2015 Lexus NX Plugs Hole in Lexus SUV Lineup
By: Jeff Youngs, 4/14/2014
Three models will be available, though Lexus has not confirmed whether all three variants will be sold in the United States. The entry-level model is called the Lexus NX 200, and while powertrain details have not been released in advance of the SUV's debut in Beijing, this model is likely equipped with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. Lexus has confirmed that the NX 200t features a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. Each will be paired with front-wheel drive, and what Lexus calls All-Weather Drive will be offered as an option.
A hybrid version of the new Lexus NX will also be available. Called the Lexus NX 300h, it is equipped with a gas-electric hybrid powertrain that is expected to include a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, electric assist motor, nickel-metal hydride battery pack, continuously variable transmission, and regenerative brakes.
Lexus characterizes the new NX crossover SUV's exterior design as aggressive. Front styling features the Lexus spindle-style grille, flanked by LED headlights and LED running lights. Flared wheel arches, integrated door handle lighting, and standard 17-in. or optional 18-in. aluminum wheels characterize the NX model's profile, while around back this new luxury crossover features L-shaped taillights and design details intended to mimic the front styling. The 2015 Lexus NX 300h is set apart with a handful of visual changes including a unique grille, different wheels, and a modified rear diffuser panel.
As is true of the larger Lexus RX, the new 2015 Lexus NX is available as an F Sport model. It is equipped with larger aluminum wheels and a mesh grille insert on the outside, while the inside features a unique interior treatment that includes gray wood trim, metal pedals, black headliner, and an F Sport steering wheel.
Inside, the new Lexus NX features soft-touch surfaces and a combination of wood and metallic trim. Lexus says the new crossover features a low hip point for easier entry and exit, combined with lots of headroom and a long cargo floor. Available cabin décor includes 2-tone leather, exposed seat stitching, and kneepads on the center console for improved driver and front passenger comfort.
Available equipment includes a wireless smartphone-charging tray, new Lexus Remote Touch controller with a touch-sensitive entry pad, Multi-Information Display with a G sensor and a turbo boost meter, and a head-up display. The Lexus NX can also be equipped with an all-speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control system, blind-spot monitor, and rear cross-traffic alert technology.
More details about the U.S.-specification 2015 Lexus NX will be available closer to the vehicle's official arrival in showrooms.