2015 Lexus NX Revealed With Turbo and Hybrid Engines

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2015 Lexus NX Revealed With Turbo and Hybrid Engines
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The newest addition to the Lexus family has been officially revealed.

Say hello to the Lexus NX crossover, the real-world version of the LF-NX concept that debuted at last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. The latest model to join the growing Lexus family of vehicles will make its official debut at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show, but AutoGuide had a chance to get up-close and personal with the NX ahead of time. (Check out the fully gallery of exclusive images below).

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Set to compete with other premium compact crossovers such as the BMW X1, Audi Q3 and the upcoming Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, the Lexus NX joins a growing segment that is likely to see even more competition in the coming years.

Compared to the LF-NX concept, the production NX has been toned down significantly, which was expected given how wild the LF-NX concept was. It is, however, still aggressive-looking for a crossover sporting the brand’s signature spindle grille, IS-inspired headlights and matte silver accents.

The entry into the luxury compact crossover segment will be available with three powertrains: a gasoline turbocharged NX 200t, a naturally aspirated NX 200 and a hybrid NX 300h. In addition, those looking for a sportier crossover can opt for the NX 200t F Sport (pictured).

The North American market will be spared the NX 200, as it’s expected that the power output won’t satisfy U.S. drivers. Instead, the base model available will be the NX 200t that is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with the choice of front or all-wheel drive. Unfortunately, exact specifications haven’t been released yet on the NX 200t, but a Lexus spokesman estimates that power output will be around 220 to 230 hp.

As for the NX 300h, expect it to make use of the same 2.5-liter 4-cylinder hybrid as found in the ES 300h, making roughly 200 hp and achieving an average of 40 MPG.

According to the Japanese automaker, the NX was “developed to have more agility than a SUV plus a bold, eye-catching exterior with its low profile and unique roofline.” The crossover will come standard with 17-inch wheels, though 18-inch rollers will be available as an option. Subtle luxury details on the exterior include the innovative Lexus-first door handle with a hidden key barrel and integrated lighting.

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What’s inside is what counts and the NX’s cabin doesn’t disappoint. The standard luxury amenities you would expect in a Lexus product are all on point in the NX. This is also the first model from the automaker to feature the brand’s Lexus Remote Touch Interface with a touch pad. There is also an available comprehensive Multi-Information Display that includes a Lexus-first G sensor and boost meter, a heads-up display, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. Finally, the NX will even offer a wireless charging tray for your electronic devices.

Positioned below the popular Lexus RX SUV, the NX will be a fierce competitor in the compact crossover segment given the company’s prowess in the automotive market. Expect more details on the powertrains as well as pricing and availability closer to the vehicle’s launch.

GALLERY: Lexus NX 200t F Sport Exterior Photos

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GALLERY: Lexus NX Interior

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GALLERY: Lexus NX Official Photos

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Discuss this story at our Lexus NX forum

  • Born2Drive

    Looks hot! Just hope it drives well also. I will choose between this NX with new BMW X5 as my next car later this year.

  • whateverdude

    Any output numbers on the 2.0 turbo? And yes, the NX is a Man’s CUV.

  • Isend2C

    It doesn’t even have a Color LCD screen in the gauge cluster like a $19K Mitsu? I hate those DRLs or blinkers or whatever Lexus is putting below the headlights now. It basically ruins the car for me. Aside from that it looks pretty chunky and attractive though. The interior has good looking seats, but I hope they don’t illuminate the buttons with the nasty green they normally do…
    What would it start at? Lexus’ are normally among the most expensive (base price) in their respective classes. The X1 starts at $30K, and it’s a great little CUV. I hope this is less, but I’m sure it’s $6K more.

  • prot

    NX sits below the RX. so you are looking at two different segment cars.

    X5 is up against lexus RX. this is more along the lines of X1 of BMW.

  • Shiratori1

    What a troll-worthy comment………

  • Shiratori1

    I like it. I do prefer the F-Sport mesh grill over the hybrid grill though….

  • ColumWood

    Big time! It’s completely changes the look of the car. The regular models look sort of bland.

  • ColumWood

    Nothing to share right now. The story says an estimated 220 to 230-hp. Most 2.0T engines these days are making about 270 so hopefully it will either have a solid dose of torque… or at least be VERY fuel efficient.

  • Honest Abe

    If Lexus follows its current strategy the NX will probably be big for its class.