Despite numerous reports about the 2020 Lexus NX 300 redesign, the fact is that we won’t see any important changes for the next year. The current, first generation of this compact luxury crossover has been around since 2015, which indicates it will carry one for a little bit more time. Lexus usually practices six-year production cycles with its most popular models. So, we have no reason to believe that things will be different with this one. Therefore, a complete overhaul is expected for the next year.
Until then, the 2020 Lexus NX 300 will continue with familiar design characteristics, representing this luxury brand in the segment of the compact crossover. The overall design will remain the same. Still, that doesn’t necessarily mean that we won’t see novelties in the next year. We could see a couple of additions in terms of standard equipment, while new exterior color options also seem possible.
2020 Lexus NX 300 Design
In terms of base design characteristic, the 2020 Lexus NX 300 definitely won’t change. This crossover is based on the previous-generation RAV4. Considering that Toyota’s best-seller received a complete overhaul recently, we know the direction in which the new NX will be going. Of course, it will ride on a new TNGA platform. However, we will have to wait for some time to see it. The current generation will carry on for the next year. The 2020 Lexus NX 300 will stick to a familiar New MC platform. It may not feature the most dynamic driving characteristics, but definitely delivers a lot of comforts and very good overall ride quality.
The styling is also about to remain the same. Despite the age, the current model still looks quite good. The Lexus’ design language may be updated, but the NX still follows it in any way. Of course, there is the famous spindle grille, while the overall shape resembles the bigger RX, which is also about to come redesigned in the near future. As we already mentioned, the best we could see in 2020 NX 300 is a couple of new color options.
On the inside, the NX is a typical Lexus, which means you can count on excellent overall quality. All materials are fine, soft on touch but also extremely durable. The dashboard doesn’t lack style at all, despite the age. Most lines are very clean, which definitely help you to feel pleasant inside this crossover. Other good things are seats. In the front row, you can count on a pair of massive and supportive seats. Also, the driver’s seat is highly adjustable, so finding a good driving position seems almost effortless. The rear bench is also quite generous in terms of the leg and headroom, so there’s no doubt that five adults can easily accommodate in this small SUV. On the other side, complaints go to the cargo area, which features one of the smallest volumes in the class, with only 17 cubic feet behind rear seats.
Frustrating Infotainment System
The cargo area may be small, but definitely isn’t the worst thing about this SUV. The main complaint goes to its infotainment system, which comes with the Lexus’ infamous Remote Touch technology. This thing works pretty much like a laptop mouse pad. It is hard to navigate and can be very frustrating, especially during the drive.
On the other side, we have to say that the overall amount of tech features is quite big. Base models feature an 8-inch screen, as well as things like satellite and HD radio, USB, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi hotspot and eight speakers. You can also get things like a bigger 10.3-inch screen with navigation, premium audio system, a moonroof etc.
One Engine for All
One of the things that bother all potential buyers of this crossover is the fact that there is only one engine in the offer. It is a familiar 2.0-liter turbo-four gasoline engine, which delivers around 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. It comes in a pair with 8-speed automatic transmission and the overall ride quality is good. However, a lack of power is notable once you step up on the gas pedal, as the NX features some of the slowest accelerations in the class. Unfortunately, an upgraded, 2020 Lexus NX 300 F Sport will also feature this engine.
The NX also comes in with a hybrid version, which will for the next year come as the 2020 Lexus NX 300h. Given the fact that the gasoline model doesn’t offer any spectacular performances, choosing even slower hybrid version makes sense once you see its impressive mpg ratings. With the NX 300h, you can count on amazing 33 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.
2020 Lexus NX 300 Release Date and Price
When it comes to the 2020 Lexus NX 300 release date, we expect to see it sometime in the last quarter of the year. It should keep the same price, which currently starts at around 36.500 dollars.