The Lexus NX 200t and NX 300h: A Bold New Take On The Luxury Compact SUV

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By: Veeno Dewan

One look at the Lexus NX is all you need to take in the Unspoken Style of the bold luxury compact SUV, enhanced for 2016 with additional available trim levels. The NX 200t – the first Lexus to feature a turbo engine – is now available in seven grades, with the addition of a third F SPORT configuration. Meanwhile, the NX 300h receives a second trim level to entice more guests to explore the benefits of its advanced hybrid power.
“The NX delivers exciting, sharp, emotional styling, nimble performance, user-friendly advanced technology and remarkable interior space, making it the perfect choice for Canadians with active, urban lifestyles,” said Cyril Dimitris, Director of Lexus Canada. “With additional configurations available for 2016, this unique entry into the fast growing luxury compact SUV segment presents our guests with the ideal time to get behind the wheel of an NX.”

The sharply styled NX features a bold interpretation of the brand’s signature spindle grille – the centrepiece of an external design intended to appear as if it was painstakingly 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.

Three available F SPORT editions for the NX 200t feature more aggressive handling and sportier design, with numerous F SPORT-exclusive details.  The NX is offered in two models: The NX 200t and the NX 300h.The 2016 Lexus NX 200t (MSRP starting at $41,950): The NX 200t is the first Lexus to be built around a twin-turbo-equipped gasoline engine. This 2.0-litre Atkinson cycle powerhouse 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).

Lexus-NX-200t-fsport-race-steering-shift-knob-interior-gallery-1204x677-LEX-NXG-MY16-0059Additional 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 and 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 heated 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, cruise control, the Smart Key System, Push Button Start, a TFT multi-information display, 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 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 six packages, as follows:

The NX 200t Premium Package adds popular premium features including 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, a power tilting/sliding moon roof, auto-dimming side view mirrors linked to the seat memory system, and more.

The NX 200t Luxury Package enhances the NX with luxury and refinement. In addition to the features in the Premium Package, this model features a 10-speaker audio system, a 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, wood grain interior trim and leather seating.

The NX 200t Executive Package enhances this luxury compact SUV with impressive technology. In addition to all features in the Luxury Package, this model features the Qi wireless charging system, head-up display, with Lane Departure Alert with Steering 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.

large-2The 2016 Lexus NX series is now on sale at Lexus Dealers across Canada.