2014 BEIJING AUTO SHOW

Lexus NX compact crossover will have 3 powertrains

The NX production version cleaves closely to the aggressively creased concept car displayed at last year's Frankfurt auto show.
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TOKYO – Lexus plans to unveil the production version of its NX compact crossover at this month’s Beijing Auto Show how with three powertrains, including a turbo and hybrid for the United States.

Photos of the NX show a production version that cleaves closely to the aggressively creased concept car displayed at last year’s Frankfurt show, but with softer treatment of the jagged edges.

Powertrains will vary by region. Lexus is offering a naturally aspirated NX 200, a NX 300h hybrid and an NX 200t turbo.

The U.S. market will offer the NX 200t turbo and NX 300h hybrid. The NX 200t F Sport will also be available in America.

The turbo and naturally aspirated variants will get the choice of front and all-weather drive layouts.

The NX is Lexus’ first gambit in the small luxury crossover arena and will battle such rivals as the BMW X1 and Audi Q3. It will slot below the RX in an increasingly popular segment.

The vehicle debuts on April 20 during press previews at the Beijing show.

Lexus says the NX will also go on display that same day at the New York Auto Show.

True to Lexus’ design language, the NX gets a gaping spindle grille, LED headlamps and swoosh mark running lights. Bold fender flares house standard 17-inch or optional 18-inch wheels.

The vehicle is also the first Lexus to get a door handle with a hidden key barrel and integrated lighting.

Inside, the cockpit is equipped with a wireless charging tray for mobile devices. A new Lexus Remote Touch Interface System is also Lexus’ first use of a touch pad, instead of a joystick.

The cockpit is equipped with a wireless charging tray for mobile devices.

Other features include a head-up display, radar cruise control and a blind spot monitor that alerts to rear cross traffic.

Still included: The round analog clock, front and center.

You can reach Hans Greimel at hgreimel@crain.com. -- Follow Hans on Twitter


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