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Lexus Tries To Keep NX Fresh With Blackline Special Edition

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When we last reviewed a 2018 Lexus NX 300 F Sport, we noted how it was comfortable yet fun to drive but lacking in a few modern technology features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The NX has been virtually unchanged since it was introduced in 2014 and the Toyota RAV4 on which it's loosely based has already received a new generation, so it may soon be time for a refresh.

So far we haven't heard any news about a next-generation NX, so it seems like Lexus will simply attempt to keep the current car as fresh as possible. Part of this strategy includes a new Blackline Special Edition model which will make its debut at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show.

Lexus has been on a roll lately with special edition models. The LX recently received an Inspiration Series model and the Toyota Land Cruiser on which it is based just received a retro Heritage Edition. For the NX, Lexus has based the Blackline Special Edition on the sportier F Sport model, which includes features such as Lexus Safety System+, Lexus Enform Wi-Fi, and Apple CarPlay (which is new for the 2019 model year). Android Auto, unfortunately, still hasn't made its way to any Toyota or Lexus products.

While the Blackline Special Edition won't receive any performance upgrades, it does offer a bit more than a simple styling package. Just don't expect any additional power from the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, which puts out 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque.

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Inside, this special edition model features two all-new features for the NX. The first is a Mark Levinson 14-speaker, 835-watt surround sound audio system and the second is unique F Sport seats finished in Arctic White and Black. The Blackline also bundles in other NX features including blind-spot monitoring, heated and ventilated seats, power tailgate, moonroof, and Active Sound Control, which pumps in engine noise through the speakers.

On the exterior, buyers can choose from Ultra White, Obsidian, and Atomic Silver and all Blackline models come equipped with unique, forged split-six spoke 19-inch wheels and lower side graphics. Only 1,000 units will be produced with deliveries beginning in February. Prices start at $48,575 for front-wheel-drive or $49,975 for all-wheel-drive.