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2016 Lexus RX Teased Ahead of NY Reveal

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

The Lexus RX is one of the few “old” models left and the premium Japanese automaker’s lineup. Lexus has been cleaning house over the past couple years, and the third-gen RX crossover introduced back in 2009 is next on the list for an overhaul. Today we have our first teaser for what the new RX may look like when it makes its debut at the upcoming 2015 New York Auto Show.

2016 Lexus RX Teaser

We’re really excited to see what a new RX could do for Lexus. The current third-generation model is already one of Toyota’s best-selling premium cars despite its obvious similarity to the Toyota Highlander. That’s because it’s one of the best true SUVs available from a premium marque, and all sources say that Lexus is looking to continue that trend with the new model, despite this relatively sedan-ish looking teaser.

If anything, we expect that the new Lexus RX will be larger than the outgoing model. Now that Lexus has the compact NX crossover in their lineup, they can afford to move a bit larger with their other big-seller. This would make the RX more appealing to full-size SUV drivers who value semi-offroad utility with plenty of interior space, while pushing the more compact, aesthetics-oriented cityfolk over to their stylish new NX.

That being said, we won’t know anything until the new RX makes its official debut in New York. We’d actually originally expected to see a new Lexus RC coupe in NY, but it sounds like Lexus is only planning to show the RX instead. Fine by us, although we’re willing to bet that Mitsubishi and their new Outlander won’t be too happy to lose the spotlight to a superior upmarket model.

2015 Lexus RX

2015 Lexus RX

Even though Lexus hasn’t given us any official word, it’s a safe assumption that they will stick with the Toyota Highlander underpinnings for the new RX. A big reason that the current RX is so profitable for Toyota’s premium marque is because they don’t need a dedicated manufacturing line to produce it. The fact that it uses many of the same parts from other Toyota models makes it the perfect mix of cheap production costs and high MSRP profits.

Our guess is that the new Lexus RX will get the hallmark pinched spindle grille, enlarged wheel wells, a slightly higher beltline and a more sedan-like tapered rear-end. We’d also guess that the biggest changes actually won’t be in the exterior design but in the interior, where we’re expecting Lexus to increase cabin space and tech. amenities.

Unfortunately, this is all guesswork until we see the new Lexus RX in-the-metal at next week’s New York Auto Show, so stay tuned for the full details.

 


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.

 


2015 Lexus NX Pricing, Launch Date & Trim Specs Announced

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Lexus NX 200t and 300h

After almost a year and a half of buildup, we finally saw the production Lexus NX crossover at the Beijing Motor Show last month. However, there were still a few things that we didn’t know about the new luxury compact crossover, price and trims being two major ones.

Today Lexus Europe unveiled the full pricing spectrum and everything else still left unsaid about the new Lexus NX, including official launch dates. While it wasn’t explicitly stated that the numbers would carry over into the US market, Lexus already confirmed that the NX will come follow the same timeline for both Europe and the US.

The 2015 Lexus NX will officially hit dealership floors in October of this year. You may recall that there will be two different models beneath the NX nameplate – the NX 300h and the NX 200t – but only the 300h will launch in Europe this year. In case you didn’t know, the difference between the two NX models is that the 300h uses a 2.5L Atkinson engine hooked into a hybrid system, while the 200t gets Lexus’ first-ever turbocharged engine.

Lexus NX 300h

Whichever powertrain you prefer, let’s take a look at the different trims of the new Lexus NX crossover, listed in order of price*:

Lexus NX S

(£29,495 or $49,495)

Lexus’ new crossover comes with plenty of goodies straight from the ground floor. The entry-level package includes LED headlights, 17-inch alloys, an eight-speaker audio system, dual-zone climate control, pre-crash safety system, Lexus Media Display, DAB digital radio, and Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management.

Lexus NX SE

(£31,495 or $52,995)

Gets everything from the NX S, but also gets upgraded 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic rain-sensing windshield wipers, heated seats, roof rails and AWD.

Lexus NX Luxury

(£34,495 or $57,995)

The Luxury trim gets the addition of LED fog lamps, keyless entry, privacy glass around the rear of the car, power adjusting front seats, parking sensors, an automatically dimming rearview mirror and a revised, silver-accented interior trim.

