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The new 2022 Lexus NX will support your next ambitions

2022 Lexus NX
Before we talk about the new Lexus NX, let’s talk about you. Like most Lexus drivers (and future Lexus drivers), we’re gauging that the challenges of the past year haven’t slowed you down—you’re still cruising on an upward track of professional and personal goals, not to mention looking forward to your next milestones.

To that end, the new Lexus NX is designed for people like you. Lexus carefully chose the vehicle’s updates and technologies to support your next chapter of a well-lived life, however you define it. Here’s a snapshot:

For starters, the vehicle is equipped with premium Lexus-first technologies: The 2022 Lexus NX debuts the new Lexus Interface system, which is essentially a more user-friendly, more connected, more personalized way to access a suite of multimedia and tech features. Key to the system is the integrated multimedia touchscreen display with available over-the-air updates.

For example, the Lexus Interface cloud-connected navigation system[1]—with points-of-interest (POI) data—can update its information. And Lexus Interface also includes a secure, cloud-stored user profile feature, created via the Lexus App, that retains and applies your personal settings for in-vehicle customizations.

Lexus Interface also makes other systems cordless: the vehicle’s standard Apple CarPlay®[2] and Android Auto[3] systems—which allow you to access a compatible smartphone via a multimedia touchscreen—are now wireless connections instead of USB-tethered.

The Lexus Interface system also includes a standard 9.8-inch touchscreen, and the new Lexus NX offers an optional 14-inch touchscreen. Both touchscreen sizes are enhanced with Lexus’ latest Human Machine Interface (HMI) features—a range of touch, sight, and voice-control improvements that help with easy, natural features control. The enhanced, voiced-activated Virtual Assistant feature is another way to interact with the new multimedia system, offering natural language recognition to adjust vehicle settings and other controls.
2022 Lexus NX

Additional Lexus-first technologies in the new Lexus NX include optional Digital Key compatibility. This system allows you to lock/unlock and start/stop the vehicle with your smartphone[4] when within Bluetooth®[5] proximity, as well as share your Digital Key with up to seven additional people.

Another Lexus-first is the Digital Latch system. In addition to allowing you to open the door with a simple button press (both from outside and inside the vehicle), the system includes Safe Exit Assist.[6] When the vehicle is stopped, this feature is designed to detect and alert you to the presence of a nearby vehicle or bicycle approaching from the rear—before you open the door from the interior.

Plus, the 2022 Lexus NX comes with Lexus Safety System+ 3.0.[7] Additionally, the Front Cross-Traffic Alert system[8] helps warn the driver of vehicles approaching from the left or right at intersections (under certain circumstances). Other 2022 Lexus NX technologies include an optional windshield Head Up Display, which is designed to project vehicle-instrumentation info right where you need to see it.

This is the first Lexus to offer drivers four powertrain choices: Like many Lexus models, the 2022 Lexus NX offers a choice between a conventional gas engine version, the Lexus NX 350, and a Lexus hybrid electric model, the Lexus NX 350h. For the latter, as veteran Lexus hybrid drivers know, a gas engine and electric motor work together to help enhance performance at higher speeds, with the vehicle switching to electric-only power at lower speeds. In Lexus hybrids, the electric motor’s batteries are recharged whenever you apply the brakes.
2022 Lexus NX

The 2022 Lexus NX powertrain options, however, go further: the vehicle also comes in a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated version, the Lexus NX 250, as well as Lexus’ first ever plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), the Lexus NX 450h+.

So what’s a PHEV, exactly? Like a Lexus hybrid, a Lexus PHEV combines gas and electric power, with a main difference being that the electric motor batteries are recharged by plugging a charging cable into an external electric power source.

PHEV technology offers its own benefits. It allows for more electric power to be stored and used when driving. For example, a Lexus NX 450h+ with 20-inch wheels[9] has a manufacturer’s driving-range estimated rating of 36 miles on electric-only power.[10] It can also use its electric power to aid the gas engine (the Lexus NX 450h+ PHEV, by the way, is the most powerful of the four drivetrain options at 302 horsepower[11]). Plus, because the vehicle has a 2.5-liter gas engine, it of course still operates when the batteries need a recharge.

Finally, note these design touches when you take your first walkaround and test drive: The vehicle sports an optional panoramic roof, as well as an available 64-color interior illumination (with 14 ambient themes) that both lights up the interior and creates a unique cabin mood.

Experienced drivers of the previous model will also notice the 2022 Lexus NX’s taller, wider, and longer shape, which helps create both an edgy vehicle profile and a more spacious interior that feels both intimate and expansive. The vehicle’s cargo space is also larger—a purposeful change designed to provide ample room for drivers to fit the things that support their favorite activities.

By Brian Gill
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[1] Functionality, availability and accuracy of information provided by the system depends on many factors outside of Toyota’s control and service may not be available in every location. Use common sense when relying on information provided. Services subject to change at any time without notice. Subscription required. See Owner’s Manual for additional limitations and details. To learn about Lexus Enform’s data collection, use, sharing and retention practices, please visit
[2] Apps and services are subject to change at any time without notice. Data charges may apply. Apple CarPlay functionality requires compatible iPhone connected with approved data cable into USB media port. Apple CarPlay, iPhone, and Apple Music are trademarks of Apple Inc. Apple CarPlay functionality requires compatible iPhone connected with approved data cable into USB media port. Apple CarPlay, iPhone, and Apple Music are trademarks of Apple Inc.
[3] To use Android Auto on your audio display, you'll need an Android Auto–compatible vehicle and Android phone. For phone compatibility visit: Vehicle user interface is a product of Google and its terms and privacy statement apply. Requires compatible smartphone connected with an approved data cable into the USB media port and data plan rates apply. Apps and services vary by phone carrier and are subject to change at any time without notice. Android and Android Auto are trademarks of Google LLC.
[4] Use only if aware of circumstances surrounding vehicle and it is legal and safe to do so (e.g., do not remotely start engine if vehicle is in an enclosed space or vehicle is occupied by a child). Lexus Digital Key depends on several factors outside of Lexus’ control, including an operative Bluetooth-capable smart device, without which system functionality and availability may be limited or precluded. Service may vary by vehicle and region. Registration and Lexus app download required. Subscription required after trial. Terms of Use apply. Data charges may apply. Remote start/stop not available on manual transmission-equipped vehicles. Services subject to change at any time without notice. See usage precautions and service limitations in Lexus Owner’s Manual and for additional details. To learn about Lexus Enform’s data collection, use, sharing and retention practices, please visit

[5] The Bluetooth word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Lexus is under license. A compatible Bluetooth enabled phone must first be paired. Phone performance depends on software, coverage and carrier.
[6] Do not rely exclusively on the Safe Exit Assist. There are limitations to the function, detection and range of the monitor. See Owner’s Manual for additional limitations and details.
[7] Lexus Safety System+ 3.0 effectiveness is dependent on many factors including road, weather and vehicle conditions. Drivers are responsible for their own safe driving. Always pay attention to your surroundings and drive safely. See Owner’s Manual for additional limitations and details.
[8] Do not overly rely on the Front Cross-Traffic Alert system. Always visually confirm that it is safe to proceed. There are limitations to the function, detection and range of the system. See Owner’ Manual for additional limitations and details.
[9] Tire life may be substantially less than mileage expectancy, depending on driving conditions.
[10] Manufacturer’s estimated 36-mile EV Mode Driving Range rating for 2022 NX 450h+ when fully charged. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary for many reasons, including your vehicle’s condition and how/where you drive. See
[11] 302 net combined horsepower.

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