2018 Lexus NX Gets A Fresh Face In Shanghai

The Lexus NX hardly needed a facelift but the Japanese company thought otherwise and has just unveiled a refreshed version at the Shanghai Auto Show. Although the styling tweaks aren’t significant, they do promise to give the eye-catching SUV even more road presence.

Lexus says that the entire front fascia of the 2018 NX has been refreshed and while it’s certainly different, only those with a trained eye would immediately notice the differences. They primarily revolve around a tweaked version of Lexus’ spindle front grille and incorporate reshaped headlights and those familiar tick-shaped LED daytime running lights.

Additionally, both the NX 300h and NX 300 F Sport announced so far have modified front air intakes and fog lights. Changes to the rear include larger chrome-tipped exhausts, revised taillights, a new underbody spoiler and for the NX 300h, chrome L-shaped elements on both sides of the bumper. A new set of 18-inch wheels have also been thrown into the options list.

The standard model, the NX 300, is largely the same as the outgoing NX 200t from a mechanical standpoint and has the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The NX 300h meanwhile retains its 2.5-liter four-cylinder working in conjunction with a pair of electric motor and Lexus says that both these models offer largely the same performance as before.

Of more importance however is the fact that “significant improvements” have been made to the NX’s suspension tuning to improve both ride and handling. Among the changes include retuned springs, stabilizer bars and bushings to offer enhanced turn-in response and better cornering. Additionally, brand new shock absorbers are said to improve the ride, something which was critiqued in the outgoing model. Lexus has also employed the same Adaptive Variable Suspension system as the LC 500 in the 2018 NX, a feature that offers up to 650 instantaneous compression and damping adjustments.

Just like before, the more potent NX F Sport model, exclusive in NX 300 guise, is distinguished from the rest of the range with a black grille, exclusive wheels and new interior trim.

Speaking about the updated model, chief engineer of the NX, Takeaki Kato said “For the new NX, we made bold refinements to the design, elevated its performance and added new features to enhance its comfort and convenience. The new NX still possesses the same elements that have made it popular in the past—a sharp design, everyday convenience and driving pleasure that will satisfy all enthusiasts—but the vehicle as a whole has evolved dramatically, as you’re bound to see and feel when you first experience it.”

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  • baofe

    wait what’s new?

  • Six Thousand Times

    Still too much origami in too small a space and if you hate the spindle grille, this isn’t its finest hour.

  • gshemant

    Most polarizing design in their lineup and yet I manage to see a good amount of them on the road.

  • Dennis Scipio

    Now that I’m looking at the interior center dash on this and the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, I can see how Mitsubishi got their Inspiration.

  • TheBelltower

    “Refreshed” isn’t exactly what I’d call that thing.

    • no25

      troll is what I’d call you.

  • getoffme

    EZ money for Lexus. The rims on the hybrid though…

  • Matthijs

    I didnt like the NX on pictures but it really works in real life. Facelift looks great. But that interior is still a huge mess

    • Ary Wisesa

      Agree with you. The first time I saw its pics, it’s kind of turn me down. But when I got a chance to meet it in metal for the first time, I was amazed that it’s simply striking and modern. It’s very different from other luxury brand. And suddenly it becomes one in my wish list. LOL.

  • MP4-12C

    For some reason this, along with its bigger brother, the RX its one of very few SUVs which I dont hate with passion.

  • salamOOn

    i cant find the improvement which i dont like with this FL….
    i hope they add 4way lumbar support in it…if not, this might be one…

  • Mr_Fanta_Pants

    Horrific.

  • Finkployd

    I have on and I love it. Glad the refresh is so light ☺️

  • Nordschleife

    Somehow the refreshes of the Lexus products always look better in my opinion. It’s like they really refine the look with a refresh. At least with the GS and the ES, LX and now the NX.

  • Gerald Michael

    Refreshed, but still ugly.

  • Sjaak

    Fresh face ? Of course ! But then, the lazy toyota designers could not separate from their Niagara Waterfalls look-a-like grill. In nature brilliant, in car design extreme ugly

  • Mark S

    Is it me or does it look like Lexus gets it’s design language from a pair of Nike high-top sneakers?