By on April 13, 2014

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Lexus is launching their long awaited small crossover at this month’s Beijing Auto Show. Dubbed the NX, it will be the first Lexus product with a turbocharged engine.

Aside from the 2.0T engine, a naturally aspirated NX200 and an NX300h hybrid (which shares its powertrain with the Lexus ES300h) will also be offered. Exact specs haven’t been announced.

For TTAC readers, the NX is a non-event, another boring crossover to add to the ever-growing pile of soulless two-box vehicles that should be wagons. But for Lexus, this is a vitally important product, a competitor in the booming small crossover segment.

In Europe, Lexus has traditionally been an also-ran, fielding a lineup of cars that are considered uncompetitive thanks to thirsty gasoline engines, a dearth of diesel options and a lack of compelling reasons to pick one over a rival luxury brand. The NX is their best hope at changing things.

The small crossover segment could not be hotter, and if the pricing is right, Lexus might be able to make some headway against the Mercedes-Benz GLA, BMW X1 and Audi Q3. The lack of a diesel won’t help, but the hybrid version might do well due to low CO2 emissions, even though hybrids traditionally have not done well on The Continent. In markets like China, Russia and Brazil and India, the diesel conundrum is less important. What matters is the “premium” perception that goes along with the Lexus brand and CUVs in general. The NX won’t break new ground in quality and value like the LS did – but it might just kick off a second wind for the brand in the markets that matter most.

 

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123 Comments on “Lexus Reveals Its Most Important Product Since The LS400...”


  • avatar

    I bet you $1 the Mercedes GLA does wayyyyy better in sales than this monstrosity!

    • 0 avatar
      gtrslngr

      I’ll bet you $10,000 you’re absolutely right ! Heres why ;

      1) The GLA & the GLA-45 pre order sales are already off the charts
      2) The CLA which the GLA is based on sales have gone ballistic here and abroad along with the CLA-45
      3) The Lexus is just a badge engineered Toyota RAV4 .. with a turbo
      4) The Lexus/RAV4 has a larger footprint than a Mercedes GLK .. with the GLK having more interior and storage space for about equal price if the early estimates are correct
      5) The new next generation BMW X1 based on the MINI Clubman is on the way and a winner from all early reports and will steal sales left and right from the Lexus
      6) IF Audi brings over the Q1 … game over … too little too late from Lexus

      Summation ? Yet another badge engineered Toyota from the fine folks at Lexus pretending to be luxury for luxury car prices . And yet another reason when it comes to the majority of Lexus offerings to …

      Just Say No !

      BTW … Just how in the [ bleep ] is the RX400H considered … Important ? More like barely significant niche marketing IMO !

      • 0 avatar
        rdchappell

        Sharing a (modified) platform is nowhere near the same as being ‘badge-engineered’. And this is the former, not the latter.

        • 0 avatar
          gtrslngr

          Like to place a $10,000 bet on that ? Seriously . Get a grip . Lexus is third only to Audi [ #1 ] and Acura [ #2 ] for the Badge Engineered Rip Off kings of the automotive world .

          And like it or not …. this IS a RAV4 with a Lexus party dress on and badge on its snout .. with the pretense of being in any way Lexus coming from the turbo …. which isn’t either seeing as how the Japanese markets had turbo’d Toyotas for decades

          Best get your definitions and meanings of what Badge Engineering entails there rdchappell.

          Cause this here Lexus/RAV4 is the VERY meaning of the phrase … in spades

          • 0 avatar
            wsn

            Seems that you are so eager to bet. I will take the bet.

            Now it’s your turn to prove that “sharing a (modified) platform is the same as being badge-engineered”.

            I would accept either a recognized scientific/engineering journal publication or court order as proof. Now go work on your thesis.

        • 0 avatar

          > Sharing a (modified) platform is nowhere near the same as being ‘badge-engineered’. And this is the former, not the latter.

          It’s important to note this is just someone trying to justify their own MB purchase. So desperate they can’t even be consistent two sentences later:

          3) The Lexus is just a badge engineered Toyota RAV4 .. with a turbo
          5) The new next generation BMW X1 based on the MINI Clubman is on the way and a winner from all early reports and will steal sales left and right from the Lexus

      • 0 avatar
        iantm

        Sounds an awful lot like something Honda did a few years back… the first gen Acura RDX. Oddly enough, most people saw it for what it was – a fancy CR-V with a turbo.

