(By Tom Lohnes) – Since it came out in 2014, the Lexus NX has been a mid-tier player in the compact crossover business. Now, there’s a whole new generation, and it is a night and day difference.
Available in 4 different powertrains, the new NX has a version for everyone. The base NX250 comes with the drivetrain from an AWD Toyota Camry. This 2.5-liter Naturally-aspirated Inline-4 makes 203 horses, which go through an 8-speed automatic to all 4 wheels. Step up to the NX350, and you get a turbocharged 4-pot, with this one displacing 2.4 liters. Power numbers for the 350 haven’t been released yet, but my guess is a hair under 300. Then, there’s the hybrids. The base hybrid, the NX350h, uses the N/A 4-banger and an electric motor, as well as a CVT to send power to all 4 wheels. Nothing new here. The NX450h+, however, is a brand-new thing for Lexus. This one being a plug-in hybrid, it uses the same powertrain from the Toyota RAV4 Prime, which produces a healthy 315 horsepower.
SO, other than the drivetrains, what’s new? Well, this Lexus no longer has the infamous mouse to control the infotainment system. It now uses a touchscreen running a completely new system. The new NX also uses a fully digital gauge cluster, which really makes it up to date.
So, what do you think of the NX? Personally, I think it is class-leading at the moment, but things can change quick.