The Cadillac XT4 looks set to face increased competition from Japan following the introduction of the next-generation 2022 Lexus NX this week.
The 2022 Lexus NX introduces a number of changes to the nameplate – the most apparent being a re-styled exterior with a larger version of the Lexus ‘spindle grille’, new L-shaped LED headlamps and different full-width taillamps.
A new NX350 model introduces a turbocharged 2.4L four-cylinder engine to the crossover, as well, which produces 275 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque. The base NX250 trim, meanwhile, has a naturally aspirated 2.5L four-cylinder producing 203 horsepower and 194 pound-feet. Both of these four-cylinder motors come standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Two updated hybrid powertrains will also be on offer. The NX350h pairs the 2.5L four-cylinder with an electrified power source for a maximum output of 239 horsepower and some small fuel economy-related gains. The range-topping NX 450H+, meanwhile, pairs the same 2.5L motor with a more powerful plug-in hybrid powertrain, giving the crossover the ability to travel an estimated 36 miles on electric power alone. Lexus did not disclose maximum combined power output for the NX 450H+, but it will be the quickest NX model on offer, delivering a zero to 60 mph time of around six seconds.
Inside, the updated Lexus NX comes standard with a 9.8-inch touchscreen display or an optional 14-inch touchscreen. The center display is joined by a seven-inch digital instrument panel and an optional 10-inch head-up display. The crossover also introduces the redesigned Lexus Interface multimedia system, which brings new menu designs, a different screen layout, a virtual assistant feature and a new Google-powered navigation system. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will come standard, while users can rely on an optional wireless charging pad to keep their devices juiced up while on the go.
Lexus’ available F Sport performance trim returns on the 2022 NX, adding Active Variable Suspension, front and rear performance dampers, sport seats, a new sport steering wheel, 20-inch F Sport wheels, darkened exterior trim, and aluminum pedals and sill plates, among other sport-inspired equipment. The F Sport trim is available with the turbo and PHEV powertrains only.
The 2022 Lexus NX will enter production in the third quarter of 2021. The Japanese automaker says pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date this fall.
The Cadillac XT4 was introduced for the 2019 model year and has not received any updates or revisions since that time. The Lexus NX, by comparison, was introduced for the 2015 model year, with the first-generation model remaining in production through to the 2021 model year. This updated 2022 model represents the second generation of the subcompact crossover nameplate.