      • 0 avatar
        NormSV650

        I hope this is not as thunderously, tinny as the doors closing on the RAV4 was at the autoshow. Nice to see the turbo-4 finally from the Japanese since they are about the last to jain the ship.

        • 0 avatar
          CoreyDL

          The RAV4 is just horribly cheap inside. A three minute ride was enough to show me how awful it is.

          • 0 avatar
            Quentin

            My wife has a ’14 Rav4 Limited. The doors are no more tinny than the rest of the segment. They have a satisfying thunk, IMO. The interior, in our limited anyway, has a few chinzy pieces (gauge cluster bezel edge), but in general it feels quite nice. The dash cover looks and feels nice, the turn signal and wiper stalks feel very robust. The steering wheel feels great in your hands. I was suspect of the carbon fiber looking trim initially, but it is nicely textured and is a nice visual breakup. We didn’t test drive the LE or XLE version, so I can’t comment there, but the Limited is right in line with the rest of the segment’s upper trim models.

            I’m jealous of the NX powertrain options. I love a torquey 2.0T and the 2.5HSD will surely return excellent gas mileage while being a great powertrain for non-open-road driving.

          • 0 avatar
            jayzwhiterabbit

            Most of the new Toyota interiors are just horrible. I also test drove a ’14 RAV4 and my wife asked “is this really a Toyota?” because the quality (plastics, materials, and fit) was so poor. Such a shame!

            The styling of this Lexus/thing is an embarrassment and I wouldn’t be seen in one. That front end! The horror!

      • 0 avatar
        anti121hero

        Wow I actually sort of agree with you for once

      • 0 avatar
        alsorl

        I’m not in the Toyoda tool shed with so many on this site. But this big mouthed Lexus will sell like crazy. There will many of those fancy suv driving metrosexuals coming over from BMW and MB to give this Lexus a ride. They will find the Lexus dealers and salesmen a little sleazy. But they will love this little Lexus. A lot less time waiting for service work and it will drive for 100,000 miles with no major issues.

        • 0 avatar
          krhodes1

          Very few of the folks who lease luxury cars will care about any possible reliability differences. This is ugly and has the wrong badge. It will not set the world on fire in the US.

      • 0 avatar
        Tom Szechy

        I think the NX will compete against the Q5 and X3. Which are competing with the GLK. The Q1 will be way smaller than this.

        The GLA is a one size smaller abomination.

    • 0 avatar

      Of course it will.

    • 0 avatar
      billfrombuckhead

      If an American carmaker platform shared from a lesser vehicle and then built such an ugly vehicle with no form follows reason for it’s wacky styling they would be righty ridiculed. The Toyota it’s are just blind idealogues.

    • 0 avatar
      carve

      Ever drive a CRV and Gen1 RDX back to back? I have and they feel nothing alike, so there’s a lot more here than “badge engineering”.

      I love my 335i, but I know it’s only a matter of time until it starts bleeding me dry. I miss Honda/Toyota reliability. The problems with the RAV4 are that it’s ugly, gutless, has a crappy interior, and so-so handling. Other than that it’s a very reliable and practical vehicle. If this thing solves those issues and is anything like the last RDX, sign me up!

      • 0 avatar
        jayzwhiterabbit

        “I miss Honda/Toyota reliability. The problems with the RAV4 are that it’s ugly, gutless, has a crappy interior, and so-so handling.”

        TOTALLY +1

  • avatar

    “What matters is the “premium” perception that goes along with the Lexus brand ”

    LOL

    • 0 avatar

      LOL or not, it’s a safer brand than most when it comes to staying alive on the road.

      • 0 avatar

        TELL THAT TO California Highway Patrol Officer Mark Saylor, his wife, daughter and brother-in-law.

        To date: more people have died in Lexuses than TESLA MODEL S.
        I’m also willing to bet more people have died in Lexuses than SRT vehicles.

        What you gotta say bout’ them apples?

