The original NX, introduced in 2014, became one of Lexus’ best-selling models and interestingly most NX customers were new to the brand. This new second generation Lexus NX is a mid-size luxury SUV that boasts new design and powertrains, plus new connectivity, safety and convenience technologies. And comprehensively improved dynamic performance.

 

It delivers a greater and more rewarding connection between driver and machine, courtesy of the Lexus Driving Signature. The NX also debuts a new multimedia platform that takes connectivity, information and convenience to a higher level. And this super-slick SUV benefits from expansion of the scope and functionality of the next-generation Lexus Safety System and driver assistance systems.

 

NX – Next is Now

The new NX launches initially with just two models: the 152kW, 239Nm 2.5-litre normally-aspirated EX grade and the 205kW, 430Nm turbo-charged 2.4-litre F Sport. There will be a trio of hybrid models when these launch later in the year in EX, SE as well as F Sport grades.

The NX 250 EX opens the range with Lexus-first technologies including safe exit assist (SEA) incorporating new e-latch electrically activated door handles. In essence this tech detects cyclists or vehicles passing close to the vehicle and keeps the door closed to avoid a collision.

 

 

 

 

Other ground-breaking across-the-range safety technologies include NX firsts such as Intersection Turn Assist (ITA) and emergency steering assist (ESA). ITA identifies when it is unsafe to make a left turn across traffic or when pedestrians are in a crosswalk and can warn the driver or brake the vehicle to prevent a collision. On the other hand, the ESA function provides assistance, triggered by the driver’s use of the wheel, to automatically control steering when there’s a high risk of a collision, helping to keep the vehicle stable and within its traffic lane.

This is coupled with a pre-collision system featuring pedestrian and daytime cyclist detection, parking support brake (PKSB) with obstacle and vehicle detection, blind-spot monitor (BSM), dynamic radar active cruise control (DRCC) and lane tracing assist (LTA). PKSB has the ability to detect static objects, approaching vehicles and pedestrians. The system furthermore automatically applies the brakes when a potential collision is sensed. This Lexus Safety System is available across the NX range for the first time in SA.

Other standard kit in the NX 250 EX grade includes 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlamps with automatic high-beam, dual-zone climate control, power-adjustable and heated front seats. And the human-centric Tazuna cockpit concept – with a 14-inch touch-display, DAB+ digital radio, ‘Hey Lexus!’ natural speech recognition and Apple CarPlay®, plus Android Auto™ compatibility. Smartphone compatibility is a given with wireless connection as well as a complimentary update for all new-generation NX owners.

The NX 250 EX is responsive with a 152kW/239Nm 2.5-litre petrol four-cylinder engine and eight-speed automatic transmission with two-wheel drive (2WD). It provides the lightest and most agile Lexus luxury medium SUV experience. Acceleration is 9.1 seconds for the 0-100km/h sprint.

 

Sporting Option

 

The current flagship model is the NX 350 available exclusively in F Sport guise with AWD, driven by its all-new 205kW/430Nm 2.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine and eight-speed automatic transmission. 0-100km/h acceleration in just 7.0 seconds.

 

 

 

 

F Sport highlights include 20-inch alloy wheels (of unique design), tri-beam LED headlamps with an adaptive high-beam system (AHS), heated and ventilated front seats, a panoramic view monitor, opening and closing panoramic sunroof and F Sport-exclusive styling elements. The NX F Sport features dark chrome exterior details and a unique F Sport design mesh grille. There are also new front and rear bumper designs with larger side vents cut into the front bumper. Two colours are exclusive to the F Sport models – White Nova and Poseidon Blue.

The Tazuna cockpit concept is elevated further in the F Sport grade with an expansive 14.0-inch touch-display, satellite navigation, high-grade digital instrument cluster and a colour head-up display (HUD) with touch-capacitive steering wheel controls. The F Sport further includes 17-speaker Mark Levinson® sound, a digital rear-view mirror, leather trim upholstery and numerous other niceties.

 

 

 

 

The F Sport-exclusive cabin includes front sports seats made with a highly supportive integrated-foaming technique first developed for Lexus F models. The digitally-rendered instrument meter features a movable virtual ring inspired by the Lexus LFA supercar. A leather-covered F Sport steering wheel, leather-trimmed shift knob, eight-inch TFT colour display; aluminium pedals and footrest round off the interior package.

The F Sport also provides the most dynamic focus on the Lexus Driving Signature with the standard fitment of Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS), five-stage Drive Mode Select and performance dampers (bracing) front and rear.

Lexus South Africa says: ‘The all-new Lexus NX range will reset luxury medium SUV benchmarks with its bold design, exhilarating performance and imaginative technology. It combines luxury specification and renowned Takumi craftsmanship with next-generation design and a level of technology that extends from active safety and security to infotainment and powertrains.’

Nine colours are available – Sonic Quartz, Sonic Titanium, Sonic Chrome, Graphite Black, Terrane Khaki, Celestial Blue, Blazing Carnelian, Black and Madder Red – while as mentioned, F Sport variants further exclusively offer White Nova and Poseidon Blue.

Three trim upholstery colours – Hazel, Black and Rich Cream – will be available for the EX grade. F Sport grades are exclusively available in F Sport Black, F Sport White and the new F Sport Flare Red.

Every Lexus NX is delivered with the Lexus Warranty Experience featuring the brand’s best-in-class 7-year/105 000km Warranty and Full Maintenance Plan.

The Lexus NX models retail from R860 000 for the NX 250 EX, while the F Sport is R1 075 400.  As mentioned earlier, the full range will comprise three powertrains, including the much-anticipated hybrids, boosting the model tally to five.

The hybrid grades will launch later in the year and Lexus dealers have already started taking pre-orders from customers.

 

 

 

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