When Toyota released the Lexus RX almost a decade ago, Australia waited with bated breath to see the next smaller size compact crossover. However Toyota chose to wait for long to release the next offering in the crossover segment. And when it did schedule to release the Lexus NX in the last quarter of 2014, it does seem worth the wait! Our first look review reveals the below insights about the car –
Looks – The radical look is bolstered by the oversized spindle grille and edgy lines throughout the contours of the body. For people who want car styling that screams ‘different’ from over the top, they would find themselves at home in the Lexus NX. The interiors too have retained the sporty look with the seats lower than other crossovers to improve road connection and increase headroom. The back seats have comfortable leg room and are preceded by a huge boot space that makes family outings a pleasure. The rear also sports a flat look similar to the bigger Lexus RX
Performance – Toyota has released this model in two variants – NX 200t (235hp, turbocharged, 2.0 ltr, 4 cylinder) and NX 300h (194hp, hybrid, 2.0 ltr, 4 cylinder). Both variants come in 2WD or 4WD versions. The 6-speed automatic transmission provides a refined drive experience. Its claimed 0-100km/h stood at 7.1 sec; fairly fast for an SUV. Lexus also mentions the fuel economy under 8.0L/100km. With such attractive specs and a stylised look, it is definitely the car to look forward to in late 2014.
Features – The NX is the first Lexus and will be the second Australian car to offer a wireless mobile charging system. It also offers the Lexus Remote Touch interface suite complete with touchpad like capabilities.
Price – The Australian arrival will be some time in October 2014 after the US release. Estimates range from $40000 to $55000 .
Specs sheet from Lexus –
Engine: Petrol – 2.0 turbo petrol / 2.5 hybrid petrol
Transmission: 6-speed auto / Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) auto
Consumption: 8.0L/100km / 5.7L/100km
0 to 100km/h: 7.1 seconds / 9.2 seconds