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Lexus Debuts Turbocharged NX Crossover, Smaller Model Yet to Come

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, July 24th, 2014

There’s been so much going on this summer with every major automaker that we constantly find ourselves unable to cover some of the smaller, but still very important pieces of Japanese car news. So, today we’re going to catch up with Lexus to see what’s been happening with Toyota’s luxury brand, Lexus. More specifically, we’re going to look at the launch of their new Lexus NX crossover, and what it could mean for the brand’s future.

Lexus NX Debuts w/ First Turbo Engine

2015 Lexus NX F-Sport

You’ve probably already heard about the new Lexus NX compact premium crossover, which slots below the Lexus RX in the luxury marque’s lineup. But, you might not fully appreciate what this new premium offering means for the world’s largest Japanese automaker. Not only will the NX serve as Toyota’s long-awaited entry into the premium crossover segment, it’s also their first car, premium or otherwise, to make use of a turbocharged engine. The baseline NX 200t trim in the US uses a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine capable of 235hp.

Of course, if turbocharging isn’t your thing, there’ll be a less-powerful-but-more-efficient Lexus NX 300h available which comes with a 2.5L petrol engine. The engine is configured for four-wheel drive and paired with a high-performance electric motor in the rear of the vehicle. This is the same hybrid powertrain as seen in the Lexus IS 300h, just FYI.

Even though the Lexus NX crossover hasn’t hit dealership floors yet (it’s expected to launch around October), it’s already received rave reviews from lucky first-drivers all over the blogosphere. With Lexus’ European sales already on the up and up, this new Euro-targeted luxury offering is sure to be a longtime success.

Possible Lexus Sub-Compact to Slot Below NX

2014 Audi A1 Subcompact

Believe it or not, Lexus is so excited about their new NX crossover that they’re already considering a similarly styled sub-compact to slot below it in their lineup. At least, that’s what rumors would have us believe.

The story comes from European car magazine, AutoCar.co.uk, who apparently spoke with Lexus’ European VP, Alain Uyttenhoven, about the new vehicle. He’s quoted as saying that the launch of a new, smaller luxury sub-compact was “not impossible,” and that a vehicle like that “made sense” for the luxury marque. At least, it makes sense in Europe where Uyttenhoven says that tastes continue to push the development of smaller and smaller models.

“The premium market starts with a car as small as the Audi A1 (pictured above),” Uyttenhoven said. So, keep your eyes open at the end-of-year auto shows for a new Lexus sub-compact.

 


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.