2015 Lexus NX | New Car Review
* Subjectively, the most striking of all its rivals.
* Does fall onto the pricier side of the spectrum.
The 2015 Lexus NX 200t is a delightful looking thing and if anyone tells you otherwise, they simply haven’t admired it long enough. With crisp contours, flared quarter panels and a variety of intricate details, the NX is the equivalent of a Victoria’s Secret model at an old age home when lined up alongside its rivals.
Although the Japanese crossover shares bits and pieces of its DNA with its unpolished cousin (the Toyota RAV4), there is no proof of that once within the cabin, as it is swathed in a combination of stitched and perforated leather. Along the protruding centre console resides a multimedia screen, various buttons, knobs and switches, as well as the perceived mark of a vehicle belonging to the upper strata – an analogue clock.
While the acronym ‘ASC’ will be translated as Active Stability Control by most, in the NX it’s something very, very different – Active Sound Control. Allowing adjustments to the engine note volume resonating through the cabin, ASC allows driver’s to either turn up the artificial engine tone in the cabin, or turn it off completely.
What’s on offer?
235 horsepower from 4,800 RPM and 350 Nm of torque from 1,650 RPM, is what the 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbocharged engine churns out. Mated to a 6 speed automatic transmission and mapped to an All Wheel Drive layout, the 2,325kg NX 200t touches the 100 km/h marker from a standstill in 7.0 seconds.
Coming in at AED 160,000, the 2015 Lexus NX 200t is an interesting one. While it is a whopping AED 115,000 more affordable than the BMW X3 and AED 100,000 less than the Porsche Macan. But the question remains, which one would you rather be seen in?
|Specifications||2015 Lexus NX|
|Engine/ Cylinders||2.0 litre turbocharged / 4-cyl|
|Max Power |
|235 hp @ 4,800 RPM|
|350 Nm @ 1,650 RPM|
|Tranmission||6 speed automatic|
|Drive||All Wheel Drive|
|0-100 km/h||7.0 secs|
|Top speed||200 km/h|
|Price||AED 160,000 - 205,000|