LEXUS Australia desperately wanted an SUV to complement its ranks. Its wish has been granted with the NX destined for our shores.
The Lexus NX compact SUV will be available in both hybrid and turbo petrol variants and is due to reach Australia late this year.
First to arrive will be the Lexus NX 300h (in the fourth quarter of 2014). Under the bonnet is a 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol electric hybrid drivetrain.
Then in early 2015, the turbo derivative will arrive. The NX 200t will be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine partnered to a six-speed automatic transmission with Lexus' first stop-start system.
Both variants will be available in a choice of either two or all-wheel drive.
Lexus Australia chief executive Sean Hanley said that confirmation of the new model for Australia will give customers in the luxury market greater choice in one of the nation's fastest growing segments.
"With the arrival of NX, customers will have access to two innovative and advanced powertrains, both ideally matched to the needs of the compact SUV owner," Mr Hanley said.
"With its high levels of specification, innovative features, standout looks and access to Lexus' unrivaled customer service program - Encore - the NX is sure to delight customers.
"NX arrives at a time when Lexus is on the ascendancy - growth driven by an expanding product range and strong hybrid sales."
Lexus says the NX combines athletic styling with function to deliver a vehicle that is practical yet aesthetically appealing, nimble yet muscular.
When viewed from above, the front and rear flares protrude from a diamond-shaped body that emanates from the spindle grille.
The bold flared wheel arches house 17- or 18-inch wheels that add to the overall crouching, muscular stance of the NX.
Innovative LED headlamps and daytime running lamps firmly express Lexus' bold design language.
NX Line will include a comprehensive active package. With selected models receiving a full-range Panoramic View Monitor, All-speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert (LDA), Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Head-Up Display.
The Lexus-first Panoramic View Monitor is the highest resolution camera to be offered on a Lexus vehicle.
Selected NX SUVs will also introduce All-speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, capable of following the preceding vehicle and bring the NX to a complete stop.
Lexus NX specifications
Overall length: 4630mm
Overall width: 1845mm
Overall height: 1645mm (with shark fin antenna),
Wheel base: 2660mm
Tread front/rear (with 225 tyre): 1580mm/1580mm
Tread front/rear (with 235 tyre): 1570mm/1570mm
Total system output: 145kW.
Max output: 175kW @ 4800-5600rpm.
Max torque: 350Nm @ 1650-4000rpm.