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Four Reasons Lexus NX Crossover Shoppers Should Wait For the New 2018 Model

Lexus has made four key improvements to the NX crossover line worth waiting for. Oh, and Lexus is changing the model name too.

Lexus has revealed the new 2018 NX crossover model year and there are four key things that shoppers should know.

Lexus NX Model Name Changes
Before we begin with the four improvements that Lexus has made, we need to first explain that Lexus has changed the vehicle's name slightly. The 2018 Lexus NX will now be called the NX 300 instead of the NX 200t. The engine is unchanged and this now renders Lexus' model nomenclature completely nonsensical. Lexus already has "300" suffixes attached to V6 versions of other vehicles, so it seems to be moving away from the numbers meaning anything useful. The NX 300h hybrid model name remains the same.

New Standard Safety On Lexus NX

Unlike past model years, the 2018 Lexus NX line will feature standard active safety. Every trim will come with the Lexus Safety System +. This system, integrates active safety technologies, including Lexus' Pre-Collision System (PCS), Dynamic Radar Cruise Control System, Lane Departure Alert (LDA) and Automatic High Beam (AHB).

Lager Infotainment Screen
The biggest interior improvement to the new 2018 Lexus NX line is a larger screen. The new screen is 10.3 inches in diameter, as opposed to the outgoing 2017 model year's seven-inch screen. Bigger is better when it comes to infotainment screens and this alone is worth waiting a few weeks for.

Big Changes To Lexus NX Suspension and Handling
Lexus has added a new Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS). The technology is based on the system found in the LC 500 ultra-luxury sports coupe. The new system can make up to 650 instantaneous compression and damping adjustments (up from 30) for better control and superior overall handling stability.

New Lexus NX Style
Lexus has changed the front and rear facia of the NX line. We won't try to sell you on the new look, but rather we will let Shin Kamiura from the Lexus Design Division do so. He says: “Starting at the spindle grille, the way the front edges connect to the front fenders results in a much bolder expression than before, clearly highlighting the NX’s style design architecture. We’ve also changed the shape of the lower front bumper to better support the spindle grille, as well as relocated the fog lamps to the corner of the front bumpers, separating them from the ducts. The result is a front fascia with a stronger and more aggressive presence.”

Given these changes, it is easy to argue that shoppers should wait for the new 2018 about to arrive.