2018 Lexus NX gets design, performance tweaks to keep pace with rivals

The upper grille is redesigned to flow more gracefully into the front bumper and blend into the hood and front doors. It also gets triple-projector headlamps similar to those in the new LC coupe. Under the hood, engineers increased rear stability and recalibrated roll rigidity in the front and rear to improve cornering. The suspension was also refined for a more cushioned ride, while upper trims will offer a new adaptive variable suspension. The mid-cycle update was unveiled Wednesday at the Shanghai auto show and is expected to go on sale in the United States.

Key Takeaways:

  • The 2018 NX will also get the brand’s Lexus Safety System + automatic emergency braking system as standard equipment.
  • On the outside, the NX gets new front fascia and front bumper treatment.
  • Designers also added a subtle character line to the rear door and widened the rear combination lamps.

“Lexus’ face-lifted NX compact crossover sports a more aerodynamic look and boasts handling tweaks aimed at delivering sharper performance and a smoother ride.”