NEW CROSSOVER FOR SA: Lexus' new NX crossover arrives in South Africa in February 2015. Image: Lexus
Lexus' first foray into the mid-size crossover market, the NX SUV, will be in South African showrooms from February 23 2015 to, Lexus says, tempt young South African drivers who have “active lifestyles and value premium products”.
It's 4.6m long, 1.8m wide and 1.6m tall with a wheelbase of two metres and ground clearance of 190mm.
The NX will be available at launch with two four-cylinder engines (two-petrol and 2.5-litre hybrid) and four specification levelss (E, EX, F-Sport and hybrid 300h EX). Each will have all-wheel drive.
F-SPORT, HYBRID POWER
The two-litre petrol delivers 175kW/350Nm through a six-speed auto with a claimed fuel consumption of 7.9 litres/100km and CO2emissions of 184g/km.
The hybrid 300h is equipped with a 114kW/210Nm 2.5-litre unit and a 650V electric motor (105kW/270Nm). This combination powers a constantly variable transmission and has a claimed consumption of six litres/100km and 140g/km emissions.
IMAGE GALLERY: 2015 Lexus NX
It has three driving modes (eco, normal sport) while the F-Sport version gains Sport+ (stiffens steering and enhances engine response) and the hybrid has EV mode.
The new NX is equipped with Lexus’ dynamic torque control AWD system, which maximises traction and cornering stability. Lexus said: “Depending on driving conditions, up to half of the torque can be directed to the rear wheels.”
Toyota’s senior vice-president for sales and marketing, Calvyn Hamman, said: “Stylistically, the production package does not differ markedly from the LF-NX concept that we showed back in 2013. What the NX designers have given us is an intelligent expression of the Lexus L-Finesse design language, retaining the sharp lines, wide, powerful stance and sporting feel of the original show car which gives it phenomenal on-road presence.”
LOADS OF KIT
Standard are satnav, diode headlights, smart entry, cruise control, leather-wrapped steering wheel, electronic parking brake, power external mirrors, 17” multi-spoked alloy rims, auto aircon, Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary connectivity, eight-speaker audio system with 18cm screen and 10.6cm multi-information display.
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The 200t EX (same spec as the 300h) adds auto wipers, electro-chromatic rear-view mirror, heatable seats, 10-speaker audio system, 3D satnav, reversing camera, 18” split-spoke alloy rims and "active sound control" (Hybrid only).
The 200t F-Sport gains adaptive variable suspension, 18" turbine F-Sport alloy rims with a metallic finish, new bumpers with contrasting metallic lower section, black external mirrors, sun roof (with tilt and slide) and roof rails, F-sport steering wheel and sport seats, headlights cleaners, wood trim and heatable and ventilated front seats.
Cargo space is rated at 500 litres, rising to 1545 litres with the seats folded. Additional space is available in four storage boxes.
In terms of safety, it’s equipped with driver, passenger, side and curtain crash bags, IsoFix child-seat anchors, vehicle stability control, traction control, hill-start helper, electronic brake pressure distribution and anti-lock brakes with emergency pressure assistance. The NX 200t EX F-Sport and 300h versions have parking radar and a reversing camera.
The cars have a new version of Lexus’s remote touch interface (with a touchpad), multi-information display (with boost meter) and a head-up display.
Lexus NX 200t E - R539 900
Lexus NX 200t EX - R579 900
Lexus NX 200t F-Sport - R659 900
Lexus NX 300h EX - R633 000
Ea chLexus NX unit is sold with a four-year or 100 000km warranty and service plan (Lexus distance plan for the E derivative, Lexus distance plan plus for EX grades and Lexus distance plan complete for the F-Sport).
2015 Lexus NX specifications