NEXT CHAPTER OF LEXUS
The next generation of Lexus begins with the all-new NX. Based on the development concept of "Vital x Tech Gear”, it combines vital dynamism with advanced technology to better meet the diversifying needs and lifestyles of customers the world over, while advancing the realization of a carbon-neutral society.
In addition to elevated performance, design, and technologies, the new NX will also be available as an HEV (Hybrid Electric Vehicle) and – a Lexus first – a PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle), representing the latest expression of the "Lexus Electrified" vision.
Further evolving the next generation Lexus design language, the new NX distinguishes itself by focusing on proportions that enhance an athletic image and align with the model’s driving performance, function, and the clean simplicity of the new crossover’s technology. Changes have resulted in an expressive, dynamic shape defined by softer angles and more organic forms.
The iconic Lexus spindle architecture has been deepened with a three-dimensional design that starts from the spindle grille and extends significantly toward the rear fenders. In addition, the more upright grille surface enables more efficient air flow, improving the cooling performance of the radiator.
The headlamps are now entirely black, accentuating the L-shaped daytime running lights.
The next generation of Lexus is symbolized with the new brand mark placed in the center of the rear hatch.
For the rear combination lamps, an elongated light bar, located across the center of the vehicle combines with the independently positioned L-shaped lamps on the left and right to enhance the unique originality of the NX.
MORE EXTERIOR FEATURES
The hood has been extended where it reaches the grille to help “lengthen” the front-end proportions forward of the A-pillar. The model’s rear overhang has been shortened to create a sense of lightness. The straight beltline was shortened to emphasize the kick-up toward the rear, giving the cabin a condensed feel.
The front and rear tires have been enlarged from 225/60R18 inches to 235/50R20 inches, and the front and rear treads have been widened to enhance the NX’s dynamic image. In addition, by lowering the hip point of the rear seat, passenger head clearance has been increased to improve rear-seat occupant comfort.
Available exterior colors suit a variety of customer lifestyles. Colors include Sonic Chrome, which employs Lexus' unique metal texture technology, Celestial Blue, a straightforward high-saturation color, and Blazing Carnelian contrast layering, which combines depth and vibrancy.
The exterior features include special 20-inch alloy wheels, a spoiler on the lower bumper, and front-side garnishes that deliver a sporty impression.
The interior is focused on creating a welcoming, hospitable space for each occupant and, for the first time, fully incorporates the Tazuna Concept. This human-centered cockpit philosophy enables a more seamless and intuitive connection between the driver and car to help enhance concentration on driving.
The Tazuna interior concept, first introduced in the LF-30 Electrified concept car in 2019, aims to enhance the joy of controlling a car at will by enabling better communication between the driver and their vehicle.
The layout of the information system components leading from the head-up display to the gauges and from the head-up display to the center display contribute to driver comfort by ensuring a wide field of vision and allows for smoother, less distracted eye movement while driving.
The NX F SPORT features a newly developed dedicated steering wheel, while the front seats, aluminum pedals, and shift lever have been exclusively designed to enhance the image of driving performance.
MORE INTERIOR FEATURES
The interior color scheme was created to best suit the cockpit based on the Tazuna Concept and allows the driver to concentrate on driving. A diverse color lineup is offered, including "Black & Rich Cream," a contrasting color scheme of black and rich cream with high-saturation orange accent stitching.
REDESIGNED STEERING WHEEL & SHIFT LEVER
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 shift lever is newly developed for the shift-by-wire function. We pursued a shape that has a superior tactile character that is easy to grip and apply pressure.
The ornament decoration that runs from the shape of the meter to the door trim is in a dark color and has continuity with the driver's seat area to create a space where the driver can focus on driving. The newly developed "3D Cutting Black" is a geometric pattern that gradually becomes denser toward the rear to help enhance the sense of dynamism and advanced technology.
Every element of performance in the NX comes from the Lexus Driving Signature philosophy, which imagines a vehicle as an extension of the driver's intent.
The Lexus Driving Signature is realized in the NX's global range of available powertrains, including Lexus' first PHEV, offering a driving experience that seamlessly blends comfort, stability, athleticism, power, and safety.
