• Cosmetic Improvements Put The Spotlight On The Lexus NX Sport

Care for some blacked-out panels on your Lexus NX?

The Lexus NX Sport has arrived at the 2016 Paris Motor Show and just like the Lexus CT and IS before it, the NX comes to the event wearing the “Sport” trim. Lexus touts the NX Sport trim as a unique variant of its crossover model, largely because of the exterior and interior modifications the model has been given to showcase a more aggressive side to the NX. In a nutshell, it’s still an NX, but it’s a sportier and more menacing looking NX that comes with an inherent confidence about itself.

Subtle cosmetic upgrades is the name of the game with the NX Sport. The exterior, for instance, gets a blacked-out front spindle grille and grille frame, which strikes a far more imposing visual appeal than its chrome counterpart. The crossover’s mirror housings have also been finished in black, and the special set of 18-inch black alloy wheels finish off the exterior additions to the NX’s makeup. Move inside the cabin of the NX and you’ll be greeted with a few silver inserts and a leather upholstery that can be dressed in either black or a unique fabric that Lexus is exclusively offering for the Sport trim.

The Sport trim will be available for both the NX 200t and the NX 300h. Current owners of either variant can also oder the Sport package if they so desire. Just don’t expect anything more than the promised upgrades on the exterior and interior. The Lexus NX Sport is all about the giving the NX a fresher and sportier look, both in the body and in the cabin. Nothing more, nothing less.

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Like it or not, the Lexus NX Sport is a conversation-starter

Give Lexus some credit for coming up with ways to inject some excitement back to the Lexus NX. Not that the crossover needed it by any means, but it is nice to see it get updated with a package that should get the attention of those who own an NX or those who are thinking of buying one.

Granted, I understand if some people scoff at the Sport trim and call the upgrades minimal to the point of irrelevancy. Sure, that’s an opinion, but so is this one. The NX Sport, in my mind, is a question of quantity versus quality. It may not have the all-encompassing cosmetic upgrades that owners may otherwise get from the aftermarket scene, but the small modifications that Lexus makes are enough to give the NX a fresher and sportier look. So I don’t think the package should be thought of in terms of quantity, but the quality by which it enhances the crossover’s cosmetic appeal, both in the exterior and interior.

I’m a fan of the Lexus NX and I’m on board any aesthetic upgrades it receives as long as the result isn’t tacky, and for what it’s worth, the Lexus NX Sport, in my mind is farthest thing from tacky.

Read our full review on the Lexus NX here.

Kirby Garlitos
Kirby Garlitos
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Kirby’s first exposure into the world of automobiles happened when he caught Knight Rider on television as a five-year old boy. David Hasselhoff didn’t leave much of an impression on him (that happened later on in Baywatch), but KITT certainly did. To this day, Kirby remains convinced that he will one day own a car with the same ‘spirit’ as the original KITT (not the 2008 monstrosity). He doesn't know when that will be, but until then, he’s committed to expressing his love for KITT, and all cars for that matter, here at TopSpeed.  Read full bio
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