Lexus NX (2022) review | Coach Car News

Think back to 2014 and the launch of the first generation Lexus NX. At the time (and mostly in a positive way) we found the car quite shocking to behold.

Even the TV commercial, which featured an origami fox along with other pleated creations existing in an abstract urban environment – Facet City – could have caused tension headaches in the viewer. How many angles, we wondered, was it possible to design into the body of a car before the result looked like a ball of aluminum foil? The NX stopped long before this point, but still.

Obviously, given that this new version doubles down on the approach, Lexus feels it was something with the sharp looks of the first-generation NX, and not without justification. This mid-size SUV became the marque’s best-selling model, propelling Lexus out of relative obscurity in Europe and giving it a respectable market share in perhaps the most unforgiving segment of them all.

The second-generation car tested here aims to double that share and take even more sales from conquests like the Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz GLC, BMW X3 and Range Rover Evoque. It has some minor but important changes to help it achieve this goal.

While the aesthetic only tweaks that of the Facet City star, there are broader changes underneath. The entire range now consists of petrol hybrids (although non-hybrid models are offered in Eastern Europe), and there’s also a plug-in hybrid for the first time in the form of the mighty top-of-the-line NX 450h+. range.

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This notice was published: 2022-03-25 08:01:24

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