Official presentation by Toyota's North America boss gives an early look at final production version of the Lexus LF-NX SUV

Images of the final production version of the dramatic Lexus LF-NX concept have been leaked online, months ahead of the Range Rover Evoque rival's official debut.

The pictures, which appeared in a presentation given by Toyota North America CEO James Lentz, show a production model resembling a toned-down version of the original concept. The model is tipped to take the NX name for production, slotting in below the larger RX SUV in Lexus's line-up.

The NX will be based on the architecture of the Toyota RAV4 and will offer hybrid power as well as a new 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine - Lexus's first - which Lentz confirmed at the presentation.

He added that it would "pave the way for turbos, for the future, in Lexus models - and turn a few heads along the way".

Lexus has recently trademarked 'NX200t', which correlates with both the 'NX' moniker of the concept and the turbocharged powerplant. The denomination could also relate to the the 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine seen in the concept.

The manufacturer has also trademarked GS200t and RC200t, suggesting the new turbo powerplant may make its way into other models.

As yet Lexus has issued no technical details about the new engine, although it is known it is based on the 2.5-litre 'AR' four-cylinder employed in the IS 300h hybrid.

The LF-NX concept was designed to gauge the reaction of European buyers to a more aggressive and distinctive design than previously offered. Design project manager Nobuyuki Tomatsu said: "We want this to be a very influential car — one to make its rivals look boring.”

Speaking on the positioning on the NX, Lexus boss Mark Templin told Autocar last year: “It will be a great product for us because if you forecast where the segments of growth are between now and 2020 that is one of the biggest ones. There is a big shift to SUVs all over the world.”

Lexus declined to comment on the images when contacted by Autocar. 

Our Verdict

Lexus GS300h

The Lexus GS has been injected with a few ounces of sportiness, making it a left-field contender in the mid-size exec category

Join the debate

Comments
6

29 January 2014
its a shame they didnt just produce the concept, using a matt finish to tone down the surfacing. it would have made a great statement and really put the boot in the idea that Lexi are dowdy appliances, an image the new IS and GS dont really shift.

29 January 2014
All very well making a statement providing it's not "I'm ugly as hell!"


29 January 2014
I would buy the concept if I could afford one! I think it looks great! It is a bit overdone, L finesse dialled upto 11. It would be great to see a production model dialled down to say a 9. The leaked production model looks a 4 or 5, on the verge of boring / bland.

30 January 2014
winniethewoo wrote:

I would buy the concept if I could afford one!

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder! If you like it...you like it! I can't help but think the divisive looks will harm sales, though.


30 January 2014
Toyota / Lexus are trying to shake off their image as appliances you use to get from A to B... hence this car and the new "Supra". Having divisive styling may harm sales, but it will put them on the map. I think people will actually go for it if the cars handle how they look and are decently engineered. Perhaps they will appeal to the *anker set who think driving a S-Line Audi or BMW with M-Sport bodykit entitles them drive exactly how they like.

30 January 2014
Toyota / Lexus are trying to shake off their image as appliances you use to get from A to B... hence this car and the new "Supra". Having divisive styling may harm sales, but it will put them on the map. I think people will actually go for it if the cars handle how they look and are decently engineered. Perhaps they will appeal to the *anker set who think driving a S-Line Audi or BMW with M-Sport bodykit entitles them drive exactly how they like.

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Lexus LC500
    Car review
    20 October 2017
    Futuristic Lexus LC coupé mixes the latest technology with an old-school atmospheric V8
  • Maserati Levante S GranSport
    First Drive
    20 October 2017
    Get ready to trade in your diesels: Maserati’s luxury SUV finally gets the engine it’s always needed
  • Jaguar XF Sportbrake TDV6
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The handsome Jaguar XF Sportbrake exhibits all the hallmarks that makes the saloon great, and with the silky smooth diesel V6 makes it a compelling choice
  • Volkswagen T-Roc TDI
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    Volkswagen's new compact crossover has the looks, the engineering and the build quality to be a resounding success, but not with this diesel engine
  • BMW M550i
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The all-paw M550i is a fast, effortless mile-muncher, but there's a reason why it won't be sold in the UK