Lexus NX showcases innovative, Australia-first technologies

Brett Davis

The Lexus NX made its Australian debut at the Good Design Awards last night, where some of its cool new features were revealed for the first time.

Lexus NX 300h

The Lexus NX is the company’s proposal for the compact luxury SUV market segment. It will not only showcase a number of Australia-firsts, it also becomes the first hybrid SUV in its class.

Other unique firsts include a wireless charging tray for smart phones, touch-sensitive interior lighting, power adjustable rear seats, and an advanced new third generation Lexus Remote Touch system that offers similar operability of a smart phone with force feedback.

In terms of safety, the NX will be available with a 360-degree panoramic view monitor, blind-spot warning, cross-traffic alert, and a reversing camera.

Two engine variants will go on sale in Australia, including the NX 300h hybrid and the NX 200t with a Lexus-first 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine.

The 300h comes with a 2.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine paired with an electric motor system, producing an overall output of 145kW. As for the exciting new 2.0-litre turbo, it produces 175kW and 350Nm. Sean Hanley, Lexus Australia chief executive, said,

“With NX 300h and 200t customers will be able to choose from a broad range of drivetrains and models, all paired to the greatest array of interior and exterior combinations to grace a Lexus production vehicle.”

Market entry will take place in October for the NX 300h and early in 2015 for the 200t. Prices are yet to be announced.

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