Lexus has not revealed the NX 300h’s prices as yet. However, the company claims that the SUV will begin around the Rs 60 lakh mark when it hits the road early next year. Lexus has launched its smallest SUV, the NX 300h. The NX is the fourth vehicle in Lexus’ lineup for India.
The NX is the smallest SUV that the company sells globally. Lexus entered India earlier in 2017, with hybrid vehicles being the Toyota-owned luxury carmaker’s core focus. Despite GST doing no good to hybrid cars in India, Lexus is firmly focusing on its strategy. Therefore, the conventional petrol-powered versions of the NX have not been launched in India.
The NX is a rather radically-styled vehicle with sharp cuts and creases all around. The car was originally launched in 2014, but India is getting the facelifted version that was revealed very recently. The front of the NX is dominated by Lexus’ signature spindle grille, which is flanked by those tick-mark style LED DRLs below the headlights - that are impossible to miss. The side profile features an exaggerated rear wheel arch that extends all the way up to the rear door.
There are two variants on offer in India - Luxury and F-Sport. The latter features sportier design elements and comes in a choice of bold exterior colours. The NX will get features like leather upholstery, a 10.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, Mark Levinson sound system, and a heads-up display as standard.
On the power front, the NX sports the same powertrain setup as seen on the ES 300h saloon. This means that a 2.5-litre engine with an electric motor does duty on the NX, which churns out a combined output of 194bhp. The only available gearbox option is a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). Lexus claims that the NX 300h can sprint from 0-100km/h in around 9 seconds.
Globally, the Lexus NX competes with small luxury SUVs like the Audi Q3 and BMW X1. However, the same is not true in India, where the NX is sold as a CBU, and is thus will be priced on the higher side.