Lexus NX Range Rover Evoque rival priced and specced up for your consumption.
Details and a price for the Lexus NX have been announced. The new model, which will go up against the Range Rover Evoque and Mercedes-Benz GLA in the mid-sized premium crossover market, is open to orders. Deliveries are expected to arrive in the UK in October.
The Lexus NX 300h hybrid will be available from the get-go. A 2.5-litre Atkinson cycle engine and an electric motor combine to create 195bhp. A 2.0-litre turbo petrol is planned for March 2015. Still no word on fuel economy, CO2 emissions and performance for either engine.
Buyers will have a choice of five trim levels, ranging from the NX 300 H S (S for standard) to the top-spec Premier. Standard equipment on all models includes a pre-crash safety system and adaptive cruise control.
There’s plenty of other technology packed into the new Nexus. You can wirelessly charge your phone or tablets on a special pad, for example. A head-up display, blind spot monitor, rear cross traffic alert and, in the case of the NX 300t, G-sensor and boost meter, are also available.
The bottom NX 300h S is front-wheel drive, unlike all other models. It comes with 17-inch alloys, LED headlights with daytime running lights, dual-zone climate control, eight-speaker sound system, DAB digital radio, 60:40 folding rear seats, hill assist control, eight airbags and a USB connection for connecting a device.
SE adds all-wheel drive, integrated roof rails, rain-sensing wipers, parking sensors, smart entry, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, 18-inch alloys and heated front seats. Luxury adds LED fog lamps, rear privacy glass, electrically adjustable and heated seats, parking sensors and silver trim inserts and scuff plates.
Next up is F Sport, which adds two-tone 18-inch alloys, F Sport seats, F sport suspension, electric steering column adjustment, power tailgate and the aforementioned wireless smartphone charger.
Premier adds 18-inch alloys with a unique design, improved headlights, auto-dimming door mirrors, heated and ventilated front seats with lumbar support, lane keep assist, head-up display, rear cross traffic alert, automatic high beam, card key, navigation system, Mark Levinson audio system and 360-degree panoramic view.
Prices start from £29,495 for the 300h. The 300h Premier will set you back £42,995 ─ £6,000 more than the F Sport and £8,500 more than the 300h Luxury.