Seven years after unveiling the first-ever NX and selling approximately one million units globally, Lexus has introduced the second-gen NX. The 2022 Lexus NX packs a host of improvements, but the Lexus NX 450h+ plug-in hybrid variant is the most important addition.
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Here are nine things you need to know about the 2022 NX PHEV, the first plug-in hybrid electric Lexus model worldwide:
Features Toyota’s Dynamic Force Engine
The powertrain of the 2022 Lexus NX plug-in hybrid clubs the A25A-FXS 2.5-liter engine with two electric motors. One motor powers the front wheels, and the other unit powers the rear wheels. The engine is the same ‘Dynamic Force Engine’ naturally aspirated that Toyota employs in the RAV4 Prime (RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid/RAV4 PHEV).
The second-gen Lexus NX sits on the same platform as the fifth-gen Toyota RAV4 – GA-K – and both models belong to the same segment. The plug-in hybrid powertrain of both models delivers the same maximum power – 225 kW (306 PS/302 hp).
Offers 4 drive modes
The 2022 Lexus NX 450h+ allows the driver to choose from four drive modes: EV mode, AUTO EV/HEV mode, HEV mode, and Self-charge mode.
The vehicle runs on the electricity stored in its traction battery in the EV mode, thus emitting no CO2 from the tailpipe. In the AUTO EV/HV mode, the vehicle automatically selects the drive mode, either pure electric or hybrid, depending on the amount of charge remaining in the traction battery, route, traction information, and other data. In the HV mode, the powertrain uses both gasoline and electricity to allow maximum performance. In the Self-charge mode, the traction battery charges itself up using the power of the engine.
Drivable 36 miles in EV mode
Being a technical cousin of the RAV4 PHEV, the NX PHEV also has an 18.1 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. However, while the Toyota model can travel up 42 miles (EPA-est.) in EV mode on a full charge, the Lexus model’s EV range (EPA-est.) is 36 miles. The combined fuel economy (EPA-est.) is 84 MPGe, about 11% lower than the RAV4 Prime’s (94 MPGe).
Another commonality between these plug-in hybrid SUVs is the capacity of the onboard chargers. Like Toyota’s RAV4 PHEV, Lexus’ NX 450h+ comes with a 3.3 kW onboard charger as standard. Similarly, there is an option to upgrade to a 6.6 kW onboard charger. Fully charging the battery pack takes approximately 4.5 hours with the 3.3 kW charger or approximately 2.5 hours with the 6.6 kW charger.
As fast as the Toyota RAV4 PHEV (EV mode)
The 2022 Lexus NX plug-in hybrid allows driving at a max speed of 135 km/h (84 mph) solely on electric power. That’s the same EV mode top speed as that of the RAV4 PHEV, one of the popular plug-in hybrid models in the mass market segment. Toyota’s plug-in hybrid SUV can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds, while Lexus expects its plug-in hybrid SUV to accomplish the same in 6 seconds.
Uncompromising boot space
The plug-in hybrid variant’s significantly bigger battery doesn’t compromise its practicality, at least not in the Euro-spec units, for Lexus says that the cargo space (TBA) and the fuel tank capacity (55 liters/14.5 gallons) are the same as those of the hybrid variant.
Highly digital interior
The 2022 NX has a highly digital interior with many new/improved technologies. For the first time in an NX, Lexus is offering a 7-inch HD MID and a 10-inch head-up display, although a larger, 12-inch HD customizable display similar to the German rivals would have been nicer. The steering wheel has new ‘Touch tracer’ switches with a touch-based operation.
In the center stack, there’s an all-new Lexus Interface multimedia system. Developed in the U.S., it integrates a 9.8-inch touchscreen or a significantly larger, 14-inch touchscreen. Lexus Interface features cloud navigation, a new Voice Assistant, dual microphones, enhanced noise-cancellation, wireless Apple CarPlay, and wireless Android Auto. Nature-inspired Thematic Ambient Illumination with 14 mood lighting theme options, wireless smartphone charger, and Digital Key also make the 2022 NX more appealing than the old NX.
