All-new Lexus NX makes world premiere

By CARSIFU | 12 June 2021

TOKYO: Lexus today announced the world premiere of the all-new NX, which it says will lead the way in dynamic performance that can be expected on future new models.

The new NX is the first model to introduce the next generation of Lexus and is based on the development concept of "Vital x Tech Gear." This concept combines vital dynamism with advanced technology.

The new NX uses the GA-K platform to achieve a lightweight, highly rigid body with a low centre of gravity to enable superior handling.

It features improved linear response thanks to the strengthening of the car's fundamentals, a design that attracts attention with athletic proportions, and many advanced, new technologies.


Also, in order to establish the unique driving experience to be found in future electrified vehicles, Lexus focused on improving driving control, aerodynamics, and weight reduction.

Based on the "Lexus Electrified" vision, the new NX will be available as both a regular hybrid and, for the first time, as a plug-in hybrid, further accelerating the rollout of electrified vehicles.

In addition, Lexus will respond to the diversifying needs of customers by offering a wide lineup of powertrains, including models powered by a 2.5-litre naturally-aspirated or a 2.4-litre turbocharged engines, among others.

The 2.4-litre turbocharged model features Active Noise Control/Engine Sound Enhancement, which enhances the noise characteristic of the four-cylinder turbocharged engine, while producing a pleasant driving experience with a pleasing sound typical of Lexus.


The newly developed NX suspension uses MacPherson struts in the front and a trailing arm, double-wishbone design in the rear. The newly developed shock absorber maintains damping force at low speeds by careful design of high friction parts. The F SPORT is equipped with the latest Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) as standard equipment to achieve both high levels of maneuverability and ride comfort.

The NX's exterior design expresses a captivating form, modelling large surface units across a new, dynamic framework that has been realized through an all-new vehicle platform.

The NX's interior is the first to fully incorporate the Tazuna Concept, a cockpit concept that allows the driver to intuitively connect with the car and concentrate more on driving operations.

With the adoption of a large touch display, many functions are integrated into the soft switches in the display.


The newly developed steering wheel inherits the shape that Lexus has always insisted on, which is easy to grip and operate, while the horn pad has been downsized and the spoke design has been changed to improve the sporty feel.

The steering adopts Lexus' first variable rack gear to enhance stability at high speeds and enable a quick cornering response. The new variable rack steering gear also excels at low speed handling.

The shift lever is newly developed for the shift-by-wire function

For braking, a new ergonomically-shaped brake pedal pad has been developed for easier switching between pedals and easier brake pedal depression. The PHEV and HEV are the first Lexus vehicles to feature a pedal return damping mechanism, enhancing the dynamic quality of the pedal release operation.

In addition, a faster reacting, revised brake actuator better supports the function of the Lexus Safety Sense +.

The Lexus-first e-latch system electronically controls the latching and unlatching of doors. This feature is combined with a blind spot monitor to provide a "safe exit assist function (with control door opening), a world-first feature that helps to prevent accidents caused by door operation when the vehicle is stopped.


Aiming to achieve quietness befitting a Lexus, in addition to optimiszing sound-absorbing and sound-insulating materials in various parts of the vehicle to reduce noise entering the cabin, the air flow and wind noise seeping into the cabin has been reduced by 15%.

To reduce high speed wind noise, a revised weather strip and front door glass run shape have been developed to improve door sealing. For the front door glass, a new sound insulation material has been adopted.

The engine hood uses a twin-lock structure, a first for Lexus, to suppress engine hood vibration caused by air turbulence, contributing to improved quietness.

Another notable feature is that the new NX supports the use of smartphone as a digital key to enable some vehicle operations. The NX can also be equipped with a Lexus-first "Advanced Park" system. The remote parking function enables remote control from outside the vehicle via a digital key and assists with parking in unfamiliar or confined spaces.


New NX highlights

The NX adopts a variety of powertrains to meet the diversifying needs of customers and to contribute to a carbon-neutral society.

> Available powertrains include Lexus' first PHEV, an HEV-equipped with high-capacity battery, a newly developed 2.4-litre inline four-cylinder turbocharged engine, and a 2.5-litre inline four-cylinder naturally-aspirated engine-all with high thermal efficiency.

> All-wheel drive (AWD) is available on models equipped with PHEV and 2.4-litre turbo powertrains, whilst both AWD and front-wheel drive (FWD) are available on the models equipped with HEV and 2.5-litre naturally-aspirated powertrains.

The 2.4-litre turbocharged engine.
The 2.4-litre turbocharged engine.

> The evolution of Lexus' unique driving signature, focusing on the control of driving force to deliver a sense of stability, power, and security.

> Newly-developed, electronically-controlled full-time AWD has been adopted for the 2.4-litre turbocharged model.

> The next generation of Lexus design is rooted in athletic proportions and contributes to an impression of performance and function.

> The NX adopts the latest preventive safety technologies, as well as advanced convenience technologies, as part of the luxury brand's human-centered approach.

As of the end of April 2021, the NX has sold a cumulative total of 1 million units in more than 90 countries and regions, and together with the bigger RX, has grown to become a core global model for Lexus.