The Lexus NX is expected to receive its next redesign sometime in 2021 or 2022. Given that the Toyota RAV4 was brought to the automaker's TNGA platform for 2019, we think it's likely that the NX will follow suit sooner rather than later. Unfortunately, spy shots of the next-gen NX as well as early specs and pricing are not yet available.
First introduced for 2015 as the NX 200t, the vehicle became a big hit as the brand's smallest crossover at the time. However, much like the IS sedan, the NX was renamed the NX 300 for 2018 in an effort to streamline the brand's lineup. The vehicle's underlying styling and engine choices remained changed.
That said, a slew of price cuts on the NX 300h for 2018 helped make the hybrid a compelling upgrade over the turbo. At the moment, the hybrid requires just $1,000 more than a similarly-equipped all-wheel-drive gas NX. Having said that, competitors like the Audi Q5 and BMW X3 will soon offer plug-in hybrid options.
Will the NX follow suit with a plug-in variant? Although Toyota has been slow to embrace fully-electric cars, the 2021 RAV4 Prime will boast 302 hp and a range of up to 39 miles. Given the popularity of the NX, we think it's entirely possible that similar technology could arrive at some point in the future.
The current NX continues to be offered with either a 2-liter turbo making 235 hp or a 2.5-liter hybrid rated at 194 hp. The hybrid only comes with all-wheel-drive and earns up to 31 mpg in combined city/highway driving. Interestingly, that's substantially lower than the 40 mpg rating of the new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid.
Pictured: 2017 NX