Published on July 9th, 2022 | by Subhash Nair0
Lexus NX 350 F-Sport // Performance Crossover Of The Year VOTY 2022
The Lexus NX 350 F-Sport is our VOTY 2022 pick for Performance Crossover of the Year.
Crossovers and SUVs have slowly become the norm in this country and this includes the premium segment. When it comes to premium, performance has grown to become a defining factor. You won’t be able to sell very many cars if you don’t have some dynamism and zest to elevate the driving experience. Lexus understands this in 2022 more than ever and you feel it in the new NX. Particularly the NX 350 F-Sport model.
This all-new model is about to be the bread and butter SUV product for the Lexus brand. It comes in at a time when BMW’s X3, Mercedes-Benz’s GLC, and Volvo’s XC60 are all ageing products with older standards. The Lexus NX is completely different from its rivals. Everything from the door handles to the driving signature in the Lexus NX 350 feels like what the next generation of premium cars ought to deliver. It’s so good in the bends that it no longer feels like an SUV but like a typical premium sedan or hatch to push around the track.
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VOTY is sponsored by Allianz Malaysia Berhad and is judged by Daniel Sherman Fernandez, Ross Hadi, Amirul Mukminin and Subhash Nair from Drive Safe and Fast (dsf.my) and GohedGostan.com.
Our selection process is simple and clean. All cars launched in Malaysia within 13 months of our cutoff date are eligible for entry. We contact all car brands officially operating in Malaysia and ask for our judges to test out eligible cars. There is no participation fee, no tables/seats to buy, no package deals. No car company may buy their award and that makes unique in Malaysia. It is held annually and the way we determine the winners is by having each of the experienced judges vote on their favourite car in each category.
The categories are kept as consistent as possible from year to year, but we’ve made some revisions to fit the market. Some years there just aren’t any hot hatches launched but tonnes of new hybrids or electric cars. Our title sponsor Allianz recognises the integrity of our team and leaves the decisions to us with regards to categories and winners.