The second generation of the compact luxury crossover Lexus NX is on the way. After five years, the parent company, Toyota, decided to go all in with this small vehicle. Well, the market grows rapidly and sudden responses are required. And Toyota is one of the best companies managing the lack of time. The new 2020 Lexus NX will present the new look. Spindle grille remains the headlight of the exterior. Interior is getting a new layout, more space, and the latest hi-tech features, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Under the hood, the upgraded hybrid system improves fuel economy.
Comfortable seats and safety features are a couple of reasons why you should buy the 2020 Lexus NX. Of course, we already mentioned even better hybrid system. There is a special package, F Sport, with fine tuning of the drivetrain system. Better handling and more aggressive appearance are available for a small investment. On the other hand, the compact crossover is returning under-average fuel consumption. Also, owners are complaining about the noise engine. Now, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto available for the new model, infotainment is getting a huge boost. The new generation of Lexus Enform will be available in 2021.
2020 Lexus NX Changes
The new generation of the 2020 Lexus NX will bring radical changes. The crossover will keep its dimensions and the MC platform. The wheelbase will be 105 inches long, while to overall body length could gain an extra inch or two. It will create more space for storage and passengers. Currently, the crossover offers 18 cubic feet behind rear seats and 54.5 cubic feet with seats folded down.
The interior and seats are pretty comfortable, with plenty of options for all passengers. An eight-inch touchscreen display could be replaced with a bigger one. Remote controls are better and more reliable, which will also improve overall safety. Ambient lighting is standard for all NX trim levels. For the upcoming season, the vehicle keeps the standard model, F Sport, and hybrid package.
Apple CarPlay, Android Auto Updates
Toyota is finally offering the most popular smartphone connectivity features. After the addition of the Apple CarPlay to some of its models in 2018, the Japanese company announced the cooperation with Google. Now, the infotainment systems in Toyota’s vehicles will have Android Auto as well. Of course, the 2020 Lexus NX, as a premium crossover, will have to offer both of these options. On the other hand, Toyota is also working on the new infotainment system. But, it is certain that one is not coming next year, but in 2021. Of course, NX, as well as the other crossovers and SUVs in Lexus’ lineup will be the first to get these updates.
F Sport Package
As its name suggests, we will expect some treatments of the interior and exterior with 2020 Lexus NX F Sport model. The grille is going to be larger, as well as the wheels. This crossover sits lower than the standard one, improving the airflow and sportier performance. Of course, there are also special colors ready for the F Sport. Inside, you will get sporty buckets and paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel. Sport suspension and aluminum pedals will boost a great driving impression. All-wheel drive is standard, and the F Sport package is available for the hybrid model as well. The drivetrain is the same as for the base crossover.
2020 Lexus NX Specs
Under the bonnet of the 2020 Lexus NX will be the same 2.0-liter petrol engine. The premium model is getting a turbocharger and it gets 235 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Extra power will cost buyers some fuel economy. The NX returns 22/28 mpg. F Sport with slightly improved drive system consumes 1 point more on the open road. A six-speed automatic transmission is a power router for the NX, and it sends power to all wheels optionally.
The hybrid system is mated to a CVT transmission, that also sends power to all corners. But, the petrol engine for this one is a 2.5-liter four-pot. It creates 154 hp and 152 lb-ft of torque. But, the outcome is boosted by the electric motor. The battery pack will be stronger than before, and the 2020 Lexus NX 300h model is going above 200 hp. On the other hand, the main gain is in the fuel economy. The NX for 2020 model will return 34-35 mpg in city and 31 mpg on the highway.
2020 Lexus NX Prices
The base price of the new 2020 Lexus NX will stay put although there are some serious changes on the way. The NX 300 costs $37,000 with FWD and $38,500 if you pick AWD. F Sport adds $2,000. For a similar amount of cash, you can purchase a 300h hybrid version. Top of the class model for both engines is the Luxury package. With the conventional drivetrain, it costs $46,000 and hybrid engine increases the price by $1,000.