Lexus has taken a page directly from its German luxury rivals with the new NX’s driver-focused cockpit. Already known for its outstanding build quality and abundant use of high-quality materials, Lexus now wants drivers and passengers to have a more dynamic experience. A 7-inch instrument display comes standard and buyers can get an optional 10-inch head-up display as well. Both systems provide vehicle information, and alerts and updates.
A 9.8-inch touchscreen display is packed with multimedia tech. And if that screen size isn’t large enough, a 14-inch unit is available. Lexus clearly listened to customer feedback because dial controls for volume and temperature remain conventional dials. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability are also standard.
What’s really exciting is the first application of the Lexus Interface multimedia system for both touchscreens. It includes new and advanced features like the Human Machine Interface to ensure better accessibility through sight, touch, and voice. There’s also a new Virtual Assistant with dual microphones, noise-cancelation, and seat detection. The Lexus Interface, also a smartphone app, retains the driver’s personal settings. Using the Digital Key gives the ability to lock/unlock and start/stop the vehicle with the owner’s smartphone within Bluetooth proximity.