Driving Into The Future – How The Lexus NX Perfectly Embraces Tomorrow

by | Aug 25, 2023 | Motoring

The all-new Lexus NX recently arrived in South Africa, and we got to spend some time behind the wheel. Now, let’s not beat around the bush, the premium medium-sized SUV segment is a competitive one. In fact, the whole car market is all about SUVs and so if you want to play the game, you must have the right contender. Lexus knows this all too well. Its NX model goes up against the likes of the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC. These are no slouches. But what this second-generation NX has, among other things, is a head-turning design, ensuring it stands out from the crowd.

The design of this new model has been a significant evolution for Lexus. The familiar predecessor is in there, but with a more sophisticated, dynamic, and mature look. It’s larger than the outgoing model and that recognizable Lexus spindle grille is still prominent, just set more upright and more subtly framed.

The NX Cockpit

Did you know that there is a word to describe a rider’s use of the reins to control a horse? Well, it’s a Japanese word, but nonetheless and it is “Tazuna.” This is what Lexus has channelled while designing the NX cockpit. It is focused on giving the driver direct, intuitive vehicle control, following the principle “hands on the wheel, eye on the road.” There are information sources everywhere, from the enormous 14-inch touchscreen infotainment screen (yes, you read that right, 14-inches!), to the multi-information display and Head Up Display (depending on trim level). All the controls are set on the same pane making it easy to operate. You can also just say “Hey, Hi, Hello, Okay, Lexus” and you will be able to adjust things like the volume, navigation and climate control.

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I do so love a never-seen-before feature, and on this NX it happens to be the e-latch electronic door release system (on the SE and F Sport). There is no old-school door handle inside, but rather a push-button switch. It feels quite foreign at first (read: frustrating) but I imagine you will get used to it very quickly. Operating it from the outside, however, is super easy and very satisfying.

What’s Under The Hood?

Not only are there two petrol engines available, namely the 2.5-litre naturally aspirated and 2.4-litre turbocharged engines, but now there is also a hybrid model available too. That means a super low fuel consumption of just 5.0l/100 km. The NX offers a truly smooth, refined, and comfortable drive, no matter the model you choose.

There are an array of exterior colours as well as interior upholstery colours to choose from. I would love to go for the White interior offered exclusively on the F Sport, but alas, having toddlers would not allow such irresponsible choices.

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Pricing Of The All-New Lexus NX

The new NX is competitively priced, but what you get is a unique offering that stands out from the usual suspects in this segment. It is a well-rounded package that not only offers luxury and refinement, but also practicality. It will make for a fantastic everyday commuter, but also, a comfortable and efficient road-tripper.

Model Price Breakdown:

  • Lexus NX 250 EX R968 000
  • Lexus NX 350h EX R1 000 100
  • Lexus NX 350h SE R1 172 900
  • Lexus NX 350h F SPORT R1 200 800
  • Lexus NX 350 F SPORT R1 211 900

Juliet McGuire

Juliet McGuire is South Africa’s leading female motoring journalist. She’s been a motoring journalist for the past 14 years and she is here to help you make an informed decision when buying a car.

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