Lexus NX unveiled at Beijing motor show

Lexus NX unveiled at Beijing motor show

Lexus NX
Lexus NX
Lexus NX
Lexus NX
Lexus NX
Lexus NX
Lexus NX
Lexus NX
Lexus NX
Lexus NX
Lexus NX
Lexus NX
Lexus NX
Lexus NX
Lexus NX
Lexus NX

The all-new Lexus NX has been unveiled at the Beijing motor show. The sharply styled model that marks the company’s entry into the fast-growing premium compact crossover market. Its edgy design is a key element in its intended appeal to new Lexus customers who lead urban, active lifestyles.

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According to market, the Lexus NX will be available with three powertrains: a highly efficient hybrid in the NX 300h; a new, Lexus-developed 2.0-litre petrol turbo unit in the NX 200t; and naturally aspirated 2.0-litre petrol engine in the NX 200. Front and all-wheel drive versions will be available, together with Lexus’s quick-response stop and start system. Details and specifications of powertrains to be offered in the UK will be confirmed at a later date.

The NX also benefits from an array of innovative technology, including a Lexus-first wireless charging tray for easy charging of mobile phones and other devices and the first application of a new Lexus Remote Touch Interface with a touchpad control. Further features include a new Panoramic View Monitor, a comprehensive multi-information display (incorporating for the first time a G-sensor and boost meter), head-up display, blind spot monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

Following the established Lexus template, the range will include a distinctive F Sport version, with sportier design and dedicated styling elements, including an exclusive rendering of the Lexus spindle grille, a lowered front bumper, specific alloy wheel designs, sports seats and bespoke interior trims.

Takeaki Kato, the NX Chief Engineer, said: “The NX is a premium crossover, combining performance, numerous on-board technologies and alluring design. Much like high quality sports watches, bikes and fashion accessories, the NX can be likened to the ultimate in premium sports gear.

“Luxury is epitomised by small but important details, as can be witnessed in the attention to detail in areas such as the feel of the switchgear, the arrangement of the courtesy lights, the metallic finishes for the wheels and other innovations that will set the standards for future Lexus models.

“Luxury touches apart, the NX was designed both to complement daily life and support active lifestyles at the weekend.”

Exterior design
The NX has been designed to look as though it is has been cast from a single piece of metal. Strong, flared wheel arches house 17 or 18-inch wheels, giving the car a crouching, muscular stance. Lexus’s signature spindle grille is the central focus of the NX’s angular shape, reinforced by LED headlamps and daytime running lights. The grille blends seamlessly into a sculpted bonnet, creating strongly contrasting surfacing that projects a sense of depth.

The side profile is instantly recognisable as a Lexus, accentuated by a roofline that’s set towards the rear of the vehicle to give maximum visual impact. Details include an innovative door mirror design and a world-first door handle mechanism with a concealed key barrel and integrated lighting. These features enhance the overall premium look by creating a smooth finish along the side of the car.

The rear is punctuated by Lexus’s L-shape combination lamps, fitted with seamless LED lighting. The bodywork design echoes the spindle grille treatment at the front.

Interior design
Lexus’s ambition for the NX’s cabin was to produce a design that is more like a sports car interior, complimenting the angular bodywork, while using materials and textures that amplify the vehicle’s premium quality.

Lexus NX Interior design

The car’s SUV strengths are expressed in details such as a thick-rimmed steering wheel, a central silver frame embedded in the instrument panel and robust knee pads for driver and front passenger. Contrasting textures around the cabin and the use of a quilted seat upholstery pattern reference the NX’s status as a crossover vehicle.

Lexus has also focused on interior space and seating, ensuring ample overall headroom and a generous front-to-rear couple distance. The NX continues the development of Lexus’s display and operation zone dashboard design concept and provides the driver with easy, intuitive command of its advanced technology features using new and improved HMI controls.

