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The Lexus NX 300 will replace the NX 200t for the 2018 model year. It will essentially be a carryover but with some modest updates in interior and exterior design. The most notable change will be the addition of Lexus Safety System + as standard equipment.

In terms of design, the new NX will get a revised front end with reshaped grille akin to the more expensive RX crossover. Its headlights will now feature a triple-projector design inspired by the new LC coupe.

In back, the taillights have been lengthened, while the chrome exhaust tips will now feature a larger design for a sportier look. A new 18-inch wheel design will offer a machined finish with dark metallic painted accents.

Inside the cabin, the NX will get a revamped button interface with a satin metal finish. There will now be a larger available LCD screen in the center dash offering a 10.3-inch display (up from 7 inches).

Even the built-in analog clock will get a revised look. Drivers may appreciate the addition of re-positioned USB charging ports that will be able to offer quicker charging compared to the previous year.

Lexus NX

Other notable additions include a new foot sensor for opening the trunk hands-free. As before, an available F Sport variant offers a more aggressive look with a unique black mesh grille and special interior trim.

Under the hood, the NX will continue to be powered by a 2.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. Output figures have not yet been released for the 2018 model. For reference, the current NX 200t is rated at 235 hp with 258 lb-ft of torque. As before, a hybrid variant called the NX 300h will continue to be offered.

Safety will be an area in which the new NX shines. It will now offer Lexus Safety System +, a suite of driver assistance features, at no additional charge. The system includes a pre-collision system with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure alert and auto high beams.

Expect a full review closer to launch.

Pricing & Release Date

The 2018 Lexus NX 300 is expected to go on sale this fall.

Official pricing has not yet been announced. For reference, the 2017 NX 200t starts at $36,260 with destination and ranges up to $39,760 for the top-spec F Sport model with all-wheel drive. In contrast, the larger RX 350 starts quite a bit higher at $44,095.

Key competitors include the BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, Audi A5 and Acura RDX.

Learn about the current NX 200t on sale now »

Pictured: 2018 NX

Lexus NX

Lexus NX

Lexus NX

Lexus NX

Lexus NX

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