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Lexus NX200t is a sporty and stylish SUV

The Lexus NX is an SUV that is surprisingly sporty and stylish

Published on Jul 12, 2014 12:41 PM
 
The Lexus NX200t is the brand’s first turbo petrol model. -- PHOTO: TOYOTA MOTOR CORP

The NX is not a smaller version of Lexus' popular RX sport-utility vehicle. Neither is it a classier version of the Toyota Harrier, with which it shares a platform.

The newcomer is a standalone model with its own set of attributes and attractions, and it takes Lexus straight into the premium crossover segment to join cars such as the Audi Q3/Q5, BMW X3/X4, Range Rover Evoque and Volvo XC60.

The NX certainly looks ready to engage its rivals in a style shootout, thanks to an exterior design with plenty of curves, creases and "slashes". It just about toes the line between "edgy" and "busy", but one thing is for sure - nobody will mistake the NX for the RX. Or any other SUV for that matter.

There is admirable attention to detail too. For instance, the standard black plastic cladding that frames each wheel arch has a metallic-flake finish, while the optional LED headlamps have low-beam elements in an L-shape (to signify Lexus). Like the RX, 10 body colours are available for the NX, but Sonic Quartz (a special white paintwork that is more reflective than usual) is unique to the NX.

 
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Specs

LEXUS NX200t

Price: To be announced

Engine: 1,998cc 16-valve inline-4 turbocharged

Transmission: Six-speed automatic with manual select

Power: 238bhp at 4,800rpm

Torque: 350Nm at 1,650-4,000rpm

0-100kmh: 7.1 seconds

Top speed: 200kmh

Fuel consumption: 8.8 litres/100km

Agent: Borneo Motors