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New NX FWD will be cheapest model in range, with firm claiming lower running costs and emissions

The Lexus NX SUV line-up has beren expanded with a new front-wheel drive variant that the firm claims will be cheaper to run than the existing four-wheel drive car.

The new front-wheel drive NX is also the most affordable version of the Japanese firm's mid-sized crossover, opening the line-up at £35,860. Four-wheel-drive cars start from £37,110.

The NX FWD will continue to save drivers money after purchase, with its reduced emissions (161g/km of CO2 compared to the existing car’s 171g/km) placing it in a lower road tax band. Lexus says this results in an annual saving of £330.

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It also receives a lower benefit-in-kind tax rating of 35% in the first year, compared to the 4WD car’s 37%, meaning fleet drivers could save £832 over three years, compared to the current car.

The NX’s hybridised 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine is carried over, but the new drivetrain layout makes it more efficient on the WLTP combined cycle: where the 4WD car cracks an official 37.1mpg, the new FWD version is capable of 39.7mpg.

Otherwise, performance figures are unchanged. In both forms, the 2.5-litre motor pushes the NX from 0-62mph in 9.2 seconds and on to a top speed of 112mph. 

The new car is marked out from the existing NX by its slightly smaller 17in wheels, but otherwise receives the same standard equipment as the current car, namely heated front seats, smartphone connectivity, an 8in display screen, reversing camera and parking sensors at both ends. 

It’s available to order now through Lexus’ online dealership, with deliveries set to get underway “when conditions relating to the current Covid-19 pandemic permit,” according to the brand.


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Sundym 22 April 2020

Old tech

Still last gen tech compared to Rav4, so surely buy that ? Odd they haven't updated the NX yet , I thought most Japanese manufacturers worked on a 4 year cycle? The NX is coming up to 7 years old . In reply to the other poster I think the ES uses the new set up as per Rav4 hence better mpg.
artill 22 April 2020

I have driven the ES with the

I have driven the ES with the same FWD engine, box etc, and it did an easy 51 mpg on the trip computer. Can the SUV body on this really make it use that much more fuel, or do hybrids not do well in the WLTP test?

artill 22 April 2020

Odd how a new base model

Odd how a new base model looks better with smaller wheels, and no dark tint to the rear windows. Would look more appealing in another colour showing off more of its styling though