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2015 Lexus NX - First Drive

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  • Lexus NX - First Drive
  • Year:
    2015
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Transmission:
    six-speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    235
  • MPG(Cty):
    22
  • MPG(Hwy):
    28
  • Torque @ RPM:
    258
  • Energy:
    Direct Injection, Turbocharged
  • Displacement:
    2.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    7.5 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    124 mph
  • Layout:
    Front Engine; FWD, AWD
  • Price:
    35000 (Est.)
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  • body style:

Lexus has dominated the midsize luxury crossover market since its RX lineup debuted back in 1998. Its small size, fuel-efficient engines, and long list of luxurious amenities make the RX a hot seller. In 2013 alone, the RX sold over 103,000 units within the U.S. Lexus seems bent on gaining even more sales and growing its SUV lineup by offering a completely new product, the NX. Smaller than the RX and with striking features inside and out, the NX is poised to further solidify Lexus’ position as a luxury leader. The NX is all-new for 2015 and comes with two available powerplants, front- and all-wheel-drive, and room for five. Two separate models — the 200t and 300h — offer a wide range of choices and additional packages for customers looking to buy that just-right crossover.

Lexus says it only plans on selling roughly 36,000 units per year within the States, but if the RX and other crossover sales have any indication, the NX will easily surpass Lexus’ conservative estimates. The NX is also going global, selling in more than 80 markets worldwide. And while the official pricing hasn’t been released, the NX is estimated to undercut the RX’s price by some $5,000, meaning it will start in the mid-$30,000 range.

I recently spent some time behind the wheel of the new 2015 Lexus NX in the rolling hills of Nashville, Tennessee. What I discovered was a competent-handling, fun-to-drive vehicle that makes the trade-offs of owning an SUV less impactful, while still retaining all the benefits of a utilitarian crossover.

Click past the jump for the full review of the all-new 2015 Lexus NX

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The Lexus NX Stunts on the Competition in Shanghai With a New Look

It even gets some suspension updates too!

Back in the early 2010s, Lexus was missing out on a prime segment – the compact SUV/crossover segment. It had most other SUV segments covered, but was still coming up short. Then, in 2014, the curtain was raised and to our surprise sat the Lexus NX, an all-new SUV that was destined to slot below the RX and give Lexus the fighting chance it needed in the compact crossover segment. As a 2015 model, it went on sale in late 2014 and showcased the usual spindle grille and bold styling that’s normally associated with Toyota’s luxury arm. But, in a world where SUVs and Crossovers are very competitive, you’ve got to keep things fresh. That’s why we’re looking at the model you see here, a refreshed NX with all of the bells and whistles that’ll keep it relevant for the next few years. Highlights include new headlights and taillights, an updated grille with new mesh, an all-new front fascia with larger corner vents and longer LED fog lights and running lights, and some minor updates inside to help keep things fresh there, too.

The interior can now be equipped with a 10.3-inch infotainment display. It’s an option you’ll have to pay for, but is a big deal considering you can only upgrade to a seven-inch unit in the current model. There’s a revamped HVAC control console that is more ergonomic while the analog clock grows a little bit for 2018 and can now adjust to different time zones automatically. Most controls and switches inside now feature a metallic satin finish, providing a more premium look while the touch interface pad has been enlarged a bit for easier use. Finally, the USB ports have been repositioned, and the wireless charging tray has grown because it’s all about cell phones the size of bricks these days, right?

There are some other minor changes to discuss, so keep reading to learn more about that.

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Cosmetic Improvements Put The Spotlight On The Lexus NX Sport

Cosmetic Improvements Put The Spotlight On The Lexus NX Sport

Care for some blacked-out panels on your Lexus NX?

The Lexus NX Sport has arrived at the 2016 Paris Motor Show and just like the Lexus CT and IS before it, the NX comes to the event wearing the “Sport” trim. Lexus touts the NX Sport trim as a unique variant of its crossover model, largely because of the exterior and interior modifications the model has been given to showcase a more aggressive side to the NX. In a nutshell, it’s still an NX, but it’s a sportier and more menacing looking NX that comes with an inherent confidence about itself.

Subtle cosmetic upgrades is the name of the game with the NX Sport. The exterior, for instance, gets a blacked-out front spindle grille and grille frame, which strikes a far more imposing visual appeal than its chrome counterpart. The crossover’s mirror housings have also been finished in black, and the special set of 18-inch black alloy wheels finish off the exterior additions to the NX’s makeup. Move inside the cabin of the NX and you’ll be greeted with a few silver inserts and a leather upholstery that can be dressed in either black or a unique fabric that Lexus is exclusively offering for the Sport trim.

