Lexus is entering the medium-size crossover market with the new NX. It is set to make its world debut in at the forthcoming Beijing motor show. They hope to win over young, urban drivers with active lifestyles who want premium products. According to Clynton Yon, Product Communications Manager at Toyota South Africa Motors, we can expect the NX here in the first half of 2015. A two-litre turbocharged petrol derivative will be the first offering served.
Aesthetic detailing includes sturdy wheel arches which house 17 or 18-inch wheels. The signature spindle grille is integrated with LED headlamps and daytime running lights. From the side, Lexus has incorporated an innovative door mirror design and a world-first door handle mechanism with a concealed key barrel. The rear is punctuated by their L-shape combination lamps, fitted with seamless LED lighting. The sporty cockpit boasts a thick-rimmed sports steering wheel and contrasting trims.
Three powertrains will feature in the NX range: a petrol-electric hybrid in the NX 300h; a turbocharged petrol mill in the NX 200t; and a normally-aspirated petrol unit in the NX 200. Each will offer the choice of front and all-wheel drive.
On-board technologies include a Lexus-first wireless charging tray for portable devices; a new iteration of the Lexus Remote Touch Interface with a touch pad control; a Panoramic View Monitor; and a comprehensive multi-information display with a Lexus-first G-sensor and boost meter. The NX will also offer a head-up display, Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.