New Lexus Safety System+
Lexus Safety System+ 3.0 is standard on every new NX model, including the plug-in hybrid. In addition to the current safety features for NX, including Road Sign Assist, Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Intelligent High Beam, and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, the new version of the Lexus Safety System includes four advanced safety features.
Risk Avoidance Emergency Steer Assist applies brakes gently and steers the vehicle when needed to keep the vehicle within the lane and avoid a collision. Left Turn Oncoming Vehicle Detection/Braking warns the driver and engages the brakes if the driver is about to make a left turn in front of an oncoming vehicle. Right/Left Turn Oncoming Pedestrian Detection/Braking warns the driver and applies the brakes if the driver turns left or right in front of an oncoming pedestrian or cyclist. Dynamic Radar Cruise Control with Curve Speed Management manages the vehicle’s speed even in curves when the driver has enabled cruise control.
Lexus has confirmed the following standard features for the U.S.-spec 2022 NX 450h+ F Sport:
- F Sport front fascia and mesh grille insert
- 20-inch split-five-spoke alloy wheels with Gloss Black finish
- F Sport front fender badges
- Gloss Black window trim and roof rails
- Black ORVMs
- Color-matched (body-colored) wheel fender arches
- Dark Graphite Aluminium trim
- Aluminium pedals
- F Sport front seats with enhanced bolsters
- F Sport perforated leather-trimmed shift knob and steering wheel
- Race-inspired paddle shifters
- G-meter and energy monitor displays
- 10-inch head-up display
- Adaptive variable suspension
- Performance dampers (front and rear)
- Adaptive Front Lighting System*
- 14-inch touchscreen infotainment system*
- Drive Connect trial with Cloud Navigation, incl. Google POI data; Intelligent Assistant, incl. Hey Lexus; and Destination Assist*
- Ambient lighting*
- Front-seat ventilation*
- Lexus Memory System for driver’s seat, steering wheel, and ORVMs*
- Power tilt-and-slide moonroof*
- Power rear door with kick sensor*
- Rain-sensing windshield wipers*
- Intuitive Parking Assist with Automatic Braking*
*Part of F Sport Luxury Package included as standard in the 450h+ variant but not the 350 variant
Price & Release Date
|Lexus NX Configuration||Price|
|2022 NX 250 FWD||USD 37,950|
|2022 NX 250 AWD||USD 39,550|
|2022 NX 350||USD 41,550|
|2022 NX 350h||USD 41,050|
|2022 Lexus NX 450h+||USD 55,560|
The 2022 Lexus NX will enter U.S. showrooms as early as December 2021, and series production in Ontario, Canada will then commence in early 2022 for that market. It will cost USD 55,560 plus USD 1,075 delivery, processing, and handling fee in the 450h+ plug-in hybrid variant.
The 2022 Lexus NX is on display at the LA Auto Show alongside the first-ever Lexus LX Ultra Luxury and Lexus LX F Sport. Lexus is showcasing the 2022 NX in the top-of-the-line 450h+ plug-in hybrid variant, giving visitors a chance to get a preview of it before it arrives in showrooms. The unit on display is in the Grecian Water paint.
Atomic Silver, Caviar, Nori Green Pearl, Grecian Water, Redline, and Obsidian (F-Sport-exclusive) are the 2022 NX’s no-price color options. Ultrasonic Blue Mica 2.0 (F-Sport-exclusive), Cloudburst Gray, Eminent White Pearl, Ultra White (F-Sport-exclusive), and Cadmium Orange are also available, but they cost extra. Lexus offers a fresh color palette for the all-new SUV’s interior. In all, there are nine different options:
- Black/Rich Cream
- Rioja Red
- Circuit Red
- Stippled Black
- Black Prism
- Black Open-Pore Wood
- Dark Graphite Aluminum
2022 Lexus NX FAQs
What is the next-gen Lexus NX release date?
The 2022 Lexus NX will enter U.S. showrooms in December 2021.
Which models are considered the 2022 Lexus NX rivals?
Audi Q5, BMW X3, Cadillac XT4 & Mercedes GLC are credible Lexus NX competitors.
What is the 2022 Lexus NX price?
The base 2022 NX price is USD 37,950, whereas the 450h+ costs USD 55,560.
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