Powertrains
NX 300h

The NX 300h uses a sophisticated hybrid system control specially developed for the model, using the proven Lexus 2.5-litre Atkinson cycle engine, generator, motor and battery. Total system output is 195bhp/145kW.

Features specific to the hybrid NX include sprung-weight damping control to increase ride comfort and handling stability by reducing pitching when driving on uneven surfaces.

Lexus NX Interior seating

NX 200t
The NX is the first model to use a new Lexus 2.0-litre petrol turbo engine, engineered for excellent fuel economy, agile performance and responsiveness. It is matched to a six-speed automatic transmission that has been specially tuned for the NX. Maximum power is 235bhp/175kW between 4,800 and 5,600rpm and maximum torque is 350 Nm, available from 1,650 to 4,000rpm.

The engine underwent more than one million kilometres of testing over different road conditions and in harsh driving environments. Its design features a world-first combination of water-cooled cylinder head, integrated exhaust manifold and twin-scroll turbocharger.

The automatic transmission uses a new torque-demand control logic, calculating and maximising the required engine torque to deliver quick response to throttle inputs and high fuel efficiency.

NX 200
The naturally aspirated 2.0-litre petrol engine benefits from Lexus’s Valvematic technology to achieve high torque through a wider valve opening angle and an extended variable valve timing operating range.

The unit runs with a high compression ratio and uses diagonal fuel injectors, optimising the fuel mixture to produce strong power output across the full rev range. The engine works with a newly developed, electronically controlled S-CVT/Multidrive sequential shift transmission.

Chassis and suspension
The new NX has been engineered for agile driving, handling stability, body control and ride comfort, including yaw-rate response to steering inputs and stability over uneven surfaces.

At the heart of the design is a highly rigid body, with extensive reinforcements to the underbody, additional bulkheads and spot-welding, suspension braces and the use of Lexus’s body adhesive and laser screw welding technologies and a high-rigidity glass adhesive.

Some NX models are equipped with new-design dampers and Lexus’s new-generation Adaptive Variable Suspension. Linked to the vehicle’s Drive Mode Select system, this can change the level of damping force to improve comfort and reduce body roll.

Safety
The comprehensive safety package includes a new, full-range Panoramic View Monitor, all-speed Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert, Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. New cornering headlamps and a head-up display are also featured in the range.

The Panoramic View Monitor uses the highest resolution camera yet to be fitted to a Lexus. The all-speed Adaptive Cruise Control will be a first-in-segment feature, capable of matching the NX’s speed to the vehicle in front, down to a complete stop.

Lexus NX Dimensions
Overall length 4,630mm
Overall width: 1,845mm
Overall height: 1,645mm (with shark’s fin antenna); 1,630mm (without shark’s fin antenna)
Wheelbase: 2,660mm
Front track: 1,580mm (225mm tyre), 1,570mm (235 tyre)
Rear track: 1,580mm (225mm tyre), 1,570mm (235 tyre)

UK market
The NX will go on sale in world markets from the second half of 2014. Details of the UK launch date, model range and specifications will be announced later.

Comments (18)

  1. Looks great. My wife would like a Hybrid Crossover but thinks my RX is too large for her. The NX300 could be just the thing. Great, futuristic looking and SUV.

  2. Hugely impressive looking car without a doubt. Certainly the 300h will make it to the UK with likely one of the petrol variations. Certainly takes some elements from the IS which is no bad thing and the cockpit looks like a lovely place to be. I will be interested to see the economy and performance specifications as well as the UK equipment specifications as it will be interesting to see how it stacks up against the obvious competition of the Q3/5, X3, GLA and Evoke.

    Most importantly the pricing will be crucial – especially leasing prices for company car users which is where the German 3 seem to have an advantage over Lexus where despite the P11D cost being higher, the lower monthly rentals seem to balance things out.

    Can’t wait to see one though – when can we expect to see them in the showroom?

    1. Hi Ian,
      Thanks for the post.
      Glad to hear you like what you’ve seen of the NX so far and we really do appreciate your feedback. You’re quite right, pricing will most certainly be one of the many crucial aspects to the vehicle’s success.
      Launch of the NX is expected later this year, although stay tuned to our blog for the latest official news.
      Hope this helps.

