The Lexus NX is one of Canada's most popular new luxury vehicles. But its compact luxury SUV rivals—like the Acura RDX, Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC—have been upping the ante. Since its first significant redesign as a 2015 model, the 5-passenger 2022 Lexus NX has learned some lessons from its rivals. And it answers back with a few extra twists.
"We are excited to share the all-new 2022 Lexus NX for many reasons," said Martin Gilbert, Director of Lexus Canada. "First, because it sets a new standard in the luxury crossover market with innovations in electrified powertrains, modernized design, an intuitive cockpit, driving dynamics, and safety. Second, it offers Canadians a choice of exciting powertrains—including a more powerful self-charging hybrid and the first Lexus plug-in hybrid. And third, because starting in 2022, most of the NX models we sell in Canada will also be built here in Canada."
The all-new 2022 Lexus NX is larger, with a sleeker roofline and a new take on Lexus’ bold spindle-shaped grille. In addition to its more chiselled looks, the rear deck now sports the Lexus brand name in large letters. Though it spells out its name on the hatch, Lexus uses its stylized L logo on the front grille and wheel caps. More important than the exterior styling is the all-new platform beneath the vehicle. The Lexus GA-K architecture employs an independent front and rear suspension.
In Canada, the 2022 Lexus NX lineup will consist of four trim levels, all with all-wheel-drive (AWD) as standard:
- The base NX 250 trim employs a 2.5-litre 4-cylinder engine with an estimated 203 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. It mates to a new 8-speed automatic transmission and a newly developed, electronically controlled, full-time AWD system
- Powering the NX 350 is a new 2.4-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. Up in displacement from the previous model’s 2.0-litre turbo, the new engine delivers 275 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque
- The NX 350h hybrid—which Lexus says will be the volume seller in Canada—uses a 2.5-litre 4-cylinder engine with two electric motors, one on each axle, to deliver traction at all four wheels. The gas/electric combination delivers 239 horsepower. Lexus estimates a combined fuel economy of 6.5 litres per 100 kilometres—a decrease of 1.0 L/100 km over the outgoing 300h hybrid
- In a first for Lexus, the NX 450h+ plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) uses the same 2.5-litre engine from the NX 350h but with a larger battery pack and more powerful electric motors. Toyota says that the NX PHEV is capable of 58 kilometres of pure electric range.
Lexus says the new interior of the 2022 Lexus NX features a driver-oriented design. The centre infotainment display cants slightly toward the driver. Behind the steering wheel is a 7-inch multi-instrument display panel, while a larger 10-inch head-up display projects onto the windscreen.
The standard infotainment screen measures 9.8-inches diagonally, while there’s an optional 14.0-inch display that takes full advantage of the all-new Lexus Interface that also boasts virtual assistant capabilities. Other features include wireless device charging, wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto interface, digital key capability, and over-the-air system updates.
Other upgrades as part of the redesign are a more generous cargo area and greater head and legroom. Heated front seats are standard, while heated rear seating positions are optional. Also available for the first time on the NX is a 2-panel panoramic moonroof.
As part of the redesign, the 2022 Lexus NX incorporates the latest iteration of the luxury brand’s suite of driver and safety assists. Lexus Safety System+ 3.0 adds risk avoidance emergency steer assist, left-turn oncoming vehicle detection/braking, and pedestrian detection braking for both left and right turns. There’s also a new oncoming vehicle detection added to the standard pre-collision system with automatic braking. Meanwhile, adaptive cruise control now has curve speed management.
Finally, thanks to the electronic door latch system, the NX also adds a disable feature for the doors to prevent them from opening in the path of oncoming cars or cyclists. Also available is a rear-view mirror with a digital image mode.
What’s the same?
Not much. The 2022 Lexus NX is one of those rare vehicles that appears to be genuinely “all-new.”
When will it go on sale?
The 2022 Lexus NX is scheduled to go on sale in Canada later this summer.
How much will it cost?
While 2022 Lexus NX pricing is not available yet, the base 2021 NX 300 starts at $44,600 (all prices in Canadian dollars) and the NX 300h hybrid at $47,100. Expect the all-new NX 450+ plug-in to be priced at the top of the 2022 range.