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Production Lexus NX Crossover Finally Debuting in Beijing

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

The New York Auto Show isn’t the only major automotive event set to take place this April… Just two days after doors open in New York, the 2014 Beijing Auto Show will open too. With it, we’ve now discovered that the production version of the Lexus NX crossover will at last make its debut.

 Lexus NX Crossover Teaser

To jog your memory, we first heard about a possible NX crossover all the way back at the beginning of last year when Lexus first trademarked the model ‘NX’ moniker. Then, last September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show the rumors were confirmed with the first Lexus LF-NX Concept. Following that, we saw a turbocharged version at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show in November.

As you can see, even from the darkened teaser it looks as if the Lexus NX crossover has kept the majority of its aggressive design. We can clearly see the enormous, low-riding spindle grille dominating the left side of the photo. In fact, the angular headlight design with the checkmark LEDs look even sharper than the concept versions. That trend continues along the rest of the crossover’s body – the wheel arches, the sideskirts, even what little we can see of the window lines and hood look almost identical to that of the NX Turbo Concept.

As we covered a couple months ago, it’s possible that we’ve already seen the Lexus NX during CEO Jim Lentz’s speech at this year’s Detroit Auto Show. This potentially inadvertent slip showed us a depiction of the NX that’s somewhat more watered down than what this new teaser would lead us to believe. A screen capture of the aforementioned image is shown below:

 Possible Production Lexus NX

How sharp or mild the Lexus NX crossover ends up being compared to its LF-NX brethren will only be confirmed when we see the actual vehicle in Beijing. Or, should we say vehicles…

Just like we saw two different versions of the LF NX Concept, we can also expect to see two different Lexus NX crossovers, although it’s not clear whether both different trims will be represented at the Chinese motor show. We also don’t know if both versions will make it to the US.

The first version of the NX, the Lexus NX 300h, will feature a hybrid powertrain with a 2.5L Atkinson-cycle petrol paired with an electric motor and lithium-ion batteries (we hope), just like we’ve seen in the Lexus ES 300h. The engine itself will likely output upwards of 200hp, but may not achieve the ES 300h’s 40mpg given the increased size of the crossover.

Lexus LF-NX Turbo Powertrain

The second version of the luxury crossover, the Lexus NX 200t, will feature the premium Japanese brand’s first ever turbocharged engine. It’ll be a 2.0L four-cylinder with direct-injection and a twin-scroll turbocharger. Lexus claims that this version of the NX will offer incredible throttle response and thrilling driving dynamics, all while offering reasonable fuel economy.

There are some other speculations to be heard about the Lexus NX regarding its interior, price and technologies, but we won’t know anything for sure until the crossover makes its official debut at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show. So, come back after April 20th to get the full scoop.

Toyota USA CEO Jim Lentz Leaks Lexus LF-NX Crossover Ahead of Geneva Debut

Posted by Stephen On Friday, January 31st, 2014

The week before the 2014 Detroit Motor Show earlier this month, automotive experts from all over the world gathered at the 26th Annual Society of Automotive Analysts’ Automotive Outlook Conference. Among the many intriguing presentations at the conference, one in particular sticks out as noteworthy. It was by Toyota NA CEO Jim Lentz; in the presentation we apparently got our first peek at the finalized version of the Lexus LF-NX Concept, to be known in production only as the Lexus NX.

It’s hard to tell whether or not these kinds of “whoopsy” debuts are intentional, but in this case, our guess is that it wasn’t. Especially because now, more than two weeks after the fact, we still don’t have any other photos of the Lexus NX other than the gritty, grainy one seen below:

Lexus LF-NX

In addition, Lexus has adamantly refused to comment on whether or not the leaked image is in fact the production NX. The brand’s silence implies that yes, it is.

If you kept up with Lexus last year, you’ll remember that we first saw the LF-NX in concept form at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. Then, throughout 2013 we continued to see different iterations of the LF-NX Concept at just about every single major auto show, including the one in Tokyo at the end of November.

Now, briefly take a moment to compare the image above to the image below. This is the LF-NX Turbo Concept we saw at the 2014 Detroit Motor Show (remember, that would’ve been after Lentz’s presentation):

Lexus LF-NX concept

As you can see, there are several key differences between the alleged Lexus NX and the Lexus LF-NX Turbo Concept. To sum up the differences, the production model has been predictably toned down from the original, cutting-edge concept. It now looks more like the type of vehicle we’d expect to see in Lexus’ lineup, although that’s not to say that the compact SUV’s edginess has been removed… It hasn’t. In fact, one could argue that the NX forgoes edginess in favor of sleekness.

