Not that it really needed it, but Lexus went ahead and gave the NX crossover a facelift anyway. Unveiled at the Auto Shanghai, the 2018 Lexus NX comes only with a few slight upgrades, which is understandable, because, like we said, it didn’t really need one.
At any rate, the subtle changes on the outside of 2018 Lexus NX include a revised front-end with upper portion of the grille and the front bumpers redesigned to more fluidly blend into the hood and front doors. It may not be noticeable, of course, unless you view the new and the old models side by side. There is also satin and smoked chrome trim pieces on the famous grille. Around the back, the lower rear bumper cover now involves elements of the grille’s spindle motif, and has been broadened to give the car w wider stance. The new NX also features larger chrome-tipped exhaust tips that are integrated into the vehicle’s revised bumper cover design and new rear underbody spoiler.
Inside the cabin, 2018 Lexus NX comes with larger available display on the center dashboard, which has grown from seven inches to 10.3 inches. Also, the design of the HVAC control panel has been dramatically simplified by replacing the small section of buttons with four easy-to-operate toggle switches adorned with a tiny “L” on their surface. These changes are meant to give the cabin a sportier look and feel. What’s more, most of the switches have now a metallic satin finish to look more premium. A major change is the renaming of the NX200t to NX300 (it still gets a 2.0 liter turbo four-cylinder) to make it match the NX300h hybrid which has a 2.5-liter inline-4 combined with a pair of electric motors. You also get Lexus Safety System + as standard.
As for the F Sport version, the highlights include mesh grille with jet-black plating and exclusive wheels that feature a bright machined finish with black solid paint, plus Metallic Sport interior trim ornamentation.