Lexus will unveil its NX luxury compact crossover at the upcoming Beijing International Auto Show on April 20. The car will be powered by three power trains including a turbo being introduced for the first time in the lineup and they will be named as NX 200, NX 200t and NX 300h.
The NX has a bold, aggressive and sleek design. The front is dominated by the spindle grille with the headlamp assembly getting DRLs and LED treatment as is the case with the rear lights. The car’s aggressive stance is clearly defined by the swooping roofline and huge wheel arches which house 17-inch wheels with 18-inchers available as options.
The interior is well laid out with ample use of leather on the dashboard, steering wheel and seats. A silver frame is used for the centre console giving an overall sporty feel. The dashboard will comprise of Lexus Remote Touch Interface which can be operated by a touch pad and a panoramic view monitor. A multi information panel with head up display, G sensor, boost meter and wireless charging tray for mobile devices are some more features which will add value and functionality to the cabin. Driving experience is made safer by the use of systems such as Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert and an All-speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.
The NX 200 will be powered by a naturally aspirated petrol engine, the 200t will use a 2.0litre gasoline turbo-charged engine and the 300h will be hybrid. All the models will come with the choice of front or all-wheel drive systems.
The price announcement and bookings will most likely take place in UK by the end of this year.
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NX Reveal at Beijing International Automotive Exhibition on April 20
April 10, 2014
BEIJING – April 11, 2014 – There’s a first for everything! The all-new Lexus NX comes to market as the brand’s first entry into the luxury compact crossover segment and with the first turbo in the lineup. The NX will also be offered in naturally aspirated and hybrid powertrains. Powertrains will vary by region. The U.S. market will offer the NX 200t turbo and NX 300h hybrid. The NX 200t F SPORT will also be available with unique exterior and interior features.
Lexus will maintain its role as the luxury hybrid leader with six hybrid models including the NX 300h. The NX will be the fourth vehicle in Lexus’ luxury utility vehicle lineup and positioned below the popular RX.
The Lexus LF-NX concepts, originally introduced at the 2013 Frankfurt and Tokyo Motor Shows, influenced the striking and emotional design of the NX. The sharply styled crossover will be revealed at the 2014 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition on April 20.
Chief engineer Takeaki Kato and his team developed NX as a luxury vehicle that provides versatility and details unexpected in its class to young, urban drivers.
The NX was developed to have more agility than a SUV plus a bold, eye-catching exterior with its low profile and unique roofline.
As with all Lexus vehicles, the aggressive exterior starts with the spindle grille. Innovative LED headlamps and daytime running lamps firmly express Lexus’ bold styling.
The front and rear wheel arches add to the NX’s wide and low, muscular stance with bold flares. The arches house standard 17-inch or available 18-inch wheels.
The profile is accentuated by a roofline peak set towards the back of the vehicle to create a tight silhouette and provide ample head-room for rear seat occupants.
Subtle, luxury details are included in the innovative Lexus-first door handle with a hidden key barrel and integrated lighting.
The rear is punctuated by Lexus’ signature ‘L’ shape combination lamps, each with seamless LED lighting, while the bodywork echoes the spindle grille design.
The NX’s cabin combines the structural beauty of a high-performance machine with luxury materials that maximizes functionality. The combination of hard metallic surfaces and contrasting soft materials help create a unique interior.
A strong, center silver frame surrounds and defines the center instrument panel. Knee pads located at the base of the center stack help support the driver and passenger. The Human Machine Interface (HMI) technology continues the impression of an advanced vehicle and is also located at the bottom of the center stack.
Seating played a significant role in the cabin design. The NX possesses a low hip point adding to the connection of the driver to the vehicle and increasing overall head room. The NX also has a long cargo area length and a wide front to rear couple distance.
The NX introduces an innovative all-new 2.0-liter gasoline turbo in NX 200t and a naturally aspirated engine in NX 200 with the choice of front and all-weather drive. Lexus also offers a highly efficient hybrid in NX 300h.
The NX has an array of innovative on-board technology, including an available Lexus-first Wireless Charging Tray to enable a mobile phone to be charged. Other available technology includes the first application of a new Lexus Remote Touch Interface with a touch pad; and a comprehensive Multi-information Display, including a Lexus-first G sensor and boost meter, Heads-Up Display, All-speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
*The specifications of the NX will differ according to the country in which it is sold.
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