With the official local market launch coming soon, Lexus has revealed the specs and pricing details of their second-generation NX.
Longer, wider and lower than the model it replaces, the NX trades its predecessor’s new MC platform for the TNGA-K used by the RAV4. harrier†venzawith styling derived from the heavily updated IS and LS†
Unlike the former sedan, and indeed the recently revamped UX though, the South African NX lineup won’t be an all-hybrid affair according to the brand’s recent refocus. Instead, the initial powerplant choice will be two internal combustion engines, and the hybrid will follow later.
As such, the range opens with the NX 250 EX which uses a naturally aspirated 2.5-litre petrol engine, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The mill produces 152 kW/239 Nm and translates to a top speed of 200 km/h and 0-100 km/h in 9.1 seconds, with the drive only going to the front wheels.
Confirmed spec items include 18-inch alloy wheels, electric and heated front seats, the new 14-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless smartphone charger and Auto High Assist LED headlights.
Standard equipment in Lexus’ Safety System+ 3.0 means the EX comes standard with Intersection Turn Assist, Safe Exit Assist, Pre-Collision with Autonomous Emergency Braking plus Cyclist and Pedestrian Detection, Lane Trace Assist, Radar Adaptive Cruise Control, Steering Assist and Blind Spot Monitoring.
At the top of the range, the NX 350 will be offered exclusively in the F Sport guise for now, but while the name refers to a 3.5-litre engine, as has become commonplace, the motivation comes from Lexus’ new 2.4-litre turbo which delivers 205kW/430Nm.
Mated to a recalibrated eight-speed automatic transmission, the amount of spin, plus the added grip of four-wheel drive, allows the 350 to accelerate from 0-100km/h in seven seconds before reaching a V-max of 200km/H.
Compared to EX, external customizations include the F Sport side sills and bumpers, a darker mesh for the Spindle Grille, gloss black 20-inch F Sport alloy wheels and tri-beam LED headlights.
Inside, the F Sport benefits from a new 10-inch Heads-Up Display, an 8-inch TFT instrument cluster, F Sport seats, alloy pedals, an F Sport steering wheel and gear lever, a digital rear-view mirror and a Mark Levinson sound system with 17 speakers.
In addition, the F Sport comes standard with the adaptive variable suspension and the five-position selector switch.
Compared to the EX, three custom interior colors are offered; black, white and Flare Red vs. Black, Hazelnut and Rich Cream.
In total, the NX can be finished in nine colours, with White Nova and Poseidon Blue being limited to the F Sport.
The other shades are:
- sonic chrome;
- Graphite Black;
- sonic quartz;
- Terrance Khaki;
- Sonic titanium;
- Burning Carnelian;
- Heavenly Blue;
- madder red
A seven-year/105,000 km warranty and maintenance plan is standard on both models, with the EX for R860,000 and the F Sport for R1 075 400.