After a much successful run with the RX in the luxury crossover segment, Lexus is getting into the compact crossover segment with its all new NX.
“Inspired by performance vehicles, the 2015 NX unites the engineering input of racers with the impeccable touch of Lexus luxury in a design that steals the show,” Lexus said in a statement. “Following in the tire tracks of the new-generation Lexus GS and IS sedans, the 2015 NX brings dramatic design to a segment populated by boxy offerings.”
Design wise, the new 2015 Lexus NX carries the brand’s new aggressive design language with the front spindle grill.
The Lexus NX will debut in two version including the turbocharged NX 200t and the NX 300h hybrid.
The Lexus NX 200t is powered by a 2.0 liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine making 235 hp at 5,600 rpm with 258 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,650-4,000 rpm, which should be more than sufficient power this compact crossover. Lexus says the hybrid offers a “real driving kick, thanks to a new transmission with a kick-down function.” The Lexus NX 300h hybrid is powered by an E-Four proactive all-weather drive system that uses an electric motor to drive the rear axle, while the front axle is propelled by gasoline or electric power, or a mixture of both. It consists of a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle gasoline engine with a new automatic transmission.
The Lexus NX Development Team was led by Takeaki Kato, a racer himself.It also consists of powertrain specialist Sunao Ichihara, who played an important role in the Lexus LFA V10 engine program.
Prices and other details will be released closer to launch.