Next-generation Lexus NX will arrive in Australia in November and local details have been provided in advance.

It sits on a platform with a longer wheelbase to provide more interior space. The NX debuts a powerful 2.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a more advanced petrol-electric hybrid powertrain.

It will feature a Tazuna Concept which Lexus says allows the driver to intuitively connect with the car and concentrate more on driving operations.

A Lexus-first E-Latch system electronically controls the latching and unlatching of doors, combining with a blind-spot monitor to provide a Lexus-first safe exit assist function that helps prevent accidents caused by door operation when the vehicle is stopped. This is part of the next-generation Lexus Safety System+.

The new-generation petrol-electric NX 350h combines a 2.5-litre petrol engine with a new high-capacity Lithium-ion battery pack.

A new electronically controlled full-time AWD system is standard for the NX 350 variant. Its 2.4-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder petrol engine replaces the 2.0-litre in the previous NX 300.

New NX 250 has a 2.5-litre petrol engine and only has front wheel drive.

The globally available NX 450h+ PHEV (not confirmed for Australia) has a thermally-efficient 2.5-litre petrol engine with front and rear motors. its Lithium-ion battery has an impressive 18.1 kilowatt-hour (kWh) power output.

Lexus Australia Chief Executive Scott Thompson said the all-new NX represented a leap forward for the luxury lifestyle brand and a luxury medium SUV that is the most popular Lexus in Australia.

“The all-new Lexus NX is an extensive leap forward for design, performance and technology, with its athletic exterior matched by a dynamic new cockpit concept, advanced powertrains, plus engaging steering and handling,” Mr Thompson said.

“When these attributes combine with trademark-Lexus quality and luxury, ride comfort and refinement, we are confident the all-new NX will create a new luxury medium SUV benchmark when it arrives in November.”

The all-new NX is based on the development concept of “Vital x Tech Gear” that combines vital dynamism with advanced technology.

We will arrange to carry out a road test review on the Lexus NX when it goes on sale in Australia and provide you with our thoughts on it.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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