The biggest change for the 2018 NX is with the NX300 nomenclature replacing the NX200t. The engine — a 2.0-liter, 235-hp turbocharged four-cylinder — stays basically the same, though. The automaker says the NX300’s straight-line performance will “essentially remain the same.”
Performance upgrades come in the form of enhancements to the crossover’s suspension tuning and the addition of Lexus’ Adaptive Variable Suspension based on the system found in the LC 500, which can offer up to 650 instantaneous compression and damping adjustments, up from 30. The shocks, springs, stabilizer bars and bushings are retuned for improved turn-in response and cornering.