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Lexus announces prices and specifications for new NX compact SUV

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Lexus has released details of its new NX off-roader, which takes on upmarket rivals like the Volvo XC60, BMW X3 and Audi Q5. The upcoming Lexus NX will become one of the few 4x4s available in hybrid form, with prices starting at £29,495 for the front wheel drive NX300h S and rising to £42,995 for the top of the range NX300h Premier four-wheel drive version.

Thanks to hybrid technology this sharply styled new model should offer good fuel consumption and low CO2 emissions. The front-wheel drive NX300h S returns claimed economy of 54.3mpg and emissions low enough to warrant £110 road tax under the current system. A new 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine will also be introduced next year in the NX200t.

All NXs apart from the NX300h S will have four-wheel drive with an additional electric motor powering the rear wheels for greater grip and control on slippery surfaces.

Every model will have a long list of standard equipment with S, SE, Luxury, F Sport and Premier trims available, and the NX200t only available in F Sport trim. All cars will include LED headlights, dual-zone climate control, a digital radio, eight-speaker sound system, electric folding door mirrors, eight airbags, folding rear seats and adaptive cruise control, which maintains a safe distance behind the car in front.

At the top end of the range, Premier trim includes heated and ventilated front seats, sat nav, 360 degree parking cameras, a heated steering wheel, premium audio system, auto dimming wing mirrors and a heads up display that shows key information, such as your speed and sat nav directions, on the windscreen.

The NX is available to order now with deliveries of the NX300h hybrid starting in October, and the 2.0-litre turbocharged NX200t petrol following in March 2015.

Author: Christofer Lloyd

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