The all-new Lexus NX has been honoured as the best mid-size premium SUV in the 2022 Auto Express New Car Awards.
It emerged the winner from a highly competitive market segment by impressing the judges with its all-round capabilities – particularly the quality of the plug-in hybrid electric version, the NX 450h+.
Steve Fowler, Auto Express Editor in Chief, said: “Lexus has really pushed the NX’s ability, underpinned by the versatile GA-K platform that delivers what premium buyers want on many fronts – and overtaking many of its premium German competitors in the process.”
Drawing attention to Lexus’s “decades” of experience in electrified powertrain technology, he remarked on the model’s EV driving range (up to 47 miles) and its “supreme refinement”.
The new NX opens the Lexus “Next Chapter,” signalling new directions in design, introducing new powertrains and raising the quality of dynamic performance to create a greater and more rewarding connection between driver and machine with the Lexus Driving Signature. Lexus’s first plug-in hybrid electric system also stands out from the competition by maintaining high efficiency when battery charge is depleted; unlike rival models which default to their combustion engine, the NX 450h+ automatically switches to self-charging hybrid running.
Chris Hayes, Director of Lexus in the UK, said: “With the all-new NX our aim was to define a new direction for the future of our brand and our product in the UK by combining our strong experience in electrified powertrains and matching this carefully to what our customers value most highly. This approach, together with our focus on Takumi craftsmanship and Omotenashi hospitality, will also be carried through to the all-new RX and all-electric RZ SUVs that we will launch later this year.”