Lexus has introduced its all-new NX in SA.
This bold new vehicle is Lexus’ first assault on the mid-size luxury SUV segment and it will be going head-to-head with cars like the BMW X3 and Audi Q5.
The design is undoubtedly stunning and Lexus has done little to differentiate it from the LF-NX concept vehicle, first shown in 2013.
The SA line-up consists of two engine options in various trim levels.
The first is a turbocharged four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with 175kW and 350Nm of torque on tap. This particular model can accelerate 0-100km/h in around seven seconds and on to a top-speed of 200km/h.
If it’s frugality you’re after the 300h hybrid would definitely suit you better.
The Lexus series-parallel hybrid powertrain features a 2.5-litre Atkinson cycle engine and a multi-mode six-step electronically controlled all-gear continuously variable transmission.
The hybrid has a total system output of 145kW, which should be more than enough for most. The hybrid powertrain also allows the driver to travel in electric only mode for short distances, which makes it the obvious choice for inner-city commuters.
The hybrid powertrain is matched to proactive AWD called the Lexus E-Four system, with a 50kW electric motor to drive the rear axle when required. A pre-loaded front differential and yaw-rate feedback control further enhance AWD capabilities.
The system controls the torque split according to driver intention, vehicle condition and available traction – using information on vehicle speed, engine revolutions, throttle opening angle, shift position, steering angle and brake application, and from two G sensors and a yaw-rate sensor. The torque split in NX 200t AWD is situation-specific.
The Lexus is rather spacious on the inside and it has a boot that can house 500 litres of luggage with all the seats in place.
It’s also luxuriously equipped across the range, with even the base E-grade featuring niceties like cruise control, leather wrapped multi-function steering wheel, dual zone climate control and an eight-speaker sound system with a 7,1 inch infotainment display.
The EX grade adds, among a few other things, 18-inch alloy wheels, rain sensing wipers, heated front seats, navigation and park distance control.
The top-of-the-line F-Sport adds a sportier exterior treatment, F-Sport leather upholstery, wood trim, heated and ventilated front seats and a Sport+ mode for the Drive Mode Select system.
The NX is covered by a four-year/100 000km warranty and service plan. The E grade comes as standard with the Lexus Distance Plan, while the EX grade receives the Lexus Distance Plan Plus. The F-Sport takes it a step further by adding the Lexus Distance Plan Complete.
NX 200t E – R539 900
NX 200t EX – R579 900
NX 200t F-Sport – R659 900
NX 300h EX – R633 000