Last year Lexus unveiled the LF-NX, a distinctive, compact crossover concept car that hinted in the brand’s potential drive in to the crossover SUV market. Its profile was aggressive. Its motifs were bold and muscular. But it seemed to be refined and athletic. One designer known it as being “a light-weight fighter” – the kind of vehicle that mixes strength and power with agility and finesse.
Concept cars are often one-off affairs. They’re experimental and progressive, indicative of a marque’s technical prowess. Few conceptual design elements ever make it onto an automobile produced for the store bought. However the Lexus NX, the LF-NX’s production-ready successor, is different. Admittedly, it has a more measured look than its predecessor and its innovative LED headlights and mirrors have been enlarged for logical reasons. But otherwise, the evolution has been linear and smooth. Sophistication continues to be retained, as have numerous of the SUV’s original design traits: the sculpted front-end with prominent spindle grille, the bulging rear fenders, those powerfully protruding wheel flares, that impressive body rigidity.
A roofline peak for the back from the vehicle provides ample headroom and accentuates along side it profile, developing a tight silhouette. Brazen, flared wheel arches house 17- or 18-inch wheels (model dependant) that set the vehicle inside a crouching, muscular stance. The rear is punctuated by Lexus’ signature ‘L’ shape combination lamps, each with seamless LED lighting, while the bodywork echoes the spindle grille design in front.
An innovative outer mirror and world-first door handle mechanism (with hidden key barrel and integrated lighting) increase the luxury appearance.
The interior of the NX directly evokes the premium, urban feel from the vehicle, combining the structural great thing about a high-performance machine having a material feel that maximises luxury and functionality.
A sliver of silver ‘beading’ is strongly embedded in the instrument panel, symbolising the strength of the automobile, and knee pads found on each side of the frame firmly offer the driver and passenger.
Cabin design prioritises seating and usable interior space. The quilted pattern of the seats and varied pad thickness express the crossover intention of the automobile. The NX offers best-in-class luggage load length and rear seat leg space because of the flat floor.
The new Lexus 2.0-liter turbo engine, the brand’s first turbo petrol engine, was tested over one million kilometres of various, often harsh road conditions and environments. With getting too technical, the 175 kW direct-injection turbo engine features the world-first combination of a cylinder head with an integrated water-cooled exhaust manifold along with a twin scroll turbo charger. A new 6-speed automatic transmission continues to be adopted to match the new turbo engine. It features new torque-demand control logic, which calculates required engine torque to increase the exhilaration of quick acceleration response and fuel efficiency. It pulls from the obligatory 0-100km/h dash in 7,1 seconds.
Newly developed shocks, able to controlling even the smallest micro-level fluctuations, plays a role in excellent handling stability and ride comfort. Additionally, the F-Sport features a new Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS), capable of variable control in 30 stages.
The NX employs specialised Lexus manufacturing techniques such as body adhesives and laser-screw welding to improve the rigidity of the suspension system along with the body, enhancing overall driving performance.
In addition to the turbocharged NX 200t, Lexus has additionally released the NX 300h, a hybrid that comes with a damping-control system engineered to improve ride comfort.
An variety of innovative on-board technology complements the automobile. Just two examples would be the new Lexus Remote Touch Interface with a touch pad (EX and F-Sport)? along with the comprehensive Multi-information Display.? Other niceties include a tyre pressure monitoring system, a complete suite of safety kit comprising eight airbags, reverse monitor (EX and F-Sport), sunroof (F-Sport) as well as gizmos such as a G sensor and boost meter (F-Sport).
The NX F-Sport version provides a more aggressive and sportier design. F-Sport exclusive items include a mesh spindle grille, new front lower bumper, turbine-inspired, ‘burnt’ metallic alloy wheels, glossy black outer mirrors, exclusive interior color options (Dark Rose), ornament panel and sport seats.
Prices vary from R539?900 for that NX 200t E going up to R659?900 for that F-Sport. The NX comes with a four-year / 100?000 km service plan (tailored to suit each model).
For more images go to the Lexus NX releases issued around the 15th February 2019 (there are also exclusive Merwelene van de Merwe art pics from the new NX).