Choice Of Three Powertrains For Lexus’ New NX CUV Includes Hybrid

Lexus launched in the NX its first twin-scroll turbocharger to its powertrain family at the 2014 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition.

The all-new Lexus NX compact crossover offers the brand’s first gasoline turbo engine in the NX 200t, a model the company said will balance excellent fuel economy with responsive acceleration and agility.

The all-new NX is Lexus’ first entry into the luxury compact crossover segment.

The NX 200t turbo will be available in the U.S. market along with the NX 300h hybrid, said Lexus.  The availability of the NX model range, including the NX 200 with a naturally aspirated engine, will vary by market.

“Positioned below the RX, the new NX model will provide an exciting entry point into the Lexus crossover and luxury utility vehicle family.  Its expressive design and turbocharged performance embody the technology and design focused direction customers can expect from Lexus,” said Jeff Bracken, Lexus group vice president and general manager.

The NX 200t F SPORT will also be available with aggressive design features. F SPORT exclusives include a mesh grille insert, bold front bumper, machined-finish wheels, black exterior mirrors, interior ornamentation, paddle shifters, and sport seats.

The Lexus NX will go on sale globally in the second half of 2014, and appear in U.S. showrooms in the fall of 2014, added Lexus.  Both U.S. models, NX 200t and NX 300h, will be available in front-wheel-drive and what Lexus calls all-weather-drive.

NX 200t

The NX 200t will use the all-new 2.0-liter turbo direct injection gasoline engine matched to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Lexus explained the six-speed automatic transmission features new torque-demand control logic, which calculates required engine torque and maximizes it, delivering quick response to acceleration and exhilarating feel with fuel efficiency.

The new Lexus 2.0-liter turbo engine was tested extensively on various road conditions and harsh environments, added Lexus. The turbo engine has a Lexus-first combination of water-cooled cylinder head integrated exhaust manifold and twin scroll turbo charger.

NX 300h

The NX 300h adopts Lexus Hybrid Drive with the well known 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle engine, generator, motor and battery.

Special features of the hybrid model according to Lexus include sprung-weight damping control to increase ride comfort and handling stability by reducing pitching on uneven road surfaces.

The NX 300h will be available in front-wheel drive or all-weather drive.

NX 200

China and Russia will offer the NX 200, a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter Valvematic variable valve mechanism gasoline engine matched to a Sequential-Continuously Variable Transmission (S-CVT)/Multi-drive transmission.

The Lexus Valvematic system provides high torque through an expanded valve opening angle and Variable Valve Timing (VVT) operation range, said Lexus. The 2.0-liter powerplant has a high compression ratio and diagonal fuel injectors, which optimizes fuel mixture to produce strong power through the rev-range.