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Facelifted Lexus NX

4 December 2017

The 2018 Lexus NX SUV has received some minor exterior changes and some added features.

The revised NX gets new headlamps, a new front grille with a chrome frame, altered side grille, bumper and lower bumper elements.

Inside, the NX interior overhaul sees the navigation display enlarged to 10.3 inches, the climate control panel refreshed and the number of switches reduced, for ease of operation.

The suspension has also been revised with new calibration for the rear stabiliser bar and stabiliser-bar bushing, as well as new front dampers with reduced friction.

The ‘200t’ moniker (signifying a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine) has been replaced by ‘300, as it is now powered by a 3.0-litre engine, which according to the luxury arm of Toyota “has been adopted to achieve parity between the petrol and hybrid engine models’ badging convention. As such the badging has been changed to NX 300 in E, EX and F Sport iterations respectively.”

The entry-level E-grade swops its previous all-wheel drive for two-wheel drive, powering the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission. The change to two-wheel drive reduces the vehicle’s weight and fuel consumption.

The EX and F Sport derivatives retain the AWD configuration and six-speed automatic transmission.

The established 2.0-litre turbocharged four-pot engine, which delivers 175kW with 350Nm remains intact (on NX300 variations).

The Hybrid-powered NX300h, uses a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor, delivering a total system output of 150 kW.

E-grade models rnow come with rain-sensing wipers, auto-levelling headlamps (halogen with LED daytime running lights) and a reverse camera as standard feautures.

The mid-grade EX variants are gain roof rails, while the range-topping F Sport inherits Dynamic headlamp levelling, chrome steering switch accents, and aluminium detailing on the instrument cluster.

The latest NX models will be available in Lexus dealerships in January 2018.


Model Line-up and Pricing
NX 300 E                    – R 599 900
NX 300 EX                 – R 677 300
NX 300 F Sport          – R 789 700
NX 300h EX               – R 746 700

All Lexus NX models come with a three-year/100 000 kilometre warranty. E-grade versions receive a Lexus Distance Plan service plan, EX models – Distance Plan Plus (includes brake components) and F Sport – Distance Plan Complete (full maintenance plan).