panel.

The floor console flaunts a short new electronic gear selector, and that, along with the exclusion of the touchpad controller, reduces its footprint. Also new is a fully digital instrument cluster, which should feature multiple layouts for the driver to choose from.

The current Lexus NX’s infotainment system isn’t the most intuitive, and an easy-to-use or at least a less fiddly system could be a major upgrade on the incoming car. Large central screens are a common interior feature in luxury models, especially EVs. The display of the all-new infotainment system of the next-gen model is larger, clearer, and supports touch operation, and that should be a welcome change for many.

There’s visible usage of soft-touch and other premium materials like synthetic/genuine leather on the dashboard, floor console, steering wheel, gear selector, and doors. The door handles are smaller in size and feature a chic design to look more fashionable. The passenger-side dashboard could have been slimmer, as this bulky appearance doesn’t go with the current trend of minimalist interior themes.

The head-up display in the new model will likely be more advanced, offering bigger and clearer projection, along with more details. The size of the brake hold button on the floor console has been increased significantly, which may seem small but would be a welcome improvement in everyday usage.

2022 Lexus NX safety

Safety upgrades in the next-gen NX should include the driver assistance features under the Lexus Safety System+ 2.5 (LSS+ 2.5) package. Unlike the Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 (LSS+ 2.0) of the outgoing model, the new safety package includes Intersection Turning Assist.

With LSS+ 2.5, the vehicle gets the capability to recognize an oncoming vehicle when taking a left-hand turn or a pedestrian when taking a turn in either direction. If needed, typical Pre-Collision System (PCS) functions are automatically activated. Moreover, PCS functions include a new Emergency Steering Assist (ESA) to improve the vehicle’s stability and help prevent lane departure during an emergency evasive steering maneuver.

LSS+ 2.5 includes improved All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) with a new Curve Speed Reduction function. The new function automatically reduces the vehicle speed, if needed, through certain types of curves, which can help to prevent a rollover, especially in high-riding vehicles like SUVs. Another upgrade in LSS+ 2.5 is enhanced Lane Tracing Assist with improved stability. Expect LSS+ 2.5 to be standard equipment in the 2022 NX.

Specifications

According to a report from bestcarweb.jp, the next-gen Lexus NX will measure about 4,630 mm in length, 1,870 mm in width, and 1,630 mm in height. Here is how it could stack up against the outgoing model:

Aspect\SpecificationFirst-gen Lexus NX 2021 SpecificationSecond-gen Lexus NX 2022 Specification (Reported)
Length4,640 mm (182.7 in.)4,630 mm (182.3 in.)
Width1,845 mm (72.6 in.)1,870 mm (73.6 in.)
Height1,645 mm (64.8 in.)1,630 mm (64.2 in.)
Specification chart based on unofficial information.

Introduced in 2014, the Lexus NX is now in the seventh year on the market and is the oldest vehicle in its class. While European luxury automakers are transitioning from PHEVs to BEVs, Lexus has been slow with its pure electric and PHEV product plans. That will change with the 2022 Lexus NX, as it will be the first Lexus PHEV. For reference, the current model is available in petrol and hybrid variants.

A new platform and powertrain are coming to the 2022 Lexus NX. The next-gen model will sit on the TNGA-K, which currently underpins the Toyota RAV4, Venza, and Highlander SUVs.

Toyota TNGA platform
The 2022 Lexus NX will ride on the second biggest version of TNGA platform, TNGA-K, with a longer wheelbase than the first-gen model (104.7 inches). Image Source: Toyota

Lexus needs to start offering a plug-in hybrid powertrain in the NX before other cars. Compared to the RX, GX (not available in Europe) and LX SUVs, the NX is smaller and the most suited for Europe where the brand lags well behind competitors. Year after year, ever since its first full year of sales in 2016, the NX has been the best-selling Lexus in Europe. An NX plug-in hybrid, then, should be a high priority to drive growth in the Old Continent.

2022 Lexus NX Plug-in Hybrid

Multiple trademark applications from April last year suggested that the next-gen plug-in hybrid variant could be called ‘NX 450h+’. The leaked video confirms that a Lexus NX 450h+ plug-in hybrid SUV is indeed in the final list.

The 2022 Lexus NX 450h+ should feature the Toyota RAV4 Prime’s plug-in hybrid powertrain that combines the A25A-FXS 2.5-liter Dynamic Force Engine with the 5NM motor (front) and the 4NM motor (rear). The Toyota RAV4 Prime has an 18.1 kWh Lithium-ion battery pack that gives it an EV mode range of 42 miles. A 3.3 kW onboard charger is standard and it fully charges the battery pack as quickly as in 4.5 hours. A 6.6 kW onboard charger is optionally available, and it takes 2.5 hours to fully charge the battery pack.

The leak mentions the availability of a 2022 Lexus NX 350h, a full-hybrid (powered likely by the 2.5-liter) that would allow EV-mode driving for a short distance. Moreover the 2022 Lexus NX 200 indicates that a conventional gasoline engine at the base of the lineup will keep the entry barrier low.

2022 Lexus NX rear leaked
If not four, three variants can be expected: 2022 Lexus NX 200 gasoline, 2022 Lexus NX 350h hybrid & 2022 Lexus NX 450h+ plug-in hybrid, as seen in the leaked official video.

Lexus NX500e battery electric variant in the offing?

The next-gen Lexus NX 2022 will have a plug-in hybrid for the first time but could there be a deeper level of electrification planned in the second wave of variants?

We read on the grapevine that a pure electric Lexus NX, possibly designated Lexus NX 500e, could be part of the second generation Lexus NX family down the road. There’s no indication from the company for such a variant yet, and so, we suggest taking speculations with a pinch of salt.

In March, Lexus announced 20 new or improved models, including 10+ electrified models (BEVs, PHEVs, and HEVs), by 2025, so we aren’t counting out the possibility!

Debut & Release Date

In February, a Lexus dealer source told creative311.com that the 2022 Lexus NX could premiere in May. The outline material (with preliminary information) should be distributed in a short while. The report suggested that September 2021 is likely the month when it hits the Japanese market. Note that Lexus has not given guidance on the launch date of the new NX.

Lexus NX 2022 teased
At the end of the LF-Z concept car presentation, Lexus teased 4 upcoming models, one of which we reckon is the 2022 Lexus NX. The others would be the new RX, ES, and LS. Image via Youtube.

As per an article by Forbes magazine published in March, the new NX enters showrooms in October this year. The report says that the first-ever Lexus NX PHEV will arrive a year later.

2022 Lexus NX FAQs

What is the next-gen Lexus NX release date?

The sales launch of the new NX in the U.S. is expected this October.

Which models are considered the 2022 Lexus NX rivals?

Audi Q5, BMW X3, Cadillac XT4 & Mercedes GLC are credible Lexus NX competitors.

What will be the 2022 Lexus NX price?

The base 2022 NX price should be a shade under $40,000.

Featured Image Source: Matto R Youtube channel