The plug-in hybrid system used in the new PHEV version of the NX is equipped with a thermally-efficient 2.5-liter inline-four engine, a high-capacity, high-output lithium-ion battery, and front and rear motors. The lithium-ion battery has an impressive power output of 18.1 kilowatt-hour (kWh), providing a class-leading EV range and power for daily driving. The driver can alternate at will among four driving modes (EV mode, AUTO EV/HEV mode, HEV mode, and Self-charge mode) at the touch of a switch.
GLOBALLY AVAILABLE POWERTRAINS
Lexus’ first PHEV features AWD (E-FOUR) with constantly variable front-to-rear torque distribution between 100:0 and 20:80 percent modes. The high-capacity lithium-ion battery is placed under the floor to lower the center of gravity and help enhance handling and the overall driving experience.
The HEV combines a highly efficient 2.5-liter inline-four engine with a high-output electric motor, and uses a control logic exclusive to Lexus to achieve an optimized balance of acceleration performance and reduced fuel consumption. E-Four has a constantly variable front/rear driving force distribution from 100:0 to 20:80 percent modes. A FWD version will also be introduced to meet the diversifying needs of customers.
Featuring a newly developed 2.4-liter inline-four turbocharged engine, a newly developed high-torque Direct Shift-8AT, and a newly developed electronically controlled full-time AWD. In addition to the Toyota New Global Architecture’s (TNGA) high-speed combustion system, the engine features Lexus' first center-injection direct-injection system and a close placement of the turbocharger and catalyst done in order to meet increasingly stringent exhaust and fuel economy regulations around the world, while at the same time being conscious of carbon neutrality. The transmission has been optimized for the turbocharged engine, which can generate high torque from low rpm. The newly developed shift control technology enables acceleration and deceleration that is faithful to the driver's will and provides a pleasant shift schedule. Additionally, the electronically controlled full-time AWD constantly varies the front/rear driving force distribution from 75:25 to 50:50 (depending on situation), and uses unique technology to achieve both an optimal contact patch and linear steering feel.
A highly efficient 2.5-liter inline-four engine and Direct Shift-8-speed AT. The AWD system has a constantly variable front/rear driving force distribution ranging from 100:0 to 50:50, with the same unique control technology and optimized final gear ratio as the 2.4-liter engine, providing sufficient driving force and a pleasant driving experience with an optimal and rhythmic shift schedule depending on the situation. A FWD model will also be introduced to meet the diversifying needs of our customers.
Based on Lexus' human-centered approach, the NX introduces a number of new technologies designed to enhance performance and convenience.
The NX offers a state-of-the-art multimedia system that is intuitive and easy to use. A variety of menu selection switches are always displayed as icons on the driver's side for superior accessibility.
The layout of the entire 14-inch touch display screen is divided into display areas according to the granularity of the information, while the operation flow for navigation, music, and vehicle settings is unified for ease of use.
By installing a special application, smartphones can be used as a key for vehicles supporting this function, allowing you to lock, unlock, and start the engine. Digital keys can be handed over between smartphones, making it easy for family and friends to borrow and lend vehicles remotely.
(Supported in Japan, North America, and China)
From outside the vehicle, the driver can remotely parallel park and move the vehicle forward and backward when removing luggage from the trunk.
(Supported in Japan, North America, China, and Europe)
MORE TECH & PERFORMANCE FEATURES
The head-up display offers three modes with different information and layouts to allow customers to enjoy driving while maintaining a clear view of the surrounding road conditions. The driver can change the mode according to the driving situation. In addition, the layout and graphics of the gauges have been redesigned to ensure that the driver receives the information they need while driving.
STEERING WHEEL TOUCH SENSORS
Newly adopted is the Touch Tracer Operation, an operation method that combines the head-up display with touch sensor switches on the steering wheel. When the driver touches the touch sensor switches on the steering wheel, the operation guide is displayed on the head-up display (or on the meter when the head-up display is off), allowing more intuitive operation without the need for a driver to look at their hand and keep eyes forward.
