ALL-NEW LEXUS NX: NEXT-GENERATION LEXUS DEBUTS WITH A DESIGN, PERFORMANCE AND TECHNOLOGY LEAP FORWARD
Next-generation Lexus brave design, exhilarating performance and imaginative technology has been revealed within the all-new Lexus NX luxury medium SUV.
Completely renewed with athletic proportions, the all-new NX debuts a powerful 2.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a more advanced petrol-electric hybrid powertrain.
A three-tier line-up comprising NX 350h, NX 350 and NX 250 will arrive in Australia in November, 2021 - the same month as the arrival of the first Lexus battery electric vehicle (BEV), the UX 300e luxury compact SUV.
The all-new NX will also become the first Lexus plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), and further details will be communicated about the NX 450h+ in due course.
With an all-new, stronger platform boasting larger dimensions including a longer wheelbase, the all-new NX defines next-generation Lexus design language by pursuing simplicity rooted in strong proportions and expressing captivating forms.
This dynamic exterior design reflects both the engaging technology within the advanced Tazuna Concept - a cockpit concept making its Lexus production vehicle debut - and a heighted focus on performance, ride comfort and handling.
The Tazuna Concept is a cockpit concept that allows the driver to intuitively connect with the car and concentrate more on driving operations.
It blends trademark-Lexus quality with a captivating new design, a luxurious blend of tones and textures, and a combination of button tactility with next-generation multimedia featuring 14.0-inch widescreen, touch-display capability.
A Lexus-first E-Latch system electronically controls the latching and unlatching of doors, combining with a blind-spot monitor to provide a Lexus-first safe exit assist (SEA) function that helps prevent accidents caused by door operation when the vehicle is stopped.
These advancements form part of the extensive next-generation Lexus Safety System+, adopting the latest preventive safety technologies and advanced technologies that enhance convenience, based on a human-centered approach - seamlessly partnering with and supporting the driver.
An evolution of the Lexus Driving Signature - which targets engaging and linear vehicle behaviour faithful to a driver's intentions - is borne from extensive dynamic development at the company's technical centre in Shimoyama, Japan.
While inheriting the linear steering feel that Lexus has thoroughly pursued to date, Lexus has focused on developing the driving control to deliver a precise driving feel.
Delivering a superb blend of high response and low fuel consumption, the new-generation petrol-electric NX 350h combines a 2.5-litre petrol engine with electrified performance supported by a new high-capacity Lithium-ion battery pack - in front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD).
A newly developed, electronically controlled full-time AWD system is standard for the new NX 350 variant and its 2.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine - with a 0.4L-larger capacity compared with the previous NX 300.
With a focus on light, agile driving dynamics, a new NX 250 variant joins the luxury medium SUV range with a responsive 2.5-litre petrol engine delivering high thermal efficiency, offered in FWD.
The globally available NX 450h+ PHEV (not confirmed for Australia) features a thermally-efficient 2.5-litre petrol engine, front and rear motors, and a Lithium-ion battery pack with an impressive 18.1 kiloWatt-hour (kWh) power output.
Lexus Australia Chief Executive Scott Thompson said the all-new NX represented a leap forward for the luxury lifestyle brand and a luxury medium SUV that is the most popular Lexus in Australia.
"The all-new Lexus NX is an extensive leap forward for design, performance and technology, with its athletic exterior matched by a dynamic new cockpit concept, advanced powertrains, plus engaging steering and handling," Mr Thompson said.
"When these attributes combine with trademark-Lexus quality and luxury, ride comfort and refinement, we are confident the all-new NX will create a new luxury medium SUV benchmark when it arrives in November."
The all-new NX is based on the development concept of "Vital x Tech Gear" that combines vital dynamism with advanced technology.
This entirely renews the incredibly successful first-generation NX, which launched in 2014 with a "Premium Urban Sports Gear" concept, and focused on driving performance that enables agile urban driving and SUV-like power.
As of the end of April 2021, the Lexus NX has sold a cumulative total of approximately one million units in more than 90 countries and regions, growing to become a core global model for Lexus.
TAKEAKI KATO, CHIEF ENGINEER, LEXUS INTERNATIONAL
"The development of the new NX was a series of new challenges for Lexus. We implemented 'digital development' to ensure quality by evaluating the well thought-out design structure under various conditions using computer models to check productivity."
"In terms of driving, professional racing drivers conducted an evaluation test drive at the Shimoyama test course to thoroughly train the car's body structure and control the driving force to inherit and evolve the Lexus Driving Signature."
"The powertrain line-up is diverse, including Lexus' first PHEV, a newly developed 2.4-litre turbocharged engine, and a newly developed electronically controlled full- time AWD, as well as a number of advanced technologies and a new generation of multimedia."
