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The Lexus NX300h is an eco crossover

Lexus' NX300h delivers efficiency at the expense of excitement

Published on Aug 10, 2014 1:34 PM
 

Petrolheads charged up by key performance figures of the NX200t (235bhp, 350Nm, 0-100kmh in 7.1 seconds and a top speed of 200kmh) will probably be less enthusiastic about the NX300h.

The petrol-electric variant of the NX is about high efficiency instead of high performance. On paper at least, the crossover is a fuel sipper, with a claimed combined-cycle consumption of just over 5 litres per 100km.

After driving the NX200t, going green in the hybrid NX300h delivers a mild shock to my system - like downing a mug of cold green tea right after enjoying a cup of smooth warm sake.

The hybrid system in the NX300h is essentially the same one that powers the ES300h sedan, but with an additional 50kW (68bhp) synchronous motor mounted at the rear axle to achieve all-wheel-drive propulsion, dubbed E-Four by Lexus.

 
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Background story

Specs

LEXUS NX300h

Price: To be announced

Engine: 2,494cc 16-valve inline-4 with electric motor assist

Transmission: Continuously variable transmission with manual override

Power: 155bhp at 5,700rpm (total system output 197bhp)

Torque: 210Nm at 4,200-4,400rpm (total system output 270Nm)

0-100kmh: 9.2 seconds

Top speed: 180kmh

Fuel consumption: 5.1 litres/100km

Agent: Borneo Motors