Lexus to feature NX PHEV and IS 500 V8 in Chicago Auto Show


Lexus will showcase its full lineup of luxury vehicles, including the all-new 2022 NX and IS 500 Performance Launch Edition (which mark their first auto show appearance), at the 2021 Chicago Auto Show.. The Chicago Auto Show will take place from July 15 to 19. 

Guests of the auto show will have the opportunity to see the all-new NX, which Lexus said has been re-conceived from the inside out to be more driver-focused.

Set to arrive in US dealerships this year, the NX boasts an entirely new platform, with panoramic moonroof, and striking 20-inch gloss black aluminum wheels.

Taking performance further, the compact SUV features turbo and hybrid powertrains. Proving there’s an NX for every driver, it also adds a new 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine, and in select regions, the first-ever Lexus plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, the NX 450h+.

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The all-new Lexus Interface multimedia system, designed with the North American market in mind, will also be found in the NX. 

For safety, a feature that alerts the driver and passengers to avoid the risk of accidental door contact with vehicles, or cyclists, is called the Digital Latch with Safe Exit Assist.

As the first model in the new Lexus F Sport Performance line, the IS 500 Performance Launch Edition is powered by the same naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 engine introduced in the standard IS 500.


With only 500 serialized vehicles to be sold later this fall exclusively in North America, the IS 500 Launch Edition will generate 472hp at 7,100 rpm and 535Nm of peak torque at 4,800 rpm. 

Standing apart from the standard IS 500, the IS 500 Launch Edition interior builds upon takumi craftsmanship with elevated interior materials, including sporty two-tone black and gray Ultrasuede trimmed front and rear seats, door accents, and center console.

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Outside, the IS 500 Launch Edition is sure to turn heads with standard 19-inch split-seven-spoke forged alloy Matte Black BBS wheels from the IS F Sport Dynamic Handling Package. The vehicle will be sold exclusively in Incognito, an all-new color for the Lexus lineup.

Also on display will be a custom-wrapped LX, supporting Cal’s All-Star Angel Foundation, a pediatric cancer organization with a mission of raising awareness and funding research to help kids fighting cancer.

In 2005, 12-year-old Cal Sutter was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia. While Cal lost his battle with leukemia in 2006, the courage he displayed throughout his treatment inspired the start of foundation, Lexus said. 

The carmaker has helped the organization raise more than US$13 million since it was founded, bringing support to thousands of pediatric cancer patients and their families.

The modified LX features Vossen Wheels hybrid forged HF2 24-inch wheels, Fluid MotorUnion custom side exit exhaust with controller, vinyl wrap Cal’s Angels livery, custom embroidered seats and brake caliper color change.

The Chicago Auto Show is committed to providing a safe environment for all involved and will carefully adhere to the health and safety protocols and guidelines set forth by city and state officials.

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