2015 Lexus NX Luxury Compact Crossover: The Game Changer

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Like precedents, records and rules, status quos are made to be broken, a reason why Toyota decided to enter the highly competitive luxury vehicle segment with its Lexus brand in 1989. Consumers at the time scuffed at the very idea. Some even called its flagship model, the LS 400, a glorified version of the Toyota Camry. The competition didn’t know what to make of it either. After all, Tokyo’s rich and famous were still getting chauffeur around town in their Mercedes, Lincoln, Rolls and Cadillacs. Journalists who covered the automotive industry thought otherwise however. Over-engineered like its German counterparts, Lexus loaded the cars with enough luxury accommodations to rival British automakers while still priced them to be practical, a practice perfected by the Americans. Soon enough, the company proved its critics wrong by claiming the title as the Most Reliable Brand from J.D. Power and Associates, fourteen times to be exact. Now, in preparation for its 25th anniversary this year, Lexus is reformulating the gameplay with the 2015 Lexus NX Luxury Compact Crossover.

“True Grit, Pure Grace”
A well thought statement that truly convey the Lexus NX Luxury Compact Crossover’s design DNA. Sure, its road clearance is much less than your traditional SUV and it certainly can’t climb an incline of 45-degree. But the Lexus NX can still chew and spit dirt like the rest of them thanks to its super intelligent AWD systems. There is no doubt it’s a Lexus though. Once you shut the doors and roll up the windows, you feel you’re in a sensory deprivation tank. Cruising down Interstate-40 West right outside of Nashville, Tennessee, there were virtually no road noise. In fact, the MacPherson strut suspension up front and the double wishbone rear suspension did their jobs so well, the Lexus NX felt like a vehicle much grander such as the LS 600h L.

2015 Lexus NX 300h
The Lexus NX will be available in two trims with two very different power trains, including a hybrid version with a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle gasoline engine. With its “kick-down” function that delivers a higher RPM, the Lexus NX 300h can outrun most of the hybrids out there, without sacrificing fuel efficiency.

2015 Lexus NX 200t F SPORT
Powered by a 2.0-liter, 235-horsepower turbo gasoline engine, the 2015 Lexus NX 200t is also Lexus’ first turbocharged vehicle. In a twin-scroll configuration with four-into-two exhaust manifold, the design minimize turbo lag while increase fuel efficiency.

Designed To Satisfy Future Lexus Customers
In his product presentation about the Lexus NX with journalists, Doug Herbert from Lexus College addressed the obvious head-on. While the Lexus NX shares many similar traits with the Toyota RAV4, engineers actually re-designed 90% of the vehicle, including new features and additions, to satisfy expectations of Lexus customers.

With the hard-to-miss “spindle-shaped” grille, Lexus’ newest design signature, in front, the NX’s exterior features a recurring theme of arrows and Ls, from the daytime running lights to the optional LED headlights. Elements continue onward to the back with sharp rear lights and another imprint of the spindle silhouette.