- Published: Wednesday, 17 September 2014 22:28
Singapore - The new NX SUV from Lexus will be launched in Singapore come November. Two models will be on sale here, the NX 300h hybrid and the NX 200t turbo. The latter will be launched ‘at a later date’, according to Lexus dealer Borneo Motors.
Lexus is taking bold steps to win new customers - and to make current ones a little more excited as well. We recently tested the very exciting RC coupe, along with the high-performance version, the snarling 477bhp V8-powered RC F.
The company’s breaking new ground, obviously, but the first step on that road to fun is the Lexus NX SUV. Smaller than the current RX model, it’s meant to go up against the likes of the Audi Q5, BMW X3.
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Style is a key draw in this hard-fought segment, which is why the NX looks suspiciously like its razor-edged forefather, the Lexus LF-NX concept. The sharp new lines of the car also nudge it further into competition with the likes of other showy SUVs such as the Range Rover Evoque, Volvo XC60 and the very recently-launched BMW X4.
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The local figures for the NX 300h, which is powered by the same petrol-electric drivetrain as the ES 300h have been released. A 2.5-litre engine provides 155bhp, there are two electric motors, one powering the rear wheels for all-wheel drive capability, for a total power output of 194bhp and 210Nm of torque.
Fuel consumption is an impressive 5.7L/100km, while CO2 emissions stand at 133g/km, which is worth a $10,000 CEVS rebate. Local performance figures are not yet released, but they should tally with the international 9.2 seconds for the 0-100km/h sprint, plus a 180km/h top speed.
Power and torque figures for the NX 200t, with the first Lexus turbo engine, a 2.0-litre inline four, have been released: 235bhp at 4,800 to 5,600rpm and 350Nm of torque at 1,650-4,000rpm, which easily benchmarks the European offerings. The turbo variant, like the hybrid, will be made in Japan but production facilities for the new engine will only begin operation in 2015.
Equipment specs have yet to be finalised as well, but we can expect the hybrid model to be the range topper, and as such it’s expected to be sold in high-grade trim. The NX 200t model will be sold in a similar high-grade trim but also with a basic variant, as well as an F Sport version. Like the IS and GS, this model will come with adaptive suspension, more fearsome bodywork and large, dark-alloy wheels along with interior features such as aluminium pedals and special seats/stitching.
Curious to know how both cars perform? Well, CarBuyer has already driven both vehicles at the model’s international launch in Canada earlier this year - hit the links below to see our First Drive. Can’t wait to diddle with an NX and spec it up? Lexus USA already has a configurator you can fiddle with as featured here.
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