Following last month’s teaser, the 2018 Lexus NX facelift has been uncovered at the ongoing Shanghai Motor Show. Apart from the usual cosmetic enhancements and added kit, the facelifted NX unexpectedly gets a new name, now called the NX 300 instead of the 200t moniker from before.
New to the NX is the fascia, where the Spindle grille and front bumpers have been updated with a more fluidic approach. The headlights and taillights have been given subtle touches and the lower bumper is reshaped as well. Two sets of new 18-inch wheels are also available this time around.
The interior gets more changes, beginning with the larger, much crisper 10.3-inch central display. Gone are the plastic buttons for the air conditioning controls, only to be replaced by toggle switches with a metallic satin finish. In typical Lexus fashion, the analogue clock continues to be featured in the centre dash, but has been redesigned.
Other nifty tweaks include a larger remote touch interface and Qi wireless charging tray, as well as a redesigned palm rest. The F Sport variant gets ‘Naguri’ aluminium trimmings with white/black seating surface treatment and LFA-inspired displays.
Powertrain option remains the same as before, meaning all NXs are powered by a 2.0-litre twin scroll turbocharged engine, while the hybrid gets a naturally aspirated 2.5-litre petrol unit paired with two electric motors.
The biggest news is the inclusion of Adaptive Variable Suspension, a technology shared with the new LC 500. It offers up to 650 instantaneous compression and damping adjustments, allowing the NX to handle with much more stability and control. The suspensions have also been tweaked, and anti-roll bars also contribute to the NX facelift’s newfound dynamics.
NVH levels are said to be improved, and the Lexus’ Safety System + suite also makes its debut here in the NX. Expect the NX facelift’s arrival on our shores later this year, if not in early 2018.