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Lexus' newest crossover is also its smallest and most dramatically styled.
The crossover makes use of the latest generation of the automaker's L-Finesse design language.
Between this and the new RC coupe, the future of Lexus design is looking a lot better.
The NX's sheet metal appears to be tightly drawn over the vehicle's chassis.
Under the hood is the first turbocharged engine from the Toyota group since the Toyota Supra's 2JZ-GTE engine.
Power is stated at 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.
Our example was equipped with the automaker's on-demand all-wheel-drive system.
When cruising, it is the front wheels that handle motivational duties. There is also a 2WD base model available.
The NX shares its platform and rough dimensions with the Toyota RAV4.
The LED tail lights are the focal point of many of the NX's character lines.
A power liftgate is available, but our example was not so equipped.
The Lexus enters the compact luxury SUV class to do battle with the Lincoln MKC, Acura RDX, Mercedes-Benz GLK, and BMW X3.
The interior is a new design, but the elements are all familiar to the Lexus family.
The NX's infotainment system culminates with a 7-inch display that sits atop the center stack. Physical controls for the climate systems jut out toward the driver.
Down below, the center console is where you'll find the rest of the controls for the infotainment system
Rather than a joystick, the NX's remote touch controller uses a haptic touchpad. It's like the one on your laptop, but with vibration feedback.
Steering wheel and voice controls also give the driver options for controlling the Enform system.
Near the front of the console is the Drive Mode selector that toggles between the Sport, Normal, and Eco programs.
The screen lacks a shroud, but remained visible even in direct sunlight.
Navigation map data is stored on a microSD card.
A pair of USB ports allow the owner to plug in multiple devices or media sources.
The instrument cluster features a small color LCD between the two analog gauges.
Push-to-start and smart keyless entry are standard features.
Like any luxury vehicle worth the money, the NX features an analog clock in the middle of its dashboard.
Other digital media sources include HD Radio, satellite radio, and a single-disc CD player. Bluetooth for audio streaming, hands-free calling, and text messaging are also standard.
A rear camera with dynamic guide lines is standard, but the blind-spot monitor and parking proximity sensors are optional extras.
The Lexus Enform app suite is powered by your smartphone's data connection, bringing audio streaming, destination search, and reservation apps to the dashboard.
Smaller than the RX, the NX is a much better fit for cramped parking lots and street-side parking.
Pricing for the NX hasn't been announced, but we expect that it will be competitive with other models in this luxury crossover space.
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