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Lexus NX To Plug 'Glaring Gap' In Local Line-up, RC Coupe Timing Unconfirmed Photo:
 
 
Tony O'Kane | Apr, 08 2014 | 2 Comments

Lexus Australia CEO Sean Hanley says that while the NX crossover that's due to be unveilled at Beijing this month is at the top of his wishlist, a solid decision has yet to be made on whether it will be coming here.

Lexus remains cagey on production details of the NX crossover, which exists in the same size class as the Audi Q5 and BMW X3 and would sit beneath the current Lexus RX range.

However a teaser image released earlier this week shows that a productionised version of last year's LF-NX concept (pictured above) is very much ready, and that it won't be too long before it starts rolling down Lexus' assembly line.

And when it does, Hanley says he will do everything he can to bring it to our shores.

"It’s very clear that the small compact SUV market is the liveliest in the luxury segment in Australia," Mr. Hanley said to TMR at the local launch of the updated CT 200h range.

"So clearly to grow your brand significantly you’ve really got to be entering that area.

"My commitment to the motoring public is if [NX] goes to production, then Lexus Australia will bring it to market as quickly as possible.

"But in truth, we have not confirmed production of NX at this point."

However Lexus Australia's Corporate Manager of Product Planning, Michael Elias, says that a decision on the NX's future isn't far away.

"I expect in the next few months there will be a decision about going into production or not, and when that announcement goes out they’ll decide timing," he said to TMR.

"We expect it to be available in right-hand drive as well. It’s one of the glaring gaps in our lineup, and one that we’d like to close.

"We’d like to have everything for every customer, but the reality is that we have to see if it’s available first."

Above: last year's LF-NX concept.
Above: last year's LF-NX concept.

Meanwhile, the Lexus RC coupe (below) is also another car that Lexus Australia has its eyes on, but has yet to commit to a launch timeframe.

While due to go on sale in overseas markets in the third quarter of this year, the RC range (of which, currently only the RC 350 and hi-po RC F have been confirmed) will likely go on sale sometime in 2015.

"We’re excited about the prospect [of RC] because let me tell you, it’s an exciting car," Hanley said.

"We haven’t announced anything in the way of timing for this country, but again that’s a car that should it become available we’d be very, very anxious to get it to our market.

It’s more about building brand recognition with that kind of car."

 
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