Lexus NX now on sale
Lexus’ long awaited entry into the premium crossover segment has finally arrived in the form of the rather polarising NX.
First shown as the concept LF-NX at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, but with its looks toned down significantly for mass production, the NX is based on a revised Toyota RAV4 platform and is also the first to feature a turbocharged petrol engine that is expected to eventually replace the bigger normally aspirated engine in some of its other models.
Consisting out of four models, the NX debuts with the option of the aforementioned forced induction engine, displacing 2.0-litres and badged as the NX200t, and a 2.5-litre normally aspirated unit mated with an electric motor to form the NX300h.
Available in three spec levels; E, EX and F-Sport, the NX200t produces 175 kW and 350 N.m of torque with power being send to all four-wheels via six-speed automatic gearbox. Performance figures includes a 0-100 km/h sprint in 7.1 seconds and a top speed of 200 km/h. Lexus claims a combined fuel consumption of 7.9 L/100 km and emissions at 184 g/km.
Only available in mid-range EX spec, the NX300h churns out a combined output of 145 kW and 210 N.m of torque once again channel through all-four wheels but via a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). Top speed is rated at 180 km/h, 0-100 km/h in 9.2 seconds and fuel consumption at 6.0 L/100 km with emissions at 140 g/km.
Standard spec is typical Lexus with the base E featuring dual-zone climate control, LED daytime running lights, eight speaker premium sound system with USB/Aux and Bluetooth, electric windows all round, cruise control, keyless entry, push button start, leather wrapped electrically adjustable steering column, auto levelling headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels, seven airbags, auto lock/unlock doors, ABS with EBD, Brake Assist, Vehicle Stability Control, Hill Start Assist and Traction Control.
Moving one up, the EX adds rain-sensing wipers, front heated seats, 10 speaker premium sound system, reverse camera with parking sensors, touch screen infotainment system with Satellite Navigation and Voice Control, heated and retractable mirrors and 18-inch alloy wheels.
Sitting at the top of the range, the F-Sport includes revised suspension, black mirrors, F-Sport mesh grille bodykit and badging on the seats and gearlever, electrically adjustable seats with two-position memory setting, wireless door locking and 18-inch F-Sport alloy wheels.
A four year / 100 000 km service plan is standard on all models.
2015 LEXUS NX MODELS AND PRICES
|NX200t E||175 kW / 350 N.m||R539 900|
|NX200t EX||175 kW / 350 N.m||R579 900|
|NX200t F-Sport||175 kW / 350 N.m||R659 900|
|NX300h EX||145 kW / 210 N.m||R633 000|
IMAGE sourced from www.lexus.co.za
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