The all-new Lexus NX luxury compact crossover will be introduced at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition this year. The introduction of the NX, based on LF-NX concept, marks the automaker’s entry into the rapidly growing luxury compact crossover class. With its advanced technologies, Lexus’ signature spindle grille and striking design, the NX will set new standards for future vehicles in the lineup. Additionally, the new Lexus RC F performance coupe will be making its China debut at the Beijing Auto Show.
The terms NX 300h and NX 200t have both been trademarked by Lexus that’s a preview of engine options that the production NX will eventually get. The NX 200t will be powered by a Lexus 2.0 liter turbocharged 4-cylinder powerplant, which we expect will replace the 2.5 liter V6 in the current Lexus lineup. The NX 300h should use the familiar 2.5 liter hybrid system found in ES 300h. And, while a launch date has not been confirmed, we can likely expect to see the new model in showrooms by early 2015 – if not sooner.
The automaker also released a shadowy teaser image of the NX today; however the Toyota presentation at January’s Detroit Motor Show also offered a clear look at the new model. Displayed on screen behind Jim Lentz, Toyota US CEO, the new NX was revealed confirming expectations that LF-NX’s controversial lines would be softened out before production. The ‘LF-NX’ shown during Lentz’s presentation had lost much of the heavy creasing of the concept, with larger headlamps flanking a more conventional version of the company’s new ‘spindle’ grille. The bumper is also new, with regular elliptical fog-lights at each corner. The package is rounded out by larger door mirrors and standard alloy wheels.
Compared to today’s teaser image, it is clear the two images are the same car. The Lexus press conference will take place on April 20 at the W3 Hall of the China International Exhibition Center.