        • 0 avatar
          LectroByte

          The dealer shouldn’t have put in extra floor mats, but you’d have thought a Highway Patrolman would have known how to shift a car into neutral. Tragic situation all way round.

          • 0 avatar

            Maybe if “shifting into neutral” wasn’t so CONVOLUTED, he’d have been able to. But just like that STUPID LEXUS MOUSE, you’re paying all that money for RIDICULOUS ELECTRONIC GARBAGE.

            This is what a shifter SHOULD look like:

            http://www.autotrucktoys.com/300/images/M82213314-Mopar-Chrysler-300-Leather-Wrapped-T-Shifter-Handle.jpg

            All I understand is INTENTIONAL ACCELERATION.

          • 0 avatar
            psarhjinian

            “Maybe if “shifting into neutral” wasn’t so CONVOLUTED”

            It’s a gated shifter. The same gated shifted in my old Sienna and no worse than the gated shifter in, say, a Chrysler 300.

            Don’t you own a 300? Do you have trouble hitting neutral?

          • 0 avatar

            > you’re paying all that money for RIDICULOUS ELECTRONIC GARBAGE.

            Aren’t you the guy who keeps boasting about buying Tesla shares?

            Generally it’s good advice to beware of those who brag about their winning speculations while ignoring their losing ones.

        • 0 avatar
          wsn

          “TELL THAT TO California Highway Patrol Officer Mark Saylor, his wife, daughter and brother-in-law.”

          Exactly. Toyota is safe. And as a result, you would remember the name of a victim .

          There are so many deaths from Ford exploders and GM ignition issues, no one in the world could remember their names.

          • 0 avatar
            radcardude

            How much longer has Lexus been building cars than Tesla? Do the math genius. Give Tesla 20+ more years of manufacturing then check the numbers.

            How do you like them apples?

        • 0 avatar
          CoreyDL

          To date, there have been MILLIONS more Lexus vehicles sold than the TESLA MODEL S.

      • 0 avatar
        alsorl

        89 people died in Lexus and Toyoda products due to a poorly engineered gas pedal. The whole safety aspect is a laughable sale for Toyoda products.

        • 0 avatar

          Alsori:

          Thank you!

          How many people have died in SRT vehicles?

        • 0 avatar
          Carfan94

          It was driver error not “poorly engineered gas pedals”.

          • 0 avatar
            alsorl

            Yes it was a brilliant design for the floor mats to get stuck under the pedals. Sorry my bad and so are the 89 people that died and the thousands of people that caused auto accidents.

        • 0 avatar
          DrivenToMadness

          BigTruck….did somebody hijack your account? First you ramble on about Lexus mouse that has nothing to do with the shifter mechanism, then you compare accidental death figures of brands with sales volumes that differ by literally several orders of magnitude. It’s like asking how many people died in cars vs. jet skis to prove jet skis are safer than cars. It’s okay to hate Lexus, but please don’t let your hatred cloud your reason or your judgment.

  • avatar
    ant

    I don’t like the grill.

    inside look nice though. No pic of the instrument panel?

  • avatar
    Kyree S. Williams

    I like it. it looks like it was made for Lexus’ new school of design, and it wears it well.

    • 0 avatar
      Carfan94

      It’s nice to see i’m not the only one here that likes it. I love it and would seriously consider owning one if I could afford it, although I wouldn’t want the f sport version with that mesh grille and red interior. The horizontal grille is much easier on the eyes.

      http://www.netcarshow.com/lexus/2015-nx/800×600/wallpaper_02.htm

      • 0 avatar
        gtrslngr

        It aint the looks gentlemen . Its whats underneath . And whats underneath is a bonafide RAV4 .. with only the turbo to distinguish it from its lesser brethren .

        And ANYONE stupid enough to pay GLK prices for a Toyota RAV4 … Lexus party dress or not … is the epitome of ” A Fool and his/her money ….. ” as well as ” Never give a sucker an even break

        Christmas … are you both that bloody goram ignorant as to the VALUE of a Dollar and that godawful badge conscious to be taken in by crap like this ?

        Do yourselves and your freaking bank balances a favor .

        Read ” NoBrow ” ; by John Seabrook … before its too late .

