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2023 Lexus NX: generation number 2 of the Japanese threat to the X3 and Q5

Written by Daniel Andzhurov – December 26, 2022

Reviewed by Asaf Kedem

After seven years on the market, now the second generation of the Lexus NX model appears. The NX: Lexus's compact SUV, which sits between the smaller UX and the larger RX. With almost unchanged dimensions (length and width +2 cm), about 95% of the parts are new.


It definitely makes an impression with its design. A huge radiator grille, a Coupé-like body, narrow windows, an appetizing rear – it's anything but boring. The same applies to the interior, Lexus has put a lot of effort into it and has made everything noble.


The NX is available in the 350h version as a classic hybrid with 244 hp. and in the 450h+ version as a Plug-in hybrid. The system of the latter consists of a 2.5-liter gasoline unit with 185 hp and two electric motors – one at the front with 182 hp and one at the back with 54 hp. The 450h+ is also an AWD (All-Wheel Drive) vehicle with a planetary gearbox. The battery capacity is 18.1 kWh and the total power output is 309 hp. Charging can be done with an optional 6.6 kW charger which needs two-and-a-half hours to reach 100%.


Auto Trendy’s take:

This Japanese SUV seems totally capable to compete with the big German rivals such as the X3 from BMW, and Q5 from Audi. This market competition is part of a bigger trend which we have been observing lately. Asian carmakers continue to make their positions stronger and stronger, and it should not be a surprise if we soon start seeing better cars from them than from European manufacturers.

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