"The attractive design and performance of our products have been achieved through the cooperation of our suppliers and many innovations in production technology. Planning, development, production engineering, and manufacturing are connected online across national borders in a difficult environment such as travel restrictions, and for the first time for Lexus, production will be carried out at three locations around the world."
"All of this has been done with the full force of our team working together for the smiles of our customers. We hope you will be able to feel the challenge of the new generation of Lexus and the new NX that we, the development team, have poured our passion to deliver to you."
LEXUS NX PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATIONS FOR AUSTRALIAN LINE-UP
|Total length ||4,660 (+20)mm |
|Full Frame ||1,865 (+20)mm |
|Full height ||1,640 (+5)mm |
|Wheelbase ||2,690 (+30)mm |
| Powertrain ||2.5L In-line four-cylinder hybrid system |
2.4L In-line four-cylinder turbo
2.5L In-line four-cylinder
|Tyre size ||235/50 R20 |
( ) Figures in parentheses are compared to conventional models.
1. NX 350h
The NX hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) uses a highly-efficient 2.5-litre petrol engine, combined with a high-output electric motor and Lithium-ion battery pack, with control logic that achieves an optimised balance of high performance and low fuel usage.
While FWD will be available, the AWD system E-Four has a constantly variable front/rear driving force distribution from 100:0 to 20:80 percent modes.
2. NX 350
In addition to a high-speed combustion system, the newly-developed 2.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine features Lexus' first centre-injection direct-injection system and a close placement of the turbocharger and catalyst - meeting increasingly stringent exhaust and fuel economy regulations around the world.
The newly developed high-torque Direct Shift eight-speed automatic transmission has been optimised for the turbocharged engine, which can generate high torque from low engine speed.
Additionally, an all-new electronically controlled full-time AWD constantly varies the front/rear driving force distribution from 75:25 to 50:50 front/rear depending on the situation and uses unique technology to achieve both an optimal contact patch and linear steering feel.
3. NX 250
A highly efficient 2.5-litre petrol engine and Direct Shift eight-speed automatic are delivered in the lightest NX with instant response.
The transmission uses the same unique control technology and optimised final gear ratio as the 2.4-litre turbocharged engine, only with FWD, providing sufficient driving force and a pleasant driving experience with an optimal and rhythmic shift schedule depending on the situation.
LEXUS DRIVING SIGNATURE: ACHIEVING A BALANCE BETWEEN LINEAR STEERING FEEL AND DRIVING FORCE IN AN SUV
1. Suspension, Brakes and Tyres
The new NX uses the acclaimed GA-K platform to achieve a lightweight, highly rigid body with a low centre of gravity to enable superior handling.
The performance of the vehicle has been greatly improved, and it inherits the unique Lexus Driving Signature, which is faithful to the driver's inputs with control surfaces tuned for a more linear response.
The newly developed NX suspension uses front MacPherson struts 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 wheel fastening structure has been changed from stud bolt and hub nut fastening to hub bolt fastening. By increasing rigidity and reducing unsprung weight (approx. 0.7kg less than when the hub nut is fastened), it contributes to a clean and responsive steering feel and a high-quality ride.
F Sport grades are equipped with the latest Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) as standard equipment to achieve both high levels of manoeuvrability and ride comfort.
The steering adopts Lexus' first variable-rack gear ratio1
to enhance stability at high speeds and enable a quick cornering response. The new variable-rack steering gear ratio also excels at low-speed handling.
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.
For the first time on the NX, 20-inch tyres are available in addition to standard 18-inch tyres.
2. Highly Rigid and Lightweight Body
The structure of the upper body benefits from a bonnet that adopts a twin-lock structure - a first for Lexus. Reinforcement braces and panels have been added to the suspension members and other parts of the vehicle to ensure that the driving force is optimised. In addition to the annular structure, a high-rigidity structural foaming agent was placed effectively to suppress matchbox deformation in the rear luggage opening.
In addition to laser screw welding (LSW) and structural adhesives, laser peening technology has been newly developed for joining skeletons. Through their optimal placement, the bonding strength has been increased by extending the bonding length by about 35% compared to the conventional type.
The rocker outer reinforcement is made of 1180 MPa steel by tailor welded blanks (1.6kg lighter than the conventional structure), and the roof centre reinforcement is made of cold-rolled steel sheet with a tensile strength of 1470 MPa.
The roof centre reinforcement is made of cold-rolled steel plate with a tensile strength of 1470 MPa2
(approximately 0.3kg lighter than the conventional structure).
A structure made of such high tensile strength steel enhances vehicle rigidity, safety, and handling while mitigating mass.
In addition to optimising 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 the previous sound pressure level).
