The Lexus NX is the smallest SUV in the Japanese carmaker’s SUV portfolio. The NX was introduced in 2014 and got a minor cosmetic update in 2017. The NX will make its way to India as a CBU and hence is expected to be priced a segment higher than its direct rivals.
The NX measures at 4.6×1.8×1.6m with a wheelbase of 2.6m. Appearance wise, the NX looks like a scaled down RX with its large spindle grille, sleek LED headlamps and flared wheel arches. The fascia is imposing in a typical Lexus fashion. The rear is stylish as well with high-placed LED tail lights and, cladded rear bumpers. The D-Pillar is raked to give the car a sportier stance, and the car sits on stylish 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels. There is a generous amount of chrome inserts all around the car. Lexus says that the crossover has an aerodynamic coefficient of 0.32.
On the inside, the cabin of the NX is subtle and stylish. The dashboard is functional and well laid out. The centre console is dominated by a large 10.3-inch screen which sits atop the squared air-con vents. The steering wheel and instrument binnacle is kept simple. The leather wrapped upholstery makes the car feel a lot more premium.
When introduced in India, we expect the NX to have a hybrid powertrain similar to the larger RX. Under the hood would be a 2.5-litre straight four petrol motor working in conjunction with an electric motor. The total power output for the 300h variant is rated at 194bhp sent to all four wheels via an electronic-CVT. The crossover is capable of doing a 0-100kmph in 9.1seconds and to a top speed of 180kmph.
Lexus is expected to price the new NX in India somewhere between Rs 70-75 lakhs (ex-showroom). It will go up against the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe and BMW X5 apart from Land Rover Discovery and Volvo XC90.