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The Lexus NX 300, formerly known as the NX 200t, remains a sharply designed luxury-utility vehicle and adds new standard equipment to all models in 2018.

Although the NX 300 offers a raised driving position, the vehicle’s cockpit still evokes a sporty driving experience with new features to complement a busy lifestyle. The newest include the Lexus Safety System+ as standard equipment, Lexus Enform Wi-Fi with 4GB of space (subscription complimentary for the first year) and a power back door with kick sensor available as a standalone option.

Additional options include: a re-imagined Luxury Package with Electrochromic mirrors and reverse tilt and memory mirrors; Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert; and an updated Comfort Package with driver and passenger heated and ventilated seats.

The NX driver faces a sculptured metal-faced four-dial gauge cluster with 3D speedometer and tachometer displays. Gauges in the F SPORT feature full-length illuminated needles.

A 4.2-inch Thin Film Transistor (TFT) LCD in the center of the instrument cluster provides a full-color Multi Information Display (MID). A change in drive modes using the Drive Mode Select switch triggers a colored illumination in the MID — red for Sport mode, for example. The MID can also display phone and audio information.

Design

To stand out on the road, the 2018 Lexus NX features dynamic styling updates to the exterior and interior design.

Caviar is added as an exterior color, as well as Glazed Caramel and Rioja Red (non-F SPORT models) for interior colors. For an even sportier look and feel, the NX 300 base model receives an updated front grille with two additional grille lines integrated with the lower bumper, a larger fog light opening below the front headlights, the addition of chrome accents on the lower rear bumper and updated tail lamps.

For the interior design of the NX 300, the center console remains the focal point with a standard eight inch multimedia screen.

Turbo

The NX 300’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine produces 235 hp at 4800-5,600 rpm with 258 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,650-4,000 rpm.

The D4-S injection system, which uses a combination of direct fuel injection and additional port fuel injectors, helps ensure ample power and crisp responsiveness at all engine speeds.

Hybrid

The Lexus NX 300h emphasizes efficiency with 33 mpg city and 30 mpg highway, for 31 mpg combined EPA-estimated fuel economy.

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