Lexus announced that the 2015 NX production has just kicked off and the compact crossover is on its way to dealers around the world. The 2015 Lexus NX will be built at the Miyata Plant, which received the Gold Plant Quality Award in the 2014 U.S. Initial Quality StudySM published by J.D. Power and Associates.
In addition, Lexus is also reviving the neighboring Kanda Plant, which will be used to produce the turbo engines used by the NX. For those who don’t know, the NX 200t uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that generates 235 hp (175 kW) and 349 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque.
Meanwhile, the NX 300h is powered by a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle engine as well as an electric motor in order to deliver a maximum output of 194 hp (145 kW). Lexus offers the NX as standard with front-wheel drive, while the all-wheel drive system is available as an option.
According to Lexus, the Japanese market is eager to get the new NX crossover as the company received over 6,500 orders for the new vehicle, which is significantly more than they expected.
Describing the development of the NX, Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) Executive Vice President Masamoto Maekawa said: "The ideas that drove the creation of the NX didn't just come from the development team. We made 'Team NX' as broad as possible, including inputs from marketing, sales planning and production."