2015 Lexus NX: Another Luxury Brand Jumps Into Booming Compact Crossover SUV Segment

Apr 30 2014, 10:40pm CDT | by

Lexus is jumping into the booming compact crossover segment with a new model called the NX.

This toned down version of the wild-looking LF-NX concept is significant in several ways. Not only does it give Toyota’s luxury brand an entry in one of the hottest-selling sectors of the auto market, but it introduces some interesting new technology.

The NX – which goes on sale as a 2015 model later this year – will be the first Lexus to offer a turbocharged engine.

Turbocharging allows for a smaller engine without compromising performance. Power output is a key selling point for luxury vehicles, so being able to offer an engine that is both potent and efficient enough to comply with stringent emissions regulations is crucial.

The turbocharged version of the Lexus’ new compact crossover is called the NX 200t, and it will get an all-new 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.

Lexus has not released the performance data for the new engine, nor has it said how many miles per gallon it will get. But the company talked up the engine’s “fast throttle response,” “exhilarating performance” and “outstanding fuel efficiency” in a press release for the LF-NX Turbo, the concept vehicle on which the NX is based. The concept appeared at the Tokyo Motor Show in November (and you can see a photo of it here).

The base model of the Lexus NX 200 — no “t” in the name — will have a non-turbocharged four-cylinder engine with less power. A third version called the NX 300h will have a hybrid powertrain.

In keeping with its strategy to offer more exciting vehicles, Lexus will offer an F Sport version of the NX 200t. F Sport models feature a tighter suspension and sportier styling, among other tweaks.

The NX will compete with the Audi Q3, BMW X3 and Range Rover Evoque, all of which already have turbocharged four-cylinder engines. Another NX competitor, the Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class, does not, but is soon to be updated.

The new model will be positioned below Lexus’ only other crossover, the midsize RX.

Though the styling of the NX is toned down compared to the LF-NX concept, the aggressive “spindle” grille and sharply creased origami-like styling carries through.

Notable interior features include a new touchpad user interface and a wireless charging tray for cell phones and other compatible devices.

The 2015 Lexus NX, which made its debut at the auto show in Beijing this spring, continues a trend of luxury brands expanding into new segments. Already on the way from Lexus is the RC, which will be its first two-door coupe in 13 years.

Other examples include the Cadillac ELR, the first luxury coupe that’s also a plug-in hybrid, and the Jaguar F-Type, the British automaker’s first true sports car in four decades.

But SUVs, in particular, have been among the most active segments for expansion.
Mercedes has a new GLA-Class that slots just below its GLK-Class.

Lincoln is coming out with the MKC, its first compact crossover, and BMW recently announced plans for the X7, its first full-size SUV./>/>/>

Bentley and Maserati also have their very first SUVs in the works.

See the photos for a closer look at Lexus’ new compact crossover:

In Pictures: 2015 Lexus NX

 
 

Don't miss ...

 

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/30" rel="author">Forbes</a>
Forbes is among the most trusted resources for the world's business and investment leaders, providing them the uncompromising commentary, concise analysis, relevant tools and real-time reporting they need to succeed at work, profit from investing and have fun with the rewards of winning.

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

IPad Air Giveaway 2014 is Online
IPad Air Giveaway 2014 is Online
Our sister site I4U News is giving away a brand new iPad Air or if you can wait an iPad Air 2. This is an $499 value.
 
 
Your Parent Or Kid Moved In: Are You Covered?
A record 57 million Americans now live in multigenerational family households — double the number in 1980, according to a new Pew Research Center study. And I bet many of them have the wrong homeowner’s or renters...
 
 
Pandora Looks to Challenge Terrestrial Radio's Dominance in Cars
Pandora Media is one of the largest Internet radio providers in the U.S. with more than 75 million active users. While the company’s active user count has increased at a robust pace historically, it is likely to slow...
 
 
Are General Manager Salaries About To Skyrocket? Will There Be A Front Office Salary Cap?
Are General Manager Salaries About To Skyrocket? Will There Be A Front Office Salary Cap?
It’s January 2026. New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner gets out of his driverless car and triumphantly marches before the gathered press to introduce his prized new free agent. It’s a record-breaking contract—over...
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

Bush shoe-tossing painting hits record at Doha auction
Doha, Oct 15 (IANS/EFE) A controversial painting by Iranian artist Mahmud Obaidi, depicting an Iraqi journalist throwing shoe in 2008 at then US president George W. Bush, was sold for $62,500 at a Sotheby's auction in...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
US offers $45 mn bounty for eight terror leaders
Washington, Oct 15 (IANS) The US said Tuesday it is offering rewards totalling up to 45 million dollars for information on eight key leaders of the Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) terrorist organisation. The...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
UNSC extends peacekeeping mission's term in Abyei
United Nations, Oct 15 (IANS) The UN Security Council (UNSC) has renewed the mandate of the UN peacekeeping mission in the Abyei border region between Sudan and South Sudan. In an unanimously adopted resolution, the...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Ebola cases in West Africa could reach 10,000 per week: WHO
Geneva, Oct 15 (IANS) The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that the Ebola epidemic in West Africa could reach 5,000 to 10,000 cases per week by the first week of December. "Quite frankly, ladies and...
Read more on Business Balla
 
Turkey, Singapore sign strategic partnership agreement
Ankara, Oct 15 (IANS) Turkey and Singapore have signed a strategic partnership agreement to boost economic, political and cultural cooperation, as well as security collaboration, during the official visit of...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Christina Aguilera is returning to 'The Voice' USA
Christina Aguilera will return to 'The Voice' USA next year. The 'Your Body' hitmaker, who previously shared a rotating spot on the judging panel with Shakira, has been replaced by Gwen Stefani this season as she is...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Kesha's music producer hits back
Kesha is being countersued by her record company boss, Dr. Luke. The 41-year-old music producer, who runs Kemosabe Records, claims the 27-year-old 'Tik Tok' singer is a liar and is trying to extort him after she accused...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Jason Derulo won't get back together with Jordin Sparks
Jason Derulo insists his split from Jordin Sparks is permanent. The 'Talk Dirty' hitmaker, who recently ended his relationship with the 'No Air' singer after three years of dating, has ruled out getting back together...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Josh Groban feels 'very lucky' to be dating Kat Dennings
Josh Groban feels ''very lucky'' to be dating Kat Dennings. The 'Brave' hitmaker was very nervous before singing in front of the '2 Broke Girls' actress for the first time at the Carousel of Hope Ball in Beverly Hills,...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Australian Richard Flanagan wins 2014 Man Booker prize
London, Oct 15 (IANS) The first Man Booker prize to allow American nominees was Tuesday night won by an Australian, with Richard Flanagan triumphing for a novel of love and war that tells the harrowing stories of...
Read more on Celebrity Balla