        Mercedes prices for a freaking Toyota indeed . Next you’ll be telling me you’re just dying to spend Range Rover money on a badge engineered Ford !

        ( … the Ranger Rover Evoque is point blank a Ford Focus in Rangey drag … sorry to ____ on your parades … again )

        • 0 avatar
          Kyree S. Williams

          Okay, I am about sick and tired of you in particular. You never have anything nice to say. You respond in a condescending manner to anyone who doesn’t have the “insight” and “intelligence” to see things the way that you do.

          First of all all, basic platform and running-gear sharing is not the same thing as badge-engineering. You seem to have a problem with premium cars sharing their underpinnings with cheaper cars, but that’s called an economy of scale. Fact is, if Mercedes-Benz had a strong plebeian brand from which to draw sources, you can bet that the GLK would be based on a car from that brand. Actual “badge-engineering” is when the extent of differentiation between two models differs only by the badge on each car’s grille. By this definition, the Lexus LX might be badge-engineered, but certainly not this NX. So it shares some stuff with the RAV4. Who gives a f***? The exterior styling, features, switchgear and interfaces are all quite a bit different, and nicer. Second of all, *I* don’t think Mercedes-Benz is any more desirable than Lexus. I wouldn’t feel better if I had a Mercedes-Benz and worse if I had a comparable Lexus. In fact, I don’t really like Mercedes-Benz. So would I pay GLK money for “tarted-up RAV4″? Absolutely. I would also consider the Range Rover Evoque.

          And if you think that makes me stupid, you can just piss off.

          Oh, and for pete’s sake, lay off of the ellipses.

        • 0 avatar
          alsorl

          Not a lot of people care about what chassis there auto is made on. For most luxury buyers its about the name poshness not the engineering.

    • 0 avatar
      jayzwhiterabbit

      If an American car company released the exact same vehicle, you would all (well, MOST) be screaming about how ugly it is. So, so transparent!

      TTAC really should have just released slightly modified pics of this vehicle with a GMC badge, and watched the wolves come out of the forest before revealing the true manufacturer.

      LMFAO.

  • avatar
    imag

    I would say the RX was more important, considering it has fueled Lexus’ sales tremendously since its introduction.

    That said, I like the look of the NX. I think it’s a great antidote to their previous crossovers.

    I also see why the small crossover segment is booming. Most people don’t need a bigger vehicle. I hope it does well for them.

    • 0 avatar
      tonycd

      I agree this doesn’t outrank the RX – hasn’t that been their top-selling US model for several years?

      But I also agree with Kyree and imag that the exterior is good-looking for what it is, although I’ll guess the interior isn’t gonna fly on the Continent unless they underprice the near-luxury leaders by thousands.

    • 0 avatar
      alsorl

      The RX is pricing its way against many buyers. This opens up the door for all the metrosexual BMW and MB lease drivers. In a year the NX will be a $289 lease with $2000 out of pocket. I don’t even like Lexus or Toyoda. But this will sell like crazy.

  • avatar
    Pch101

    “(F)or Lexus, this is a vitally important product, a competitor in the booming small crossover segment.

    Indeed, all of those crossovers are mission critical. This sort of design is the future of automaking. May as well get used to it.

  • avatar
    87 Morgan

    From the pics it appears to be ‘Lexus’ enough. I am curious as to purpose of the Nike swoosh lights in the front. Does it need to be this busy?

    As for badge engineering…isn’t the the RX on the Highlander platform? Will this one be a badge engineered Rav4? Or a corrida with AWD and a lift kit?

    • 0 avatar

      Everyone who can badge engineer their CUVs does so because not a single person on Earth cares what their CUV is based on.

      • 0 avatar
        alsorl

        Good point and especially good for the luxury buyer. The name “poshness” sells the auto not the chassis #. Just look at the CLA and 1, 3 BMW buyer. A coworker drives a $57,000 4cyl BMW. He now states never buying another BMW again.

  • avatar
    Ryoku75

    The look of luxury, the Predator.

  • avatar
    sportyaccordy

    The lack of diesel will be a killer in Europe. Europeans also just hate non-European luxury brands. This will help capture the young market the stodgy/oversized RX/ES are missing out on here in the US and in China.

