Lexus has announced the NX 450h+, its first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) alongside a new multimedia system called Lexus Interface as part of its 2022 NX series of vehicles.
This range sees Lexus provide customers with two electrified options – including a 2.5-liter hybrid powertrain on the NX 350h and a PHEV powertrain on the 450+h.
The 450h+ has an all-electric range of 36 miles, made possible by its high-capacity lithium-ion battery. The system achieves the EV output equivalent to a 2.0-liter engine for an combined 84 MPGe. When combined with the hybrid transaxle, a 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder engine is capable of going from 0-60 mph in 6.0 seconds.
A high-output, high-efficiency system designed to reduce power loss when converting from AC power to DC power works to decrease charging times. For instance, using the maximum charging current of 240V, the NX 450h+ can be fully charged in approximately 2.5 hours when equipped with the optional 6.6 kW Expedited Onboard Charger. With the standard 3.3 kW on board charger, charge time goes up slightly to approximately 4.5 hours.
The NX also employs an electronically controlled AWD system. This system allows for the front and rear torque distribution to be optimized in accordance with the driving conditions – allowing the driver to maintain control across several driving scenarios.
Lexus Interface, the automaker’s new multimedia system, is hosted on a 9.8-inch, optically bonded touchscreen that provides users with a variety of in-vehicle technologies. The screen’s new HMI enhances user interaction through sight, touch and voice, while also balancing accessibility needs. An optional 14-inch touchscreen includes a three-year trial for Drive Connect services such as location guidance with Cloud Navigation, Destination Assist and Intelligent Assistant. The system also uses a built-in camera to help provide select road sign information in the instrument panel, or in the Head-Up display.
With the User Profile feature, the driver’s personalized settings and experience can be kept in the cloud and accessed on the go in other vehicles equipped with Lexus Interface. Once a profile is created in the Lexus App, guests can use a Bluetooth handheld device or smart key to access it as well as a manual login.
Lexus Interface also incorporates a new Voice Assistant, which can be activated through a voice command or a button on the steering wheel. The Lexus Interface Assistant allows users to naturally, and intuitively, interact with the OEM’s new multimedia system. Designed with dual microphones, enhanced noise-cancellation, seat detection and speaker location capabilities, the system enables a voice-first approach. This allowing front seat occupants to access media, phone and vehicle settings such as climate control through a series of voice commands recognized by the system.
Intelligent Assistant, available through Lexus’ Drive Connect subscription expands upon the capabilities provided by the standard system. This optional system provides convenience features such as weather and location-based notifications alongside address and POI search with navigation. With Wi-Fi Connect, it also offers interaction with integrated audio streaming functionality.
An extension of the User Profile feature, the available Digital Key allows guests the ability to lock/unlock and start/stop their vehicle through their smartphone when within Bluetooth proximity. With Remote Connect services activated, the Digital Key can be shared with up to seven more guests.
The system’s Cloud Navigation system features utilize 100% cloud capability and integrated Google POI data to ensure its data remains accurate and up-to-date. The latest route and location guidance with Cloud Navigation is included with the three-year Drive Connect subscription, along with Destination Assist and Intelligent Assistant.
Over-the-air (OTA) updates offer real-time updates for the system’s mapping and media experiences. The cloud-based native navigation is also available to occupants with or without a network connection. Offline mode is designed to detect when the vehicle is near or entering an area with low connectivity, and can download applicable maps and services in advance.
For 2022, the Lexus NX also features wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability as standard. Likewise, an optional wireless charger allows users to charge, and stream content from, their smartphone.
The all-new 2022 NX lineup is expected in showrooms as early as December 2021, with production beginning at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada in early 2022.