Lexus NX Compact Crossover to Bow by Year's End

Colum Wood
by Colum Wood

Long rumored, Lexus will give its first glimpse at a small crossover model by year’s end say company officials.

Slotting in below the RX model in the company’s lineup, Lexus boss Kazuo Ohara has confirmed the compact crossover, reported to wear the NX badge, will debut at the Tokyo Motor Show in November. A concept version, the production model will arrive shortly thereafter, debuting at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.

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According to reports the new model will be based on the Toyota RAV4 platform and will use a hybrid powertrain similar to that found in the Lexus IS300h and ES300h. Those car’s use a 2.5-liter gasoline 4-cylinder engine mated to a hybrid system that can deliver up to 200 hp and 40 mpg in combined city/highway driving.

Rumors have also suggested the NX will be the first Lexus to use a turbocharged engine.

The NX could mark the launch of a new wave of crossovers from the Toyota luxury division, with additional reports suggesting it could transform either its GX or LX SUVs into a car-based crossover.

[Source: AutoNews Europe]

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Colum Wood
Colum Wood

With AutoGuide from its launch, Colum previously acted as Editor-in-Chief of Modified Luxury & Exotics magazine where he became a certifiable car snob driving supercars like the Koenigsegg CCX and racing down the autobahn in anything over 500 hp. He has won numerous automotive journalism awards including the Best Video Journalism Award in 2014 and 2015 from the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). Colum founded Geared Content Studios, VerticalScope's in-house branded content division and works to find ways to integrate brands organically into content.

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