Launched some two years ago as the most controversially styled Lexus to date, the NX receives slimmer projector-type headlights, redesigned bumpers front and rear bumpers, the same "wave" spindle grille as the LC, new tailgate, reshaped number plate cavity and new LED tail lamps.
Building on this, the flagship F-Sport features a black chrome grille frame with the grille itself getting a black mesh design, brushed aluminium lower apron and side vents finished in graphite complete with F-Sport badging.
Just as subtle, the interior, on the F-Sport at least, benefits from a new 10.3-inch infotainment display as opposed to the previous seven-inch unit, with other changes consisting of new HVAC switches with metal effect, satin door handle trim and a redesigned analogue clock now linked with the satellite navigation.
On the base spec E model, rain sense wipers, auto-levelling headlights and a reverse camera are now fitted as standard, while the mid-spec EX gets roof rails, dynamic headlights, chrome detailing on the steering wheel and aluminium finishes on the centre console.
Changes underneath the NX's new skin are more extensive though with a recalibrated rear stabiliser-bar, new bushings and front dampers, updated shock absorbers and the inclusion of Lexus' Adaptive Variable Suspension derived from the F-Sport.
In-line with its new looks, the NX now bears the 300 designation instead of 200t, with power still coming from a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine developing 175 kW and 350 Nm of torque. The hybrid 300h retains its 150 kW 2.5-litre petrol/electric setup with drive going to all four wheels via a CVT.
While a six-speed automatic gearbox is retained on the 300, the E now sends its grunt to the front wheels with the EX and F-Sport remaining all-wheel drive.
Available from January, all NXs come with a three year / 100 000 km warranty as standard.
|NX300 E||R599 900|
|NX300 EX||R677 300|
|NX300h EX||R746 700|
|NX300 F-Sport||R789 700|