Also, do keep in mind that the vehicle Lentz previewed is likely to be the most basic model of the Lexus NX. We know that Toyota has already trademarked the “NX200t” moniker, so it’s safe to assume there will be at least two iterations of the crossover.

While inadvertently spoiling what the Lexus NX will look like, Lentz also deliberately informed us what will lie under the hood. At least, for the turbocharged model. The new Lexus NX200t will reportedly be the first-ever Lexus with a force-fed gasoline engine in the form of a newly developed 2.0L four-cylinder turbo.

All in all, the Lexus NX looks prime and poised to take on the two other big competitors in the segment –the BMW X3 and the Audi Q5. The compact SUV is expected to officially debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show in March… Fitting given the European aim of this new Japanese car.

For those of you who’d like to hear all of Jim Lentz’ presentation, checkout the video below for the original Lexus NX spoiler (he talks about the NX at ~10:40).

Lexus Promises Two New Cars We’ll See More of in 2014

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, December 12th, 2013

We have two big pieces of news this week coming from your favorite premium Japanese car maker, Lexus. They’ve confirmed that (a) we will be seeing a production-ready version of the Lexus LF-NX concept car to debut at the 2014 Geneva motor show early next year and, (b) Lexus is already in the process of turning the LF-LC into a range-topping halo sports car sometime in the near future, although we don’t know anything more specific than that.

As you continue reading, you’ll learn everything that we know about these two new premium cars coming from Lexus in the short-term future.

Lexus LF-NX Production Model

Lexus LF-NX

As you may remember, we first saw the Lexus LF-NX in early 2013 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, then again as a Turbo version with a turbocharged gas-only powertrain at the Tokyo Motor Show last month. Earlier this week, Lexus confirmed that a production version is already in development, and that they intend to unveil it at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.

The Lexus LF-NX is a midsize crossover, and a good-looking one at that. Thankfully, Lexus has assured us that they are aware how well the concept’s expressive design has been received, and that they’re going to do their best to maintain it into production.

Since Lexus has shown us two different versions of the LF-NX Concept so far, it seems safe to assume that those are the starting points they’ll use for production. The first version from Frankfurt featured a hybrid powertrain with a 2.5L 4-cylinder petrol and an electric motor paired together. The Lexus LF-NX Turbo from Tokyo featured a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol, which Lexus says offers “a fast throttle response and exhilarating performance while demonstrating outstanding fuel efficiency”.

Production of the Lexus LF-LC Concept

Lexus LF-LC

The Lexus LF-LC Concept predates the LF-NX concept by a few months, making its first appearance at the 2012 Detroit motor show late last year. We’ve recently learned that Lexus is almost certain to develop this into a production model.

Although all of this is unofficial, Haruhiko Tanahashi, the engineer behind the Lexus LFA, recently interviewed with Autocar and hinted that he “personally hopes the LF-LC will be built.” He also very suggestively noted that “most of Lexus’s concept cars have been turned into production cars.” The unspoken assumption there being that the Lexus LF-LC is no exception. As usual, the blogosphere is all over this, whipping it up into a frenzy.

So let’s do a little more whipping, shall we?

Well, Lexus has already confirmed that they’re planning to bring a new halo sports car to their lineup. In fact, their planning to bring several more high-performance F models to their lineup (like the Lexus RC-F, which is expected to debut at next month’s Detroit Motor Show).

All in all, this is excellent news for Lexus fans, since both of these concepts were very well received. The Lexus LF-NX will be a long overdue midsize crossover, filling an important slot in the luxury brand’s lineup. The LFA sequel may not sell quite as many units, but will also serve an important purpose for Lexus.

Either way, we’re sure to know more early next year, so stay tuned until then and thanks for reading!

Lexus RC Coupe and Lexus LF-NX Turbo Concept Previewed for Tokyo

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Today, Lexus officially confirmed that they will be showing the long-anticipated Lexus RC Coupe at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show which takes place later this month. But, that’s a not the only car that they will be showcasing… They’re also bringing back the Lexus LF-NX Concept from this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, but with a new sportier twist.

As you continue reading, you’re going to learn everything we know about the Lexus RC Coupe, and we’ll quickly fill you in on the changes Lexus has made to their experimental LF-NX Concept.

Let’s start with the juicy stuff first…

Brand-New Lexus RC Coupe(s)

Lexus RC Coupe

Lexus is bringing not one, but two trims of their two-door RC Coupe to the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. However, don’t get too excited because the only difference between the two is engine specifications – the Lexus RC 350 will get a 3.5L V-6 while the RC 300h will get a hybrid powertrain with a 2.5L engine.

