Lexus has unveiled a new compact SUV that will arrive in the UK at the end of the year.
The Lexus NX, which will be unveiled at the Beijing motor show on April 20 is likely to be offered with a petrol electric hybrid in the UK as the NX 300h. It is expected to compete with the Audi Q3 and BMW X1 on price.
New on-board technology include a Lexus-first wireless charging tray for portable devices; a new version of the Lexus Remote Touch Interface with a touch pad control; a Panoramic View Monitor; and a comprehensive multi-information display with a Lexus-first G-sensor and boost meter (for turbo varants). The NX will also offer a head-up display, blind spot monitor and rear cross traffic Alert.
Takeaki Kato, NX chief engineer, said that Lexus has approached all phases of the model’s development from the perspective of its target customers – young, urban drivers with active lifestyles who want premium products.
Three powertrains will feature in the NX range: a highly efficient petrol-electric hybrid in the NX 300h; a Lexus-first 2.0-litre petrol turbo in the NX 200t; and a normally aspirated petrol unit in the NX 200. Each will offer the choice of front and all-wheel drive. UK powertrain line-up will be confirmed in the near future.