All new Lexus NX goes on sale

Lexus launches NX with three engine line up

Reuben Van Niekerk
New model
Lexus NX

The new Lexus NX signals a fresh chapter for Lexus, with new directions in design, powertrains and dynamic handling that ensure a more rewarding and connected driving experience. Next generation multimedia and connectivity coupled with the application of advanced technologies ensures higher levels of safety, comfort, and convenience.

The new NX is the next step for a model that has been very successful for Lexus and demonstrates major advances in performance, handling and efficiency in a vehicle that is 95 percent brand new.

Giving customers a broad appeal is the fact that the new Lexus NX is offered with no less than three different powertrains along with three grades including an F Sport option on the hybrid model for the first time.

New design direction

The new NX marks a significant evolution of Lexus design that expresses a more sophisticated, dynamic, and mature appearance while conveying a muscular demeanour.

The NX displays balanced, strong proportions with road-gripping stance. Upfront the Lexus spindle grille is set more upright and is more subtly framed. Wider front and rear tracks contribute to the more agile and powerful look, with a long, sleek bonnet, short overhangs and wheel arches that can accommodate the large diameter, 20-inch wheels. At the rear distinctive new features include Lexus blade lighting that spans the width of the tailgate and the use of the Lexus name in place of the emblem, creating a more modern and simpler look.

Inside story

The NX is the first model to feature Lexus’ Tazuna cockpit design and it is focused on giving the driver direct, intuitive vehicle control, following the principle of hands on the wheel, eyes on the road. The cockpit space curves round from the driver’s door to the centre console with the multimedia screen, multi-information display, combimeter and heads up display grouped in a unified area where they can be read with minimal eye or head movement. Controls such as the starter button, shift lever, air conditioning controls and drive mode selector are set on the same plan for easy and intuitive operation.

The new Lexus multimedia platform meets customer priorities for fast, intuitive on-board connectivity including via natural voice commands. The system features a 14-inch display that offers high-definition graphics in all lighting conditions.

Lexus NX SE and F Sport grades feature the e-latch electronic door release system which replaces the familiar internal door handle with a push-button switch next to the arm rest in the door panel, operated in a single, smooth movement. Safe exit links e-latch to the NX’s Blind Spot Monitor, providing a warning if there is any risk of opening a door into the path of a vehicle or cyclist approaching from the rear and cancelling the action if necessary to avoid a collision.

Exterior dimensions have increased in all directions which ensures optimum packaging, with more usable space for rear seat passengers.

Three powertrains to choose from

The NX 350h utilises the brands fourth-generation hybrid technology and pairs two electric motors and an all-new lithium-ion battery pack with a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine, resulting in a combined power output of 179kW while using just 5,0 litres per 100 kilometres. The NX hybrid is fitted with the latest version of Lexus E-CVT, an intelligent CVT that has an infinite number of gear ratios at its disposal. The transmission monitors factors such as vehicle speed, road conditions and driver input to operate the engine at its most efficient speed to either propel the car or charge the batteries.

The NX250 is equipped with a smooth, direct injected 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine that offers 152kW and 243Nm while using 7,1 litres per 100km.

The NX350 is powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that boasts 205kW and 430Nm resulting in an impressive 0-100km/h sprint time of 7 seconds, while using a respectable 8,1 litres per 100km on the combined cycle.

The NX rides on the Lexus Global Architecture K platform that features a lower centre of gravity, an increase in front and rear tracks and improved front to rear weight balance as well as a new suspension design which benefits the car’s handling and driving experience.

In South Africa NX models come standard with the motor-driven AWD E-Four system incorporated onto the rear transaxle. This system aids with improved torque delivery to the rear wheels.

The latest in safety

The Lexus NX is fitted with the latest in safety technology including Intersection Turn Assist, Emergency Steering Assist, a Pre-Collision system. Parking brake support, blind spot monitor and Lane Tracing Assist.

Extensive model line up

All models in the NX line up feature a high level of standard specification. The NX250 is available exclusively in EX grade while the EX350 is available in range a topping F-Sport derivative. The Hybrid model is available in EX, SE, and F Sport derivatives.

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