The new Lexus NX is due shortly at Lexus Galway at Tony Burke Motors, Ballybrit.
The NX is the Lexus’ first entry into the premium mid-size crossover segment. Its edgy, emotional design intends to appeal to new customers who lead urban and active lifestyles and will be available with a highly efficient 2.5l hybrid powertrain.
The NX has an array of innovative on-board technology, including a wireless charging tray which enables portable devices such as mobile phones to be charged, the first application of a new Lexus remote touch interface with a touch pad, panoramic view monitor, a comprehensive multi-information display, a 6” head-up display, blind spot monitor and rear cross traffic alert, along with a host of other features.
The F SPORT version provides more aggressive and bolder design with F SPORT exclusive items, such as spindle grille, front lower bumper, aluminium wheel, black outer mirror, unique interior colour, ornament panel and sport seat. It is also equipped with performance dampers.
Substantially influenced by the LF-NX concept design, the NX has been designed to provide a feeling of agility not usually associated with an SUV while also being suitable for urban use. It embodies an aggressive form in order to make functionality and performance evident at a glance.
The front and rear flares are fused to the diamond-shaped body that starts at the spindle grille. It is sculpted to look nimble with incredible power concentrated inside. The bold flared wheel arches housing 17 or 18-inch wheels provide a crouching, muscular stance. Innovative LED headlamps and daytime running lamps firmly express Lexus’ bold design language.
The side profile is accentuated by a roofline peak set towards the back of the vehicle to provide ample head-room for rear seat occupants and create a tight silhouette.
A sculpted outer mirror and a world-first door handle mechanism (with a hidden key barrel and integrated lighting ) add to the premium appearance.
The rear is punctuated by Lexus’ signature ‘L’ shape combination lamps, each with seamless LED lighting, while the bodywork echoes the spindle grille design at the front.
The interior of the NX brings a sense of excitement to the cabin atmosphere. The core idea was to combine the structural beauty of a high-performance vehicle with materials and textures that provide premium feeling and functionality.
The centre silver frame is strongly embedded into the instrument panel to symbolise the strength of the crossover. Strongly wrapped knee pads on both sides of the centre frame firmly support the driver and passenger. Advanced human machine interface technology provides intuitive interaction and creates an advanced impression. The NX continues Lexus’ display and operation zone concept.
Interior space played a significant role in the cabin design, and seating was a major focus. The NX offers ample overall head room and wide front to rear couple distance. It has also the best luggage load length in its segment.
A quilted pattern in the seats and varied pad thickness are used to express the crossover intention of the vehicle.
The tough metallic finish of the dynamic centre silver frame and the materials wrapped around it provide contrasting textures.
Powertrain NX 300h
The NX adopts a highly sophisticated HV control unit, especially developed for the NX, combined with proven Lexus 2.5-litre Atkinson cycle- engine, generator, motor and battery. The powertrain delivers a total system output of 145kW (197PS ) and CO2 emissions from 120g, corresponding to a fuel consumption below 5.2
Special features of the hybrid model include sprung-weight damping control to increase ride comfort and handling stability by reducing pitching on uneven road surfaces.
Like every vehicle equipped with the Lexus Hybrid Drive system, the NX 300h will offer customers considerable cost of ownership advantages thanks to a unique combination of low maintenance and running costs. The Lexus NX 300h will be available for sale in Ireland from October 2014.