The 2018 Lexus NX has made its arrival to the Philippine market. Making its global debut at Auto Shanghai last April, the updated NX compact crossover comes with a visual makeover as well as mechanical and technology updates.
Up-front, the update gives the NX a more imposing appeal thanks to a larger spindle grill (as if the last one, wasn't large enough), new LED headlamps (F-Sport), mesh grill accents (F-Sport) on the sides, a new bumper apron with an aluminum finish (F-Sport). Standard versions also come with a revised front bumper with a new grill design and accents on the sides.
At the back, it gets a revised bumper with the apron portion receiving a major update to accomodate the larger tailpipes. The tail lamps have also received a slight tweak to give an illusion of width.
Step inside and the cockpit virtually remains the same. The major updates are only found in the infotainment system, which features a new 10.3-inch widescreen display, and touchpad controller replacing the rotary knob and buttons. A resized wireless charging tray now accomodates larger smartphones and the USB ports feature higher amperage to better charge newer devices as well.
It comes with a fully-functioning navigation system and an app suite which you can download on your smartphone to expand functionality and connectivity.
Despite the new 300 badge, the NX300 retains the 8AR-FTS 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with VVT-i under the hood. It is rated at 235 PS @ 4,800-5,600 rpm with a torque of 350 Nm @ 1,650-4,000 rpm. A six-speed automatic transmission continues to transfer power to all four wheels for both standard and F-Sport versions.
While the engine remains the same, Lexus engineers went on to improve the driving dynamics with various tweaks to the suspension. The springs, stabilizer bars and bushings have been retuned for improved turn-in response and steady-state cornering. The dampers have also been revised to give the best of both handling and comfort. Part of the updated NX's chassis update is the introduction of the Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS), first introduced in the LC 500, for better car control and overall handling stability.
Retail price is as follows:
2018 Lexus NX300 - PhP 2,998,000
2018 Lexus NX300 F-Sport - PhP 3,488,000