Highly Advanced All-New 2015 Lexus NX Revealed in Beijing

2015 NX

Lexus has officially debuted the production-spec NX luxury compact crossover on the floor of the Beijing Auto Show on April 20th, 2014. True to its original design study, the production NX retains the majority of the design cues showcased on last year’s LF-NX concept vehicle. With a bold, muscular stance highlighted by hard edges, a high shoulder and rugged wheel arch trim, the NX means business. Inside, it’s packed with the very latest technology and telematics control, and it can be powered by either Lexus’ first turbocharged engine or a more traditional hybrid powertrain. One thing is certain about the NX 200t and NX300h: It’s not for everybody, but that’s the point. Besides, Lexus has recently gotten very good at creating niche vehicles for the masses, and the NX is no exception.

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Exterior
The theme for the overall design of the NX was “Premium Urban Sports Gear.” Premium to invoke luxury; Urban to emphasize style; Sports to characterize performance; Gear to ensure utility. The NX borrows its architecture from the Toyota RAV4; the two crossovers are nearly identical in overall length and width, but that’s where the similarities end. The NX’s exterior design is one of the most aggressive applications of the L-Finesse design language ever employed (even more bold than the upcoming RC coupe). The angular lines and bold wheel arches make the NX look very masculine and chiseled. The shoulder is high, and the roof line is lower than the RAV4′s, allowing for a very sporty seating position.

Up front, NX sports available full-LED headlamps (HIDs are standard gear, just like on the IS sedan) with Lexus’ signature L-shapped LED DRLs, and buyers can opt for LED fog lamps as well (LED headlights and fog lamps may be part of a separate lighting package to-be-determined). Between those lights is a very large, prominent Spindle Grille. Around back, the rear is more steeply raked than just about everything else in the NX’s competitive segment. NX uses L-shaped LED taillamps as well as LED plate illumination bulbs. NX 200t models feature dual trapezoidal exhaust tips, further perpetuating the overall spirit of performance.

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Interior
When it comes to creating premium interior spaces, nobody does it with as much detail and precision as Lexus. Borrowing design elements from the LFA supercar while building on the foundation set by the latest generation of Lexus models, craftsmanship of the NX’s interior was of utmost importance. The material fit and finish is on-par with that of the LS flagship sedan. Adding to the allure of the connection between driver and machine is the center stack itself, with the metallic trim symbolizing the vehicle’s frame while also housing key componentry.

A Lexus first, the NX features capacitive-touch controls for key interior functions, such as the interior lights. To operate, simply touch or swipe the the LED interior lamp housing to operate. This function is very slick, and we expect it to find its way across the entire Lexus lineup over the next several years. Additionally, the NX features a power folding 60/40 rear seat that raises and lowers at the touch of a button (finally!).

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Powertrain
Underneath the hood, the NX300h is powered by revised version of Lexus’ tried and true 2.5-liter four-cylinder Atkinson Cycle hybrid engine that produces 197hp, while the NX200t makes use of Lexus’ first-ever 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 235hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Interestingly enough, in an effort to boost both power output and efficiency, the new turbocharged powerplant operates on the Atkinson Cycle during low-load cruising, then switches to the more conventional Otto Cycle under load/acceleration. Both powertrains are available with front-wheel drive or what Lexus calls “All-Weather Drive”, which is essentially all-wheel drive on-demand with front-wheel drive bias for the sake of fuel economy.

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Due to the high expectations leading up to its global launch, Lexus has released an insurmountable number of photographs of both the NX200t F SPORT and NX300h, as well as a video series documenting the development process and introduction of the NX model (playlist is below).

Source: Lexus USA

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