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    But can you Trifecta Tune it?

  • avatar
    Da Coyote

    Lexus has quality the Germans can only wish for.

    It also has ugly which cannot be matched by anyone.

    And the newest ones are fugly.

  • avatar
    J.Emerson

    Because when I buy something with racy red and black leather seats, a big infotainment screen, and brushed aluminum everything, I really want an analog clock awkwardly embedded in the middle of the dash. That just screams modernity. Seriously, why?

    Otherwise, it’s fine.

    • 0 avatar
      PrincipalDan

      Cause Analog clocks scream luxury. Just ask any owner of a Lincoln Town Car Cartier.

      Actually I’m hoping the next fad will be analog clocks that have receivers for the atomic clock.

    • 0 avatar
      Carfan94

      Yea, i’m not a big fan of the analog clock either. I actually liked the digital clocks that Lexus’s used to have, That everyone hated so much LOL. They were very easy to read and set. Now it looks like they’re trying to copy Infiniti.

      • 0 avatar
        SELECTIVE_KNOWLEDGE_MAN

        The criticism of any Toyota model in European review would fall back to the “’80s style digital clock” if it was not analogue. Lexus simply got tired of this BS, catered to the reviewers and left customers with this inferior piece of instrumentation.

      • 0 avatar
        CoreyDL

        I like my analog clock, even though I end up using the digital one on the nav screen, always.

    • 0 avatar
      fvfvsix

      @J. Emerson – Mid-century modern is actually modern again. The analog clock is considered both chic and trendy in this decade. Time to catch up :)

  • avatar
    fredtal

    Yea we all know everyone hates the grill, but it’s those black plastic wheel flares that scream tacky macho look.

  • avatar
    ajla

    I am correct in assuming that this turbo engine will be replacing the low displacement V6 in the IS250?

  • avatar
    Spike_in_Brisbane

    That grille must be designed for somewhere that has no moths or grasshoppers or does it come with a free K’archer pressure washer?

  • avatar
    50merc

    Why NX? With its inverted-bowl shape, it should be called Beetle.
    Oh, wait — that’s taken. OK, the Tortoise.

    It’s obvious Lexus thinks visibility and interior room are not important.

  • avatar
    Lie2me

    I believe it will have a start price of about $35K. There’s a lot out there at this price point. I don’t think it’s got enough brand cache to sell on that premise alone. If anything it will eat into RX sales

    • 0 avatar
      J.Emerson

      Agreed about it cutting into RX sales, but I doubt that they intend to sell many of them in North America. This is more of a Europe/China/Japan market product.

      I’ll be curious to see how well it compares to the Encore and the GLA.

  • avatar
    Volt 230

    If it’s as reliable as the other Lexus models, it should do well, nice interior. Finally a quality option in the luxury CUV market,

  • avatar
    MK

    A little too busy for my tastes but I’d drop the coin before I got a station wagon or ute.

  • avatar
    gtrslngr

    OK gentlemen !

    With all the ludicrous praises , complaints about the badge engineering moniker being applied here etc .

    Its …. GTR’s QUIZ Time !

    Heres the question ;

    Tell how many and name all the Lexus made that are NOT badge engineered Toyotas [ Japanese EU and US markets ] and actually have BESPOKE Lexus only platforms and mechanicals underneath the Lexus party dress

    Hint ; Its less than … well …. that’d give the game away

    So lets see how many of you actually know anything at all about Lexus

    OK . One little hint ……….. ;-)

  • avatar
    imm

    After all those negative comments – I have to be honest – if I have the money, I would buy it. Look pretty nice, even with analog clock. For all other haters (without the money) , the new Honda Fit is out and priced right.

    • 0 avatar
      Carfan94

      I would buy one too, If I had the money. I’m not crazy about analog clocks in cars, but at least the clock itself is gorgeous so it’s ok. I knew this car was going to get mostly negative comments, so it’s nice to see other people on here who actually like it.

  • avatar
    dtremit

    Wait, I thought four cylinders in luxury cars were bad? I feel like some luxury car maker was just trying to tell me that.

    Oh, right, Lexus.

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    Turbo will doom the brand in the long term.

