Lexus NX Crossover Teaser Released Ahead of Beijing
Compact Crossover Signals More Youthful, Aggressive Direction for Brand
We've known for a while that it's coming, previewed by a concept at last year's Frankfurt Motor Show. Now, we're about to see the production version of the upcoming Lexus NX compact crossover. As evidence of China's growing importance as a market for luxury models, the official debut will take place later this month at the Beijing Auto Show. The styling of the concept model was so sharp and angular, that it almost looked like you'd cut yourself if you touched it. Based on this teaser front three-quarter image, the styling of the production model has been toned down slightly from that of the concept but is still plenty aggressive and looks like it will include full-LED headlights in addition to driving lights.
Lexus' signature LED driving and directional lights and hourglass grille, which first debuted on the 2014 IS, will grace the nose of the NX, giving it a decidedly more assertive and edgy look than the traditionally sedate RX crossover, which happens to also be the best-selling model in the Lexus lineup. The RX has now adopted the LED driving lights and hourglass grille, but more as an adaptation than a signature styling element.
In terms of drivetrain, the production Lexus NX is expected to be offered with the choice of a hybrid model with a 2.5L I-4, similar to that offered in the ES hybrid, and an all-new 2.0L direct-injected I-4 turbo. Official output figures have not yet been announced, but expect around 200 net hp for the hybrid, and more than 220 hp for the turbo. European versions may offer a diesel option as well. Stay tuned to Truck Trend for official details on the new Lexus NX in the weeks ahead!