Lexus NX (2014–)

Model History

April 2014

Details of powertrains of Lexus NX revealed

The NX 300h uses a sophisticated hybrid system control specially developed for the model, using the proven Lexus 2.5-litre 157PS Atkinson cycle petrol engine, generator, motor and battery. Total power system output is 197PS, with 206Nm torque from petrol engine alone.

Car is: 4,630mm long x 1,870mm wide x 1,630mm high on a 2,660mm wheelbase.

Wheels 18" with 225/60 R18 tyres (17" wheels also available with deeper profile tyres). Weighs a heavy 1,835 kilos.

Features specific to the hybrid NX include sprung-weight damping control to increase ride comfort and handling stability by reducing pitching when driving on uneven surfaces.

The NX 200t is the first model to use a new Lexus 2.0-litre petrol turbo engine, engineered for excellent fuel economy, agile performance and responsiveness. It is matched to a six-speed automatic transmission that has been specially tuned for the NX. Maximum power is 238PS between 4,800 and 5,600rpm and maximum torque is 350Nm, available from 1,650 to 4,000rpm.

The engine underwent more than one million kilometres of testing over different road conditions and in harsh driving environments. Its design features a world-first combination of water-cooled cylinder head, integrated exhaust manifold and twin-scroll turbocharger.

The automatic transmission uses a new torque-demand control logic, calculating and maximising the required engine torque to deliver quick response to throttle inputs and high fuel efficiency.

The NX 200 has a naturally aspirated 2.0-litre petrol engine that benefits from Lexus’s Valvematic technology to achieve high torque through a wider valve opening angle and an extended variable valve timing operating range.

The unit runs with a high compression ratio and uses diagonal fuel injectors, optimising the fuel mixture to produce strong power output across the full rev range. The engine works with a newly developed, electronically controlled S-CVT/Multidrive sequential shift transmission.

Some NX models are equipped with new-design dampers and Lexus’s new-generation Adaptive Variable Suspension. Linked to the vehicle’s Drive Mode Select system, this can change the level of damping force to improve comfort and reduce body roll.

May 2014

Prices of NX announced

Lexus’s first mid-size crossover, to arrive in the UK October 2014, initially in the form of the full hybrid NX 300h. In 2015 the range will grow to include the NX 200t, the first model to adopt Lexus’s new 2.0-litre petrol turbo engine.

Five equipment grades on offer, all demonstrating Lexus’s continued commitment to luxury, comfort and the application of advanced, user-friendly technologies. NX is the first model to feature Lexus’s Pre-Crash Safety system and Adaptive Cruise Control as standard on all versions. Other “firsts” for a Lexus include a wireless charging tray for easy charging of mobile phones and other devices and the first application of a new Remote Touch Interface with a touchpad control.

Further features include a new Panoramic View Monitor, a comprehensive multi-information display (incorporating for the first time a G-sensor and boost meter on NX 200t), head-up display, blind spot monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

The NX 300h S, the entry point to the range, is available with front-wheel drive only; all other NX models have all-wheel drive, equipped with a second electric motor on the rear axle.

NX 300h S FWD £29,495
NX 300h SE AWD £31,495
NX 300h Luxury AWD £34,495
NX 300h F Sport AWD £36,995

January 2015

235PS Lexus NX 200T available for ordering

Available exclusively in F Sport trim with all-wheel drive, emphasising its more performance-oriented character. The NX 200t is priced at £38,095 on the road; first customer deliveries from mid-March 2015.

Developed in-house, the 1,998cc turbo engine is matched to a newly developed six-speed automatic transmission with a Drive Mode Select system. Maximum power of 235PS/175kW is developed between 4,800 and 5,600rpm, with peak torque of 350Nm delivered at 1,650rpm. Official combined cycle figures for CO 2 emissions and fuel consumption are 183g/km and 35.8mpg respectively.

The NX 200t uses a Dynamic Torque Control all-wheel drive system, which maximises traction and cornering stability, while securing the best possible fuel efficiency. According to driving conditions, up to 50 per cent of available torque can be directed to the rear wheels. Performance dampers are fitted as standard.

The F Sport’s exterior styling adds a sportier emphasis to the NX’s sharp, distinctive lines with details including a prominent, large spindle grille with a mesh pattern featuring the Lexus F-motif, and a deeper bumper with a metallic-coated lower section. The door mirrors have a black finish and the F Sport 18-inch, 10-spoke alloys have a two-tone black and machined silver finish. The wheels are shod with 225/60R18 tyres. At the rear, the twin tailpipes are visible, with chrome-finished, trapezium-shaped outlets.

There are eight colour options, including new Sonic White, plus Sonic Titanium (currently the most popular finish for the NX 300h), Mercury Grey, Satin Silver, Celestial Black, Mesa Red, Ultra Blue and Velvet Black.

Sports front seats are made using an injection moulding process that delivers extra lateral support and body-hugging comfort. The seats are electrically adjustable and also feature heaters and lumbar support.

The standard-fit leather upholstery is available in two colours: black or, exclusive to F Sport models, Dark Rose. Both are combined with carbon-effect trim inlays. The specification also includes perforated, non-slip aluminium sports pedals and driver’s foot brace, and the F-Sport steering wheel is wrapped in grippy perforated leather.

October 2016

Sport grade added to Lexus NX line-up along with a general revamp. Identified by “black pack” exterior features, including the spindle grille and mirror housings, plus black, five-spoke 18-inch alloys. Black Tahara upholstery contrasts with aluminium trim inlays. Lexus Navigation and heated front seats are standard. Other features include a Pre-Crash Safety system, all-speed adaptive cruise control, eight-inch Lexus Media Display, eight-speaker audio system with DAB/DAB+, CD player, Aux-in, USB and Bluetooth, parking monitor, dual-zone climate control, rain-sensing wipers, dusk-sensing headlamps and auto-folding door mirrors. Priced at £33,995 on-the-road: £1,000 more than the NX 300h SE.

New Premier Pack option for both NX F Sport provides Lexus Premium Navigation, 14-speaker Mark Levinson surround sound system, a head-up display, heated steering wheel, 360-degree panoramic camera and Adaptive Variable Suspension. It also increases the car’s safety features, adding Automatic High Beam, Lane Keep Assist, Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert functions. The packs must be specified at the time of ordering and is priced £5,750 for the NX F Sport.

New colours for the NX range now include Azure Blue and Solar Flare; Solar Flare exclusive to F Sport.

February 2020

NX Premium Sport Edition option pack introduced Features include 10-speaker audio with DVD player, Blind spot Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, 10.3-inch display screen, 3-inch multimedia display, power steering wheel adjustment, 18-inch F Sport alloy wheels and auto-dimming and reverse-tilt door mirror functions. On the road price is £38,830.

What does a Lexus NX (2014) cost?

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