2015 Lexus NX

After Toyota North America filled trademarks for two new models — the NX 200t and NX 300h — it was not hard to figure out that these were upcoming Lexus models. The fact that they were SUVs was made simply by the "X" in their names. It was also not very difficult to understand that one trademark — the NX 200t — will be the turbocharged gasoline version, while the other one — the NX 300h — will be a hybrid model. The NX 200t will be powered by the company’s new 2.0-liter, turbocharged AR engine set to launch in 2014, while the 300h will likely 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 and will most likely debut on the market sometime in 2015.

Updated 4/11/2014: Lexus has officially confirmed that the NX line will debut at the 2014 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition on April 20th. The lineup will include the base NX 200, the turbocharged NX 200t and the hybrid NX 300h. Details are still limited, but we detailed as much as we could, plugs a look at the concepts that previewed the NX, after the jump.

Update History

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)

Updated 04/04/2014: Lexus officially confirmed today that the all-new NX crossover will be officially unveiled at the 2014 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition. A first teaser image was also dropped, revealing that the production version will stay pretty much faithful to the LF-NX concept.

Spyshots

Lexus NX
Lexus NX
Lexus NX

Concepts

2013 Lexus LF-NX Turbo Concept

Lexus LF-NX Concept
Lexus LF-NX Concept
Lexus LF-NX Concept

The LF-NX was our first look at a compact SUV concept from Lexus, as it debuted in the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. Unfortunately, the details were really scarce on this concept, but it was still nice to see some style coming to the Lexus SUV lineup.

2013 Lexus LF-NX Turbo Concept

Lexus LF-NX Turbo Concept
Lexus LF-NX Turbo Concept
Lexus LF-NX Turbo Concept

The LF-NX Concept debuted in Tokyo and gave us a good look at what was in the future for the automaker and hinted to us that a turbocharged SUV was coming. Honestly, the production model really held true to the concept, save for the insane-looking interior and the over-the-top body lines of the Tokyo Show model.

Exterior

Lexus NX
Lexus NX
Lexus NX

The sexiness continues from the side profile, as the swooping roofline, lower body sculpting and wide rear wheel arches are something out of the norm for Lexus.

Wow.... That is about all I could say when these images crossed my desk. Not only is it impressive to see Lexus Lexus entering the compact-crossover segment, but it is also nice to see that it is doing so in style. The massive spindle grille seems to sit just right on the nose of the new NX, the air intakes flanking the grille are nice and sporty and the body lines are simply incredible. Need I mention those broad front wheel wells, sleek, new headlights and the checkmark LED accents below them.

The sexiness continues from the side profile, as the swooping roofline, lower body sculpting and wide rear wheel arches are something out of the norm for Lexus. The taillights also wrap around the rear quarter with authority, making the SUV look fast sitting in the parking lot. This is a clear sign that the Toyota affiliate is tired of being lambasted for its boring designs.

Around back, however, things get just a tad boring, as the taillights are cool but the straight-on look of them is nothing special, the bumper just looks cheap and the exhaust tips look like they just don’t fit right. On top of that, it looks as if someone almost pinched the top half of the NX, making the roof look a lot thinner than the midsection. Sure, this is there to give the rear riders a tad more headroom, but it just looks awkward.

Overall, however, this is one hell of a move forward for Lexus. I just hope they keep it up.

Exhaust Tips In Detail

Lexus NX

Lighting In Detail

Lexus NX

Interior

Lexus NX
Lexus NX
Lexus NX

Once you're able to pry your eyes away from the center stack, you find silver highlights on the top of the dash and door panels, and on the lower spoke of the steering wheel.

The praise continues as I head into the images of the cabin. Lexus created a gorgeous cabin that perfectly combines soft-touch materials with hard-metal accents, giving the cabin both a luxurious feel and an aggressive look. The center stack surround is by far the biggest eye-grabber, as it’s silver hue commands your attention as you examine the dash. Once you’re able to pry your eyes away from the center stack, you find silver highlights on the top of the dash and door panels, and on the lower spoke of the steering wheel. On top of that, it looks as if the F Sport model features contrast stitching on the dash, while other models get wood-grain accents.

