The updated Lexus NX has been revealed at the Shanghai Motor Show. Although the exterior changes aren’t overtly noticeable, the front fascia has been re-shaped with new headlights and the grille has been tweaked.
At the back, the tail lamps have been subtly redesigned and now extend further into the tailgate. The lower bumper section has also been reshaped. There is also a new wheel design and 18-inch wheels will also be optional.
The biggest change according to Lexus are the “significant improvements” to the NX’s suspension tuning to improve both ride and handling. Springs, stabiliser bars and bushings of all models have been retuned to offer enhanced turn-in response and better cornering, while new shock absorbers also reportedly improve the ride.
The same Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) system as the LC 500 has is featured in the 2018 NX, this AVS offers up to 650 instantaneous compression and damping adjustments (up from 30 in the previous LX).
Another change is that the 200t naming for the 2.0-litre turbocharged entry model has been dropped in favour of the moniker: NX300 – not to be confused with the 2.5-litre petrol-electric NX300h hybrid (pictured above).
Inside, the cabin has been “slightly reworked” and gains a 10.3-inch touchscreen (up from the previous 7-inch display). The air-conditioner button controls have been replaced with new toggle switches.
The analogue clock also gets an updated design and satellite-connected automatic time updates and a new metallic satin finish has been added to most of the interior controls and switches.
On the safety front, the NX now includes the Lexus Safety System +, integrating Pre-Collision System (PCS), Dynamic Radar Cruise Control System, Lane Departure Alert (LDA), Automatic High Beam (AHB), and Intelligent Clearance Sonar (ICS).