Lexus NS to be Lexus’ Take on the Compact Crossover Market
Lexus RX was dominant in the luxury SUV category for so many years, and Lexus now decided to try to compete in the compact crossover field, with its first compact crossover, Lexus NS. The new model is meant to attract the younger buyers, with a right mix of size, style and luxury.
The new Lexus NS is built on a new platform and is related to the popular RAV4, so the vehicle will definitely be a curbside attraction. With sharp, sculpted creases, the NS will definitely have an unique look in the ocean of similar crossovers.
But the design of the vehicle that reminds of the spindle grille and its L-shaped running lights will help it to fit in with the rest of its brand.
In a test drive, some drivers were able to get their hands on the wheel of both the 200t F SPORT and 300h hybrid models. While testing the 200t’s 235-hp four-cylinder engine drivers had spirited, attention-grabbing driving experience that was definitely sporty.
The F SPORT trim level’s body-hugging seats, aluminum medals, and unique steering wheel kick the sportiness up an extra level, putting added stress on the “sport” in sport utility.
As for the hybrid, Lexus has prepared a new transmission with kickdown that makes for a steady ride. Other than its very quiet all-electric mode, you might get in a situation to forget that you’re driving a hybrid, even when a short on-ramp makes it necessary.
One of the great options that has been added to the 2015 model is The Lexus Enform system, which adds a new remote system via driver’s handset. Drivers will be able to monitor a guest driver speed or mileage, add destinations and maps to the car’s navigation system, track the car’s location and lock or unlock the vehicle’s doors.
The 2015 Lexus NX will have two powertrains, both attached to a new six-speed automatic transmission. The base 200t model will come with a 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 engine making 235-horsepower, while the hybrid model’s 2.5-liter gasoline engine is paired with an electric motor for a total output of 194-horsepower.
People from Lexus claim that the new hybrid vehicle will return 33 mpg combined when equipped with front wheel drive.