After making its debut at the 2014 Beijing International Auto Show, Lexus'
edgy new NX Luxury Compact Crossover is set to shake up the motoring
landscape. Born from the development concept of 'Premium Urban Sports
Gear', the all-new NX combines striking design with advanced technologies,
including a number of world and Lexus firsts.
Both the hybrid NX 300h and turbo NX 200T will be available in Australia,
for a challenging choice between two exceptional models.
The innovative NX 300h is due for launch in the fourth quarter of 2014 and features an efficient yet powerful 2.5 litre four-cylinder petrol electric hybrid drivetrain. It will be available in a choice of either two or all-wheel drive and features a cutting-edge E-Four AWD system.
The exhilarating NX 200T is due for launch in early 2015 and will debut an all-new Lexus-developed 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbo drivetrain with Lexus' first stop-start system. This advanced model is also available in two or all-wheel drive and will satisfy the performance demands of the most discerning motoring enthusiast.
The all-new NX is undeniably head-turning and at first glance appears to have been chiselled from a single piece of steel. Wide flared guards housing 17 or 18 inch wheels add to the dramatic and muscular stance of the vehicle. Innovative LED headlamps and separate daytime running lamps frame the spindle grille and make a dramatic statement.
From the moment you enter the all-new NX your pulse starts to quicken, with the interior strongly evoking the feeling of "Premium Urban Sports Gear". There is no doubt you are in a high performance machine, while its intelligent construction maximises functionality. The NX builds on Lexus' unique display and operation concept, putting the driver firmly in control.
As Lexus engineers laboured over every detail of the NX, interior space played a significant role in the cabin design with seating a major focus. Featuring the lowest hip point in the segment, the NX adds to the connection the driver feels to the vehicle and offers increased head room. As well, the NX boasts the longest luggage load length of its competitors.
The NX's performance credentials are matched by its innovative on-board technology, including a Lexus-first Wireless Charging Tray which enables you to charge portable devices, and the first application of a new Lexus Remote Touch Interface with a touch-pad. In addition, Panoramic View Monitor, a comprehensive Multi-Information Display, Head-Up Display, Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are just some of the many standard technological inclusions.
Chief engineer Takeaki Kato said the NX was developed as a vehicle that suits an urban lifestyle.
"Much like high quality sports watches, bikes and fashion, the NX represents the ultimate in premium urban sports gear," he said.
"Throughout all development phases we were determined to approach the NX from the perspective of young, urban, luxury drivers."
All images shown are oversees pre-production models. Australian model range and specification subject to confirmation.