Next Lexus NX Will Use RAV4 PlatformSeptember 2, 2020
The next-generation Lexus NX is set to arrive next year as a 2022 model with some “backing” for the Toyota RAV4.
The Lexus NX and Lexus NX Hybrid are currently in desperate need of an upgrade. Still in its first generation, the NX hit the market back in 2014, building on the same Toyota New MC platform used by the current RAV4. Toyota has since replaced the RAV4 with a new model that uses the TNGA scalable platform. Due to its age, the NX lags behind its main counterpart in terms of power, efficiency and technology.
Information from Toyota and Lexus has surfaced on the web indicating that a new NX is on the way, which may come with five different powertrain options. The new NX should be based on the same TNGA-K platform as the RAV4 and the new Venza, which means it should receive all of the improvements inherent in these models.
Brazilian designer Kleber Silva has unveiled what the next-generation NX could look like using RAV4 square wheel arches. At first glance, this interpretation seems more attractive than the current NX, but at the same time it is not too similar to its main counterpart. The model features large wheels, a two-tone roof and a unique front fascia. According to rumors, the length of the new NX will be located between the RAV4 and Venza, but it will be wider than both.
As for the engine range, there should be a 2.5-liter four-cylinder hybrid powertrain from the RAV4 Hybrid and Venza, which is likely to produce the same 219 horsepower as Toyota models. The 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is rumored to replace the current 2.0-liter with over 300 hp.
It’s possible that Lexus could also decide to borrow a plug-in hybrid powertrain from the RAV4 Prime, which generates 302bhp. The NX should be a top priority for Lexus and from the information leaks it should be a big improvement over the current model.
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