Lexus takes the wraps off NX crossover

Lexus announced full details its new Range Rover Evoque-rivaling NX crossover, due on sale in the UK in October this year.

Two versions will be available: the hybrid NX 300h, powered by a 2.5-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine and electric motor, producing 195bhp with projected fuel economy and Co2 emissions of 54.3mpg and less than 120g/km; the NX 200t, the first car to use Lexus’s new 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, putting out 235bhp and 258lb/ft of torque. The 300h comes with front- or all-wheel-drive and a continuously variable automatic gearbox, the 200t with AWD only and a six-speed auto.

Lexus has gone it great lengths to ensure the NX handles as well as its competition, with a very stiff bodyshell and adaptive damping. Safety features strongly as well, with a 360 degree camera, adaptive cruise control and blind spot monitoring all available.

There is a choice of five trim levels, from S to Premium. The FWD-only NX 300h S comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, dual zone climate control, DAB digital radio and USB connectivity. At the top of the range, the Premium version get 18s, heated and ventilated front seats, leather upholstery, Mark Levinson stereo, premium sat nav, heated steering wheel and a head-up display, among much else.

Prices range from £29,495 to £42,995. The Nx 300h can be ordered now, with deliveries due to start in October. The NX 200t will be available early next year.

New Lexus NX to take on Range Rover Evoque and Audi Q5
New Lexus NX to take on Range Rover Evoque and Audi Q5

Hybrid-powered NX 300h predicted to return 54.3mpg
Hybrid-powered NX 300h predicted to return 54.3mpg

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