Furthermore, 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 adopted3
A DESIGN THAT SIGNIFIED THE NEXT GENERATION OF LEXUS, COMBINING DYNAMISM WITH ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY
1. Proportions that express the uniqueness of Lexus
To further evolve the next generation Lexus design language, the all-new NX distinguishes itself by focusing on vehicle proportions that enhance an athletic image and align with the model's driving performance and the clean simplicity of the luxury medium SUV's technology.
The familiar 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, Lexus pursued the uniqueness of Lexus by creating a vehicle shape in which the front fenders' upward-flowing three-dimensional forms merge with those near the rear fenders.
2. A silhouette that evokes dynamic and nimble driving
Changes to the platform have resulted in an expressive, dynamic shape defined by softer angles and more organic forms in the all-new Lexus NX.
The bonnet 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.
Combining the opposing elements of sharp character lines and large curved surfaces, we pursued solid textures that accentuate each other. We aimed to create a new design expression for the next generation of Lexus that is simple yet spectacular.
3. Rear view expresses a sense of solidarity and a strong stance
Toward the centre of the back door, the shape is narrowed in the motif of a spindle shape and the rear fenders are shaped to sandwich the spindle shape, emphasising the sense of solidity around the rear cabin and the wide stance of the tyres.
For the rear combination lamps, an elongated light bar, located across the centre of the vehicle combines with the independently positioned L-shaped lamps on the left and right to enhance the unique originality of the NX.
The revised brand mark placed in the centre of the rear hatch, above the license plate symbolises the next generation of Lexus.
4. F Sport
The exterior features include special 20-inch alloy wheels, a spoiler on the lower bumper and front-side garnishes that deliver a sporty impression.
A COCKPIT BASED ON THE TAZUNA CONCEPT AND AN INTERIOR DESIGN THAT IS CLOSE TO ALL OCCUPANTS
1. The next-generation of Lexus' human-centered philosophy
The cockpit design is based on the Tazuna Concept, a new cockpit that further evolves Lexus' human-centered philosophy that is foundation of all vehicle development.
This interior concept was first introduced in the LF-30 Electrified Concept in 2019. The Japanese word 'tazuna' is derived from the 'reins' used to control horses, as it aims to enhance the joy of controlling a car at will by enabling better communication between the driver and their vehicle.
The ratio of the driver and passenger floor is designed to create the optimal space. The meter and centre display area contribute to driver comfort by ensuring a wide field of vision and tightening the driver knee space.
The wide passenger area, including the top of the console, provides passengers with ample space.
The layout of the information system components leading from the heads-up display to the gauges and from the heads-up display to the centre display allows for smoother, less distracted eye movement while driving.
In addition, the start button, shift lever, and drive mode select switch are placed around the steering wheel where they can be handled more naturally, so the driver can operate them smoothly without losing his or her driving posture.
The newly developed steering wheel 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. Lexus pursued a shape that has a superior tactile character that is easy to grip and apply pressure.
For the F Sport interior, in addition to the newly developed dedicated steering wheel, the front seats, aluminium pedals, and shift lever have been exclusively designed to enhance the image of driving performance.
2. Multimedia system with advanced and convenient features
The all-new multimedia system's high-resolution, 14.0-inch touch-display provides clear images, thanks to an antireflective coating applied to the windshield and the use of glare-reducing bonding technology4
The all-new 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 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.
For example, a function that allows front passengers to easily call up frequently used controls has been installed. In addition, the map area and the climate control area can be adjusted according to your needs and preferences.
The colour and font of the navigation screen can be selected from five different themes according to the user's preference.
The latest voice-recognition function enables activation by operating the microphone icon on the display or by voice, in addition to activation by operating the talk switch on the steering wheel. By saying a pre-defined activation word (e.g. "Hey Lexus!"), the system can be activated by voice recognition without having to operate switches or stop playing music. In addition, the system supports natural speech operation as if you were talking to the car.
Configure Apple CarPlay®5
or Android Auto™6
to use the exclusive functions of a user's smartphone on the in-vehicle display. In addition to the conventional USB connection, it now supports wireless connection via Wi-Fi.
The Lexus Premium Sound System consists of 10 speakers, including a large- capacity subwoofer box. An available Mark Levinson®7
Premium Surround Sound System delivers 17-speaker audio, including a large-capacity subwoofer box that utilises the body frame, and are optimally placed to create a stage feeling that extends from front to back and left to right.
3. Touch Tracer Operation
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.
In addition, 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.
With the adoption of a large touch display, many functions are integrated into the soft switches in the display. The Lexus product development team paid close attention to the details of the switch size, shape, layout, and displayed information, and pursued the optimal arrangement and shape for intuitive operation while considering the frequency of use of each function.
4. Interior colour scheme and ornamentation
A diverse interior colour line-up is offered, including Black & Rich Cream, a contrasting colour scheme of black and rich cream with high-saturation orange accent stitching.
