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With an extensive list of firsts, from the first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) in the Lexus lineup – the NX 450h+ – to the introduction of the all-new Lexus Interface multimedia system, the 2022 Lexus NX sets the stage for the next chapter of the Lexus brand.
The Next Chapter for Lexus is centered around four pillars: Design, Lexus Driving Signature, Electrification, and Advanced Technology. The all-new NX plays a key role in leading the brand forward on all of these dimensions.
The NX has been redesigned from the inside out. Every exterior surface has been reimagined. The signature spindle grille has been refined in the front. And, perhaps the most notable expression of future Lexus design is the elegant new block LEXUS rear badging and full-width tail lamp.
Lexus Driving Signature results from an entirely new approach to vehicle development. This ensures a uniquely Lexus experience where each vehicle exhibits a direct, linear driving feel that is consistent across the lineup.
For the second generation NX, Lexus doubles down with two electrified options, including a 2.5-liter hybrid powertrain on NX 350h and the first plug-in hybrid electric Lexus model, the first NX 450h+.
Advanced technology abounds in the all-new NX. Drivers can stay in touch with the intuitive features of Lexus Interface, such as wireless Apple Car Play and Android Auto, Voice Assistant, cloud-navigation capable with Google Points of Interest (POI), over the air updates, and available Digital Key.
The all-new Lexus NX 350h brings power and fuel economy improvements to the mainstay of the alt-fuel family. The Lexus Hybrid Drive system pairs the D4-S fuel injection 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder gasoline engine with two high-torque electric drive motor-generators for strong acceleration and passing performance. Instead of transfer gears and a driveshaft to the rear wheels, the AWD system employs a second, independent electric motor to drive the rear wheels when it detects it is needed to help support traction.
Drivers will also notice the quicker 0-60 time of 7.2 seconds, a full 1.5 seconds quicker than the previous generation hybrid. The updated hybrid powertrain produces 239 combined system horsepower while sipping its way to a 0-60 time of 7.2 seconds, 1.5 seconds faster than the prior generation with an impressive combined EPA-estimated 39 MPG.
Drivers will enjoy added peace of mind thanks to Lexus Safety System+ 3.0, standard on all-new NX models. New features like Curve Speed Management and Intersection Support create a foundation of protection at multiple angles. Optional Digital Key on NX 350h and NX 450h+ models make vehicle access and parking a breeze.
For 2022, the Lexus NX also features standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. Guests can charge and stream wirelessly with the new optional wireless charger which can be stowed away to maximize storage.