2015 Lexus NX 300hOne has to wonder why it took so long for Lexus to enter the hotly contested compact premium crossover market. The brand itself projects some 36,000 sales for its brand-new NX, which is set to go on sale in the US in November. Add that potential to the 100,000-plus RX crossovers it sells annually in the States and Lexus looks poised to put some hurt on German rivals like Audi, BMW and Mercedes.

The vast majority of Lexus NX models imported to the States will be powered by a new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that pumps 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque to either the front or all four wheels. Just 10 percent or so of NX models will get the 194-horsepower hybrid powertrain wrapped in NX 300h trim. Though not yet rated by the EPA, Lexus projects mileage ratings of 22 city, 28 highway and 24 combined for the turbo and 35/31/33 for front-wheel-drive hybrids (expect a one-mpg combined hit for AWD models with either engine).

In terms of sizing, the Lexus NX is dimensionally very similar to the Audi Q5, which starts at $37,300. Lexus hasn't yet released pricing information for its NX, but promises to be in the same range as its competitors. We note with interest that the larger Lexus RX starts at $40,795 – a little over $3,000 more than the Audi its NX will compete against – and wonder out loud if the Japanese automaker can undercut its German competitors in pricing with the NX. Expect official pricing info from Lexus closer to its on-sale date later this year.

Bill Camp, Dealer Education Administrator for Lexus College, tells Autoblog that the brand doesn't expect the new NX to cannibalize many sales from the larger RX, saying that around 50 percent of NX buyers will likely be new to the brand, with an equal amount moving into their first luxury-branded vehicle, continuing a trend set by its recently renewed IS sedan. Also of note are suggestions from Lexus that NX buyers will be 5 to 12 years younger than is typical for the brand.

We can't yet share any driving impressions of the 2015 Lexus NX, but we can tell you that the automaker says the turbo engine and all-wheel-drive setup of the NX 200t can sprint its way to 60 miles per hour in 7.0 seconds, and that the available F Sport model does indeed include some performance-minded enhancements for your driving pleasure. Stay tuned for driving impressions coming soon, and in the meantime, have a look at the live image galleries of the 2015 NX 200t F Sport above, along with the NX 200t and NX 300h below.


