Lexus has announced new Sport edition for its NX Crossover model with fresh exterior and interior elements. With added sporty elements, the Lexus NX now get extra dynamic sporting style appeal. It is the first expansion of the NX line-up since the new model was introduced last year, following the pattern established by the Sport versions of the Lexus RX luxury SUV and CT premium hatchback in creating a sportier look at a competitive price point.
New exterior updates for the NX include Black exterior detailing such as the signature spindle grille and frame, horizontal bars, door mirror housings and 18-inch alloy wheel designs, either two-tone black machined or two-tone dark/bronze. The two-tone wheels add extra impact to the NX’s street appearance, with an effect of contrasting dark and bright machined finish, or a striking new design in two-tone dark/bronze.
Moving to the inside, the exclusive Tahara black interior finish with white accents bring up a premium ambience, depending on grade (comfort or Business). The cabin strikes an equally sporting note with the option of an all-black interior finish, highlighted by white accents (Business) in the trim and upholstery (cloth upholstery for Comfort), or leather-effect Tahara for Business grade. Other color options are Black or Dark Rose; all feature silver trim inserts as standard.
In terms of engines, the NX is offered with top-end NX 300h self-charging hybrid, as well as turbo petrol NX 300 and normally aspirated petrol NX 200. The NX 300 (formerly called the NX 200t) is a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 engine. The NX 300h hybrid drivetrain will continue with a 2.5-liter inline-4 combined with a pair of electric motors. Both drivetrains offer customers a richer, sportier engine sound and exhaust note that is reproduced through the speakers by Lexus’ Active Sound Control (ASC).
While the NX’s straight-line performance will essentially remain the same, significant improvements have been made to the vehicle’s suspension tuning to enhance ride and handling. The springs, stabilizer bars and bushings have returned for improved turn-in response and steady-state cornering. Also, new shock absorbers improve the quality of the NX’s already smooth ride. But the biggest new change to the NX’s chassis is the Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS), which offers a range of up to 650 instantaneous compression and damping adjustments (up from 30) for enhanced control and overall handling stability.
The new Sport edition models will be available from second quarter for the NX 300h self-charging hybrid, with front or all-wheel drive, the turbo petrol-powered NX 300 and normally aspirated NX 200.