Lexus NX F Sport

(£36,995 or $62,495)

This is where we see some mechanical upgrades, with the F Sport trim getting official F Sport suspension and performance dampers, along with a power steering column, an automatic tailgate and a wireless charging tray. Oh, and this one gets sleek two-tone 18-inch alloys.

Lexus NX Premier

(£42,995 or $72,495)

Finally, the “fully loaded” NX Premier trim gets all of the above along with a beautiful heads up display to futurize the dash, automatic high beams, heated steering, GPS navigation and 360-degree panorama, Lane Keep Assist, and heated/ventilated performance seats with lumbar support and driver memory. And of course, it gets an upgraded Mark Levinson fourteen-speaker audio system too.

Fancy, huh?

As you can see, the Lexus NX crossover will most definitely be competitive in both US and European markets. With a wide range of features and powertrains and what Lexus claims will be the absolute best driving dynamics in its class, this premium Japanese car looks like a recipe for success.

Of course, the key question is whether this will be enough to beat Range Rover’s Evoque and Porsche’s new Macan? “Premium” may be enough to convince US buyers, but in Europe and many other markets style and dynamics are key — and I am not sure this NX has what it takes to go up against those two heavyweights.

If you’d like more information, you can watch a detailed Lexus NX features video below:

*All Lexus Europe’s prices have been roughly converted to their US Dollar equivalents at time of writing.


Lexus NX Concept Coming to the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, April 6th, 2013

As I’m writing this, I realize that we haven’t had a good opportunity to talk about Lexus since the Detroit Auto Show at the very beginning of this year. It was around that time that we first discussed Lexus’ awareness of their absence in the small SUV segment. We giddily reported the possibility of a new crossover below the RX, but we took a deep breath and admitted that we really couldn’t promise anything for sure.

Well, as of this week, Toyota’s luxury arm has announced official plans to bring a new compact SUV to the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show at the end of this year.

Why a Compact SUV?

You don’t have to look very far to see that the compact SUV segment is exploding. You can see it in just about every major market, all around the world. The popularity of the Nissan Juke, the Toyota RAV4, and even the positive reactions to the new Urban SUV concept from Honda all point to one simple fact – the compact crossover segment is a good place for automakers to be.

Plus, just look at the numbers… Recent estimates state that the number of small SUVs sold per year will more than double by the end of 2015 from what we’ve seen in 2012. This is the fastest growing segment in the market right now, particularly in Europe, and a very important one for all automakers to participate in.

Strangely, luxury brands are the only ones lacking a consistent presence in the compact crossover segment. Sure, you’ve got the BMW X1 and the Audi Q3, as well as the upcoming Mercedes-Benz GLA, but those are the only real examples that come to mind. Unlike in the mainstream CUV segment where Japanese brands are dominant, European brands are at the forefront of the luxury CUV market. And, both BMW and Audi have plans to add more, sportier SUVs to their lineup.

Well, Lexus, for one, is finally ready to play catch-up. They’ve officially announced plans to produce a compact SUV crossover that slots in below the Lexus RX class of vehicles. They plan to bring a concept model to the 2013 Tokyo motor show in November, and a production ready model to the 2014 Geneva motor show next March.

So, enough introduction, let’s talk about…

Specs For The New Lexus CUV

Apparently, the new Lexus compact SUV will utilize a hybrid powertrain, but it won’t be new. It will be the same 2.5L gas-electric powertrain currently used in the Lexus ES 300h. Additionally, the new CUV will borrow its architecture from the best-selling Toyota RAV4. As for naming scheme, Lexus trademarked the lineup name “NX” as well as specific model names NX300h and NX200T… Seems like the first name makes a lot of sense if the engine is taken from the ES 300h. So, for now let’s call this new CUV the Lexus NX.

Toyota Hybrid

Unfortunately, while we do have official confirmation of the existence of the new Lexus NX, we don’t have official confirmation of where it will be sold. There is a small chance that it won’t make it to the US, or at least not until it has proven its worth in Europe. Let’s cross our fingers that’s not the case, but we don’t want you to be disappointed later this year. Either way, stay tuned to Integrity Exports to learn more… You’ll know what’s up just as soon as we do.