Meet the all-new NX, Lexus' entry into the space occupied by the likes of the BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA. Based off the LF-NX Concept and sharing much of the design language seen on the polarizing IS sedan, the NX looks to be a rather sporty Lexus crossover.

The big news here is under the hood: the NX will be the first Lexus to use a turbocharged engine. That's right, a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder can be found in both the NX 200t and NX 200t F Sport. There will also be an NX 300h, and if Lexus' nomenclature remains consistent, we already know all about that one. As of right now, there aren't a lot of details on either powertrain, although with the NX's Beijing debut still over a week away, here's hoping we know more soon.

2015 Lexus NXAs for that design... well, we're waiting to see it up close. The initial reaction from the Autoblog team has been mixed so far. Like the IS, there are plenty of sharp angles, while the front is dominated by the brand's spindle grille. Lexus' designers have refined the shape of the headlights, giving them a cleaner overall look than on the pioneering IS. In back, LED taillights come standard. According to Lexus, 17-inch wheels are the base rollers, while 18s are optional.

The interior, meanwhile, is a rather clean piece of design, with long, unbroken stretches of what looks like leather on the dash complemented with strips of wood or metal, depending on trim level. We're guessing that the black interior with red seats belongs to the F Sport model, which uses completely different buckets for the front passengers.

Take a look up top for a full gallery of studio images taken by our own Drew Phillips, and then scroll down for the press release and official gallery from Lexus.
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All-New Lexus NX Compact Crossover Launches With Marque's First Turbo Powertrain
Available With Three Powertrains: Gasoline Turbo NX 200t, Naturally Aspirated NX 200, and Full Hybrid NX 300h
Lexus Enters Luxury Compact Crossover Segment
NX Reveal at Beijing International Automotive Exhibition on April 20

BEIJING – April 11, 2014 – There's a first for everything! The all-new Lexus NX comes to market as the brand's first entry into the luxury compact crossover segment and with the first turbo in the lineup. The NX will also be offered in naturally aspirated and hybrid powertrains. Powertrains will vary by region. The U.S. market will offer the NX 200t turbo and NX 300h hybrid. The NX 200t F SPORT will also be available with unique exterior and interior features.

Lexus will maintain its role as the luxury hybrid leader with six hybrid models including the
NX 300h. The NX will be the fourth vehicle in Lexus' luxury utility vehicle lineup and positioned below the popular RX.

The Lexus LF-NX concepts, originally introduced at the 2013 Frankfurt and Tokyo Motor Shows, influenced the striking and emotional design of the NX. The sharply styled crossover will be revealed at the 2014 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition on April 20.

Chief engineer Takeaki Kato and his team developed NX as a luxury vehicle that provides versatility and details unexpected in its class to young, urban drivers.

Exterior Design

The NX was developed to have more agility than a SUV plus a bold, eye-catching exterior with its low profile and unique roofline.

As with all Lexus vehicles, the aggressive exterior starts with the spindle grille. Innovative LED headlamps and daytime running lamps firmly express Lexus' bold styling.

The front and rear wheel arches add to the NX's wide and low, muscular stance with bold flares.
The arches house standard 17-inch or available 18-inch wheels.

The profile is accentuated by a roofline peak set towards the back of the vehicle to create a tight silhouette and provide ample head-room for rear seat occupants.
´┐╝Subtle, luxury details are included in the innovative Lexus-first door handle with a hidden key barrel and integrated lighting.

The rear is punctuated by Lexus' signature 'L' shape combination lamps, each with seamless LED lighting, while the bodywork echoes the spindle grille design.

The NX 200t F SPORT will feature exclusive design elements and enhanced driving performance.

Interior Design

The NX's cabin combines the structural beauty of a high-performance machine with luxury materials that maximizes functionality. The combination of hard metallic surfaces and contrasting soft materials help create a unique interior.

A strong, center silver frame surrounds and defines the center instrument panel. Knee pads located at the base of the center stack help support the driver and passenger. The Human Machine Interface (HMI) technology continues the impression of an advanced vehicle and is also located at the bottom of the center stack.

Seating played a significant role in the cabin design. The NX possesses a low hip point adding to the connection of the driver to the vehicle and increasing overall head room. The NX also has a long cargo area length and a wide front to rear couple distance.


The NX introduces an innovative all-new 2.0-liter gasoline turbo in NX 200t and a naturally aspirated engine in NX 200 with the choice of front and all-weather drive. Lexus also offers a highly efficient hybrid in NX 300h.

The NX has an array of innovative on-board technology, including an available Lexus-first Wireless Charging Tray to enable a mobile phone to be charged. Other available technology includes the first application of a new Lexus Remote Touch Interface with a touch pad; and a comprehensive Multi- information Display, including a Lexus-first G sensor and boost meter, Heads-Up Display, All-speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

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      • 8 Months Ago
      Looks rather too similar to the Mazda CX-5, but that is not bad in itself. I'm waiting to see the power specs and internal dimensions of this thing. Am sure that it would be more than competitive on price with the X3 , GLK and Q5 - those actually ring closer to the RX350 in price while being smaller. If they manage to keep this 40k loaded - that would be excellent, I suppose.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Oh and I also feel Lexus will kill one of the two BOF SUV's it has and perhaps make a three row crossover instead.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Not sure the soccer moms it's marketed towards are going to like the looks of this thing.
      • 8 Months Ago
      How long until Lexus transfers the 2. 0 to Toyota models? I do like this production model, but next to the new Rav4, it's not all that unique on the outside. I guess it's the interior you pay for.
      • 8 Months Ago
      '...will be the first Lexus to use a turbocharged engine' should really say '..use a turbocharged petrol engine'. - The lowly and unreliable IS220d at least claims its only bragging right there.
      Jeremy Conley
      • 8 Months Ago
      I see the market for this car is that one guy you know that has knowledge in everything you never asked him about.
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      • 8 Months Ago
      If they put this new turbo motor into the RAV4, I would probably end up buying one.
      • 8 Months Ago
      It looks like a hideously over-styled Rav4.
      • 8 Months Ago
      What's going on over at Lexus? Is a 13 year old amine fan running their design department? Lexus has had some beautiful cars in the past (SC 430, all generations of LS until the current one, first and second gen GS, second gen IS) but lately the designs have become juvenile and over the top. It seems the "relentless pursuit of perfection" has become "A Desperate Pursuit of Attention".
        • 8 Months Ago
        Agree 100%. There is NOTHING classy about this design. It sort of makes the visual statement that Lexus is trying to compete with Nissan.
      • 8 Months Ago
      A CX-5 ripoff under Lexus knife-fight design.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Ugly as f*** just like like all the other new Lexus' except the gorgeous RCF of course
      • 8 Months Ago
      It's ugly and those wheel arches are a crime against humanity.
      Eduardo Martinez
      • 8 Months Ago
      Lexus! What are you doing?!? LEXUS STAHP!!
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