The NX will mark Lexus’ entry into the mid-size crossover/SUV market and targets customers new to the brand with sharp, edgy styling. Both in terms of its striking design and its use of high-end technologies, it will stand as a hero model, setting new standards for future Lexus models.
The NX has been designed to look as though it is has been cast from a single piece of metal. Strong, flared wheel arches house 17-inch or 18-inch wheels, giving the car a crouching, muscular stance. Lexus’s signature spindle grille is the central focus of the NX’s angular shape, reinforced by LED headlamps and daytime running lights. The grille blends seamlessly into a sculpted bonnet, creating strongly contrasting surfacing that projects a sense of depth.
The side profile is instantly recognisable as a Lexus, accentuated by a roofline that’s set towards the rear of the vehicle to give maximum visual impact. Details include an innovative door mirror design and a world-first door handle mechanism with a concealed key barrel and integrated lighting. These features enhance the overall premium look by creating a smooth finish along the side of the car.
The rear is punctuated by Lexus’ L-shape combination lamps, fitted with seamless LED lighting. The bodywork design echoes the spindle grille treatment at the front.
Lexus aims to bring a sense of excitement to the NX’s cabin with a design more like a sports car interior, complimenting the angular bodywork.
Three powertrains will feature in the NX range: a highly efficient petrol-electric hybrid in the NX 300h, a Lexus-first 2.0-litre turbo-petrol in the NX 200t and a naturally aspirated petrol unit in the NX 200. Each will offer the choice of front- and all-wheel-drive.
Innovative on-board technologies include a Lexus-first wireless charging tray for portable devices, a new iteration of the Lexus Remote Touch Interface with a touch-pad control, a Panoramic View Monitor and a comprehensive multi-information display with a Lexus-first G-sensor and boost meter. The NX will also offer a head-up display, Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.