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2021 Lexus NX F SPORT Black Line comes with its own set of Zero Halliburton suitcases

The 2021 Lexus NX F SPORT Black Line is a new, limited edition offering for the brand.

Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

The new special edition 2021 Lexus NX F Sport Black Line delivers on-trend black accents and a unique bonus on board - Zero Halliburton suitcases. Just 1,000 units will be produced.

The luxury crossover's Black Line is available in three paint jobs: new Grecian Water, Ultra White, ad Obsidian. There are color-keyed over fenders that extend the paint job to the wheel wells. The model rides on 18-inch dark sputter finish wheels.

2021 Lexus NX F SPORT Black LineObsidian is one of the three paint colors Lexus sells the model in.Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

Lexus takes the blue theme further, continuing it in the cabin where blue stitching draws the eye to soft touch points throughout the interior including the black NuLuxe trim contoured seats, door panels, armrest, and center console. The blue stitching continues to the NX F SPORT Black Line floor and cargo mats.

On the model there is an upgraded amount of technology including available Park Assist and Power Rear Door with Kick Sensor. The model gets Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 standard.

Zero Halliburton has customized a two-piece set of two travel cases for Lexus that are paired exclusively with the vehicle. The automaker offered a similar pairing with the 2020 Lexus GX Black Line.

2021 Lexus NX F SPORT Black LineThe F-Sport model is the most sport-focused variant of the SUV.Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

The Zero Halliburton Edge Lightweight Collection for Lexus is a two-piece set that includes an Edge Lightweight 22-inch Continental Carry-on and a 26-inch Medium Travel Case, both in black. The cases get specialized Lexus details including a cushion-cut, chrome logo badge laser-etched with "Zero Halliburton for Lexus", "sumptuous" interior lining embroidered with the Intersect by Lexus Spindle Grille Art, and interior compression panels with a Lexus embossed leather logo badge.

The matte polycarbonate suitcases feature a telescoping pull handle, spinner wheels, concave edging designed to absorb impact, scalloped grip handle, retractable rubberized side handles, TSA approved custom cushion-cut latch lock with combination, zippered pockets inside, full-zip compression functionality, and a streamlined magnetized leather ID badge. The carry-on, weighs less than eight pounds, and measures 22"x16.5"x9". The travel case is larger, coming in at 26"x18"x10" and weighing 9.7 pounds.

2021 Lexus NX F SPORT Black LineThe interior includes blue accent stitching.Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

Separately, the non-Lexus version of the Continental Carry-on retails for $495 and the Medium Travel Case goes for $595.

Travel cases will be sent to guests at the address of their choice.

The new 2021 Lexus NX 300h F SPORT Black Line special edition is now available. The suggested MSRP is $46,810.

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The IIHS may increase the speeds it uses to test advanced driver aids.

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently announced that it is considering changing the speeds it uses to test vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention systems. The agency currently tests the systems at 12 and 25 mph, but says that the speeds don't accurately represent the types of crashes the safety tech is meant to prevent.

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Automatic emergency braking (AEB) is designed to notify of a possible collision and help respond with automatic application of braking. Just like a human using the brake pedal, it can stop the car, but higher speeds make it difficult to stop in time. The new tests would be conducted at 35 to 45 mph, which is the range where a large number of rear-end crashes occur. As Automotive News noted, an IIHS study showed 43 percent of rear-end crashes occur at speeds of 45 mph or less, so it's important to have a test that shows how well the tech performs at those levels.

A whopping 85 percent of 2022 vehicles earned a "Superior" rating in the current testing regime, so the IIHS will remove it from 2023 testing and Top Safety Pick award evaluations. Their view is that, since the majority of vehicles meet the criteria, it's no longer an accurate way of evaluating performance. In its place, the agency introduced a night test for automatic emergency braking systems that will begin next year.

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2022 Lexus NX earns Top Safety Pick +

The 2022 NX earned a Top Safety Pick + award.

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The redesigned 2022 Lexus NX just got its crash test scores, and they're strong. The new crossover picked up a Top Safety Pick + award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the agency's top award. It's the NX's fourth consecutive Top Safety Pick + award, and before that the vehicle earned Top Safety Picks.

2022 Lexus NXThe NX has picked up top awards for several years in a row. Lexus

The 2022 NX picked up top scores in testing, earning a "Good" rating in all crash-test categories, a "Good" score for headlights, "Superior" scores for both vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian crash prevention, and a "Good+" score for LATCH system ease of use. Though the 2021 model also picked up a Top Safety Pick + award, it scored lower for its car seat anchors.

Lexus offers the new NX with a whopping four propulsion options, including a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine making 203 horsepower, a 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 275 horsepower, a 2.5-liter hybrid with 239 horsepower and a plug-in hybrid powertrain with 302 horsepower. The two gas engines come paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive, while the two hybrids both get all-wheel drive.

2022 Lexus NXLexus offers the NX with four powertrain options. Lexus

Pricing for the 2022 NX starts at $39,025 for the base NX250. Moving up the line, the NX350h starts at $42,125 and the NX450h+ starts at $56,725.

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