The upcoming 2021 Lexus NX will be the torchbearer of the second generation. This compact crossover will go through significant redesign, to stay competitive in the growing market. The Japanese carmaker recently started the line of brand-new subcompact model so that it can delay the release of a compact luxury crossover SUV a bit.
The Lexus NX is a premium model that can accommodate up to five passengers and bring an elegant cabin, full of high-quality materials. The exterior design is equally striking, with a couple of unique features and sophisticated details. Under the hood, the customers will find a 2.0-liter turbo-four engine and a hybrid setup.
Both powertrains deliver enough power and excellent driving experience. The new model will be built in Canada, as first-ever Lexus that doesn’t come from its native country.
2021 Lexus NX Redesign
The forthcoming 2021 Lexus NX will go through severe cosmetic treatment before its debut on the markets worldwide. The Japanese company will include a lot of innovations for the exterior, as well as some brand-new features. For example, the front fascia will borrow some of the design cues from its crossover sibling, Lexus UX. Also, the grill comes with a more striking look.
Toyota announced that the upcoming compact luxury crossover SUV would be slightly larger than its predecessor, as well. But, we must wait and see some spy photos first to know what to expect. Furthermore, the F Sport and 300h Hybrid models will be available to complete the squad.
As for the cabin, the new NX will offer more equipment for the entry-level trim. The inside brings the right amount of classy materials designed to match the exterior lines and language. However, nothing is too jumpy or distracting. The first thing you’ll notice is the updated 8-inch infotainment screen at the top of the center console.
Also, the Remote Touch Interface, which controls the display, is refined and works smoother. The NX offers 17.7 feet of cargo space behind the rear seats. But, if you fold the seats down, you’ll get the total amount of 54.6 cubic feet. But, if you go with the NX 300h, the cargo area will reduce to 16.8/53.7 cubic feet.
2021 Lexus NX 300h Hybrid and F Sport
2021 Lexus NX offers a regular petrol powertrain and hybrid setup. It’s up to you to figure out which one is the right one. The base model will come with a 2.0-liter turbo-four engine. This mill produces 235 hp and 260 pound-feet of torque. Also, the new model will bring a refined transmission as well.
At the moment, the crossover’s drivetrain is connected to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The customers may choose between front-wheel or all-wheel-drive; both setups are available. Although the standard petrol unit comes without changes, the NX 300h hybrid model will see some improvements. The base will remain the same – a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder naturally aspirated engine.
The 2.5-liter is capable of producing 154 hp. The other side of the hybrid configuration will be an electric motor, and together they will make 195 hp. The NX 300h will include a larger battery, with means more energy and improved fuel economy.
On the other hand, the most attractive model of the lineup gets some changes, as well. Even though the NX F Sport is not precisely a high-output vehicle, it delivers an impressive driving experience. Moreover, a brand-new suspension with a stiffer ride will refine the handling and maneuvering, as well. On top of that, a couple of exterior details will establish more appealing styling.
Release Date and Price
The official pricing of 2021 Lexus NX is still unknown. The company cuts prices for the 2020 version, but we don’t know if that trend will translate to the new generation as well. The base model for the 2020 NX has an MSRP starting at $37, 700, including the destination charge. The all-wheel-drive adds an extra $1,400 for the price, so we expect that it will be the case for the 2021 model as well.
2021 NX will have intense competition in the premium segment. For instance, Cadillac XT5 recently draws a lot of attention from the automotive world. Also, Lexus will compete with the GM in the subcompact class, where both carmakers have new vehicles. Also, Lincoln Corsais is a brand-new competitor on the market. Don’t forget the German representatives, BMW X3, Audi Q5, and Mercedes GLC. Of course, there’s a Swedish ambassador as well – Volvo XC60, with an impressive plug-in hybrid.
The upcoming 2021 NX will be built in Canada. News from the company confirms that the next-gen crossover will be assembled in Ontario. It’s the first time that the NX won’t come from Japan. Frankly, we doubt that the automaker will move its production to the States.
Anyhow, with the plant in Canada, it’s closer to the market where achieves the best-selling results. The release date is scheduled for Q1 of 2021. At the moment, the company’s priority is the developing of subcompact UX.