The Sport trim will be available for both the NX 200t and the NX 300h. Current owners of either variant can also oder the Sport package if they so desire. Just don’t expect anything more than the promised upgrades on the exterior and interior. The Lexus NX Sport is all about the giving the NX a fresher and sportier look, both in the body and in the cabin. Nothing more, nothing less.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.

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2016 Lexus NX200t – Driven

2016 Lexus NX200t – Driven

The crossover craze has hit nearly every automaker without prejudice, including Toyota’s luxury brand. Lexus first joined the party back in 1999 with the mid-size RX. After nearly two decades worth of outstanding success, Lexus expanded its crossover segment in 2015 with the NX. This compact crossover now acts as the brand’s entry level SUV, aimed at a younger and marginally less affluent audience. The NX still carries that Lexus look and feel. Its sharp angles and large Spindle grille makes it stand out from the luxury crowd.

Since its launch, the NX has come in two forms: the NX200t with its turbocharged four-cylinder, and the NX300h with its hybrid powertrain borrowed from the Toyota Camry. Both can be had with and without Lexus’ F Sport handling and appearance package. What you see here is the NX200t dressed in its standard, non-F Sport form. That means the Spindle grille is actually toned down a bit, its interior is slightly subtler, and its suspension gives a cushier ride.

Naysayers of the NX will call it a glorified Toyota RAV4. While that may be true to a point, the NX only shared is basic structure and wheelbase with the Toyota. Unique suspension set-ups, wheel and tire combinations, powertrains, and of course styling make the NX its own machine. Having driven both the NX and RAV4 nearly back-to-back, I can vouch for the NX’s more Lexus-like ride. The Lexus simply feels more premium.

So what’s the 2016 Lexus NX200t like to live with? Keep reading to find out.

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Lexus NX Gets Ice Wheels

Lexus has been making a name for itself as one of those companies that does some pretty outlandish things. Let’s face it, it designed that weird electroluminescent paint that picks up and pulses with a driver’s heartbeat, then there is the Lexus hoverboard, and let’s not forget about the laser and sound show they put together with will-i-am. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, Lexus decided to take it one step further. This time, the company put a Lexus NX on wheels made of ice.

Go ahead and read that last sentence again, I really did say the automaker put a NX crossover on ice. Lexus didn’t do the deed all by itself, though. It enlisted the help of Hamilton Ice Sculptors to sculpt and create four special wheels made primarily of ice and a couple of other compounds to help the ice support the weight of the two-ton NX.

In the end, it took three months of research, design and testing before the project was complete. And, that Lexus NX had to be stored for almost a week at -30°C (-22°F,) before taking to the street of its “ice-wheel run.” We don’t know how long the car was actually driven, but it did take to the streets of London, looking like it had just emerged from the coldest icebox imaginable. Check out the two linked videos for yourself, it is pretty cool to see. Those blue LED lights give a bit flair to the already interesting project.

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will-i-am And Lexus Create A Laser And Sound Spectacular

Lexus has been at the forefront of weird technology that doesn’t directly relate to cars lately. From the first working hoverboard to the electroluminescent paint that pulses in time with the driver’s heartbeat, Toyota’s luxury division certainly has a knack for publicity stunts that make you say “huh.” The latest of these was done with the help of will.i.am, for a performance of sorts of a remixed version of his song #thatPOWER, and you’d be forgiven for thinking it was fundraiser to finally get some proper use of punctuation and capitalization.

Lexus Europe got the use of an airstrip in Spain and brought three 2015 Lexus NXs and stunt drivers. A series of motion-sensing lights and lasers were set up, and the aim was for the stunt drivers to hit the lights in time with the music. Failing to hit the points at exactly the right time would cause the whole system to restart. In essence, this is a giant game of Rock Band with cars, and where will.i.am is also riding along with you and making fun of you when you don’t get it right. What it accomplishes is less clear, but it’s entertaining to watch.
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2015 Lexus NX will.i.am Special Edition

Lexus and culture icon will.i.am have teamed up to create a one-off, special-edition of the all-new Lexus NX crossover. Complete with a wide-body kit, 22-inch wheels, and loads of interior adornments, the team debuted the crossover September 24, 2014 as part of the Paris Fashion Week.

The standard 2015 Lexus NX 200T F Sport takes on a new look thanks to the extra-wide fenders from the wide-body kit. A lowered suspension helps those 22-inch wheels fit nicely under the bodywork that’s coated in monochrome, matte Pearl White paint. The white hue is offset by the black panoramic glass roof and orange brake calipers.

The monochrome color scheme continues inside the customized NX. The leather seats get will.i.am treatment with his “willpower” logo embroidered on the seatbacks. Will.i.am pumped up the audio system, going with a 10-speaker setup from Pioneer. A unique camera system employs four 180-degree, wide-angle cameras that capture videos and photos in panoramic form. The images are then transferable to a smart device via Bluetooth.