In that beautiful center stack is the Human Machine Interface and up top is an iPad-like touchscreen to give you full control of the SUV.

Lexus didn’t dive into how many people and how much cargo the NX can carry, but the assumption is five people and a maximum of around 73.4 cubic feet — roughly the same as the 2014 RAV4 . The manufacturer did, however, mention that seating configuration was a huge focus, as it dropped the hip line to give the driver a more connected-to-the-car feeling and to increase headroom.

Contrast Stitching in Detail

Lexus NX

Drivetrain

Lexus NX

Lexus remained relatively mum on the drivetrain, only revealing mostly basic information. I did learn that the NX will be available in three main variants: NX 200, NX 200t, and NX 300h. The NX 200 will feature a naturally aspirated, 2.0-liter engine. The NX 200t will feature an all-new, turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that I expect to pump out around 225 horsepower. Finally, the NX 300h will be a hybrid model that will likely tote around a 2.5-liter hybrid drivetrain with around 180 horsepower. Expect at least the hybrid model to come with a CVT, but possibly the entire NX lineup.

The NX will be available with standard wheel-wheel drive or optional "all-weather drive." I think the latter is just either a cute way for Lexus to say all-wheel drive or simply a typo and "weather" was supposed to be "wheel."

2015 Lexus NX - Drivetrain Specifications

Model NX 200 NX 200t NX 300h
Engine2.0-Liter Four-Cylinder2.0-Liter Turbo Four-CylinderTBA
Horsepower (HP @ RPM)TBATBATBA
Torque (LB-FT @ RPM)TBATBATBA
Acceleration (0-60 MPH)TBATBATBA
Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined)TBATBATBA

Prices

Lexus NX

Prices are also pretty low-key for now, but to remain competitive, Lexus needs to undercut The compact BMW BMW , Audi, Land Rover and Mercedes compact SUVs. Given the only two that have set prices are the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque at $42,025 and the X1 starting at $31,825. Given Audi’s scheme of always undercutting BMW by a few grand, I see the Q3 hitting $29,900, and with Mercedes Mercedes typically checking in a few grand over Bimmer, I see the GLA-Class coming in at $33,000. This gives us a reasonable starting estimate for the NX 200 of $27,500. Expect the NX 200t to hit about $30,000 and the NX 300h to come in around $34,000.

2015 Lexus NX - Pricing

Model Est. Pricing
NX 200$27,500
NX 200t$30,000
NX 300h$34,000

Competition

Range Rover Evoque

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Land Rover unveiled the Evoque at the 2010 Paris Auto Show and updated just in time for the 2014 model year. The SUV’s impressive design, the small 2.0 liter engine and its attractive price transformed it very quickly into one of the most successful model in land Rover’s lineup.

The Evoque is powered by a 2.0-liter engine that delivers a total of 240 horsepower and for the 2014 model year it is mated to an all-new nine-speed ZF-sourced transmission.

Not only is the Evoque far more powerful than I expect from the base NX 200, but its $41,995 base price puts it way on the fringe of the NX’s competitor list.

Audi Q3

Audi Q3

The Audi Q3 is really right up the Lexus NX’s competition alley. It is small, sporty, cheaper than a Bimmer and Mercedes, and high in luxury. Audi officially debuted the Q3 at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show confirming all of our suspicions that the small SUV would make its way into the American market.

Under its hood is a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that puts down 200 ponies and 207 pound-feet of torque, thanks to a turbocharger. This will make it slightly quicker than the base NX 200, but also a little slower than the NX 200t, given it comes with the output I expect it to.

Pricing is not yet available, but Audi loves nothing more than to undercut BMW’s pricing, so figure on it coming in just a tick under $30k, giving Lexus a little breathing room in its pricing of the NX.

2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class-> http://www.topspeed.com/cars/mercedes/2015-mercedes-benz-gla-class-ar153563.html ]

Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class

The Mercedes GLA-Class is another newbie to the American market in 2015, and it sits just below the GLK-Class in the Benz lineup. The GLA-Class is not the best-looking SUV to come out of Germany — kind of looks like a restyled Infiniti FX — but it certainly will have its fair share of followers.

