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Motoring: Lexus NX review

PUBLISHED: 11:56 23 September 2014 | UPDATED: 11:56 23 September 2014

Lexus NX

Lexus NX

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Motoring editor Andy Russell looks at the options for the innovative new mid-size Lexus, released from next month

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The NX takes Lexus into the premium mid-size crossover market with an edgy, contemporary design aimed at attracting new customers with with active lifestyles.

Two powertrains will be offered - a petrol/electric hybrid system in the NX 300h and a new 2.0-litre petrol turbo engine in the NX 200t.

The NX 300h, from £29,495 to £42,995, arrives in October in all-wheel and front-wheel drive versions with the NX 200t following in March, exclusively as an F Sport AWD model.

The NX features innovative on-board technology including a wireless charging tray for easy charging of mobile phones and other devices and the first application of a new Lexus remote touch interface with a touchpad control. Further features include a new panoramic view monitor, head-up display, blind spot monitor and a system to alert the driver to traffic passing behind the car.

F Sport versions display a bolder design and benefit from performance dampers.

The NX, substantially influenced by the LF-NX concept, has been designed to express a sense of agility not usually associated with a sport utility vehicle, as well as the practical quality required for driving around town.

Lexus’s ambition for the NX’s cabin was to produce a design that combines the structural beauty of a high-performance vehicle with materials and textures that express premium quality and functionality. It also focused on space and seating, with the NX also boasting the longest luggage area load length in its class.

The NX 300h hybrid uses the proven 2.5-litre Atkinson cycle engine, generator, electric motor and battery to give a total output of 195bhp. Lexus is targeting CO2 emissions of less than 120g/km, which corresponds to 54.3mpg combined.

The NX 300h will be available in front and all-wheel drive versions, equipped with one or two electric motors respectively.

The new 235bhp 2.0-litre petrol turbo engine is matched to a six-speed automatic transmission.

The NX 300h is available in all-wheel drive SE, Luxury, F Sport and Premier grades and front-wheel drive S grade while NX 200t will be exclusively in F Sport trim.

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Powertrain: NX 300h, 2.5-litre Atkinson cycle, four-cylinder petrol engine with generator, electric motor and battery for a total output of 195bhp. NX 200t, 2.0-litre, 235bhp four-cylinder turbo petrol

Price: NX 300h S FWD £29,495; SE AWD £31,495; Luxury AWD £34,495; F Sport AWD £36,995; Premier AWD £42,995. NX 200t F Sport priced to be announced later this year.

Will it fit in the garage? Length 4,630mm; width 1,845mm; height 1,645mm.

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