Lexus has released prices and specs for it’s first foray into the mid-range crossover market – the NX – priced from £29,495.
The little brother to the RX will debut as a hybrid only in 300h form when first cars are delivered in October this year, with the 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol 200t arriving at some point in 2015.
The standard, confusingly named, 300h S is two-wheel-drive, and powered by a 2.5-litre petrol-hybrid motor.
Added to the electric motor the 300h will produce 195 bhp and Lexus claim an impressive 54 mpg and frugal 120g/km of CO2.
When it goes on sale the 200t will produce 235 bhp and 258 lb ft of torque and will be the engine’s debut.
Strangely, no mention has been made of a diesel NX, with oil-burners being the strongest sellers in the segment Lexus will be hoping the hybrid option offsets it’s competitors more frugal options.
Underneath Lexus claim the visually striking NX has been engineered for “agile” driving, so don’t expect to be scaling mountains.
Outside the new, upright grilled, face of Lexus has been grafted on from the IS along with big flared arches and protruding brake-lights you’re not going to be missed in a crowd.
The crossover made it’s debut at Beijing this year as a fully road-ready model and will be available in five trim levels S, SE, Luxury F Sport and Premier.
The standard S comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, LED low-beam headlights and daytime running lights, Pre-Crash Safety system and Adaptive Cruise Control, Dual zone climate control, Eight-speaker audio system, Lexus Media Display with Remote Touch controller, DAB digital radio, 60/40 folding rear seats, Electric, folding door mirrors, Drive Mode Select, Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management, Hill Assist Control, Eight airbags, USB multimedia port, Remote double door locking and Speed-sensitive automatic door locking.
Upgrading to the £31,495 SE adds All-wheel drive, Integrated roof rails, 18-inch alloys, Rain-sensing wipers, Heated front seats and Towing capacity.
Another £3,000 for the Luxury NX will bring LED fog lamps, Rear privacy glass, Heated electrically adjustable front seats, Silver trim inserts and scuff plates, Parking sensors, Auto-dimming rear-view mirror and Smart Entry.
The £36,995 NX 300h F Sport adds 18-inch alloys with two-tone finish, Headlights with LED high and low beam functions, F Sport heated electric front seats with lumbar support, F Sport suspension with performance dampers, Electric steering column adjustment, Power tailgate and Wireless smartphone charger.
The top of the range Premier NX, costing £42,995, will get you 18-inch alloys with “dedicated” design, Headlights with LED high and low beam functions, Auto-dimming door mirrors, Heated and ventilated front seats with lumbar support, Driver’s seat position memory, Mark Levinson audio system, Card key, Lexus Premium Navigation, 360-degree panoramic view – with cameras providing an all-round view to the touchscreen in the cabin – Automatic high beam, Lane Keep Assist, Head-up Display, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and a Heated steering wheel.