Lexus NX small SUV full of edges, 3 drivetrains: NX200, NX200t, NX300h

Lexus has revealed its belated entry into the luxury small SUV segment, the new NX, which features slightly toned down styling from the LF-NX concept car.


The Lexus NX is smaller than the current RX, and will be available with the choice of three drivetrains: the NX200, NX200t and NX300h.

The NX300h will likely feature a drivetrain similar to the 151kW ES300h, where a 2.5-litre 4-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine is paired with an electric motor powered by a nickle-metal hydride battery pack.

It’s unknown how much power the NX200 and NX200t will pack, but, they will likely be powered by a 2-litre petrol engine. The NX200t will be the first Lexus model to feature a turbocharged petrol motor. Front- and all-wheel drive models should be available for all drivetrains.

Tech available on the new NX range will include a wireless charging tray for smartphones, automatic engine start/stop system for the NX200 and NX200t, surround view cameras, adapative cruise control that works at all speeds, blind spot monitoring, head-up display, rear cross traffic alert, heated seats, dual-zone climate control, and electronic parking brake. 17- and 18-inch wheels will be available depending on model, as will drilled metal pedals.

The NX’s Remote Touch entertainment system will be first to feature a touchpad in place of the previous trackball-style controller.



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Lexus NX small SUV full of edges, 3 drivetrains: NX200, NX200t, NX300h