And they're more interesting than you think.
Today's first-generation Lexus NX has remained largely unchanged since it debuted back in 2015. A new generation is expected in 2022 and we've just received some first details about what we can expect. According to Japanese language website Best Car, the second-gen NX will share the same TNGA-K global platform as the hot-selling Toyota RAV4 and just revealed Toyota Venza.
According to the report, the new NX will be about 30 mm longer than the RAV4 and 90 mm shorter than the Venza. It'll also be wider than both by around 15 mm and its height is 30 mm lower than the Venza. Basically, picture the 2022 NX as being a lower and wider Venza with a sleeker coupe-like silhouette shown in the included renderings. And yes, the large spindle front grille remains, though its design continues to evolve with a slightly more toned-down appearance.
Under the hood will be another familiar sight from the Venza: the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired to three electric motors for a total output of 219 horsepower. We still don't have an official torque rating yet. Expect the same CVT gearbox to send that power to an electronic on-demand all-wheel-drive system. But unlike the Venza (at least for now), the next NX will supposedly also receive an optional and more powerful engine, the also soon to be unveiled 2.4-liter turbo-four capable of around 300 hp and upwards of 325 lb-ft of torque.
Assuming the latter engine happens, the new NX will offer far more power than two of its main rivals, specifically the BMW X1 and Audi Q3, both with a maximum of 228 hp and 258 lb-ft. Perhaps the 2022 Lexus NX's optional engine will finally convince Audi to bring the more powerful SQ3 or even the RS Q3 stateside.
In general, the next-gen Lexus NX will be a far better-looking and more powerful compact crossover than the vehicle it'll replace. As typical with any new Lexus, it'll also come packed with plenty of convenience technologies such as standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility and numerous driver-assist safety features.
A full reveal is still several months away, but it'll probably happen no later than next spring.