Lexus has crafted its first entry into the compact crossover segment with the all new NX. The luxury automaker is brining the NX200 naturally aspirated, NX200t turbo, NX300h hybrid, and NX200t F Sport to the US to sit below the RX in the lineup. Debuting at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition this month, the NX also marks the first turbo available.
On the inside, Lexus created a unique look through the use of contrasting soft materials integrated into the dash and metallic hard surface pieces, with the center stack wrapped by a silver frame. A well-placed navigation screen rests at the top. Seating was set with a low hip point, creating more head room in the cabin, as well. The F Sport variant appears to offer contrast stitching and aluminum pedals.
Technology for the Lexus is said to include a wireless charging tray for mobile devices, heads up display, dynamic radar cruise control, blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert and, for the first time, Lexus Remote Touch Interface with a touch pad.
The exterior of the NX comes standard with 17-inch wheels, with a set of 18-inch available, a roofline with a peak point further back than the usual for the segment, providing extra headroom in the rear, pronounced fender flares, Lexus’ signature spindle grille, and a hidden key barrel on the door handles with integrated lighting. Lexus also folded in a set of LED headlights and daytime running lights to the model.
As for power, so far all Lexus has given up is that the NX has a 2.0-liter for the turbo variant. More details should emerge after the NX’s official launch in Beijing on the 20th of the month.