We’ve known that Lexus has been considering a new compact SUV for over a year now, but it took until today to catch the tiny SUV testing. Lucky for us, it was out doing some hot laps around the Nürburgring and out spy guys picked it up.
At a first glance, it appears that the prototype caught testing is just an updated Lexus CT 200h, but upon closer examination, you will notice it features a significantly taller ride height, a higher profile and CUV-size, tires.
The new NX will be built on Toyota’s MC platform, which it will share with the RAV4, Camry, Lexus RX, ES and nearly every other Toyota and Lexus vehicle.
The base model will come with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine as the Camry, while top version will get a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-pot engine for a little more power. There will also be a hybrid alternative.
Lexus will put the NX into production in the third quarter of 2014.
Click past the jump to read more about the Lexus NX.
Toyota North America has filled trademarks for two new models that apparently will join their line-up in the near future: NX 200t and NX 300h. Judging by their nomenclature, we believe these models will be added to the Lexus line-up, specifically their SUV line-up (taking the X in their names under consideration).
It is also not very difficult to understand that one trademark - the NX 200t - will be the gasoline version, while the other one - the NX 300h - is for a hybrid model. The NX 200t will be powered by the company’s new 2.0-liter, turbo-charged AR engine set to launch in 2014, while the 300h will get the same hybrid powertrain as in the Lexus ES 300h : a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder Atkinson cycle hybrid engine.
The new Lexus NX will be placed under the company’s current RX (pictured here) and will most likely debut on the market sometime in 2015.
Updated 12/04/2013: Lexus announced that the production version LF-NX - or simply the NX as you may know it, will be making its world debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. It looks like the production version will retain concept’s stand-out styling, because apparently customers want more expressive models. The production version will be offered with a new 2.0-litre turbo engine, plus the same hybrid system used in models like GS300h. (AutoExpress)