Other bespoke touches include a unique steering wheel and brushed aluminum floor mats.

Lexus and will.i.am left the NX 200T F Sport’s drivetrain alone. That means it still utilizes Lexus’ all-new, 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder. With an innovative turbo-on-head design, turbo lag is nearly eliminated. That helps the engine produce 235 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 258 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm.

The collaboration between the automaker and will.i.am helps kick off a marketing campaign for the Lexus NX.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lexus NX Will.i.am Special Edition.

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2015 Lexus NX F Sport By TRD

Lexus has come a long way with its reinvention. It’s done a great job at establishing an identity of its own and has succeeded in stepping out of the enormous shadow of Toyota. The new Lexus NX is a great example of that, but even this new SUV needs some upgrades. That’s where Toyota Racing Development (TRD) comes into the picture. Toyota’s in-house performance team has a bunch of new accessories for the Lexus NX. It’s not going to take a lot to add more aggression to the already-menacing look of the NX, but at least TRD is giving us the option to do so if we wanted.

It’s a pretty comprehensive kit that provides an impressive visual upgrade to the NX, especially the SUV’s F Sport variant. That’s not really a tall order considering the aggressive look the NX already has, but adding some upgrades here and there does help out a bit.

The new NX F Sport TRD kit is available for either the NX 200t or the NX 300h. Unfortunately, however, it looks like this kit is offered exclusively in Japan.

We’re holding out hope that Lexus brings the TRD kit to the US, but only if it costs less than what it’s going for in Japan. $8,000 for a pretty simple TRD kit isn’t a purchase we’re inclined to make anytime soon.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lexus NX By TRD.

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2015 Lexus NX - First Drive

2015 Lexus NX - First Drive

Lexus has dominated the midsize luxury crossover market since its RX lineup debuted back in 1998. Its small size, fuel-efficient engines, and long list of luxurious amenities make the RX a hot seller. In 2013 alone, the RX sold over 103,000 units within the U.S. Lexus seems bent on gaining even more sales and growing its SUV lineup by offering a completely new product, the NX. Smaller than the RX and with striking features inside and out, the NX is poised to further solidify Lexus’ position as a luxury leader. The NX is all-new for 2015 and comes with two available powerplants, front- and all-wheel-drive, and room for five. Two separate models — the 200t and 300h — offer a wide range of choices and additional packages for customers looking to buy that just-right crossover.

Lexus says it only plans on selling roughly 36,000 units per year within the States, but if the RX and other crossover sales have any indication, the NX will easily surpass Lexus’ conservative estimates. The NX is also going global, selling in more than 80 markets worldwide. And while the official pricing hasn’t been released, the NX is estimated to undercut the RX’s price by some $5,000, meaning it will start in the mid-$30,000 range.

I recently spent some time behind the wheel of the new 2015 Lexus NX in the rolling hills of Nashville, Tennessee. What I discovered was a competent-handling, fun-to-drive vehicle that makes the trade-offs of owning an SUV less impactful, while still retaining all the benefits of a utilitarian crossover.

Click past the jump for the full review of the all-new 2015 Lexus NX

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Lexus Considering New Crossover Placed Under the NX

Lexus Considering New Crossover Placed Under the NX

We haven’t been shy about the vehicles we admire here on Topspeed. The Lexus NX midsize SUV falls into that list. The arrival of the NX has given Lexus a model to compete against the likes of the BMW X3 and the Audi Q5. But if the company really wants to make a statement, a smaller version of the NX should be on the horizon, right?

Lexus Europe Vice President Alain Uyttenhoven spoke with Autocar about the possibility of a smaller Lexus SUV. He wasn’t totally open but he also didn’t shoot it down, leaving us hanging with nail-biting phrases like “not impossible” and “makes sense”.

The man clearly knows how to evade leading questions, even if it comes at our unfortunate expense. But if you read between the lines, there is reason to be optimistic. For one, Uyttenhoven didn’t completely deny the possibility of a smaller, NX-based SUV. We’re going to take that as a sign that Lexus could be considering such a model in the future. For now, that’s a "win" in our book

Lexus does have a real gem in the NX SUV, and If it can use that as a basis for a smaller version, there will be no shortage of competitors sweating out the model’s arrival. Models like the BMW X1, the Audi Q3, and the Mercedes-Benz GLA should all be worried if Lexus does release a competing model.

The ball, it seems, is in Lexus’ court. What it does with it could change the landscape of the luxury, compact SUV segment.

Note: Lexus NX pictured here.

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2015 Lexus NX

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.

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Spy Shots: Lexus NX Mule Caught Testing for the First Time

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.

The new model - trademarked as the NX - will be sit under the current RX crossover and will be Lexus’ response to other small luxury SUVs, like the Audi Q3 and the 2015 Mercedes GLA.

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.

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