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The Lexus NX 300h will be updated for the 2018 model year. The most notable changes include minor tweaks to the exterior and interior, a revised suspension system and the addition of Lexus Safety System +.

On the outside, the NX will look a lot like the current model. However, a closer look reveals a more refined positioning of the vehicle's spindle grille and a sleeker-looking hood. The headlights have also been improved with a triple projector design influenced by the new LC 500.

The taillights have also been lengthened to accentuate the L-shaped lenses. There's also a new 18-inch wheel design consisting of a machined finish contrasted by dark metallic paint for a sportier look. Larger chrome exhaust tips help complete the look.

The interior benefits from some freshening with a new control layout and revised buttons with satin metal accents. The automaker's touchpad interface has also been enlarged for greater ease of use. Gadget-lovers may appreciate a revised USB port in the center console that can charge phones at higher speeds than before.

Lexus NX 300h

Under the hood, the NX 300h will continue to feature a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder hybrid engine. Output for the 2018 model hasn't been announced, but we expect no changes at the moment to the current model's 194 hp combined system output. That said, an updated suspension system inspired by the LC coupe will offer the ability to make quicker adjustments for better control on the road.

For 2018, the NX 300h will feature Lexus Safety System + as a standard feature. The system adds a pre-collision system, lane departure alert, adaptive cruise control and auto high beams at no additional charge.

Expect a full review closer to launch.

Pricing & Release Date

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

Official pricing has not yet been announced. For reference, the 2017 NX 300h starts at $40,695 with destination, considerably higher than the $36,260 MSRP of the least-expensive NX 200t. At the moment, there's no indication that the model will get a substantial price increase for 2018.

Competitors to the NX 300h are practically non-existent. In some ways, the vehicle can be said to compete with other Toyota and Lexus nameplates like the RAV4 Hybrid and RX 450h. In other ways it has competed with diesel versions of the BMW X3.

Learn about the current NX 300h on sale now »

Pictured: 2018 NX

Lexus NX 300h

Lexus NX 300h

Lexus NX 300h

Lexus NX 300h

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