The original Lexus NX was introduced over seven years ago and now the wraps are about to roll out of the second generation luxury crossover. Debuting late tonight, the revamped model has been the subject of a long campaign of teasers, even though someone’s mishap caused the whole car to flee in February.
We’re expecting big changes when it comes to the interior, as Lexus will introduce an all-new touchscreen infotainment system. The dreaded touchpad was nowhere to be found in the official video which appeared online much earlier than it should, signaling the winds of change inside the chic crossover’s cabin.
A fully digital dashboard is also coming to the NX, while the old-fashioned analog clock will be a thing of the past with the gen switch. The entire dashboard has been redesigned and will have a cleaner center console with fewer buttons, as well as a more compact lever for the automatic transmission.
The 2022 NX will be the last car to get on the full-width rear lightbar train. Also at the rear, a pair of false exhaust tips is planned for at least one of the trim levels (F Sport?). The tapered grille is wider than ever, but Lexus is far from the only brand to look so direct. The grille will no longer be flanked by the Nike-esque daytime running lights as the separate DRLs will move into the main headlight cluster for a more cohesive appearance.
Some major changes are coming as the leaked video featured a 450h + version, presumably a PHEV similar to the RAV4 Prime. There should also be a non-plug-in hybrid model as well as less powerful powertrains that will remove electric assistance. Even though the leak showed the design, the technical specifications remain pretty much a mystery.
Everything will be revealed late tonight, with the livestream scheduled to start at 11:00 p.m. Eastern / 8:00 p.m. Pacific. Expect the 2022 Lexus NX to go on sale before the end of the year.