  3. What, no diesel ? And can you PLEASE fix your website to stop it jerking up and down. I must have read this 4 times !

    1. Hi Ivan,
      Thanks for your post.
      That’s correct, the NX will only be available with the following powertrains: a hybrid in the NX 300h; a 2.0-litre petrol turbo unit in the NX 200t; and a naturally aspirated 2.0-litre petrol engine in the NX 200. UK specification is yet to be confirmed, stay tuned to our blog for the latest news.
      Sorry you have had trouble viewing our site, we appreciate your feedback and will be sure to pass on your comments.
      Hope this helps.

  4. Looks a very attractive proposition – but the 300h needs to achieve sub 100g CO2. Need these details to really get the big picture. Lets see the full tech specs ASAP.

    1. Hi Dean,
      Thanks for your post.
      The NX will be available from our vast UK network of Lexus Centre’s with launch expected later this year.
      Keep an eye on our blog for the latest on launch date, model range and final specifications.
      Hope this helps.

  5. If you are going to have images that automatically change then at least have then all the same size so the page doesn’t keep jumping up and down. Very frustrating to try and read the information.

    The interior looks nice, hopefully it uses better quality materials than in the IS.

  6. It’s evident from the standard replies that you are really unable to divulge any real information until Mat 13th. However I will ask one key request of Lexus for the upcoming NX

    Why, so far, has there never a (sporty) light coloured leather option in any of the current F sport models? It is assumed by marketing that is has to be Black, or Dark Rose Red in the IS, (which is nice), or Saddle Tan in the RX, (which is horrible). The published NX pictures are showing a seat colour combination of red with black, (which is really nice). I hope this is an opportunity to put a contrasting sporty greyish silver with black for the seats in the NX F Sport.

    1. Hi Bob,
      Thanks for your post.
      You’re quite right, there is limited information we can reveal as of yet, although we will be sure to announce the latest news as soon as we can.
      We do appreciate your feedback and will be sure to pass it on to the NX product team.
      To answer your question, in the past we have offered lighter coloured interiors for sports models such as the LFA. Although in general lighter interiors are not so popular and for this reason they are not available in the current F Sport range, this includes the NX.
      Hope this helps.

  7. Looks great – can’t wait to see it – hope there is an option for full panoramic roof (90% of Range Rover Evoques opt for this) and hope there are lighter interiors available – my choice would be dark blue exterior with cream or grey interior.

  8. Looks brilliant. Already been down to my Lexus dealer and booked in for test drive of the NX300h as soon as they get one in. Wife even likes it, thinks my RX too big, so she is happy with her CT200h (for now).
    Only one BUT (been on about this on other NX blogs), Lexus did in the end listen to the screaming crowd about the CT200h – and gave it a “Space saver spare wheel”, 4 in the morning heading for the airport is not fun with a blow out and a tin of form – do it immediately guys with the NX or it off my shopping list!!

  9. My wife and I both love our RX 400h although my wife is starting to find it a bit too big for her on the UK roads. (we are in our 70’s! )
    I was about to trade up to a 450h in the summer but now might just restrain myself and wait for the NX – from all accounts it seems to tick all the boxes

  10. Have ordered the Nx300h luxury spec with convenience pack, panoramic roof and Nav, does this have the touch pad facility or the dial?
    Another point regarding the wireless charger what phones are comparable?..I have i phone 5 and not sure if this would work?

    1. Hi Nick
      Thanks for your post and for your interest in the new Lexus NX 300h.
      It does depend on which Nav you have ordered. The Lexus navigation comes with the remote rotary dial, the Lexus Premium Navigation comes with a Touch Pad. Turning to the compatible phones, it will work with any “Qi” compatible mobile phone device. This does include some iPhones and it is worth double checking this with the manufacturer.
      Hope this helps.

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