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Lexus has unveiled its new SUV model, the NX and together with the new design, it also features a much better infotainment system.

On the front one still gets the familiar Lexus spindle architecture which has now been deepened with a three-dimensional design that starts from the spindle grille and extends significantly toward the rear fenders. LED headlamps are standard with three-projector LED headlights an option. The grille pattern is a longitudinal U-shaped block with a three-dimensional effect, and a slit-like opening is provided at the bottom.

The side seas F Sport models getting a decal on the front fender with this spec model also getting larger alloy wheels as standard. There are varying colour options for the wheels with black featuring on the top spec F Sport models. The exterior features on these F Sport models include special 20-inch alloy wheels, a spoiler on the lower bumper, and front-side garnishes that deliver a sporty impression.

The rear gets new LED lamps that are linked via an LED light running the length of the boot. The normal L emblem has been replaced by the LEXUS text. Instead of the normal faux exhausts, Lexus designers have put a chrome line running along the lower section of the rear bumper.

The inside seas the biggest shift for Lexus with the brand abandoning the awful mouse type infotainment system for a new trendy touchscreen angled towards the driver. The new multimedia system’s high-resolution, 14-inch touch display provides clear images, thanks to an anti-reflective coating applied to the windshield and the use of glare-reducing bonding technology. Controls for the climate controls use dials whilst the instrument cluster gets a 7-inch screen which can also be enhanced by a 10 inch heads up display. The one area Lexus has always excelled is in fit and finish and judging from the images, one would hope they haven’t lost the plot there. Comfort is top class with comfort seats lined in leather. Seat heating should come standard with higher spec models also getting cooled seats with electric and memory functions. Rear seats can also be heated.

Powering the entry level NX250 model is a 151kW/250Nm 2.5-litre natural aspirated engine. Further up the range is an NX350 powered by a 2.4-litre Turbo engine credited with 205kW/430Nm. For those that prefer Hybrid power, there is the NX450h which gets a 2.5-litre engine and an electric motor on each drive axle with a combined power output of 178kW. There are models powering the front wheels and those sending power to all wheels. CVT should come standard for Hybrid models with a torque converter 10 speed likely on the internal combustion only engines.

 

The NX adopts the latest preventive safety technologies, as well as advanced convenience technologies, as part of the luxury brand’s human-centered approach. Local spec and pricing will be made available closer to launch.

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