Love it or hate it, Lexus’ sharp styling and spindle grille aren’t going away anytime soon, judging by the refreshed 2018 NX crossover that debuted at the Shanghai motor show.
Both the front and rear fascias do receive modest design changes, though. The massive spindle grille is still present — and as bold as ever — but Lexus refined the styling so that it flows better with the hood. The headlights are also redesigned; they're now similar to the triple-projector units found on the LC coupe.
At the rear, the taillights are elongated to better emphasize the L-shaped lenses. The NX300 features a larger chrome-tipped exhaust, while the NX300h hybrid wears a slotted sectional piece with satin chrome borders.
The NX F Sport trim continues for 2018 with its pronounced mesh grille and jet-black plating, in addition to unique machined-finished wheels with solid black paint. The inside is decked out in the Metallic Sport interior trim.
Inside, nearly all the controls and switches, including the door handles, shift knob and drive-mode selector, have a metallic satin finish. The infotainment screen gets a size upgrade from 7 inches to 10.3. The HVAC controls are simplified down to just four toggle switches.
The touch interface has been redesigned for easier operation. A reshaped palm rest offers better comfort. The wireless charger tray is also bigger so that it can accommodate today’s larger phablets smartphones. A new feature added for 2018 is a foot-operated rear hatch, which can open and close with a wave of the foot under the rear-bumper cover — perfect for when your arms are full.