The Lexus LF-NX concept was first introduced three years ago in 2013, and since then it has developed into a worldwide phenomenon. Taking a look back at the journey from concept to car, it is impossible not to see exactly why it is so special.
Revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2013, the LF-NX turned more than just a few heads with its dynamic styling, bold Lexus spindle grille and captivating front and rear LED lights. But this new style direction was only one part of why it was so special; it was also the brand’s first venture into the design of a premium, compact SUV model.
The NX 300h soon followed the concept, bringing dreams into an even better reality. Although sharp, the lines captured a fluidity inspired by the delicacy of molten metal and the front LED triple-projector headlights were translated perfectly from the dynamic concept. That it used the latest full hybrid drivetrain, capable of 54.3 combined mpg, was just the icing on the cake.
Next came the NX 200t, a new 2.0-litre petrol engine ready and waiting to deliver 238 DIN hp of turbocharged exhilaration. The distinctive twin aluminium exhaust tips were inspired by those on luxury motorcycles, and it features electronically controlled all-wheel drive, plus an extremely responsive six-speed automatic transmission, certainly the most exciting NX yet.
Then the F Sport range came to add power to an already dynamic model, adding muscle and sporty details as well as an exclusively fine-tuned engine to raise the hairs on your neck. The ‘F’ stands for Fuji Speedway, the place that every high-performance F model is tested to perfection by our expert drivers. Distinctive styling features like the spindle grille with ‘mesh’ inserts and aerodynamic fins on the lower front spoiler sets this exclusive model apart from the rest.
The NX then played a particularly unique role in the Lexus Ice Wheels project, a fusion of art and engineering with phenomenal results. The genuine NX wheels and tyres were laser scanned and then replicated with computer design and numerical control techniques, before being meticulously hand crafted to Lexus standard. Three months of research, design and testing later, the NX made its debut down a London road, in-wheel LED lighting adding just the right touch of dramatic flair.
The NX’s journey has been long and exciting, fulfilling Lexus’s ideology of ‘creating amazing’ every step of the way. The only question now is, what next for the Lexus NX? Discover the beauty of the NX now and visit your local Lexus Centre today for more details.