Unveiled at the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show, the 2018 NX features some slight changes to Lexus’ littlest utility vehicle. The nose looks a little smoother, thanks to a revised front bumper and upper grille. New headlamps look similar to the units in the all-new LC flagship coupe.
Out back, there’s a new lower rear bumper that borrows elements from Lexus’ love-it-or-hate-it “spindle” front grille design. The taillights are a bit longer, and the exhaust tips are larger and better integrated into the rear bumper.
2018 Lexus NX exterior and interior
Okay, so the refresh hasn’t changed the most polarising part of every new Lexus: that nose, which was launched on the IS back in 2013. The Spindle Grille is now instantly recognisable, and the nose on the NX has been massaged to better integrate with the front fenders and bumper. New chrome detailing also brightens things up, and Lexus has also tweaked the twin-element headlight design, dropping the old look for a neater, flatter setup.
The changes are a bit more subtle down back, where a set of wider taillights and a lower rear bumper are essentially the only tweaks of note. Lexus has also revised the black cladding on the rear end to better highlight the L-shaped detailing in those new taillights.
Inside, nearly all the controls and switches, including the door handles, shift knob and drive-mode selector, have a metallic satin finish. The infotainment screen gets a size upgrade from 7 inches to 10.3. The HVAC controls are simplified down to just four toggle switches.
The wireless charger tray is also bigger so that it can accommodate today’s larger phablets smartphones. A new feature added for 2018 is a foot-operated rear hatch, which can close and open with a wave of the foot under the rear-bumper cover– perfect for when your arms are full.
2018 Lexus NX Under the Hood
Power will come from a range of compact four-cylinder engines, headlined by a hybrid option. Lexus hasn’t made any changes to the any of the powertrains on offer, but it has reworked the car’s suspension with sportier springs, stabilizer bars and bushings for sharper turn in. There are also new dampers, but the biggest change is the addition of Adaptive Variable Suspension to the options list.
2018 Lexus NX Price and Available
The updated NX is on show in Shanghai at the moment. It’ll be on sale before the year is out, with prices expected to stay similar to the current car, which starts at US$ 36,000.