I’m behind the wheel of the all new NX. I’m driving it around Scottsdale, AZ and I gotta say it feels really good on the road. For 2022 the NX has been completely redesigned from the ground up...four powertrains are available.

Including two hybrid electric models. First, we have the NX 450 h plus: the first plug-in hybrid vehicle for Lexus. It has 302 total system horsepower and AWD. Lexus says it goes from 0-60 in just 6 seconds. It’s EV range is an estimated 37 miles. Second, there’s the NX 350 h which is powered by a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder hybrid powertrain with 239 total system horsepower and AWD. You can feel the strong acceleration and passing performance.

The Lexus NX 350 which I'm driving right now has a 2.4-liter turbo I4 with 275-horsepower and 317 lb-ft of torque.

And if you really want to turn things up, F SPORT handling is available on the NX 350 for a more dynamic and sporty feel. Rounding out the four available powertrains, is the NX 250. It has a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with 203-horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque.

As far as the exteror goes I really like the updated, refined spindle grill. It looks amazing! And as far as the Lexus rear badging, I think that looks fantastic too.

And the full-width tail lamp really gets your attention and ties the whole look together.

Inside, the second generation NX doesn’t disappoint. The new Lexus multimedia system comes standard with a 9.8-inch touchscreen but if you want something bigger a 14-inch touchscreen is available. And you can interact with a new voice assistant by asking it to do things for you like turn on the windshield wipers.

The Lexus safety system is standard on all new NX models. New advanced safety features help a driver avoid a collision within the lane by applying gentle braking and steering. And curve speed management controls speed in curves when cruise control is turned on.

There’s tons of tech and safety features in the NX and if you’re up for an adventure, grab your pup and load him in the back. For 2022, rear cargo space has been increased 14% in part to a longer, wider and taller frame. The Lexus NX starts at just under $38,000 it’s expected to be in showrooms by December 2021.

And we will have much more on the new Lexus NX coming up on MotorWeek!