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New Lexus NX 2021 pricing and specs detailed: Mercedes-Benz GLC, BMW X3 rivals goes up in cost with update

Following an update, the NX now costs more to buy.

Lexus Australia has increased the NX’s pricing as part of an MY21 update for the mid-size SUV.

As before, the NX is available with three grades: entry-level Luxury, mid-range F Sport and flagship Sports Luxury, with all getting new interior trim, while the latter has also added a heated steering wheel.

However, NX pricing has increased by $1800 to $2800, depending on the variant, with the range now starting from $57,500 plus on-road costs and reaching $79,088 (see full pricing table below).

Speaking to CarsGuide, a Lexus Australia spokesperson said the price rises were otherwise prompted by exchange-rate pressures.

“These are modest increases when measured against movements in the AUD/JPY exchange rate,” they added.

Of note, the increased luxury car tax (LCT) thresholds introduced on July 1, the start of the 2020/2021 financial year, helped to somewhat limit the price rises sustained by the Sports Luxury grade.

For reference, the NX is still available with two powertrain options: a 175kW/350Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine (NX300) or a 147kW ‘self-charging’ hybrid (NX300h), which combines a 2.5-litre naturally aspirated unit with an electric motor.

NX300 variants are mated to a six-speed torque converter automatic, while NX300h version are matched to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).

The Mercedes-Benz GLC and BMW X3 rival’s Luxury and F Sport grades have the option of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, while the Sports Luxury only comes with the latter.

2021 Lexus NX pricing before on-road costs

NX300 Luxury FWDautomatic$57,500 (+$1800)
NX300 Luxury AWDautomatic$62,000 (+$1800)
NX300 F Sport FWDautomatic$64,000 (+$2300)
NX300 F Sport AWDautomatic$68,500 (+$2348)
NX300 Sports Luxury AWDautomatic$76,336 (+$2729)
NX300h Luxury FWDautomatic$60,500 (+$2300)
NX300h Luxury AWDautomatic$65,000 (+$2300)
NX300h F Sport FWDautomatic$67,000 (+$2800)
NX300h F Sport AWDautomatic$71,500 (+$2800)
NX300h Sports Luxury AWDautomatic$79,088 (+$2274)