First seen at the Beijing Motor Show in April 2014, the Lexus NX is the manufacturer’s new compact SUV, available with a variety of powerful yet frugal petrol-hybrid engines.
Together with its elegant, angular looks, outstanding ride quality, class-leading loadspace and wealth of sophisticated convenience and safety equipment, the NX is more than a match for any competitor in the premium crossover segment.
The new Lexus LS can be discovered in more detail and taken for a test drive at Jardine Motors Group dealerships in Cambridge, Ipswich and Tyne & Wear today.
The NX provides a supremely stable platform, with all specifications (with the exception of the entry-level 300h S) being equipped with all-wheel drive as well as myriad active safety measures to prevent any loss of control. The Pre-Crash Safety System and Adaptive Cruise Control is common to all models, with more highly-specified editions adding even more proactive features such as Lane Keep Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. The All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control ensures that you never find yourself too close to the rear of the road user in front – a feature particularly useful when negotiating congested traffic situations.If a collision should occur, however, eight airbags shield the vehicle's occupants from harm. A 360-degree panoramic parking camera, meanwhile, makes avoiding minor bumps and scrapes easier.
At 4630mm long and 1845mm wide, the NX is a vehicle of substantial size – and its authoritative road presence is further enhanced by the sculpted bodywork, gaping grille and menacing split headlights.
The styling at the rear of the vehicle is equally bold, with sharp LED lights and the rising angle of the car's underside contributing to its poised, aggressive look.
The superb ride quality familiar to Lexus drivers is enhanced even further by the Adaptive Variable Suspension, which makes damping more precise and reduces body roll to a minimum.
A spacious and driver-focused interior provides a high standard of comfort for five occupants. Electrically-powered rear seats can fold directly into the rear floor, contributing to the class-leading maximum loadspace, possible load length and legroom in the compact SUV class.
Dual-zone climate control is standard on all specifications, whilst the relaxing ambience of the vehicle is increased by a minimum of wind, road or engine noise. The dome lamp and map lamp flood the cabin with light, and are quick and intuitive to use thanks to capacitive touch switches.
Buyers of the NX will be able to choose between a hybrid engine or a 2.0 litre turbocharged unit.The former combines an Atkinson 2.5 litre, four-cylinder petrol unit with an electric motor fitted to the rear axle (two systems, one on the front axle and one on the rear, are available if the customer selects a four-wheel drive model).
A substantial combined power output of 195bhp results in an accomplished performance, while such energy-saving methods as regenerative braking and a selection of different driving modes further reduce combined fuel consumption and carbon emissions to 54.3mpg and 120g/km.Lexus' new petrol engine will be available from spring 2015.
While it is unlikely to match the fuel-saving and environmental credentials of the hybrid engine, its 235bhp and maximum torque of 350Nm at 1650-4000rpm ensure that it will offer a fine turn of pace. This unit will only be available on F Sport models equipped with four-wheel drive.Aside from its vigorous engine range, the NX supplies buyers with an eight-speaker sound systemand a DAB digital radio. The Lexus Media Display allows you to control your music selection, as well as navigation and communications functions, with the sophisticated touchpad's Remote Touch Interface. Notable options on higher-specification versions of the car include a wireless charging tray for smartphones and iPads and a “heads-up" display which shows you vital information such as speed, rpm and fuel consumption without having to check your instrument panel.
|Vehicle length||4630 mm / 182.3 in|
|Vehicle width||1875 mm / 72.6 in|
|Vehicle height||(unladen) 1645 mm / 64.8 in|
|Wheelbase||2660 mm / 104.7 in|
|Unladen weight (DIN)||TBC|
|Engine / Cylinders||2.5-litre/4|
|Engine Capacity||4969 cc|
|Max Power||145 kW @ 6000 rpm|