Lexus India has showcased the all-new NX300h in India. The NX is the smallest SUV in the Japanese carmaker’s line-up positioned below the RX, GX, and the mammoth LX. The NX was introduced in 2014 and got a minor cosmetic update this year. The NX will be available in India in two hybrid trims – 300h F Sport and 300h Luxury. Prices are yet to be released, but meanwhile, let’s have a detailed look at the new Lexus NX through our picture gallery:
The NX carries the family tradition of large imposing fascia wearing the trademark Spindle Grille. The sleek LED headlights are similar to that on the larger NX, and there’s a boomerang-shaped LED strip beneath it.
The bonnet has a striking resemblance to Lexus sports coupe, the RC F. There is a contrasting silver lip-spoiler nicely integrated beneath the bumper. The cladded wheel arches are massively flared.
The NX measures at 4.6x1.8x1.6m with a wheelbase of 2.6m. The D-pillar is raked enough to lend the NX a sportier stance. Lexus’ baby SUV sits on stylish 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels.
The rear is stylish as well with high-placed LED tail lights and cladded rear bumpers. Lexus says that the crossover has an aerodynamic coefficient of 0.32. There are well-crafted bulges and creases all around the car.
On the inside, the F-Sport treatment is evident with a sportier steering wheel, drilled pedals and leather wrapped upholstery. The cabin is functional and quite understated compared to the larger NX.
Under the hood of the NX is the same hybrid motor that powers the ES sedan. The 2.5-litre straight four petrol motor mated to the electric motors have a combined output of 194bhp.
The power is sent to all four wheels via an electronic-CVT. The crossover is capable of doing a 0-100kmph in 9.1seconds and to a top speed of 180kmph. The NX comes loaded with all the bells and whistles expected from Lexus.
In India, the NX300h takes the CBU route and hence is expected to be priced a segment higher. It will go up against the likes of the BMW X3, Audi Q5 and the Mercedes-Benz GLC. Bookings have commenced with a token amount of Rs 5 lakhs, though deliveries are expected only in March 2018.