Lexus LF-NX Turbo Tokyo 7

If you were seriously wowed by the Lexus LF-NX concept (pictured), here’s some good news – the Japanese luxury carmaker has announced that it will debut the production Lexus NX compact crossover at next month’s Auto China 2014 in Beijing.

According to Lexus, customer feedback from last year’s Frankfurt and Tokyo shows have been positive. The new sub-RX model will be the company’s first foray into the growing premium compact crossover segment.

The car you can eventually buy shouldn’t look as crazy as the LF-NX concept; expect the headlamps, spindle grille, massive wheels and those mad slashes everywhere to be toned down for production.

Lexus has trademarked “NX 200t” and “NX 300h” – the latter should share its 2.5 litre hybrid powertrain with the likes of the Toyota Camry Hybrid and Lexus ES 300h.

The NX 200t should debut the company’s upcoming 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbo engine – no numbers have been released yet, but we know it has fan spray D-4S fuel injection, a cylinder head-integrated exhaust manifold, a twin-scroll turbocharger and an active wastegate valve.

Some time ago, an NX prototype was spotted testing in Europe by our spies. The car was disguised as a CT 200h, but the higher ride height and high-profile crossover-style tyres gave the game away – see the spyshots in their entirety here.

Lexus LF-NX Turbo concept at Tokyo 2013 (previews NX 200t)

Lexus LF-NX concept from Frankfurt 2013 (previews NX 300h) Lexus NX prototype spyshots