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2022 Lexus NX features detailed: New BMW X3, Audi Q5, Volvo XC60 and Mercedes-Benz GLC rival to arrive late with hybrid and turbo options

The new NX’s F Sport grade will be available in NX350h hybrid and NX350 turbo variants.

Lexus Australia has confirmed specification details for the second-generation NX, with the mid-size SUV now due in local showrooms in January with the option of naturally aspirated, hybridised or turbocharged power.

As reported, the new NX was scheduled to arrive in November, but its launch has been pushed back by two months due to supply issues prompted by the severe parts shortages (semiconductor and wiring harness) that Lexus and parent company Toyota continue to endure globally.

That said, we now know the mid-size SUV will released with three powertrain options, starting with the front-wheel drive (FWD) NX250’s 152kW/243Nm 2.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol four-cylinder engine and eight-speed torque-converter automatic.

Also taken from the related Toyota RAV4 is the NX350h’s series-parallel ‘self-charging’ hybrid powertrain, which combines a 2.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol four-cylinder engine with an electric motor, although its system power output is 16-19kW higher, at 179kW.

With an electronic continuously variable transmission (e-CVT) and a lithium-ion battery in tow, the FWD or all-wheel drive (AWD) NX350h’s fuel consumption on the combined-cycle test (ADR 81/02) is as low as 5.0L/100km, or 1.9L/100km better than that of the NX250.

What is unique to the NX, though, is the AWD NX350’s all-new 2.4-litre turbocharged petrol four-cylinder engine, which produces 205kW at 6000rpm and 430Nm of torque from 1700-3600rpm. It’s mated to an eight-speed torque-converter automatic.

The NX250 is only available in the entry-level Luxury form, while the NX350 is exclusively offered in the mid-range F Sport guise. Conversely, the NX350h can be had in both of those grades as well as the Sports Luxury flagship.

Standard equipment in the Luxury includes LED headlights and foglights, 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry and a power tailgate.

Inside, push-button start, a 9.8-inch touchscreen multimedia system (with always-on natural voice control), satellite navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, digital radio, a power-adjustable steering column, eight-way power-adjustable front seats with heating, and dual-zone climate control feature.

Advanced driver-assist systems extend to front and rear autonomous emergency braking (with intersection assist and pedestrian and daytime cyclist detection), lane-keep and steering assist (with emergency functionality), adaptive cruise control, road sign recognition, high-beam assist, blind-spot monitoring, tyre pressure monitoring and Safe Exit Assist.

The F Sport and Sport Luxury pick up adaptive tri-beam LED headlights, 20-inch alloy wheels, a 14.0-inch touchscreen multimedia system, a head-up display, wireless smartphone charging, ventilated front seats, ambient lighting and surround-view cameras, while the former also gets adaptive sports suspension, a body kit and sports seats.

Meanwhile, the Sport Luxury separates itself with a 17-speaker Mark Levinson sound system and a ‘digital’ rearview mirror, both of which are optional in the F Sport. AWD variants of either grade can also add a panoramic sunroof, a heated steering wheel and park assist.

As reported, the NX is all but confirmed to get a fourth local powertrain option, the NX450h+ plug-in hybrid (PHEV), in the near future, to really bring the fight to the BMW X3, Audi Q5, Volvo XC60 and Mercedes-Benz GLC.

For reference, the NX450h+ takes the AWD NX350h’s powertrain and increases its combined power output to about 225kW, and adds an 18.1kWh lithium-ion battery that provides an estimated 75km of WTLP-certified electric-only range.