The Lexus NX was rumored to get a major upgrade for 2022. Over the weekend, the newly redesigned 2022 Lexus NX was leaked ahead of time. Does the redesign have interesting enough features to gain the popularity the Lexus RX once had?
What is new for the 2022 Lexus NX?
According to MotorTrend, some of the 2020 and 2021 NX significant flaws have been fixed ahead of next year’s version. Mainly, the screen on the dash has been totally redesigned. What was once clunky and outdated (even though it was not obsolete) now looks refreshed and modern.
One of the new bits of the Lexus NX is part of the Tazuna interior concept (more on that later). The new 14-inch touchscreen replaces the old one that looked like a last-minute addition. This screen sits flush in the dash in between driver and passenger.
This makes the driving experience better for the passenger, given the added climate features on the dash. It also offers more information than the driver cluster, which has added safety features.
A new front end looks more aggressive, while the taillights look pretty similar to the 2021 version. As for the headlights, the design has vastly changed.
The check-mark-style daytime running lights were separate from the actual headlights on all Lexus models in previous years. Now, the lights appear combined. In addition to that, the new headlights consist of four small square lights.
The Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform
According to Toyota Global, the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) is a program of innovation. The company explains in a brief article:
“We are completely remaking the powertrain unit (engine, transmission, HEV unit) and basic frames (chassis). With integrated product development we anticipate a rapid improvement in the three areas of driving basic performance, namely, moving, turning, and stopping. We hope to continue to provide cars that our customers cherish.”
This program starts with a basis that is simple: well-built cars. From there, collaboration and group development will help make the next iteration of cars even better. This also means a more streamlined process of getting better cars to customers at a faster pace.
In addition to that, the Tazuna interior concept has an interesting background. Another post from Toyota Global states:
Inspired by how a single rein can be used to achieve mutual understanding between horse and rider…creating a space that enables the driver to focus on driving while controlling various functions, such as the navigation and audio system and driving-mode selection, without having to shift one’s vision or operate manual switches
Thus making it easier to drive and control the car without as much effort. It is a concept that is being incorporated into all of the new Lexus models and can be seen throughout the new lineup.
Is the Lexus NX better than the Lexus RX?
The Lexus RX has a cult following of drivers who don’t want a huge SUV and those who want an SUV but also want some luxury. Can the Lexus NX take reign of the original RX’s following? We think so.
The 2021 Lexus RX starts at just over $45,000 for the base model. It has a V6 with 295 hp and comes in all-wheel drive or front-wheel drive. The 2021 NX starts at $37,000 with a 235 hp turbo inline-four engine.
The RX looks like it always has. Without a facelift in recent years, the 2021 model could easily be confused with the 2006 version.
Both are described as a five-passenger luxury utility vehicle, but the NX has 17.7 cu ft / 54.5 cu ft of cargo space, while the RX has 16.0 / 32.7 cu ft. The RX does offer room for seven passengers in the RX 350L and RX 450hL.
So, is the NX better than the RX? It might be. It seems that Lexus gave the RX fans an unchanged SUV because that is what has worked in the past. The NX might look similar, but it has the ability to create a fan base of its own.