Lexus is set to debut on April 20 the NX, its first-ever compact luxury crossover and first-ever turbocharged, gasoline-engine model, at the 2014 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition.
The Japanese luxury carmaker said in a press release that the NX, which slots below the larger RX crossover, will be available in four variants: the naturally-aspirated, four-cylinder NX 200; the 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder NX 200t and NX 200t F SPORT; and the NX 300h hybrid. Lexus said it would be available in either two- or four-wheel-drive.
The NX’s design is based on the LF-NX concept car that debuted at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. It has a very edgy front end, much like the IS sedan, incorporating Lexus’s ‘spindle grille,’ full light-emitting diode (LED) headlights and swoosh-shaped LED daytime running lights. The front bumper also has distinctive creases that run down to the fog lights.
The rest of the NX’s exterior is less angular, with a simpler side profile and rear end, which is accentuated by the L-shaped, LED brake lights. The NX has low, wide stance for a crossover with its flared wheel arches, making room for standard 17-inch alloy wheels, with the option of 18-inch rims.
The interior is also inspired by Lexus’s smaller cars, combining hard metallic elements – particularly the trims on the center console and the doors – with soft-touch materials. There are also knee pads at the bottom of the center console to support the driver and passenger’s legs.
The NX is the first model to feature a Wireless Charging Tray for smart phones and the first model with a touchpad for the company’s Remote Touch Interface (the one for the IS is a clickable joystick). The crossover will also be available with: a comprehensive Multi- information Display, including a G-sensor and boost meter;a Heads-Up Display;an All-speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
The Lexus NX is expected to have dimensions close to the LF-NX concept, which measures 4,641 mm. long and has a 2,700-mm. wheelbase. This puts the NX in the same category as the BMW X1, which is 4,458 mm. long with a 2,761 mm. wheelbase, and the Mercedes-Benz GLA, which is 4,417 mm. long with a 2,700 mm. wheelbase.