Lexus has brought in the updated version of its most affordable SUV in India, the NX 350h. The new Lexus NX 350h comes just at the right time when all of its direct rivals were getting updated and it was lagging with its outdated interior and comparative lack of features. The new Lexus NX 350h will now be available in India in a three-variant lineup, the prices for which start at Rs 64.90 lakh.
Variants and Pricing
The new Lexus NX 350h is available in a total of three variants – Exquisite, Luxury and F-Sport. While the entry-level Exquisite variant is priced at Rs 64.50 lakh, the mid-spec Luxury variant is priced at Rs 69.50 lakh. The top-spec F-Sport variant will set one back by Rs 71.60 lakh. All these three variants are available as petrol-hybrid-automatic versions of the SUV as standard.
While the overall silhouette and basic design of the Lexus NX 350h are essentially the same, the facelift has brought in some minor changes to the exterior to make it look fresher and sharper than the older model. The new facelifted Lexus NX 350h now gets sharper single-piece LED headlamps (unlike the split LED units in the previous model), a bigger version of the trademark ‘Spindle’ grille, revised front and rear bumpers and a new LED tail lamp cluster with an LED light bar joining them.
Interior and Features
It is where the improvement in the Lexus NX 350h was needed the most, and it has got a significant update to match the expectation. The new Lexus NX 350h now gets a bigger 10.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system which now features wireless smartphone connectivity options. The centre console is revised too, which now gets fewer physical buttons than before. Also new to the cabin is a full-TFT instrument console, a new multi-functional steering wheel.
The top-of-the-line F-Sport variant gets an extensive equipment list including a TFT head-up display, auto headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, 360-degree parking camera, 64-colour ambient lighting, panoramic sunroof, wireless charger and powered front and rear seats.
Engine and Transmission
In all of its three variants, the Lexus NX 350h gets a 2.5-litre four-cylinder Atkinson cycle petrol-hybrid powertrain. Coupled with two e-motors, with one on the front axle and the other on the rear axle, the powertrain produces a combined power output of 243 bhp. The Lexus NX 350h is available with an all-wheel-drive system and a 6-step e-CVT gearbox as standard across the lineup. The new powertrain has replaced the lesser powerful 2.5-litre petrol-hybrid powertrain, which used to make 197 bhp of combined power output.
With this new update, the Lexus NX 350h can now pose a stronger challenge to its direct rivals like Mercedes Benz GLC, BMW X3, Audi Q5, Volvo XC 60 and Land Rover Discovery Sport. Like before, the new Lexus NX 350h will be available in India as a CBU import and will be available through the limited dealer network of Lexus across India.