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2014-05-26 08:24

HEADED FOR SA: Lexus’ NX crossover, in turbo petrol guise, will arrive in South Africa later in 2015. Image: Lexus

  • First Lexus mid-size crossover/SUV
  • Innovative technology
  • NX 300h with 2.5 Atkinson cycle hybrid engine
  • NX 200t powered by new two-litre petrol turbo engine
  • Front and all-wheel drive F Sport versions

In April 2014 Wheels24 reported on Lexus’ NX debut at the 2014 Beijing auto show and with it the NX marks the automaker’s entry into the premium mid-size crossover market.

It measures 4.6m long, 1.8m wide, 1.6m tall and has a two-metre wheelbase. The radical crossover will be offered with a choice of two engines (hybrid NX 300h and turbo petrol NX 200t) as well as front or all-wheel drive versions.

Lexus South Africa has confirmed the NX will arrive early in 2015 though the engine choice will be disclosed closer to the local launch. Wheels24 can confirm the turbo petrol and it's also very likely that, in line with the automaker’s strong eco-focus, the hybrid will join it in local showrooms.


The NX 300h is powered by a hybrid 2.5 petrol engine combined with a electric motor for a total output is of 145kW. Lexus is targeting CO2 emissions of less than 120g/km, which corresponds to a claimed fuel consumption of 4.3 litres/100km.

The NX 300h will be available in front and all-wheel drive.

The NX will be the first model to use Lexus’ new two-litre turbo petrol engine capable of 175kW/350Nm and mated to a six-speed auto. The NX 200t will be available with front and all-wheel drive in selected European countries from February 2015.

It has been substantially influenced by the LF-NX concept  and has been designed to express “a sense of agility not usually associated with an SUV”.

The NX, Lexus says, was designed to look as though it is was created from a single piece of metal: "Strong, flared wheel-arches house 17 or 18" rims to give the car a crouching and muscular stance.

"Lexus’s signature spindle grille is the central focus of the NX’s angular shape, reinforced by LED headlights and daytime running lights. The grille blends seamlessly into a sculpted bonnet, creating strongly contrasting surfacing that projects a sense of depth."

The NX 300h and 200t F Sport versions display assertive design tweaks such a enhancements to the spindle grille, a lower front bumper, new wheel designs, black door mirror housings, and sporty interior colours and trims as well as sports seats. The F Sport versions also benefit from performance dampers.


The NX sports innovative features such a wireless charging tray for mobile phones and other devices and the first application of the new Lexus Remote Touch Interface with a touchpad control.

The NX is equipped with a Further features include a new 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.

The NX will be available with adaptive cruise control, capable of matching the NX’s speed to the vehicle ahead. In terms of safety, it’s equipped with lane departure alert and blind spot monitor.

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