The ornament decoration that runs from the shape of the meter to the door trim is in a dark colour 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.
Sixty-four colours of interior illumination are used to accentuate the beauty of the interior shapes and materials, colouring the entire cockpit. There are 14 preset colours that express the emotions and changes in feelings that occur when looking at beautiful natural phenomena. If a driver desires to freely select other colours, they can choose from 50 other colours in the colour palette of the centre display, providing an atmosphere that better aligns with their mood.
EQUIPPED WITH THE LATEST ADVANCED SAFETY TECHNOLOGIES AND ENHANCED CONVENIENCE BASED ON A HUMAN-CENTERED APPROACH
1. New items to extend safety and security
Lexus-first 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.
- E-Latch System (new)
Replacing the latch/unlatch mechanism of the door with electrical control by switches delivers a smooth door operation and effortless feeling.
- Safe Exit Assist8 (new)
When exiting the vehicle, the system uses the sensors of the Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) to detect vehicles approaching from behind, including bicycles. If the system determines that there is a possibility of a collision with an open door or an alighting occupant, the indicator in the outer mirror will light up to alert the driver. In addition, if the driver tries to open the door, the system cancels the door opening in cooperation with the E-Latch system. The system notifies the occupants with a buzzer, flashing indicator in the outer mirror and display on the meter.
2. Lexus Safety System+ with expanded functions and enhanced performance
By expanding the detection range of the millimetre wave radar and monocular camera, the performance of the Lexus Safety System+ has been enhanced.
[PCS] assistance at intersections has been expanded to include assistance in avoiding collisions with intersecting vehicles, oncoming vehicles coming straight ahead whilst turning right, and pedestrians and cyclists 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 cyclists at night. When the system determines that there is a high possibility of a collision, it can activate an audible alert and apply braking to help mitigate the damage.
Front Cross-Traffic Alert8
［FCTA] now detects a vehicle approaching from the left or right when entering an intersection at low speed, displaying an animation of the direction of the approaching vehicle on the colour 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 audible warning.
In the Emergency Steering Assist8
[ESA] 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 Control8
(With All-Speed Follow Function) can now detect vehicle lane movement, and can begin slowing the vehicle in its current lane whilst the driver begins to move into a lane with slower traffic. 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.
Lane Tracing Assist8
(LTA) delivers improved lane recognition performance to realise smoother and less disruptive steering support, while Lane Departure Alert8
(LDA) also newly recognises utility poles, kerbs, guardrails, walls, and continuous poles, enabling additional support at lower speeds.
For the Road Sign Assist8
(RSA), in addition to the existing "maximum speed", "no vehicle entry" and "temporary stop" signs, an expanded scope of support now includes "no turning" signs.
Newly added to the NX, DCM (Data Communication Module) wireless communication also includes SOS call9
, automated collision notification10
, and stolen vehicle tracking11
General Disclaimer: All specifications and features are based on global information and may differ to those available in Australia.
1 Excluding PHEV.
2 Normal roof only.
3 Specifications vary by destination.
4 A technology that fills in the gaps between the glass panel and the LCD and then attaches them together. It minimises the refractive index of light and reduces screen glare.
5 Apple, Apple CarPlay, and iPhone are trademarks of Apple Inc.
6 Android™ and Android Auto™ are trademarks of Google LLC.
7 Mark Levinson and Mark Levinson are trademarks of Harman International Industries, Inc.
8 Driver assist feature. Only operates under certain conditions. Check your Owner's Manual for explanation of limitations. Please drive safely.
9 Driver assist feature only. Not a substitute for safe driving practices. Not available outside Australia or if service is disabled or terminated. Only operates if vehicle's SOS button is pressed. Dependent on 4G enabled DCM, GPS signal strength, mobile network coverage, operational related components and other factors outside Lexus's control which can limit the ability or functionality of the system. Check your Owner's Manual for explanation of limitations. Please drive safely.
10 Driver assist feature only. Not a substitute for safe driving practices. Not available outside Australia or if service is disabled or terminated. Only activates if vehicle's DCM detects airbag deployment or an impact sensor notification. Dependent on 4G enabled DCM, GPS signal strength, mobile network coverage, operational related components and other factors outside Lexus's control which can limit the ability or functionality of the system. Check your Owner's Manual for explanation of limitations. Please drive safely.
11 Not available outside Australia or if service is disabled or terminated. Dependent on sufficient battery power, 4G enabled DCM, GPS signal strength, mobile network coverage, operational related components & other factors outside Lexus's control which can limit the ability or functionality of the system. Guest required to obtain Police report. Vehicle location information, if available, only provided to Police. Vehicle recovery not guaranteed.
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