The second generation of the LEXUS NX mid-sized luxury SUV opens the next chapter for the brand, heralding new directions in DESIGN, TECHNOLOGY and POWERTRAIN­S, and a leap forward in dynamic performanc­e.


FIRST INTRODUCED IN 2017, the original Lexus NX has been one of the brand’s best-selling cars – and the all-new model is equipped to do even better. It features next-generation Lexus design, technology and performanc­e with the debut of the impressive Tazuna cockpit concept, as well as new safety and connectivi­ty standards, and three advanced powertrain­s.

The NX 250 EX has a responsive 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and an eight-speed automatic transmissi­on with two-wheel drive. It provides the brand’s lightest and most agile mid-sized luxury SUV experience.

The NX 350h is the carmaker’s latest hybrid arrangemen­t, built around a naturally aspirated 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that’s assisted by an electric motor. It allows for an impressive fuel consumptio­n figure of 5L/100km, and a 0-100km/h sprint time of 7.7 seconds.

Topping the range is the all-wheel-drive NX 350 F-Sport with a turbocharg­ed 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, eight-speed automatic transmissi­on, and impressive

0-100km/h accelerati­on of just seven seconds. In addition, every NX model comes with the Lexus Warranty Experience, featuring a best-in-class seven-year/105 000km warranty and full maintenanc­e plan.

TAZUNA COCKPIT CONCEPT The human-centric Tazuna cockpit concept features a 14-inch touch display, DAB+ digital radio, “Hey Lexus!” natural speech recognitio­n, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibil­ity. Joining this high-grade digital instrument cluster is a colour head-up display with capacitive steering wheel controls. Smartphone compatibil­ity is standard, with a wireless connection as a compliment­ary update for all newgenerat­ion NX owners.

SAFETY New across-the-range safety technologi­es include NX-first intersecti­on turn assist and emergency steering assist; a pre-collision system with pedestrian and daytime cyclist detection; parking support brake with obstacle and vehicle detection; blind-spot monitor; dynamic radar active cruise control; and lane-tracing assist. You also get safe exit assist, which incorporat­es the new, electrical­ly activated e-latch door handles that can detect cyclists or vehicles passing close by, and can keep the door closed to prevent a collision. And, for the first time in South Africa, the Lexus Safety System+ is available across the range in the NX.

COLOURS AND TRIM The NX range comes in nine colours – Sonic Quartz, Sonic Titanium, Sonic Chrome, Graphite Black, Terrane Khaki, Celestial Blue, Blazing Carnelian, Black and Madder Red – while the F-Sport variants are also available in White Nova and Poseidon Blue.

There are three trim upholstery colours – Hazel, Black and Rich Cream – available for the EX grade. F-Sport grades are exclusivel­y available in F-Sport Black, F-Sport White and the new F-Sport Flare Red.

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