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New generation NX – the transformation of Lexus

Redesigned luxury crossover model, adding PHEV version, new 2.4 turbo engine, overall size slightly better than the old generation.

Toyota is one of the leaders in automotive electrification, with the Prius being very successful in Europe and the US. The Japanese automaker has a wealth of experience and technology background to move towards fully electrification, but unlike Western brands, Toyota and the luxury brand Lexus are still calm with slow but steady steps. By introducing the new generation NX, the company wants to confirm the start of the “Electrifying Lexus” strategy with changes in both design and operation.

Lexus NX 2021 launched globally on an online platform, with significant differences and upgrades compared to the old generation. For the first time, the crossover has a plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) version with a high-capacity battery, a newly developed 2.4-liter turbocharged engine, in addition to a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine. -Naturally aspirated inline-line.

The second generation NX with changes in appearance, more power chargers, increased size. Image: Lexus

The NX is also the first Lexus model to use a rechargeable hybrid system. The turbocharged 2.4-liter and PHEV versions use all-wheel drive (AWD), while the hybrid and 2.5-liter versions have the option of AWD or front-wheel drive. 8-speed automatic transmission.

The charging hybrid system on the PHEV version combines a 2.5-liter, in-line 4-cylinder engine and an 18.1 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Drivers can choose between 4 driving modes including EV, EV/HEV, HEV and self-charging mode.

Reply VnExpress During the global online launch, Mr. Hiroo Togashi, brand manager of Lexus said, will introduce a fully electric version (Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) next year, step by step in the electric roadmap. company gasification. The company’s goal is that by 2025, half of all products will be electrified and by 2050 all products will be electric.

The suspension and other components are reinforced, and the chassis rigidity of the new GA-K platform is more complete. The engine cover uses the first dual locking mechanism for a Lexus. Newly developed suspension system, using MacPherson struts at the front and double wishbones at the rear, and new shock absorbers. The PHEV and HEV versions were the first Lexus models to feature a shock absorber at the pedals.

The crossover’s soundproofing has also been improved with new materials for the front door glass. The turbocharged 2.4-liter engine version is also equipped with active noise control, improving engine sound.

Compared to the old generation, the NX 2021 is 20mm longer, 20mm wider, 5mm taller and the wheelbase has also increased by 30mm. Specific parameters are respectively 4,660 mm long, 1,865 mm wide, 1,640 mm high and 2,690 mm wheelbase. 18 or 20 inch rims.

In terms of design, compared to the first generation, NX 2021 is towards a streamlined style and highlights unique features. The car still retains the bold cut style in the exterior. The steering wheel, LED taillights all have a new design. The rear lights cross the rear of the car with LED strips.

The interior is the place that shows the biggest change in the shape when making a change compared to its predecessor. The design philosophy is based on the Tazuna concept (the reins), the desire to increase driving excitement through a closer connection between driver and vehicle. A 14-inch infotainment screen connects to the center armrest, a style quite similar to the Toyota Mirai model. The steering wheel is also redesigned, the new TFT speedometer. New gear lever with electronic shift function. Interior lighting system with 64 colors.

Infotainment system compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, USB connection and WiFi wireless connection, streaming music without smartphone integration. 10-speaker sound system or optional Mark Levinson system with 17 speakers.

The latest safety systems Lexus Safety System+ with pre-collision warning, radar cruise control, lane departure warning, lane tracking assist, sign recognition, and active steering assist.

NX was born in 2014, positioned as the smallest and cheapest high-rise model of Lexus after LX, RX, before the appearance of UX. About 1 million vehicles have been sold in more than 90 countries around the world. The car competes with rivals such as Mercedes GLC, Audi Q5, BMW X3. In Vietnam, the current generation Lexus NX costs from VND 2.56 billion, imported from Japan.

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