Under of the base GLA250 is a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-pot that puts down 208 horses and 258 pound-feet of torque. This power goes through a seven-speed auto transmission that delivers the goods to all four wheels — yup, no FWD from Benz.

According the Mercedes’ claims, the GLA Class can hit 60 mph in 6.4 seconds, making it one of the quickest base models in its class. But the downside is that it will also likely be the second-highest priced in the class between the X1 and Evoque. But the level of pride in driving a Mercedes versus a Lexus is priceless to some buyers.

Conclusion

Lexus NX

Yes sir, Lexus is here to kick ass and take some names, as it has finally released a small SUV to join the fun as the world of luxury, compact SUVs invades the U.S. in 2015. Unfortunately, the information is still scarce on the drivetrain and interior features, but just the look of the vehicle is enough to get our heart pittering and pattering. Really nice work Lexus, now we just need to find out if it has the guts to hang with the big-boys next year.

LOVE IT
  • Look absolutely awesome inside and out
  • Plenty of drivetrains to choose from
  • The 200t model with the F Sport package may be a hot item
LEAVE IT
  • How about a real F model?
  • Base model’s output likely to be near the bottom of the heap in the segment
  • Waiting on the pricing details is a little scary

Press Release

There’s a first for everything! The all-new Lexus NX comes to market as the brand’s first entry into the luxury compact crossover segment and with the first turbo in the lineup. The NX will also be offered in naturally aspirated and hybrid powertrains. Powertrains will vary by region. The U.S. market will offer the NX 200t turbo and NX 300h hybrid. The NX 200t F SPORT will also be available with unique exterior and interior features.

Lexus NX

Lexus will maintain its role as the luxury hybrid leader with six hybrid models including the NX 300h. The NX will be the fourth vehicle in Lexus’ luxury utility vehicle lineup and positioned below the popular RX.

The Lexus LF-NX concepts, originally introduced at the 2013 Frankfurt and Tokyo Motor Shows, influenced the striking and emotional design of the NX. The sharply styled crossover will be revealed at the 2014 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition on April 20.

Chief engineer Takeaki Kato and his team developed NX as a luxury vehicle that provides versatility and details unexpected in its class to young, urban drivers.

Exterior Design
The NX was developed to have more agility than a SUV plus a bold, eye-catching exterior with its low profile and unique roofline.

Lexus NX

As with all Lexus vehicles, the aggressive exterior starts with the spindle grille. Innovative LED headlamps and daytime running lamps firmly express Lexus’ bold styling.

The front and rear wheel arches add to the NX’s wide and low, muscular stance with bold flares. The arches house standard 17-inch or available 18-inch wheels.

The profile is accentuated by a roofline peak set towards the back of the vehicle to create a tight silhouette and provide ample head-room for rear seat occupants.

Subtle, luxury details are included in the innovative Lexus-first door handle with a hidden key barrel and integrated lighting.

The rear is punctuated by Lexus’ signature ‘L’ shape combination lamps, each with seamless LED lighting, while the bodywork echoes the spindle grille design.

Interior Design
The NX’s cabin combines the structural beauty of a high-performance machine with luxury materials that maximizes functionality. The combination of hard metallic surfaces and contrasting soft materials help create a unique interior.

Lexus NX

A strong, center silver frame surrounds and defines the center instrument panel. Knee pads located at the base of the center stack help support the driver and passenger. The Human Machine Interface (HMI) technology continues the impression of an advanced vehicle and is also located at the bottom of the center stack.

Seating played a significant role in the cabin design. The NX possesses a low hip point adding to the connection of the driver to the vehicle and increasing overall head room. The NX also has a long cargo area length and a wide front to rear couple distance.

Technology
The NX introduces an innovative all-new 2.0-liter gasoline turbo in NX 200t and a naturally aspirated engine in NX 200 with the choice of front and all-weather drive. Lexus also offers a highly efficient hybrid in NX 300h.

Lexus NX

The NX has an array of innovative on-board technology, including an available Lexus-first Wireless Charging Tray to enable a mobile phone to be charged. Other available technology includes the first application of a new Lexus Remote Touch Interface with a touch pad; and a comprehensive Multi-information Display, including a Lexus-first G sensor and boost meter, Heads-Up Display, All-speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert.


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