Compact crossovers are all the rage these days and even luxury car brands cannot resist the temptation of cashing in on the trend. Lexus is all set to release a new version of NX compact crossover. The 2019 Lexus NX gets some styling updates and safety segment receives a boost as well.
Also, the new model will receive very futuristic dashboard and instrument panel as well luxurious seating options and a roomy cabin. The first model in the NX crossover series is first time presented to the public in late 2014. From that time, this model is redesigned few times.
2019 Lexus NX Redesign, F Sports package
The 2019 Lexus NX crossover gets some moderate styling changes. The spindle grille is still massive but it gets some changes too to resemble siblings RX and LX. The L-shaped LED running lights to look sleek. There are enough sharp creases on the body and few curvy lines that blend at specific angles to give the vehicle sophisticated look, from different angles.
With optional F Sports package, you get black mesh honeycomb grille, faux air intake, black side mirrors, and 18-inch wheels. Exterior color choices include Caviar. It is sold in three versions, NX 300, NX 300 H and NX 300 F Sport.
2019 Lexus NX Interior
The cabin oozes lavishness at every corner. The materials have muted colors like dark greys and muted silvers. Its dashboard is streamlined and exudes a cockpit aura. Seats are quite comfortable and with decent lumbar support. Plenty of storage choices are there for holding bottles and small gadgets in the cabin. Default cargo space is only 17.7 cubic feet.
Lexus NX 2019 gets enhanced safety feature compared to the existing model. The enhanced Lexus’ Safety System+ brings in pedestrian detection, intelligent high-beams, lane departure alert, dynamic radar cruise control along with plenty of airbags. The new 8.0-inch touch screen for controlling entertainment facilities is good but the software itself requires polishing. Enform Safety Connect is available for 10 years.
All models get features like 17-inch alloy wheels, steering wheel infotainment controls, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth and automatic headlights. There are plenty of packages to pick from. The Comfort package adds blind-spot alert, ventilated front seats while Luxury package adds a power liftgate, leather upholstery and interior wood trim. There are a premium package and a navigation package that you can buy additionally.
2019 Lexus NX Engine and Transmission
The 2019 Lexus NX comes with two types of powertrains, as it is. The base trim gets a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine which makes 238-horsepower. It is coming with a 6-speed automatic transmission gearbox. The base trim offers decent fuel economy of 22/28 mpg.
The Lexus NX F Sport gets a special Sport mode- which adds some oomph to driving and is EPA rated 22/27 mpg. However, its 18-inch wheels add to road noise and it also enhances the bumpy ride.
2019 Lexus NX 300h model
The hybrid version gets a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and a two-motor hybrid system coupled with AWD. However, the front electric motor will make 114 HP, while the rear one 67 horsepower. This combination will give a total output of 194 horsepower
Furthermore, in the NX 300h, you will get electric-only mode along with Eco, Normal and Sport modes. The hybrid version shines in this aspect of fuel economy with the 33/30 mpg (AWD).
2019 Lexus NX Price and Release Date
The starting price of 2019 Lexus NX 300 should be close to $37,000. However, the hybrid model will start at $41,000. Expected release date should be in late 2018.
Summing it up
The new model 2019 Lexus NX is a nice luxury compact crossover that comes with superb styling and powerful engine choices. Its enhanced safety features and plenty of customization options make it a suitable contender in this segment. Some of the models that will 2019 NX compete are Audi Q3, Infiniti QX30, BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA and Jaguar E-Pace.