Lexus NX revealed ahead of Beijing Motor Show debut

Lexus NXLexus has revealed its new NX compact crossover, a model with which it hopes to take on the top-selling Range Rover Evoque and Audi Q3.

The new Lexus NX will make its public debut at the Beijing Motor Show on 20 April.

An evolution of the shocking Lexus LF-NX Concept shown at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, the NX is much less divisive, albeit still standout: the firm has used a bold theme of sharp creases to help it challenge other strong designs in this style-led sector.

There are some neat details, including a bolder-than-ever Lexus spindle grille, LED headlights and a new type of doorhandle with integrated key barrel and built in lighting.

Lexus says the edgy look means it “will stand as a hero model, setting new standards for future Lexus models”.

As for who it’s aimed at, Lexus is targeting “young, urban drivers with active lifestyles who want premium products” said NX chief engineer Takeaki Kato. Aren’t they all.

Lexus NX: interior

Lexus NXThis is our first look at the Lexus NX interior: pleasingly, Lexus has gone for the same sporty themes used in its IS compact saloon. The NX F Sport pictured in the release images is particularly striking, with a black colourscheme punctuated by red leather and metal-effect trim, cockpit-like architecture and a small, racy steering wheel.

Interesting new technology will be offered inside, too:

  • Wireless charging tray
  • New generation Lexus Remote Touch Interface (with touchpad)
  • Head up display
  • Panoramic View Monitor
  • Multi-function display with G sensor and boost meter

Lexus NX: engines

Lexus NX

Lexus has also confirmed engines for the new NX crossover, all offering front- or four-wheel drive. All-petrol, they include the NX 300h hybrid, a new NX 200t turbo and an entry-level non-turbo NX 200.

UK engine choices are to be confirmed but it’s certain we’ll get the NX 300h, possible we’ll get the NX 200t but unlikely we will be given the NX 200: it would struggle against predominately diesel rivals.

The new Lexus NX will go on sale “towards the end of the year”, says Lexus: prior to its reveal at the Beijing Motor Show, we’re keen to know what you think. Will you be trading in the Evoque or Q3 for one?

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