2022 Lexus NX leak previews design overhaul, new interior

2022 Lexus NX leak previews design overhaul, new interior

Y’all looking at the 2022 Lexus NX, the next-generation compact leisure crossover that has not been properly revealed still. Rather, the new NX smashed onto the internet by way of a video Lexus seems to have inadvertently posted and which was finally copied, the screen took, and the like as it bounced around the internet. 2022 Lexus NX leak previews design overhaul, new interior.

Now the first-generation NX meant the leading SUV Lexus designed to sit under its pioneering RX, the hugely successful luxury crossover that created the luxury crossover part back in 1999. Launched for the 2015 model year, the NX preferred style to the sub-compact SUV space, using some Toyota RAV4 bits for its foundations. Based on these oozed images of the second-generation NX, we assume the RAV4 link to stay—this time using the modernRAV4’s recent TNA design.

Stylish, Not Over-Styled:

The RAV4 agent should secure the new NX gets somewhat, a pleasant development given the current Lexus’s slightly tight interior. As before, the Lexus NX consumes expressive styling, combining the most eye-catching styling elements from Lexus’s products on one of its smallest products. (The automaker also fails the even scantierUX pseudo SUV.) Lexus designers induced some incentive from the UX, evidenced by the NX’s related full-width taillight treatment and low-slung look.

While the NX pictured here appears to be an F Rake trim, with sportier accouterments and a shovel-style front land that juts out authoritatively at the chin, we definitely expect the non-F-Sport model to lose the modern version’s goofy-lookin’ front overbite. Our understanding is that Lexus, intent to give the car-based NX some semblance of off-road credibility, bailed out most of the lower cover to develop clearance, but boy, does it look eerie.

The Lexus-signature hourglass-shaped grille is forthwith and thought, and also larger, it seems than the interest on the friendly NX. Yet aside from the mouthier leading end, the NX overall looks more experienced and strong.

An Improved Inside Game:

Lexus has achieved much bigger changes inside the NX, where the old design tombstone-like infotainment display, which poked out the top of the dashboard, has been traded for a notably larger and better-integrated unit. The best news? The display appears to be a touchscreen, meaning the current NX’s irritating and fiddly touchpad control interface is inert and left. Toward the modern NX, this controls like a laptop’s touchpad, where the user influences the on-screen cursor utilizing a pad on the center console, with the arrow clasping onto menu options fast and implementing haptic feedback as you swipe beyond them. It seems simple enough, but the system is especially frustrating in use. Excellent release.

We to spot some big round handles for modifying the cabin warmth, touch-sensitive controls for aperture settings, and a digital gauge cluster performance. The vibe persists modern and tech-heavy, but usability looks to be on the rise in the 2022 NX. One item we do hope makes a comeback is the modernNX’s small removable glass in the center console—it’s a complete non sequitur, which the automotive world lacks more of.

Engines are a secret at this point but seem for the front-wheel-drive to be a standard and all-wheel drive to be optional. Gas and hybrid four-cylinder options are all but guaranteed, perhaps mimicking the RAV4’s choices, and we expect an NX300 or NX350 plus an NX350h to hit U.S. shores. (The version in the video is badged NX200, which is unbelievable for America. ) The RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid’s powerful 302-hp, the all-wheel-drive setup seems like a contender. We’ll find out for certain whenever the NX is formally debuted. Presented how it seems ready to go, that executive broadcasts likely coming soon.


  • Many standard active safety features
  • Smooth and quiet ride
  • Solid interior quality


  • Slow
  • Small cargo area
  • Maddening infotainment system


Engine NameEngine: 4-Cyl Turbo 2.0 LiterTrim300 FWD
Horsepower235@4,800Body StyleSUV/Crossover
FuelUnleaded PremiumTransmissionTransmission, ECT-i 6 Speed Automatic Mode Select with Manual Mode (U661E)
ClassPremium Compact UtilityStandard MPG22/28
Width73.6Towing Capacity1,000/2,000
Front Headroom38.2Cylinder ConfigurationIn-Line
Front Legroom42.8Transmission TypeAutomatic
Ground Clearance6.9Height64.8
Fuel Capacity15.9Engine Size2.0
Number Of Cylinders4Cargo Capacity17.7/54.6
Rear Shoulder Room55.3Payload Capacity1,150
Rear Headroom38.1Length182.7
Gvwr5,090Curb Weight3,940
TonnageN/REngine TypeTurbo Gas
Rear Legroom36.1Transmission Speeds6


Iihs Roof StrengthN/RIihs Front Small OverlapN/R
Iihs Overall Side CrashN/RIihs Best Pick0
Iihs Rear CrashN/RIihs Front Moderate OverlapN/R
Nhtsa Rating Rear SideNot RatedNhtsa Rating OverallNot Rated
Nhtsa Rating Front PassengerNot RatedNhtsa Rating Front DriverNot Rated
Nhtsa Rating Front SideNot RatedNhtsa Rating RolloverNot Rated

What’s New:

  • Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are now standard
  • Power-folding, auto-dimming side mirrors are included on all trims
  • Green paint option becomes available
  • A power-operated tailgate with kick activation is now a standalone option
  • The steering wheel horn pad gets redesigned
  • BlackLine Special Edition offered for NX 300h F Sport

Trim Levels:

2021 Lexus NX 300:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Power-folding side mirrors
  • Leatherette seating upholstery
  • Keyless entry with push-button start

2021 Lexus NX 300 Luxury:

  • Built-in navigation
  • Perforated leather seating upholstery
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Power moonroof

2021 Lexus NX 300 F Sport:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Sport-inspired exterior styling
  • High-bolster front seats
  • Performance-tuned suspension

The NX 300h hybrid is offered in standard and Luxury versions...


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