Why doesn’t the RC 300h get a 3.0L engine as the name would imply? Nobody knows. Perhaps it’s all part of a Lexus plan to emulate BMW — 323i anyone?

Fortunately, the RC Coupe looks good enough to forgive any naming discrepancies. The two-door gets an extra-wide and extra-low pinched Lexus-style grille, a new three-lamp LED headlight configuration, and two different aluminum wheel styles (19-inch 10-spoke/18-inch 5-spoke). In addition, the RC will showcase a new painting process which apparently enriches and deepens the exterior colors, or so Lexus claims.

You can take a look at the Lexus RC from the rear below:

Lexus RC Coupe - rear

As for the inside, the Lexus RC Coupe gets “high contrast interior trim” with bold design lines, wooden highlights, and bottom-up interior lighting. And, of course, the new RC coupe will feature the latest in Lexus technology, including a new Remote Touch interface. Finally, RC drivers will cruise in comfort as the Coupe features seats made from a unique “integrated foaming construction method”, which apparently mimics the comfort and support of seats in race cars.

What’s New with the Lexus LF-NX Concept?

Lexus LF NX Concept

As you may or may not recall, we first saw the Lexus LF-NX concept earlier this year at the 2013 Frankfurt motor show. However, in an effort to get more mileage out of it, Lexus is bringing back the LF-NX with a slight twist – a turbocharged 2.0L engine. While the original concept featured a regular 2.5L engine with 156bhp, we have no idea what the new turbocharged version will output. But, we do know it will offer “guaranteed power” and better fuel economy.

What the heck is guaranteed power? And how does it differ from good ol’ regular powwwweeeerr? Nobody knows.

Other than the engine, the Lexus LF-NX Turbo doesn’t seem too different than the original, although Lexus claims that it has a lower center of gravity and an overall sportier look. For example, the experimental SUV now features a front under spoiler and more muscular wheels.

All in all, both new Lexus vehicles look like they’re going to be very drool-worthy, and we can’t wait to see more. Stay tuned for further updates ahead of the 2013 Tokyo motor show which opens doors later this month on November 22. Until then, thanks for reading!

Introducing the Lexus LF-NX Concept to Debut in Frankfurt

Posted by Stephen On Friday, September 6th, 2013

Over the past few weeks we’ve discussed more than a few new cars and concepts that will be making their debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. One of the major Japanese brands we had yet to confirm a concept for, though, was Lexus… We knew we’d be getting something new, since Lexus released a cryptic teaser for a never-before-seen concept a couple weeks ago.

Here at Integrity Exports, our guess (and hope) was that we’d be seeing the Lexus RF-C. However, as of today, we now know that Lexus is not bringing the RF-C Concept, but the LF-NX Concept.

Even though we were wrong about the RF-C, we are certainly not disappointed. Just take a look at the Lexus LF-NX Concept pictured below to see why:

Lexus LF NX

While we still don’t know very much at all about the mechanics of the Lexus LF-NX concept, what we can plainly see is that this is one sharp looking compact luxury crossover. All that we know about the powertrain is that the LF-NX will feature “a new variant of the Lexus Hybrid Drive system tuned for SUV performance.” So, we know that there will be at least one hybrid option available when the Lexus LF-NX finally goes on sale sometime next year.

As far as aesthetics, this is one of the best looking concepts we’ve seen in awhile… Definitely one of the best in 2013. But, this incredible design isn’t at all surprising. Lexus has been consistently pushing their design language in a more aggressive direction, and the LF-NX pictured above is an over-the-top, but not at all on pleasant, embodiment of that effort.

In case you still haven’t caught on to the new pinched spindle grille that Lexus is pushing on all their new vehicles, the LF-NX makes it unavoidable, but the domineering front clip is (literally) just the tip of the iceberg. Between the overly exaggerated wheel arches, the deeply angular exterior lines, the high belt line, the subtly fluid LED headlights and the blocky rear bumper, the LF-NX looks as if it were chiseled from an onyx glacier.

Although Lexus has only released one image of the LF-NX’s interior, it looks like the inside of the luxury compact crossover will be just as eye-catching and entertaining as the outside. As far as design, the press release tells us that the LF-NX will continue with L-finesse interior themes; including an upper display zone accompanied by a lower operation zone and dashboard. New technology will include touch-sensitive electrostatic switches and a new Remote Touch Interface, both aimed to make the crossover feel as human-oriented as possible.

Obviously, there are still quite a few holes in what we know about the Lexus LF-NX. However, you certainly won’t hear any complaining from us. This compact crossover concept looks amazing, and we can’t wait to see more at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show next week. Stay tuned for more information when the Japanese crossover makes its debut on September 10.

Source: Autoblog, Car and Driver