Lexus has officially entered the compact crossover segment after the first NX unit rolled of the line at company`s Miyata plant in Japan.
The car will rival cars like BMW X3, Mercedes GLK and Audi Q5, using a bold design and Lexus`s first turbocharged engine.
The entry level version, dubbed NX200t will use a turbocharged 2.0 liter four cylinder petrol unit, delivering 235 hp and 349 Nm of torque. The turbo engine is being assembled at Kanda Plant, Kyushu, Japan also.
The car will arrive in Europe and US starting this fall with prices to be announced in the next months. Even so, on local market, Lexus NX already attracted 6500 orders.
“People all over the world are excited about the NX. Dealers understand its potential, and they’re asking us to give them as many as possible, as soon as possible… We believe the NX will sell well around the world, and that it will become a core model in the Lexus lineup”, says Iwao Nihashi, president of Toyota Motor Kyushu.