NX 200t features first Lexus turbo engine; two F SPORT packages available

The new Lexus NX, equipped with the first turbocharged engine in a vehicle from Toyota’s luxury brand, has been given an official starting sticker price of $40,950.

The NX lineup starts with the 200t model powered by a 2.0-litre Atkinson-cycle turbocharged four-cylinder engine making 235 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. That power is routed through a six-speed automatic transmission and sent to all four wheels.

The base 200t starts at the aforementioned $40,950 while the top-trimmed 200t F SPORT Series 2 reaches all the way up to $53,050 (full detailed pricing below).

Those looking for a slightly more economical option, at least from a fuel consumption perspective, can opt for the NX 300h. The hybrid model, powered by a 2.5-litre Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine mated to a Lexus Hybrid Drive electric motor, pumps out a combined 194 hp and 152 lb-ft of torque.

Expect to pay a fair bit more for the 300h, with prices starting at $58,850 before optional extras.

Fuel consumption ratings are 9.9L/100km city/highway combined for the 200t and 7.4L/100km city/highway combined for the hybrid 300h.

The Lexus NX is now available for pre-order nationwide.

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TORONTO, ON – Treat yourself to the sexy SUV – the Lexus NX. Delivering sharp emotional styling, nimble performance, user-friendly advanced technology and remarkable interior space, the all-new NX is the perfect choice for Canadians with active, urban lifestyles. And with a starting MSRP of just $40,950, it makes luxury surprisingly attainable.

“The NX is our first entry into the ever growing luxury compact SUV segment – and it sets a new benchmark for evocative design and dynamic performance,” said Cyril Dimitris, Director of Lexus Canada. “We’re pleased to introduce the NX in two models, including Lexus’ first turbocharged SUV with a range of features and amenities that make it easy for Canadians to choose the perfect premium SUV.”

The Lexus NX – new for 2015 – delivers dynamic handling and the confidence of all-wheel-drive, plus a remarkably comfortable ride, thanks to several world-first and Lexus-First electronic advancements and chassis design features.

The sharply styled NX features a bold interpretation of the signature Lexus spindle grille as the centrepiece of an external design intended to appear as if it was cast from one piece of metal. The comfortable and spacious cabin is driver-focused and fitted with impressive packages of onboard technology to enhance driving pleasure.

Available F SPORT editions feature more aggressive handling and sportier design, with numerous F SPORT-exclusive details.

For its Canadian debut, the NX is offered in two models:

The 2015 Lexus NX 200t (MSRP starting at $40,950)
The NX 200t is the first Lexus to be built around a twin-scroll turbo-equipped gasoline engine. This 2.0-litre Atkinson cycle powerhouse – newly-developed by Lexus – delivers up to 235 HP and 258 lb-ft of torque. Combined with a six-speed automatic Super ECT transmission with lock-up torque converter and all-wheel-drive, the NX 200t delivers sporty acceleration plus fuel efficiency of 9.9 L per 100 km (city/highway combined)*.

Additional handling and control technologies deliver confident driving. These include Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Hill-start Assist Control, and Dynamic Torque Control. A three-setting Drive Mode Select System (Sport – Normal – Eco) modifies vehicle responsiveness to emphasize sportiness or efficiency while electric power steering provides quick and accurate responsiveness.

Disc brakes are ventilated up front, and enhanced with Antilock Braking System, Brake Assist, and Electronic Brake-force Distribution technologies, plus an electric parking brake.

The NX 200t is standard equipped with many comfort, convenience and luxury features. These include: dual-zone automatic climate control; eight-way power adjustable front seats clad in NuLuxe; a back-up camera; power windows with auto up/down function on all windows and rear privacy glass; an eight-speaker Lexus Display Audio system with Bluetooth connectivity, USB audio input and steering wheel-mounted controls; a TFT multi-information display; 7” VGA Centre Multi Display; cruise control; the Smart Key System with Push Button Start; world’s first hidden key barrel with integrated lighting; eight airbags; an onboard first aid kit; a direct tire pressure monitoring system; 17” aluminum alloy wheels with locks; roof mounted spoiler; variable intermittent wipers; and L-shaped LED lighting including low-beam headlamps, clearance lamps, fog lamps, brake lamps and daytime running lights.