Sixty-four colors of interior illumination are used to accentuate the beauty of the interior shapes and materials, coloring the entire cockpit. We have preset 14 recommended colors that express the emotions and changes in feelings that occur when looking at beautiful natural phenomena. If a driver desires to freely select other colors, they can choose from 50 other colors in the color palette of the center display, providing an atmosphere that better aligns with their mood.
Replacing the latch/unlatch mechanism of the door with electrically controlled switches delivers a smooth door operation and effortless feeling.
The newly developed NX suspension uses MacPherson struts in the front and a trailing arm, double-wishbone design in the rear. The new 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.
Thorough attention was paid to aerodynamic control and safety technology. Flush belt moldings with minimal steps from the door design surface to the glass surface are used to optimize over-body air-flow and improve handling stability. On the underside of the vehicle, the dimples in the underbody engine splash shield generate micro-vortices that help enhance under-body airflow and contribute to driving stability at high speeds. The front bumper is shaped for improved air-flow and downforce, and the rear bumper has an opening to balance rear suspension movement.
Aiming to achieve quietness befitting a Lexus, in addition to optimizing 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 dramatically reduced (approximately 15% reduction compared to previous sound pressure level). Furthermore, in an effort to mitigate 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.
*Specifications vary by market.
In order to realize the ultimate wish of the mobility society – "zero fatalities and injuries in traffic accidents” – the NX adopts the evolved Lexus Safety System+. By expanding the detection range of the millimeter wave radar and monocular camera, we have enhanced the performance of each function and added new functions to assist on ordinary roads. The aim is to prevent accidents, further reduce traffic fatalities and injuries, and ease the burden on drivers.
The NX is equipped with Advanced Park, an advanced driving support technology developed based on the Mobility Teammate Concept, to support safe, secure and smooth parking.
In addition, automatic door-opening cancellation (Safe Exit Assist), which is linked to the Blind Spot Monitor sensor and e-latch system, supports safe and secure exit.
MORE LEXUS SAFETY SYSTEM+ FEATURES
PRE-CRASH SAFETY (PCS*)
Assistance at intersections has been expanded to include assistance in avoiding collisions with intersecting vehicles, oncoming vehicles coming straight ahead when turning right**, and pedestrians and bicyclists approaching from ahead when turning right or left. In addition, the scope of assistance has been expanded to include motorcycles, oncoming vehicles that have deviated from their lane, and bicyclists at night. When the system determines that there is a high possibility of a collision, it will activate the alarm and brakes to help mitigate the damage.
*PCS: Pre-Collision System
**When driving on the left side of the road. When driving on the right side of the road, this applies when turning left
FRONT CROSS-TRAFFIC ALERT
If the system detects a vehicle approaching from the left or right when entering an intersection at low speed, it displays an animation of the direction of the approaching vehicle on the color head-up display to alert the driver. If the system judges that the driver is about to start despite the approaching vehicle, it will alert the driver to slow down with a display and buzzer.
In the Emergency Steering Assist function, which assists steering within the lane triggered by the driver's steering, an active steering function is available that automatically controls steering when the system judges that there is a high risk of collision. In addition, a low-speed acceleration control function has been added to support accident prevention at low speeds.
RADAR CRUISE CONTROL
In addition to providing preliminary acceleration in response to the operation of the turn signal when overtaking another vehicle, if a preceding vehicle in the target lane is traveling at a speed slower than the set vehicle speed, the system provides preliminary deceleration, again in response to the operation of the turn signal. This prevents sudden approach to the preceding vehicle and enhances the sense of security.
By enhancing the performance of detecting curves ahead and decelerating earlier in accordance with the size of the curve, the curve speed control function has evolved to be more in tune with the driver's senses.
When there is a vehicle in the overtaking lane that is slower than the vehicle's speed, the system decelerates the vehicle so that it does not overtake from the driving lane and maintains the distance between the two vehicles*.
The New Lexus ES
The LF-Z Electrified Concept
The LF-30 Electrified Concept
The LF-1 Limitless Concept