Lexus NX compact crossover made its debut last week at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show. The NX bound for the United States will be powered by either a 235-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four paired to a six-speed automatic, or a 194-hp four-cylinder hybrid similar to that in the Lexus ES 300h.
Its all-wheel-drive version, however, will feature a rear-motor layout similar to that of the RX and will take its juice from a nickel-metal hydride battery.
A source told Automotive News that the NX would have a fuel economy figure of between 34 mpg to 36 mpg in combined city and highway driving. Lexus International Executive Vice President Mark Templin expects the turbo drivetrain to account for 80 to 85 percent of sales in the United States, where the carmaker is targeted monthly sales of 2,200 units.
Templin remarked Lexus tuned the turbo to deliver smooth acceleration instead of jerky power thrusts. He said through that way, Lexus’ compact crossover will be more refined, more linear, smoother and more luxury-like. The Lexus NX features a 104.7-inch wheelbase and a 182.3-inch overall length, making it a bit smaller than the Acura RDX.
While the NX is 5.5 inches shorter than the RX, its rear legroom that is 0.4-inch shorter than the RX and its luggage space is just 0.8 inch narrower, according to Chief Engineer Takeaki Kato. He remarked that while packaging was their biggest challenge for the NX, they were able to make the interior much roomier than anticipated.
Both the turbocharged and hybrid versions of the NX will be available in front- or all-wheel drive. The NX is based from the Lexus CT platform with some Toyota RAV4 underpinnings. Lexus will start selling the NX compact crossover this fall.