Lexus Drops Plenty of Powertrain with the New NX
The NX has been a big hit for Lexus over the years. With its excellent build quality, attainable opulence, and impressive fuel economy, Lexus has produced an understated triumph that exceeded many critics sales forecasts.
Of course, having been introduced in 2014, the NX rode the wave of a rapidly growing SUV segment with aplomb, and things haven’t slowed down much since. The all-new model will arrive in late January 2022, with an updated look, and a plethora of powertrain options.
“The all-new Lexus NX combines luxury specification and famous Takumi craftsmanship with next-generation design and a level of technology that extends from active safety and security to infotainment and powertrains,” Lexus Australia Chief Executive Scott Thompson said. “The range starts with a focus on lightness and agility, extends to our renowned best-selling hybrid-electric system, and a focus on power with an all-new turbocharged petrol engine and a high-performance, low-emissions PHEV.”
Let’s break the models down, shall we?
NX250 – This is the starting point of the range. Featuring a 2.5 litre, normally aspirated four-cylinder engine, producing 152kW of power and 243Nm of torque. All of that power is delivered to the front wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission which is capable of an 8.7 second 0-100km/h time, and a combined fuel economy of 6.9 litres per 100 kilometres.
NX350 – This is the beefiest of the all-petrol options. It utilises a 2.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 205kW and 430Nm. This extra oomph is delivered via all-wheel drive and is capable of a 7.0 second 0-100km/h time, and 8.1L/100km combined fuel economy.
NX350h Hybrid – Now the starting point of the NX hybrid range, the NX350h managed to squeeze some electric motors in with a 2.5-litre petrol engine to produce a combined 179kW of power. Available in both 2WD and AWD, both variants deliver consumption of only 5.0L/100km which Lexus says “eclipses all luxury medium SUV diesel-only rivals.” 0-100km/h times are a respectable 8.7 seconds for the front-wheel drive, and 7.7 seconds for the all-wheel-drive version.
NX450h+ Plug-in Hybrid – AKA the ‘crème de la crème’ of the NX range. The first plug-in hybrid offering from Lexus is as sustainable as it is spritely. Combining a 2.5-litre petrol engine and two electric motors, the 227kW mid-size SUV is capable of blitzing the 0-100km/h dash in 6.3-seconds. The 18.1kWh battery delivers an all-electric driving range of up to 87km, with combined fuel consumption from 1.3 litres per 100km and CO2 emissions of just 29 grams per kilometre.
Every Lexus NX is delivered with the Lexus Warranty Experience featuring a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty and (for the NX350h and NX450h+) a 10-year, unlimited-kilometre battery warranty.
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