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The new Lexus NX will reach Australia in January 2022 with a choice of three powertrains and up to three equipment levels.

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  • 2022 Lexus NX Features and Specifications
  • Medium luxury SUV for sale in January, a delay from the previous November timing
  • NX250, NX350 and NX350h drivelines available
  • The price has not yet been announced
Above: Lexus NX F Sport (overseas model)

Australian details about 2022 Lexus NX has been unveiled ahead of the new generation SUV’s showroom in January 2022.

A slight delay compared to the timing from November 2021, originally announced by Lexus at the car’s unveiling in June, the new NX’s arrival has been pushed back “to help with expected high demand” for the new luxury medium SUV – which at launch will be offered with a choice of three powertrains and up to three equipment levels, depending on spec.

Pricing has not yet been confirmed, however, increases are expected for the NX350 and NX350h variants over the NX300 and NX300h versions of the outgoing model, priced from $ 57,500 and $ 60,500, respectively, before costs on the way.

That NX350h hybrid expected to be the best-selling variant and pair a 2.5-liter four-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor and lithium-ion battery to produce 179 kW (up from 147kW in the outgoing NX300h). Available in front and four-wheel drive, the total alleged fuel consumption is as low as 5.0 liters per 100 kilometers.

That NX250 represents entry-level drive unit, mating a 2.5-liter non-turbo four-cylinder petrol engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission to be shipped 152 kW and 243Nm to front wheels, and consume 6.9L / 100km on the combined cycle.

Above: Lexus NX Sports Luxury (overseas model)

That NX350 sits on top of the gasoline area only, powered by a new one 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol sender 205 kW and 430Nm to the road through an eight-speed torque converter automatic and standard four-wheel drive.

Luxury, F Sports and Sports Luxury variants will be available, but not all equipment levels are offered with all powertrains (detailed in a list at the bottom of this story).

A complete list of standard equipment is included at the bottom of this story, but highlights in the luxury class include a 9.8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and satellite navigation, LED headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, electrically heated front seats, dual zone air conditioning and an electric tailgate.

A complete package of active safety technology is standard across the range, including autonomous emergency braking with cruise control, adaptive cruise control, lane tracking assistant, blind-spot monitoring, traffic sign recognition and more.

Above: Lexus NX Sports Luxury Interior (Overseas Model)

Up to the NX F Sport adds a larger 14-inch touch screen, 20-inch alloy wheels, three-beam LED headlights, front-seat ventilation, a color head-up display, cordless phone charging, F Sport exterior and interior styling, and more.

Meanwhile, the flagship Sports Luxury misses out on the F Sport-specific features in the variant below — including adaptive dampers, F Sport exterior and interior elements, performance chassis and sports seats — but adds features including a digital rearview mirror and a 17-speaker Mark Levinson sound system .

That 2022 Lexus NX Series sold in Australia in January, with prices and full specifications announced closer to launch.

2022 Lexus NX Australian range

  • NX250 luxury
  • NX350h Luxury (FWD or AWD)
  • NX350h F Sport (FWD or AWD)
  • NX350 F Sport AWD
  • NX350h Sports Luxury (FWD or AWD)

2022 Lexus NX Luxury Standard Features:

  • 9.8 inch infotainment touch screen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, DAB + digital radio, satellite navigation and ‘Hey Lexus’ voice recognition
  • LED headlights (with automatic high beam) and fog lights
  • 18 inch alloy wheels
  • Keyless entry and start
  • Power tailgate
  • Eight-way electrically adjustable front seats with heating
  • Electrically adjustable steering column
  • Dual zone air conditioning
  • Autonomous emergency brake with detection of pedestrians and cyclists and crossing support
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Tracking Assistant
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Parking support Braking system
  • Tire pressure warning
  • Lexus Connected Services (including SOS calls and vehicle tracking)
  • E-Latch electronic door handles with safe exit assistance
  • Emergency management assistant

2022 Lexus NX F Sport adds (over luxury):

  • Magnified 14-inch touch screen (with transfer connection features from Luxury)
  • Wireless smartphone charging
  • 360-degree camera
  • 20 inch alloy wheels
  • Tri-beam LED headlights with adaptive high beam
  • Indoor lighting in several colors
  • Ventilation in the front seat
  • Color head-up display
  • Touch-sensitive steering wheel controls
  • F Sport body kit
  • Sports seats and dials
  • Damper front and rear (chassis bracing)
  • Adaptive suspension with Eco / Normal / Sport S and Sport S + modes

2022 Lexus NX Sports Luxury adds (over F Sport):

  • Digital rearview mirror
  • 17-speaker Mark Levinson sound system

However, NX Sports Luxury loses the F Sport-specific features in the variant below it, which includes: F Sport body sets, sports seats and dials, front and rear dampers and adaptive suspension.

Available options include:

  • Digital rearview mirror (NX F Sport AWD variants only)
  • 17-speaker Mark Levinson sound system (NX F Sport AWD variants only)
  • Panoramic sunroof (only NX F Sport and Sports Luxury AWD qualities)
  • Heated steering wheel (NX F Sport and Sports Luxury AWD grades)
  • Intelligent Park Assist (NX350h F Sport and Sports Luxury variants only)
Alex Misoyannis

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he started his own website, Redline. He contributed to Drive in 2018 before joining CarAdvice in 2019 and became a regular contributing journalist to the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from flipping through car magazines as a youngster, to growing up around performance cars in a car-loving family.

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