Lexus NX Crossover
Lexus’s first compact crossover has finally been revealed as we set eyes upon the all new Lexus NX. The concept was first revealed a year ago and the production version will be debuted at the upcoming 2014 Beijing Auto Show in the coming days.
Lexus is joining a growing list of luxury brands that have already entered the lucrative compact crossover market. The model looks set to rival the Audi Q5 and the BMW X3 with further competition heading in from abroad in the soon to be released Lincoln MKC and Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class.
The Lexus NX compact crossover is breaking new territory for Toyota’s luxury range. Larger sport-utilities, like the RX and GX, have been pivotal for success of the Lexus brand. However, customers are increasingly demanding the fuel savings of a smaller and lighter vehicle without having to give up the higher seating position of a sport-utility. Toyota believe the NX is the car to provide that fuel economy whilst maintaining the bravado.
The original design was first previewed at the Frankfurt Auto Show last year and polarised opinion due its severe bodywork that appeared to have been sculpted by Big Foot with an axe. The production ready model, however, has thankfully been toned down and is all the more aesthetically pleasing for it. The angular headlights and flared wheel arches compliment the aggressive lines and Lexus’s signature ‘spindle’ grille. We think it looks great and will almost certainly attract many of their rival’s customers with new gadgets including a wireless charging tray for phones and tablets, a G-sensor and the latest version of the Lexus Remote Touch Interface infotainment system.
There’ll be a choice of three powertrains: a petrol-electric hybrid in the NX300h, a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-pot petrol in the NX 200t, and a naturally-aspirated petrol in the NX 200. Each will be offered with a choice of front and four-wheel drive.