Under the hood will be another familiar sight from the Venza: the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired to three electric motors for a total output of 219 horsepower. We still don’t have an official torque rating yet. Expect the same CVT gearbox to send that power to an electronic on-demand all-wheel-drive system. But unlike the Venza (at least for now), the next NX will supposedly also receive an optional and more powerful engine, the also soon to be unveiled 2.4-liter turbo-four capable of around 300 hp and upwards of 325 lb-ft of torque.
Assuming the latter engine happens, the new NX will offer far more power than two of its main rivals, specifically the BMW X1 and Audi Q3, both with a maximum of 228 hp and 258 lb-ft. Perhaps the 2022 Lexus NX’s optional engine will finally convince Audi to bring the more powerful SQ3 or even the RS Q3 stateside.