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2020 Lexus NX300 Black Line Special Edition

2020 Lexus NX300 Black Line Special Edition

If bronze is your thing, you’re going to want in on this bling

The Lexus NX is one of the most aggressively designed crossovers in its segment. It’s also going on its sixth year in production. At some point, the NX’s dynamic design will wear off, and Lexus will need to do something fresh to inject some excitement back to the NX nameplate. Give credit to Lexus, then, because that’s exactly what it’s doing.

For the second time this year, Toyota’s premium car brand will roll out a Black Line Edition for the NX crossover. The new Black Line Edition is based on the NX300 trim of the popular crossover. It mostly features aesthetic and visual upgrades to the exterior and interior, including one specific highlight that brings all these details together in one impressive special edition design package. Only 2,000 units of the 2020 NX300 Black Line Edition will be built. Each model will carry a starting price of $45,735. That price tag could go up to $47,135 if you eschew the front-wheel drive version in favor of the all-wheel drive model.

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2019 Lexus NX F SPORT Black Line Edition

2019 Lexus NX F SPORT Black Line Edition

Oodles of equipment as standard, plus unique styling to boot

The compact luxury crossover segment is no cakewalk, with huge competition pouring in from just about every corner of the globe. However, Lexus looks as though it’s holding its own here thanks to the NX. Now, the L badge is polishing up a new limited edition of the five-door and calling it the F Sport Black Line, loading it up with all the trimmings for sharper styling and a nicer experience in the cabin.

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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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2015 Lexus NX will.i.am Special Edition

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

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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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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