2015 Lexus NX 200t & NX 300h Hybrid
The 2015 Lexus NX, a new compact crossover, will start the battle within the CUV market niche after its debut at the Beijing Auto Show. After a couple of concepts and promotional videos, the 2015 Lexus NX comes as NX 200t and NX 300t hybrid. Its specs are great, as everyone expected, but its appearance may introduce some surprises. The new Lexus’ compact crossover may be a little bit late, since there are really big names which already took their shares of this growing market segment. However, the 2015 Lexus NX is a CUV which is made by one of the biggest automakers in the world and the mere name Lexus grants a certain degree of quality. As we know, Lexus is Toyota’s premium brand, and since these two brands are related, the 2015 Lexus NX will probably have the same platform as the 2015 Toyota RAV4 crossover. With this crossover Lexus should attract younger audience, because it won’t look conventional and conservative like other Lexus models may seem to be. This CUV will be entertaining, good-looking and thanks to its performance, time spent behind its steering wheel will be very enjoyable.
2015 Lexus NX Exterior And Features
The manufacturer had to bear in mind the 2015 Lexus NX will compete with the most prominent engineering specimens, such as 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, 2015 Lincoln MKC, 2015 BMW X1, 2015 Infiniti QX50, 2015 Acura RDX, and 2015 Audi Q3 — so they created the exterior with curves and lines which make an exception of the traditional design. This teaser image is released to ignite the curiosity before the Beijing Auto Show. Other pictures show the 2013 LX-NX concept, which is the origin of the modern NX design. Of course, the appearance of this CUV is heavily based on the Lexus design language, but some styling tweaks and details made it look more dynamic and sporty. The distinctive Lexus grille will dominate the front-end where LED daytime-running lights, headlights and sharper fascia lines will express the competitive spirit this crossover has. We have to wait for the premiere, but it seems that they made a perfect balance between the Lexus heritage and new, more attractive details, so the 2015 Lexus NX may really become one of the most important players at the compact luxury crossover market. Since the 2015 NX has to prove that it belongs to the luxury stratum, it will have heated power mirrors, dual-zone climate control, great smartphone connectivity, tilt-telescopic steering wheel with controls mounted on it, 12V power outlets and a lot more.
Powertrain Of 2015 Lexus NX 200t — 2015 Lexus NX 300h Hybrid
The 2015 Lexus NX, like we already said, comes in two versions. The 2015 NX 200t will have a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine, which can generate 240 horsepower. It will be paired with eight-speed shiftable automatic gearbox, which will transmit the engine’s power to the front wheels. The 2015 Lexus NX 300h hybrid is powered by a 2.5-liter inline-four Atkinson cycle engine and an electric motor. The hybrid setup is practically the same as the one used in the Lexus ES 300h. It will, of course, have a continuously variable transmission. The Lexus NX will have superb handling thanks to various systems which actively improve its behavior on the road. It is equipped with all-wheel ABS, electric power steering, traction and stability control, electronic brakeforce distribution, ventilated front- and solid rear-disc brakes etc.
2015 Lexus NX Price And Release Date
Some estimations on the 2015 Lexus NX price say that it will be around $30,000 for the base model, while the top-trim hybrid model may cost up to $48,000. As for the release, this crossover will hit the showrooms this fall.