  • avatar
    Davekaybsc

    Hope they engineer their turbo four better than Acura did. What a disaster that engine was.

    I think this product is a case study of how lazy and “do whatever the other guy is doing” Lexus has become. Way back when, Lexus was actually somewhat innovative when it came to new luxury segments and in car technology. Mercedes and BMW used to require you to carry a big stack of navigation CDs for different regions in the US, whereas Lexus had a single DVD that covered the entire US, and a tough screen that worked about a billion times better than the interfaces in the German cars of that era.

    That’s all over now. I’m sorry, but those green digital clocks were hideous, and they only got rid of them a few years ago. The last car to be sold with a cassette deck was the SC. BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Volvo, Saab, Acura, Infiniti, and Range Rover all beat them to the punch with a compact UV. The remote touch system was just the Toyota/Lexus system with the touch functionality removed and replaced by a universally hated, stupid finger mouse. It seems as if they’ve figured out how stupid that was, and now have just copied the German touchpad idea.

    Oh yeah, and they are in a knock down, drag out fight with Acura to make the ugliest, most mecha influenced designs. The ONLY reason to buy a Lexus is if you’re deathly afraid of ever seeing the service dept.

    • 0 avatar
      carve

      I know the RDX didn’t have the most efficient turbo-4 (it lacked direct injection), but it drove very well and is reliable and smoth. How is that a disaster?

  • avatar

    I agree that Lexus it’s the most important product since The LS400.

  • avatar
    AoLetsGo

    This thing is fugly.
    Maybe Lincoln will sell a few extra MKC units because this thing is so ugly, but since never does the Lexus and Lincoln customer cross over I doubt it.

  • avatar

    …more important than the RX was? Ohkay…

  • avatar
    tekdemon

    It’s too bad that lexus seems to have gone with the gla and next gen x1 play book and did the fwd/AWD crossover thing instead of doing what bmw did with the last gen x1 and basically did a lifted three series. If this was on a lifted IS platform that could be easily relowered and the turbo mill had the tunability past toyota turbos had this could have been quite the interesting car. Of course then it would probably not sell.

  • avatar
    FJ60LandCruiser

    Someone will buy this damn ugly thing.

    Won’t be me.

    • 0 avatar
      Kenmore

      Seriously.

      Maybe this fish-face trend proves that appealing to garish, nouveau riche tastes in China is where it’s at.

      I’m feeling more and more like a Brit in the ’50s.

      • 0 avatar

        I think this has more with Japanese companies trying to be bold and cute and make a statement. However, as it would seem that especially in Toyota’s and Honda’s case the culture is very insular and what gets approved inevitably get drawn from the local talent pool. This is unfortunate as creative people in these companies seem to be almost exclusively into Japanese comics. Everything either looks like a fish or other fantastic creature or one of the heroes in these stories.

        Results in things like this, very puerile.

  • avatar
    SELECTIVE_KNOWLEDGE_MAN

    “it will be the first Lexus product with a turbocharged engine.”

    Incorrect. The second generation IS was sold with the 2.2 diesel engine which is turbo charged.

  • avatar
    wmba

    Whether I like the krill-catcher front end or not, many semi-dopey folks will buy this CUV and further blight the landscape no matter how I feel about it.

    It seems to me that the Japanese in particular have perfected the ugly as sin front end, which somehow in real life still comes off as bland and uninteresting. Like a beige ES.

    And ooh! Yet another 2.0t. I’m excited. Maybe Nissan will now succumb as well, and make an Altima with a Juke front end with another 2.0t. Even more exciting.

    • 0 avatar
      Big Al from Oz

      @wmba
      I have to agree with you about the grille on this vehicle can be described as ‘baleen’esque’.

      All large grilled vehicles look fugly, other than a Mack.

      I suppose it must have a huge radiator. Why else would you use such a large grille?

      • 0 avatar
        krayzie

        Cuz of pedestrian safety laws with that gap between the hood and the top of the engine, now almost every car on the market has a silly pickup truck grill.

  • avatar
    Lightspeed

    They’ll sell zillions of these in USA/Canada and will do well in Asia. EU, not a chance. I like my 2000 GS, even if it is a badge-engineered Aristo.

