Lexus has launched its all-new, sharply styled premium mid-size crossover at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show. The NX is the Lexus’ first entry into the premium mid-size crossover segment. Its edgy, emotional design intends to appeal to new customers who lead urban and active lifestyles.
The NX offers three powertrain variants, including a highly efficient hybrid in NX 300h, the first use of an all-new Lexus-developed 2.0-liter petrol turbo in NX 200t and a naturally aspirated engine in NX 200, with the choice of front and all-wheel drive. In addition, Lexus’ Stop and Start system is available to provide fuel savings and quick restart response.
The NX has an array of innovative on-board technology, including a Lexus-first Wireless Charging Tray which enables portable devices such as mobile phones to be charged, the first application of a new Lexus Remote Touch Interface with a touch pad, Panoramic View Monitor, a comprehensive Multi-information Display (including a Lexus-first G sensor and boost meter), Head-Up Display, Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, along with a host of other features.
An optional F SPORT version provides more aggressive and sportier design with F SPORT exclusive items, such as spindle grille, front lower bumper, aluminium wheel, black outer mirror, interior colour, ornament panel and sport seat for sporty drive.
The chief engineer of the NX, Takeaki Kato, said “The NX is a Premium Crossover combining performance, numerous on-board technologies and packaged with alluring design, making it desirable to customers”.
“Much like high quality sports watches, bikes and fashion articles, the NX represents the ultimate in premium urban sports gear,” he said.
“Luxury is epitomised by small but important details.” Examples of attention to detail in the NX include courtesy lights, exterior metallic flake for the wheel arches, the feel of the switches and other innovations that will set new standards for future Lexus models.
“Apart from the luxury touches, the NX was designed to complement daily life while also being capable of supporting an active lifestyle on the weekend.”