LExus SUV Is A BREAtH OF FREsH AIR
THE Lexus NX SUV targets BMW’s X3 and Audi’s Q5 and has become one of the company’s biggest sellers.
The manufacturer has thrown the kitchen sink at the mid-size luxury SUV sector.
The sharper looks and beautiful interior are sure to secure no shortage of orders and the improved safety system is a welcome addition.
If there was one word that could best be used to describe Lexus, it’s probably “audacious”. This is a car manufacturer that doesn’t recognise boundaries as many do.
For all its chutzpah and ambition, Lexus’s footprint has tended to be narrow.
Yes, the company has a luxury remit, but it’s still been absent from many potentially lucrative market sectors where it ought to have been upsetting applecarts.
In short, the brand could do with more models like this NX.
Lexus NX buyers are restricted to hybrid power, a proven Lexus 2.5-litre petrol engine, generator, motor and battery with a total system output of 195bhp.
Offered in front and all-wheel drive versions, the NX 300h is equipped with one or two electric motors respectively.
Inside, the key change is an increase in size for the central multi-media display.
The centrepiece of the dash is a curvaceous H-shaped metal frame that’s a world away from a typically slab-fronted SUV fascia panel.
At the foot of the NX range, prices start at around £35,000 for a 2WD NX 300h, with the figures then rising all the way up to top Premier trim setting you back around £45,000.
Lexus offers no fewer than five trim level options.
The most recent addition to the line-up is the Lexus Safety System +.
This equips the car with a range of active safety and driver assistance features.
Around town, the NX 300h hybrid variant brings the full benefits of its petrol/electric powertrain to bear. .
Lexus needs the NX – and needs it to do well.
The NX may be a little too individual to sell in the kind of numbers its maker would like – but then that’s all part of its appeal.
It’s not perfect but it’s never boring.
And in a market sector that’s getting just that little bit stale, it’s a breath of fresh air.