One of Lexus’s luxury compact crossovers with very attractive styling and the very cozy interior is set for a few changes. It is the all new 2018 Lexus NX 200t which will now get the new name NX 300. Of course, the NX model will also be available as the NX 300 F Sport and NX 300h hybrid models and several packages for each trim.
The Lexus NX has been on the market for four years, and for the 2018 model year, it is going to receive some mild but noticeable changes. Those will include some styling upgrades, more features and like we have previously mentioned the new name. As well, the NW 300 will be available with both front- and all-wheel drive systems while the hybrid version will only be available with all-wheel drive configuration. What buyers might like especially are its very comfortable front seats, very attractive styling and the great offer of safety systems. Unfortunately, the Lexus Company won’t offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity once again. Its main rivals on the market will be Audi Q5, Acura RDX, BMW X3, Volvo XC60 and Mercedes-Benz GLC Class.
2018 Lexus NX 200t engine and performance
The upcoming 2018 Lexus NX 200t or precisely renamed NX 300 will be powered with the same engine used in the current model. It is a 2.0-liter inline-4 turbocharged engine which will be able to make 235 horses. This engine will pair with a six-speed automatic and it will be available with either front- or all-wheel drive configurations. As for the fuel economy, it gets 22/28/25 mpg with front-wheel drive. With AWD it is rated at 22/28/24 mpg in the city/highway/combined.
On the other hand, the NX 300h will use a 2.5-liter inline-4 and a pair of electric motors which will all be able to make 194 horsepower.
Design of exterior and interior
The newest 2018 Lexus NX 200t will feature some mild refreshments all over the body. Generally, the NX looks very attractive, modern and a bit menacing. The front end will be refreshed with slightly revised spindle grille and redesigned thin headlamps. There will also be L-shaped LED daytime running lights and new air intakes. On the rear, we will notice new taillights which will now be significantly thinner and reshaped bumper. It will ride on redesigned 17-inch alloy wheels.
The interior of the 2018 Lexus NX 200t will be luxurious, quiet and very pleasant. The cabin is sufficiently spacious; the front seats are very cozy, wide and multi-adjustable. The cargo space is good and it can be expanded with folded rear seats. The dashboard will now feature the larger 10.3-inch touchscreen with the infotainment system.
As for the equipment, the NX will come standard with dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth, automatic headlamps etc. The Comfort package will add heated and ventilated seats, blind-spot alert and rear cross-traffic monitoring. The Luxury package will include leather upholstery, wood trim, blind-spot warning and a power liftgate. As for the safety, The Lexus Safety System + package will be now standard and will include adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning and automatic emergency braking.
Release date and price
The 2018 Lexus NX 200t should go on sale later this year. As for the price, it will start at around $36,250.