The Lexus NX (Japanese: レクサス・NX, Rekusasu NX) is a compact luxury crossover SUV sold by Lexus, a luxury division of Toyota. It was introduced in late 2014 as an all-new, entry-level crossover model in Lexus' lineup, slotted below the mid-size RX crossover. The name NX stands for Nimble Crossover.
|Lexus NX (AZ10)|
2019 Lexus NX 300h Takumi
|Production||August 2014 – present|
|Assembly||Japan: Miyawaka, Fukuoka (Miyata plant)|
|Designer||Nobuyuki Tomatsu (2012)|
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Compact luxury crossover SUV|
|Body style||5-door SUV|
|Layout||Transverse front-engine, front-wheel drive / all-wheel drive|
|Related||Toyota RAV4 (XA40)|
|Wheelbase||2,660 mm (104.7 in)|
|Length||4,630.4 mm (182.3 in)|
|Width||1,869.4 mm (73.6 in)|
|Height||1,645.9 mm (64.8 in)|
|Curb weight||1,787–1,905 kg (3,940–4,200 lb)|
The NX was revealed at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition on 20 April 2014. The NX shares a small portion of parts with the Toyota RAV4 primarily related to the structure and wheelbase, while the styling, suspension parts, some engines, interior, and level of luxury and craftsmanship are unique to the Lexus. Lexus NX variants sold in the United States feature slightly altered fascias, which facilitate higher departure angles. US sales began in November 2014. Production commenced on 8 August 2014 at the Miyata plant in Miyawaka, Fukuoka.
The Lexus NX is available with various powertrains. In the US, it comes in NX 200t (renamed NX 300 starting with MY2018) and NX 300h trims:
The Lexus NX 300 features the newly developed 8AR-FTS 2.0L turbocharged inline four cylinder direct injection engine that can run on both Otto and Atkinson cycles. The 8AR-FTS engine has Lexus’ ESTEC D-4ST (Economy with Superior Thermal Efficient Combustion Direct injection 4-stroke with Turbo) fuel injection. With separate twin injectors for both direct and port injection, ESTEC D-4ST could perform high-pressure direct injection into the cylinder and conventional intake port injection, or direct cylinder injection only, according to engine speed. Mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, this engine produces 175 kW (235 hp) at 4,800-5,600 rpm and 350 N⋅m (258 lb⋅ft) at 1,650-4,000 rpm. The NX is the first Lexus vehicle to feature a turbocharged gasoline engine in the US market and many other markets around the globe.
The Lexus NX 300h hybrid comes powered by a 2.5-liter inline-four 2AR-FXE engine mated to an electric motor and CVT that puts out a combined 145 kW (194 hp) and is shared with the Toyota Camry Hybrid.
In addition, a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated engine producing 112 kW (150 hp) will be available in Russian markets.
The Lexus NX is liberally equipped. Notable features include:
- Advanced voice command
- Remote Touch with Touchpad
- Drive Mode Select
- Pre-Collision System with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
- Blind spot monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
- Lane Departure Alert
- Radar Cruise Control with All-speed Tracking Function
- Premium triple-beam LED headlamps
- Backup camera
- Tire Pressure Monitor System
In its first full year of sales the NX sold over 43,000 units in the USA. It was also successful in Europe where it sold over 28,000 in its first full year of sales, of which more than 17,000 were hybrids. This made it Lexus's best selling model in Europe. Its success was also strong in Russia, where in its first full year of sales it was the best selling luxury vehicle.
|Calendar year||US sales (hybrid)||Europe sales (hybrid)|
|2015||43,764 (2,573)||28,417 (17,278)|
|2017||59,341 (3,323)||27,789 (19,747)|
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