The NX 300h is the newest offering from Lexus in India and we have tried to cover every aspect of the new crossover in this video review. The luxury brand which is known the world over for its customer experience and superlative products has brought the NX 300h here as its entry level crossover offering, and may be priced at around Rs 60-65 lakh upon launch, although the official pricing is not out yet. The NX in the nomenclature stands for Nimble Crossover, while the h stands for the hybrid drivetrain. The NX 300h is positioned as a stylish crossover for a relatively young audience aged between 30-45 years of age who want a compact, stylish crossover for everyday commuter and the off weekend getaway. It’s not a full-fledged SUV or a family machine and is focused more towards style, character and features.
The NX 300h is powered by a 2.5 litre engine along with batteries which get charged during braking or decelerating. The petrol power by itself stands at 153 hp, while the full hybrid system delivers a peak output of 154 hp. Peak torque is rated at 210 Nm. The car does its 0-100 km/h run in around 10 seconds while the fuel efficiency by ARAI is rated at around 18 kmpl. The car rides and handles well, with decent performance, although it’s not too sportily oriented and not meant for an out-and-out driving enthusiast.
Key features on the NX 300h’s include adaptive damping, a high quality Mark Levinson audio, heated and ventilated seats, heated steering, HUD, single piece panoramic sunroof, reclining rear seats with heating function, trackpad, and top notch safety.
The downsides on the new car are a relative lack of space, and slightly underwhelming performance.
Lexus prides itself for delivering a customer experience unmatched by any other brand, and one has to believe them for their claim as they have been topping the customer satisfaction surveys the world over. Also, the service and spares cost for a Lexus is significantly low as compared to other premium brands from Germany, Sweden or the UK. In essence, buying a Lexus is more about buying a brand experience than just about buying a product, and the company goes out of its way to ensure that it delights each one of its customers, not just with its products, but more so with its service and luxury experience which extends to every aspect of ownership, and not just the product itself.
Here’s our detailed video review of the new Lexus NX 300h