The upcoming 2021 Lexus NX redesign could launch the new generation of the compact premium crossover. The first generation is already six years old. Fans expect more than just a new edition. The company recently launched the Black version of the NX 300 for 2020 season. Besides that, the crossover is practically unchanged. Also, the carmaker didn’t unveil future plans, but we have insiders telling us the upcoming redesign is going to make some radical cuts.
Styling is what makes most Lexus models stand from the rivals. The current NX is attractive and very practical. So, the 2021 Lexus NX has a tough task, not just to match the offer, but also to make itself impressive again. We can also hear that Lexus and Toyota are improving the hybrid drivetrain. Well, the more efficient crossover will definitely draw some attention, if it new look fails.
Why Wait for the 2021 Lexus NX?
Here are a few good reasons why you will buy the 2021 Lexus NX:
– New styling, more attractive than before – The NX is already well-known for its design, especially the spindle grille. After the facelift, the 2021 Lexus NX will be even more attractive. So, it is better to wait for the new generation than to buy an unchanged model for 2020.
– Efficient engine, fuel-friendly hybrid – more power and more miles are coming after the redesign. The new crossover will be lighter, improving the gas mileage. If the conventional unit is not meeting your demands, then a hybrid is a better choice.
– F Sport – it is a special package that upgrades the suspension and styling of the NX. As its name suggests, everything is sportier on this version – exterior, interior, and handling.
– Interior – safety, comfort, infotainment… well, the NX has it all. The new model is just going to upgrade a current offer. We already know that Android Auto becomes available, if not standard in all Toyota and Lexus crossovers. Also, the Japanese carmakers are developing the new infotainment system for better convenience. The safety is also one of the reasons why NX is so popular. In the future, the crossover brings additional peace of mind.
What Needs to be Improved?
The vehicle is not perfect. So, we expect some upgrades from the 2021 Lexus NX. We already mentioned the infotainment system. So, that one is checked. Simple controls and better transparency is all we are asking from developers. Off-road capabilities are surprisingly bad, compared to the rest of the lineup. Well, the street performance is exceptional, but the highway and off-road drive are not recommended. The upcoming NX could be larger than before to improve cargo space. Compared to the competition, it offers less room for storage. And finally, a debatable ‘downside’ – too edgy styling. Well, the Lexus NX is one of these vehicles that you love or hate. It is all about personal preferences, so ‘de gustibus non disputandum est’ (the taste should not be discussed).
2021 Lexus NX Engines and Specs
The drivetrain of the 2021 Lexus NX remains a 2.0-liter turbo-four. It is capable of producing 235 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Both front- and all-wheel drive are going to return 25 mpg combined, while the F Sport harms the mileage by 1 mpg. A six-speed gearbox is likely to be replaced on the new model for the 2021 season.
The more excitement comes with a hybrid unit. It combines a 2.5-liter four-banger that delivers 255 horsepower. The electric motor will be revisited and the 2021 Lexus NX hybrid (300h) will return more power and a better fuel economy. There are no plans for the plug-in hybrid. However, the standard combination between conventional and electric sources of power will return more than 200 hp. What’s more important, the new NX300h could return 35 mpg combined. Unlike the six-pace transmission, the hybrid will continue to use an automatic CVT 7-speed case.
Release Date, Price, Models, Competition
The redesign will bump the price of the 2021 Lexus NX. Currently, the crossover costs $37,000, which is not too expensive for the compact model. For the all-wheel drive, buyers will have to add around $1,500. The new F Sport model will cost $40,000, as well as the new 300h hybrid version. However, the AWD is going to be included here. The Luxury package makes the price jump closer to $50,000. The good thing is there are no too many available upgrades.
The competition in the compact luxury class is very impressive. If you want to check out other vehicles, then we recommend Acura RDX or Cadillac XT5. However, these two are not offering a hybrid engine. In this case, alternatives are Volvo XC40 or Mercedes GLC.
The 2021 Lexus NX will arrive somewhere in 2020. The company didn’t unveil when it will happen. However, do not expect the sales to start before the last quarter.