Lexus aims to take on Audi and BMW in the compact SUV market with its boldly designed NX, which made world debut in Beijing
Mark Tisshaw
20 April 2014

The new Lexus NX, the manufacturer's entry into the booming compact SUV market, has made its debut at the Beijing motor show.

Lexus's new model is the firm’s answer to the likes of the Audi Q5 and BMW X3. It's set to reach the UK by the end of the year after order books open in May.

The NX production car is a follow-up to the controversial and dramatically styled LF-NX concept from the Frankfurt motor show last week. While the look has been toned down somewhat from the concept, the production car is still a bold, angular design in a class where conservatism typically rules.

Indeed, at the concept’s unveiling, Lexus design project manager Nobuyuki Tomatsu said the firm wanted the NX “to be a very influential car — one to make its rivals look boring”.

Lexus is hoping the new model will bring new customers to the brand, the NX standing as a “hero model”, one that will “set new standards for future Lexus models”.

The exterior design features an enlarged version of Lexus’s now familiar family spindle grille flanked by slim headlights and strips of LED daytime running lights. The flared wheel arches house 17-inch alloys in regular models and 18-inch alloys in F Sport versions.

Other exterior design features include a heavily sculpted bonnet, a sloping roofline, sharply creased lower body sides, and the continuation of the angular theme from the front to the rear of the car.

Lexus says it has taken inspiration from sports cars for the NX's interior, which also adopts the angular design of the outside. The premium look and feel of the cabin includes a thick-rimmed leather-wrapped steering wheel, a full-leather finish for F Sport models, and a large central screen in the dashboard for the infotainment display.

Equipment includes a wireless charging function for portable devices, such as smartphones, a touch-pad controller for the infotainment options, a head-up display and a information display that includes a G-force sensor.

Engines offered worldwide include Lexus’s familiar petrol-electric hybrid system in the NX300h, a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine (a Lexus first) in the NX200t, and a naturally aspirated 2.0-litre petrol in the NX200.

Each will be offered with front- or all-wheel drive. UK engine options will be confirmed in May.

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11 April 2014
The design of the production model is much more palatable than the crumpled design of the concept. I still find the Nike swoosh headlight design overwrought, but it is starting to grow on me.
I wonder if Lexus will have a case on their hands for using Nissan's NX model designation?

11 April 2014
Stunning from Lexus, should shake things up a bit

11 April 2014
Is there a secret competition between Audi and Lexus to see who can design the biggest (if not the gawkiest) grill on their cars? My grill is bigger than yours etc...

11 April 2014
This thing is a schizophrenic. Front and rear look like a tourettes argument on sheet metal.
Interior is nice though.

11 April 2014
Do they get extra NCAP points if the car looks better after a frontal collision.

I understand the need to be different & brave, but this is like putting a hair implant on a woman's nose, it looks weird but does attract attention!!

11 April 2014
Actually really like this in its 'Mazda CX-5 slashed with a carving knife' kind of way... Definitely the best version of Lexus' design language thus far and more striking than its main rivals, which I still think look a bit ungainly.

11 April 2014
design take too literal rather than creating aesthetic values via creativity. a statement. given too much set of limitation and to work around it without realizing, it does not look attractive in a more artistic sense to create a passion but attractive in its way to attract. maybe stylist have given a set of rules to create a style to captures peoples attention rather than imagination. throw them marketing men out of the studios and to the lions

11 April 2014
What does this nonsense mean?

As to the Lexus i quite like it, its not boring.

11 April 2014
vinylnutter wrote:

What does this nonsense mean?

As to the Lexus i quite like it, its not boring.

you don't understand a word I say and all you could come up with is...its not bring? who let loose the village fool!!

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11 April 2014
...see, this is exactly why I don't like Japanese cars...they either have no idea of their own, so they run off almost exact copies of someone else's work...as Lexus LS and GS have in the past with rip offs of Mercedes-Benz design,. Or they go off in their own direction and come up with some 'Banzai' weird stuff like this. Different, granted, palatable for middle England for example in any numbers, I doubt it.
Agreed the interior looks OK, but you just know that when you sit in it , all that lovely leather and it will still smell of cheap (British Leyland 1980's) plastic. Sad.

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