The 2015 Lexus NX is an all-new model and the first Lexus entry into the fast-growing luxury compact SUV segment, where demand in the global market has grown seven-fold in the past seven years. The NX features sharp, emotional styling, nimble performance and surprising interior space in a compact design to appeal to Canadian luxury drivers with active, urban lifestyles. Equipped with all-wheel-drive NX is offered with a choice of two power trains, tuned to achieve a balance of fuel efficiency, enjoyable acceleration and agile driving: A Lexus-first 2.0-litre turbo gasoline engine, matched to a newly developed six-speed automatic transmission, Whilst, the NX 300h features a Lexus Hybrid Drive built around a 2.5-litre Atkinson cycle gasoline engine, mated to a new continuously variable transmission with a unique kick-down feature for greater acceleration.
The sharply styled NX features the boldest interpretation yet of the signature Lexus spindle grille as the centrepiece of an external design intended to appear as if it was cast from one piece of metal. The NX features an impressive package of on-board technology, including:
The NX 300h is the first Lexus to feature a kick-down function for acceleration, and a hybrid battery split into two separate pods for better weight distribution and use of space within the vehicle. Available F SPORT editions feature more aggressive and sportier design with numerous F SPORT-exclusive details such as: 2.0-litre turbocharged gasoline engine with water-cooled cylinder head and integrated exhaust manifold and twin scroll turbo charger, Pull-type outside door handles with illumination and hidden cylinder, New touch pad type Remote Touch Interface with vibration feedback.
Styling wise, the NX features a prominent Lexus spindle grille and new LED headlamps , sharply raked tailgate and integral spoiler, punctuated by the signature Lexus L-shaped lamp clusters featuring seamless LED lighting. Meanwhile, 17-inch aluminium alloy wheels and available 18-inch wheels that feature high gloss surfaces.
Interior styling combines the structural character of a high-performance machine with materials and textures that provide luxury and functionality such as: a centre silver frame strongly embedded into the instrument panel to symbolise the strength of this luxury compact SUV, Leather-wrapped metal over high-contrast metallic colours achieve visual depth and emotional appeal, Dashboard meters and the analogue clock – a Lexus feature – have a surface texture that gives the impression of sculpted metal.
All Lexus NX models are equipped with all-wheel-drive comprising: the efficient Lexus E-Four system which uses an electric motor to drive the rear axle when required. Optimum grip, control and agility results from innovations including a pre-loaded front differential and yaw rate feedback control. The NX 200t features Dynamic Torque Control AWD, which instantly varies front and rear torque split between 50:50 and 100:0 for optimum traction and fuel efficiency.
The Lexus-first feature of a pre-loaded front differential ensures straight line stability and acceleration performance when the differential is under light loads and when there is a low speed difference between the left and right wheels during cornering.
Full Canadian pricing is to be announced.