Well, not so much a secret anymore.
The Lexus NX compact luxury crossover was pretty radical-looking when it debuted in late 2014 as a 2015 model. At the time, Lexus was still introducing the large spindle grille and edgy styling throughout its model lineup, which turned off many long-time customers. Taking big risks can also bring big rewards, however. Last year, the NX sold a total of 62,079 units in the US while one of its direct rivals, the BMW X3, saw 61,351 examples sold. Evidently, Lexus's bold styling decision is paying off, and now it'll soon be time for the next-generation NX. After all, the X3 was all-new for 2018.
According to Just Auto, the next NX is due to enter production next July at Toyota Motor Kyushu's Miyata plant in Japan. It will also be built in Canada, too. The report also claims that instead of riding on its current platform, codenamed New MC, the next-gen NX is slated to ride on the same GA-C platform as its smaller UX sibling, although it'll likely be lengthened.
Although we have yet to see any spy shots, renderings, or teaser images, expect the second-gen NX to continue with the bold and brash styling. Chances are it'll be taken to the next level. Other details are still being kept under wraps but this same report goes on to claim the new NX will come powered by four-cylinder gasoline and gasoline-electric powertrains. Currently, the NX 300 is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four with 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque.
The NX 300h comes powered by a 2.5-liter inline-four paired to an electric motor for a combined output of 194 hp. Another interesting piece of information about the 2021 (or 2022) Lexus NX is that there's a chance it will be the brand's first plug-in hybrid variant. If so, this could serve as the replacement for the NX 300h. An official debut date has yet to be announced, but if production is slated to get underway next summer, then a winter or spring unveiling is all but certain.