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2018 Lexus NX

Lexus has rolled out an early but subtle update to its NX medium SUV range as part of the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show.

Lexus’ answer to the Audi Q5 and BMW X3 has been treated to its first facelift inside of three years after first going on sale, and although it may appear subtle at first glance, Lexus has been thorough and far-reaching with its revisions.

Lexus claims much of the exterior has been redesigned, the most obvious change occurring up front with a new front bumper design incorporating additional air intakes either side of the brand’s Spindle grille, which has itself been tweaked.

Other changes to the bonnet, headlights, taillights, and rear bumper as well as a pair of new 18-inch alloy wheel designs, one of which adds bronze-coloured highlights in what appears to be fast becoming a new automotive trend (see the Range Rover Velar for further evidence).

“Starting at the spindle grille, the way the front edges connect to the front fenders results in a much bolder expression than before, clearly highlighting the NX’s style design architecture,” explained, Shin Kamiura, the NX’s exterior designer.

“We’ve also changed the shape of the lower front bumper to better support the spindle grille, as well as relocating the fog lamps to the corner of the front bumpers, separating them from the ducts. The result is a front fascia with a stronger and more aggressive presence.”

Added convenience comes in the form of a hands-free powered tailgate which can be opened by swiping a foot under the rear bumper, while changes have been made to lower noise and increase refinement, improving passenger comfort.

Inside Lexus has enlarged the infotainment system from a 7.0-inch display to a new 10.3-inch screen, navigated via a new, larger touchpad interface with a redesigned wrist support.

The air-conditioning controls have also been changed with new toggle switches introduced to simplify the operations. The dashboard has also been redesigned to more seamlessly integrate the heads-up display.

The line-up remains the same as before with a 2.0-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder renamed NX 300 in place of the previous NX 200t moniker (as part of a new Lexus naming strategy), while the 2.5-litre petrol-electric hybrid NX 300h holds onto its name.

A version of the Adaptive Variable Suspension developed for use in the LC 500 coupe makes its way into the NX range, as well as springs, stabiliser bars and bushings that have all been changed for this new model in an effort to improve the way the NX both rides and handles.

The new NX is set to arrive in Australia in the first half of 2018. Lexus Australia will confirm the full pricing and specification closer to that date.

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