2017 Auto Shanghai: 2018 Lexus NX image

The Lexus NX compact crossover is still fresh thanks to the company’s audacious styling after almost four years since its presentation, but the new model year does bring a sensible update in time for a worldwide public presentation at the 2017 Auto Shanghai.

The facelift – as the moniker implies, comes with visual improvements specifically at the front where the higher part of the grille and bumper have been restyled to “more fluidly blend into the hood and front doors.” The NX now boasts optional AHS-equipped headlamps and triple projectors – similar to the tech seen inside the LC luxury coupe. Designers have also reworked the taillights and tweaked the lower diffuser with integrated tailpipes. The NX Hybrid even has a new L-shaped satin chrome border for a sectional piece. The changes are enhanced with the addition of 18-inch wheels for the top trims.

2017 Auto Shanghai 2018 Lexus NX 5

The cabin boasts a bigger 10.3-inch display on the center console, while the HVAC panel has been changed to feature four easy-to-operate toggle switches, while adding a metallic satin finish to virtually all controls. The 2018 model year sees the departure of the 200t in favor of the NX 300 – but in fact the models use the same 2.0-liter turbocharged engine while the NX Hybrid goes virtually unchanged. Lexus adds important upgrades have been made to the suspension, while the chassis gains Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS).