By on April 22, 2014

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American consumers will have their choice of two different engine combinations when the Lexus NX debuts later this year, but world markets will get an extra option.

In the United States, a 2.0L 237 horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder will be available, along with a 2.5L 4-cylinder hybrid making 194 horsepower. The turbo engine (which is rumored to be going in the IS250) will be mated to a 6-speed automatic, while the hybrid engine will use a similar set-up to the RX Hybrid in all-wheel drive versions (front drive versions of both engines will also be available).

Slotting in between the BMW X1 and X3, Lexus expects to move about 24,600 units annually. Despite its smaller size outside, the NX offers just half an inch less rear-seat leg room and nearly an inch less in cargo area length, according to Automotive News. One source noted that Lexus may be too conservative regarding U.S. volumes, but that demand in other markets, where prices are higher, could eat into U.S. allocations.

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