LEXUS NX SUV REVEALED
Lexus has pulled the covers from its new NX SUV, the company’s first entrant in what it calls the “Luxury Compact Crossover” market. (But at 4660mm long, it will compete with the midsized BMW X3 and Audi Q5.)
Today’s online unveiling, ahead of its world premiere at the Beijing Auto Show, follows weeks of teasers and leaks - and, earlier today, a trio of revealing leaked images.
Lexus says the new NX was designed to a new “Premium Urban Sports Gear” philosophy, evolving the styling of its latest models and, most recently, the bold new RC Coupe.
Speaking today, Lexus Australia boss Sean Hanley reiterated earlier comments to TMR, confirming the company is eager to introduce the NX into Australia’s popular compact SUV market.
"Lexus Australia is very eager to secure the NX SUV and we believe it would complement our existing SUV line-up, providing a gateway vehicle to other SUVs and our expansive hybrid vehicle range," Mr Hanley said.
"We are now negotiating with Lexus in Japan and expect a decision to be made very soon - it's a very exciting time for us."
The new NX is shown here in two forms: a NX 300h hybrid model, and the top F Sport package that adds sharper styling and enhanced handling to the line-up.
The NX 300h sits on 17-inch wheels, while the F Sport model - likely the NX 200t in this case - gets larger 18-inch rims.
Other features include independent LED daytime running lights (continuing the look established with the new IS and RC models), and the company’s familiar ‘spindle’ grille design.
A new arrowhead tail-light design dominates the rear end, giving the NX a unique look separate to the design of its stablemates.
In the cabin, the NX introduces a new dash design, with a tall centre stack splitting the dash into three vertical sections - rather than the horizontal configuration of other Lexus models.
Lexus says the NX will also debut a new wireless charging pad in the cabin, enabling easy and mess-free charging of compatible mobile devices.
Engine options in the initial NX launch range will include the NX 300h hybrid shown here, along with the new NX 200t model driven by a 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine.
A naturally-aspirated 2.0 litre model will also be offered in NX 200 form.
Power and performance figures are still to be revealed for the 200t, although reports suggest the turbo engine could produce as much as 220kW and 350Nm depending on application.
We can likely expect the 300h to get Lexus’ 133kW/221Nm hybrid system - as featured in the IS 300h.
A new stop-start system will also feature in the new NX range, marking a first for Lexus petrol models.
Depending on the model, front- and all-wheel-drive configurations will be offered.
Other features will include a new Lexus Remote Touch Interface with a touch-pad, Panoramic View Monitor and a comprehensive Multi-information Display (including a G sensor and boost meter), Heads-Up Display, All-speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
The all-new NX will be unveiled at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show on April 20.