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      SneakATax
      • 5 Months Ago
      Throw this motor in the tacoma and take my money already
        T.rack
        • 5 Months Ago
        @SneakATax
        I soooooo agree...makes such good sense...why it probably won't happen
        dacelbot
        • 5 Months Ago
        @SneakATax
        Yes! Especially the hybrid and sport version's engines.
      dude
      • 5 Months Ago
      the only car designed with using just a ruler....
      leo
      • 5 Months Ago
      it will sell, but i still don't like the nike signs and why is that sideline above the door handles and deeping right before the side mirror look like that in a Nissan? but overall the hybrid is the way to get this one..
      username
      • 5 Months Ago
      I didn't think Lexus could get any uglier than the RX. I was wrong.
      Bird
      • 5 Months Ago
      It looks nice actually.
      Rochester
      • 5 Months Ago
      Lexus has a design theme going on here which is going to look really stupid in only a few short years (to those people who don't already feel that way.) Bad decision, Lexus.
        Zoom
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Rochester
        When there are hundreds of thousands of these on the road Lexus won't think it's a bad decision.
      Koenigsegg
      • 5 Months Ago
      1 pic, ugly as sh*t. Done looking at it.
      MacProMan
      • 5 Months Ago
      with all the recalls from Toyota in the last few years, I don't think I would trust a turbo charged motor from them
      Avinash Machado
      • 5 Months Ago
      Quite nice looking.
      FriscoKid
      • 5 Months Ago
      I am finally in the position financially to afford a Lexus and this is what they are starting to look like. What a bummer. Oh well, the search for a comfortable and reliable nice car will continue...
        srlalsd1
        • 5 Months Ago
        @FriscoKid
        This looks good ... it is modern and awesome.
        Greg Aryous
        • 5 Months Ago
        @FriscoKid
        At least take a look at the all new Lincoln MKC cross over that has gotten race reviews from all of the motoring press. Plus it has a more powerful engine with dynamic suspension and very upscale interiors for competitive price!
          paqza
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Greg Aryous
          FriscoKid specified reliability as being important. Unfortunately, Ford/Lincoln are still not in the same league as Lexus there.
          merlot066
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Greg Aryous
          Lincoln has consistently been near the top of reliability studies. Aside from problems with AWD systems on first-gen MKS and MKX models, Lincolns are very reliable. According to JD Powers, Lexus is the most reliable brand by a wide margin. Moving to another brand will result in a significant drop in reliability. Lincoln ranked 7th in JD Powers study, tied with Honda and Toyota.
          Robert
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Greg Aryous
          The problem with the Lincoln is that the escape already carries a very European feel and comes with a sufficient level of refinement. Although the 2.3 is a nice jump, the 2.0 gives the escape enough get up and go for most so it becomes difficult to justify the additional expense over a titanium trimmed Ford.
          FriscoKid
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Greg Aryous
          Greg, the MkC actually is the perfect vehicle for me size (and would appear, luxury) wise. The only problem for me would be Lincolns reliability. Addressing merlot066's comment, several of my friends have owned a number of recent Lincoln vehicles and each has had a number of problems which each of them. None of them show stoppers, but a lot of annoying things that can ruin the ownership experience. Their dealer experience has also been less than satisfactory when the problems were addressed. Our Explorer is another example of a Ford product that is long on promise and short on delivery, which is a shame because if it weren't for all of the annoyances (and a few bigger problems), it would be a fabulous vehicle. Overall, our personal experience (and observing 5 distinct Ford/Lincoln products come up short quality wise) would dissuade us from purchasing a Ford/Lincoln product.
          merlot066
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Greg Aryous
          The usual down vote of facts. I was just pointing out that Lincoln has always done very well reliability-wise by multiple sources. The MKZ (which my mom currently has as a DD) was at the top of CR's reliability chart back around 2009-2010 when I had my subscription, and it beat out the Lexus ES for #1 dependability two years ago and tied for first last year. /facts My DD is a 2005 Aviator. Aside from two bearings and ball joints (I drive my 5,000 pound SUV much harder than I should), I haven't had any issues, electronics, powertrain, anything. My neighbor, who has owned nothing but foreign vehicles for the past 20 years, bought a 2011 Ford Flex Limited EcoBoost on my recommendation and has not stopped telling me (and everybody she knows) about how much she loves it. She drives a lot for work and usually keeps a her cars for 4-5 years. I showed her the new MKZ hybrid with the retractable roof (she really wanted a convertible but the back seats were too small) and she liked it but then told me she wouldn't get one because she would have to get rid of her Flex. /anecdote
        tool0117
        • 5 Months Ago
        @FriscoKid
        IS350 F sport looks amazing in person. Better than the new 3 series, C class, anything from Honda/Acura.
          FriscoKid
          • 5 Months Ago
          @tool0117
          I have not been a fan of the new 'face' of Lexus. I can't get to a point where I like that big gaping maw they call a grill. The GS and the ES have, IMO, the least offensive interpretation. The LS just looks dumb with it considering the design of the rest of the car. Maybe in a few years they will temper the look and find that razors edge combination of modern crisp design with classic good looks that will last.
      David
      • 5 Months Ago
      A Subaru XV, with an ugly front, and mediocre-looking seats. Fun.
        zchmcqn
        • 5 Months Ago
        @David
        You realize not a lot of people agree with you, right?
      H.E. Pennypacker
      • 5 Months Ago
      looks mean and futuristic, and will surely appeal to suburban tailgaters and other jerk drivers.
        Dave
        • 5 Months Ago
        @H.E. Pennypacker
        Replacement vehicle for all of the Type A drivers who bought or leased the RDX turbo.
          clquake
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Dave
          This is actually very accurate, the 2nd gen RDX isn't cutting it for me, I still drive my first gen RDX more, but it's now at an age where I have to start looking for its replacement. If the NX's handling is as sharp as the SHAWD system, then it's a winner.
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