The NX 200t may be enhanced with a choice of five packages, as follows:

  • The NX 200t Premium Package (MSRP starting at $44,400) adds an impressive list of desirable luxury features. These include: a heated steering wheel on a powered tilting/telescoping column; 18” aluminum alloy wheels; heated and ventilated front seats with a driver’s seat memory system; a power back door; the world’s largest power sliding moon roof in its segment; auto-dimming side view mirrors linked to the seat memory system; and more.
  • The NX 200t Luxury Package (MSRP starting at $49,950) enhances the NX with luxury and refinement. In addition to the features in the Premium Package, this model features: A 10-speaker audio system; an advanced voice-activated navigation system with the Lexus Remote Touch interface; rain-sensing wipers; LED high-beams; the auto-levelling headlamp system; clearance and back-up sensors; the Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert systems; woodgrain interior trim; and leather seating.
  • The NX 200t Executive Package (MSRP starting at $52,750) creates a luxury compact SUV with impressive technology. In addition to all features in the Luxury Package, this model features: the Wireless Charging Tray for personal electronics; Head-up Display; Lane Keeping Assist; Pre-Collision System; Dynamic Radar Cruise Control; Automatic High Beams; Power switches for rear seat remote release on the dash and in the cargo area; and unique 18” alloy wheels.
  • The NX 200t F SPORT Series 1 (MSRP starting at $50,350) introduces unique Lexus F SPORT performance and styling features. It builds on the Premium Package, adding: a sport-tuned suspension; steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters; a G-force meter; and aluminum sport pedals with rubber inserts. It also adds several F SPORT signature details – including seats, LED fog lamps, 18” alloy wheels, front grille, shift knob, scuff plates, and badging. Other features in this package include: a 10-speaker audio system; the Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert systems; clearance and back-up sensors; a voice-activated navigation system with the Lexus Remote Touch interface; rain-sensing wipers; LED high beams; and the auto-levelling headlamp system.
  • The NX 200t F SPORT Series 2 (MSRP starting at $53,050) combines performance and technology. Building on the F SPORT Series 1 package, this model is enhanced with the Lexus Adaptive Variable Suspension system. It also features: Wireless Charging Tray for personal electronics; Head-up Display; Lane Keeping Assist; Pre-Collision System; Dynamic Radar Cruise Control; and Automatic High Beams.

The 2015 Lexus NX 300h (MSRP starting at $58,850)
The NX 300h – starts with a fully-equipped luxury hybrid compact SUV. The NX 300h is built around a Lexus Hybrid Drive specifically configured for the NX series. With a 2.5-Litre Atkinson cycle engine at its heart, this advanced power train delivers up to 194 net system horsepower and 152 lb-ft of torque. Combined with an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission and all-wheel-drive, the result is smooth but powerful acceleration, fuel efficiency of just 7.4 L per 100 km (city/highway combined)* and minimal emissions. It’s the first Lexus Hybrid Drive to feature a kick-down function for acceleration and a hybrid battery split into two separate pods for better weight distribution and use of space within the vehicle.

Additional handling and control technologies deliver confident driving. These include Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Hill-start Assist Control, and Dynamic Torque Control. A three-setting Drive Mode Select System (Sport – Normal – Eco) modifies vehicle responsiveness to emphasize sportiness or efficiency while electric power steering provides quick and accurate responsiveness.

Disc brakes are ventilated up front, and enhanced with an Electronically Controlled Brake System, Antilock Braking System, Brake Assist, and Electronic Brake-force Distribution technologies, plus an electric parking brake.

The NX 300h is standard equipped with many comfort, convenience and luxury features. These include: dual-zone automatic climate control; eight-way power adjustable heated and ventilated front seats clad in leather; a driver’s seat memory system; a 60/40 split fold-down rear seat with power switches for remote release on the dashboard and in the cargo area; a Head-up Display; a back-up camera; a voice-activated navigation system with the Lexus Remote Touch interface; power windows with auto up/down function on all windows and rear privacy glass; a 10-speaker Lexus Display Audio system with Bluetooth connectivity, USB audio input and steering wheel-mounted controls; a TFT multi-information display; eight; 7” VGA Centre Multi Display; leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob; interior woodgrain trim; cruise control; the Smart Key System with Push Button Start; illuminated door handle with keyhole-less design; a power back door; the Wireless Charging Tray for personal electronics; clearance and backup sensors; dynamic radar cruise control; airbags; an onboard first aid kit; a direct tire pressure monitoring system; 18” aluminum alloy wheels with locks; the Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert systems; Lane Keeping Assist; Pre-Collision System; power adjustable exterior mirrors linked to the driver’s seat memory system; a power tilting/sliding moon roof; roof mounted spoiler; variable intermittent rain-sensing wipers; L-shaped LED lighting including high- and low-beam headlamps, clearance lamps, fog lamps, brake lamps and daytime running lights; the automatic high-beam system; the auto leveling headlamp system; and more.

Consumers can now preorder the 2015 Lexus NX at dealers across Canada. For more information on features and specifications, visit www.lexus.ca/nx.

* Fuel efficiency ratings are based on the new 5-cycle testing procedures (Natural Resources Canada)

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