A hybrid version of the concept was first seen at the Frankfurt motor show earlier this year. The original design was built to gauge reaction to an avant-garde SUV from Lexus to take on the Range Rover Evoque. The concept was powered by a 2.5-litre petrol engine producing 156bhp, plus a small-capacity electric motor.
This new latest version features a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, the first turbocharged engine fitted in a Lexus. The four-cylinder unit features the exhaust manifold integrated into the cylinder head which allows Lexus to optimate exhaust gas temperature to deliver improved performance and emissions.
An insider said that the production version of the car will be offered without the option of a hybrid engine. Globally, the booming segment demands a non-hybrid powertrain.
The styling of this turbocharged version of the LF-NX differs slightly from the original hybrid concept, and is less outlandish than our pictures suggest. It has a new front grille treatment, wheelarches finished in high-gloss black and a new lower bumper features a diffuser with a matt chrome finish.