The Lexus NX crossover will go into battle with the Audi Q5 and BMW X3 later this year, with prices starting from a surprisingly reasonable £29,495.
And whilst we’re not expecting the entry-level NX 300h S to account for a fair chunk of Lexus NX sales in the UK, the fact that it creeps in under the £30,000 mark shouldn’t be underestimated. The Audi Q5 range starts at £31,370, with the BMW X3 kicking off at £30,865.
It’s the first time Lexus has offered a mid-size crossover and – as Nik Pearson, PR Manager for Lexus said on Twitter earlier today – “it’s the fastest growing segment in the world, so I guess we have to be there with a car”.
Pearson later announced that the NX is “forecast to be a key model for Lexus in Europe”, accounting for a third of all sales. No pressure, then?
The NX will launch in the UK this October, initially in the form of the hybrid NX 300h. Next year will see the release of the NX 200t, the first model to use Lexus’s new 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine.
Five equipment grades will be offered, starting with the two-wheel drive NX 300h S, which offers 17-inch alloy wheels, LED low-beam headlights, adaptive cruise control, dual zone climate control, DAB digital radio and Lexus Media Display as standard.
The all-wheel drive NX 300h SE adds 18-inch alloy wheels, rain-sensing wipers, heated front seats, integrated roof rails and a towing capacity of 1,500kg. Prices for this model – the cheapest all-wheel drive NX – start £31,495.
We’d expect the bulk of sales in the UK to come from the mid-range NX 300h Luxury and NX 300h F Sport, of which prices start at £34,495 and £36,995 respectively.
The Luxury boasts LED fog lights, rear privacy glass, heated front seats, silver trim inserts, parking sensors, auto-dimming rear-view mirror and keyless entry.
The F Sport goes even further, adding high-beam headlights, F Sport heated seats, F Sport suspension, a power tailgate and wireless smartphone charger.
For the ultimate indulgence, the NX 300h Premier will be offered for a cool £42,995. For this price, NX buyers are treated to bespoke 18-inch alloy wheels, premium sound system, satellite navigation, a host of safety features and a heated steering wheel.
The first cars are scheduled to arrive in October 2014 and order books are open now. Lexus will announce prices of the petrol-engined NX 200t later in the year and has confirmed it will be available exclusively with the F Sport trim.