Lexus NX-09

Here are the first official photos of the new Lexus NX compact SUV, set to make its global debut at this year’s 2014 Beijing Motor Show. The new NX was developed under the concept of “Premium Urban Sports Gear” and features a striking design with a line-up of new Lexus powertrains.

The base model is the NX 200, which uses a normally aspirated 2.0 litre engine. Then there’s the NX 200t, which uses a new 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol engine. The hybrid option is the NX 300h, which is powered by a 2.5 litre four-cylinder engine mated to a full hybrid system.

For the exterior you have the choice of either 17- or 18-inch wheels to fill those wheel arches. The front end features a big spindle grille and those new split headlamps that are also found on the new IS.

The photo set shows the regular NX in white as an NX 300h, while the grey car is the version with an F Sport kit. Lexus has also implemented a world-first door handle mechanism with a hidden key barrel and integrated lighting. The production car has been toned down from the wild LF-NX Crossover Concept, thankfully.

The interior has a few neat features – a Lexus-first Wireless Charging Tray to enable charging of portable devices, the first application of a new Lexus Remote Touch Interface with a touch-pad, Panoramic View Monitor and a comprehensive Multi-information Display (including a Lexus-first G sensor and boost meter), Heads-Up Display, All-speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

We’ll have more details on the new NX on April 20 when it is unveiled at Beijing 2014.