Lexus officially announced that its much-anticipated new crossover will make its world debut at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show. Dubbed Lexus NX, the new crossover will be a production-ready model derived from the LF-NX Concept, unveiled back in 2013 at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA).
The new Lexus NX also marks the company’s debut in the growing segment of premium mid-size crossovers and as expected, it will be positioned below the RX in the Lexus product range.
At the Frankfurt Motor Show, Lexus introduced the LF-NX Concept with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle engine but at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, Lexus brought the LF-NX Turbo Concept, powered by a 2.0-liter gasoline engine.
We don’t know what engine will be used by the production version but do join us on April 20 when Lexus will officially unveil its brand new 2015 NX crossover.
One of the most desired images in the auto industry is a vehicle that looks like it was crafted from a single piece of metal. Lexus’ design team for the new NX crossover pursued this image in an interesting manner. The angular, integral shape of the new NX was inspired by the fact that designers poured molten steel into the spindle grille to determine how the form would naturally develop.
Lexus gave the C-pillar of the new NX a wide and angled nature for optimal interior storage width. In fact, instead of wedging four golf club bags diagonally across the cargo bay, these could now be laid longitudinally.
On the rear, the new NX is defined by an integrated spoiler, a raked spoiler as well as Lexus' signature L-shape light clusters that employ light emitting diode units. Interestingly, the detailing of the tailgate is similar to the spindle grille design on the front.
Amazingly, the new NX crossover is an aerodynamic unit that employs six underbody panels and a roof-mounted spoiler derived from motor sports. As a result, the new NX (NX 200t) boasts of a low coefficient of drag value of just 0.33 Cd.
The new Lexus NX is available with specifically designed standard 17-inch wheels (optional 18-inch alloy rims) in a styling that is similar to those of exotic sports cars.