Launched: Lexus NX 300h
Sharply-dressed compact SUV arrives early next year
After making its India debut with the ES, RX and LX, Lexus has made another splash before 2017 ends by introducing the NX in India. If you're confused, allow us to explain: the NX is the baby SUV in the Lexus line-up, and the car India will get is the refreshed version that made its international debut earlier this year.
It's a five-seat SUV that'll do battle with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLC, BMW X3, Audi Q5 and the Range Rover Evoque. What the NX has to offer, are good looks (it does look phenomenal in the flesh) and a hybrid powertrain. Yep, Lexus is enthusiastically pushing the hybrid narrative, and the NX will only be available as a hybrid for now.
Propulsion duties have been assigned to the 2.5-litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine we have previously sampled in the ES300h, which has been paired with an electric motor. Power goes to all four wheels, and total output is 194bhp/210Nm, blessing the NX with a 0-100kph time of 9.2 seconds and a 180kph top whack.
As standard, the NX gets LED headlights, a head-up display, a 14-speaker Mark Levinson stereo, panoramic moonroof, eight airbags, wireless smartphone charging. There are, however, two trims: the Luxury and the F-Sport. The F-Sport adds dual-tone alloys and sportier seat upholstery, while the Luxury gets goodies like seat ventilation and power-reclining rear seats.
It is a peculiar launch in the way that while the car was showcased to journalists and bookings are now open, market launch will only take place in January next year, with prices approximated to start at ₹60 lakh.