Lexus NX 300h on sale in Australia from $55,000

Brett Davis

Lexus Australia has announced pricing for the sharp new Lexus NX 300h small SUV. It’s expected to be one of the brand’s most popular models thanks to competitive prices and impressive standard equipment.

Lexus NX 300h F Sport

Following the rest of the company’s showroom lineup, the Lexus NX 300h will be available in three main model lines including the Luxury, F Sport, and Sports Luxury. The Luxury is available with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, while the rest of the range is all-wheel drive only.

All models come standard with satellite navigation, a rear-view camera, heated front seats, a power tailgate, power steering column adjustment, and a 10-speaker stereo with digital radio and Bluetooth. The entertainment unit is controlled via an interactive screen with Lexus Remote Touch controller.

Stepping up to the F Sport gets you a sporty bodykit, unique 18-inch alloy wheels, adaptive variable suspension, 10-way power seats with heating and cooling functions for the front, rear cross-traffic alert, and a 360-degree panoramic monitor including blind-spot warning.

Lexus NX 300h F Sport interior

Two enhancement packages have also been put together to present some exclusivity for buyers. The Enhancement Pack 1 includes a moonroof and a 14-speaker Mark Levison stereo, while Enhancement Pack 2 adds pre-collision safety, adaptive cruise control, head-up display, auto high-beam and a smart card key.

Only the NX 300h hybrid is on offer at the moment, with the NX 200t 2.0-litre turbo coming early next year. The NX 300h is powered by a 2.5-litre Atkinson Cycle four-cylinder hybrid system producing 145kW. In front-wheel drive guise it consumes 5.6L/100km and in all-wheel drive form it uses 5.7L/100km on the average cycle.

Sean Hanley, Lexus Australia chief executive, said the new model could become one of the company’s best-selling models. He said,

“The whole concept of NX is to surprise and delight customers by offering an innovative SUV for modern lifestyles without skimping on the everyday conveniences – think of it as the ultimate urban accessory.

“To-date, pre-order interest has been extremely strong and we believe that with its specification, size and pricing the NX is set to become one of our best-selling models locally.”

For comparison, Lexus Australia has sold 1277 examples of the larger and more expensive RX SUV so far this year, making it the the second best-selling model behind the IS sedan (1833 – as of August VFACTS). With prices starting at $55,000, it’s easy to see why the NX could be the new best seller.

Prices are as follows (excluding on-road costs):

    Enhancement pack  
Model Drive-train RRP 1 2 Enhancement pack specification
Luxury 2WD $55,000 +$2,500 Moonroof (MR)
AWD $59,500 +$2,500 MR
F Sport   AWD $66,000  +$4,000 MR and 14 speaker Mark Levinson (ML)
+$7,500 Pre-collision safety, all speed cruise control, Lane Departure Warning, Heads-up Display, Smart Key, Auto High Beam, ML, MR
Sports Luxury AWD $75,000
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