  • avatar
    Brock_Landers

    When will TTAC get their car size comparisons in order?
    Lexus RX – BMW X5 – MB ML
    Lexus NX – BMW X3 – Audi Q5 – MB GLK

    GLA, Q3 and X1 are significantly smaller. Please check the measurements of the cars.

    :)

  • avatar
    TMA1

    Open the pod bay doors, HAL.

    Seriously, it looks like you should be able to launch a drone from that grille opening.

  • avatar
    Sammy B

    This will sell a ton for sure, love it or hate it.

    It would be cool if Toyota could get us this engine in some other vehicles. CT200 might actually have a reason to exist. There’s got to be something else that would benefit from a turbo 4 [other than IS250]. Make it happen!

  • avatar
    fr88

    Huh? What possessed Lexus to produce an updated Aztek?

    What an visual assault that thing is!! Hideous beyond all reason. Note to Lexus: Being noticed is one thing, being admired and desired is quite another.

    Who would want to invite the inevitable sneers and ridicule one would get piloting this misshapen toad through the neighborhood? It’s a joke – and a bad one.

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      Lexus could buy the tooling/schematics from GM and build the Pontiac Aztek with a rounded “L” in place of the arrowhead and it would sell. Why? Because the proles lack critical thinking skills.

  • avatar
    carguy

    Some comments on the previous comments (meta comments?)

    1. It doesn’t matter what platform it is based on. The RX ultimately comes from the Camry and it is outselling just about everyone in this segment. It also won’t matter for Mercedes or BMW that their new entrants into this market are based on more humble transportation.

    2. Derek is 100% right in stating the importance of this vehicle. Small crossovers are all the rage globally and good looks, a premium interior and Toyota reliability are big drawcard for the NX.

    3. Speaking of reliability, what would you rather own in the future: A Lexus NX with 100K miles or a FWD X1 or MB GLA at 100K miles? That may be a trick question as both the MB and BMW might not make it that far.

    • 0 avatar

      I agree, this vehicle is important. That being said, being a Lexus, it’ll be priced high. Being expensive, it’d appeal to appeal to people with more money. Being people with more money, they are usually older and more conservative. Don’t really think this design will appeal much to people capable of buying into the segment.

      Anyway, nice try. The interior is actually nice. Tone it down a bit and the next generation will stand a greater chance.

      • 0 avatar

        I’d like to add that what I said above is applicable more to markets other than the US or Japan. For most people in these other markets, the Lexus badge means little. So, if people do perceive the front as to outlandish, the brand won’t help them much there.

        I think in the US this car will sell tons.

    • 0 avatar

      If the car opinions of the enthusiasts here or anywhere else mattered Camry’s or RX’s wouldn’t sell at all.

      People buy lexus because they want a nicely appointed psuedo-lux transporter with high reliability. That automatically crosses out the germans.

      The front end is exaggerated but the car is otherwise good looking in that conservative japanese way. It’ll sell well just as RX or ES sells well.

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    ponchoman49

    Take away the red seats and this boring black and silver done to death crap could be any Toyota or lesser non luxury interior with leather seat upgrade. Same goes for the exterior. Luxury today simply means the badge, the price and how much technology it has oh and an extra large gaping mah. Never mind being nice looking, warm and inviting with something that makes it stand out.

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    matador

    Who designs these? This design has more botox than Joan Rivers!

  • avatar
    natrat

    300 hp and nice 6 7 or 8 speed auto and not too heavy and it might rip

    more probably 220 hp and close to 4k lbs so most likely sucky

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    davefromcalgary

    Yeesh. The body height vs. window height is just appalling.

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      You know some of these details might be better seen or sampled in the version most people will BUY, which is the regular version. Not this F-Sport, which I only noticed this example is just now.

      • 0 avatar
        Carfan94

        Agreed. I don’t like the F-Sport packages on Lexus models especially on the RX (ugh!). There’s pictures of the hybrid (non f sport) version on Netcarshow.

    • 0 avatar

      Agreed totally. The CT 200h already has somewhat of a squashed profile, but this takes it to a whole new Camaro-on-stilts level of idiocy. Give me more window area instead of a slew of proximity sensors!


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