The second installment of the Lexus LF-NX concept arrived at the Tokyo Motor Show. Dubbed the Lexus LF-NX Turbo, it boasts a new powertrain. Its sibling emerged earlier at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and with two versions being touted–it seems likely that one will hit production. Rumors say the production version will be named the NX.
The Lexus LF-NX is pictured above.
The turbo version of the Lexus LF-NX concept is packing a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with variable valve timing and Toyota’s D-4S direct injection technology. The urban crossover boasts a twin scroll unit with active wastegate valve, making it both good-looking and good for the environment when compared to other SUVs. As for the long-used term SUV (sports utility vehicle), Lexus prefers LUV, or luxury utility vehicle. This is perhaps a way to create a departure from the bad reputation associated with gas-guzzling SUV models of the past.
The Lexus LF-NX Turbo concept
As far as production plans for the Lexus LF-NX concepts, there are two: The Lexus NX 200t and the NX 300h hybrid. More details for an actual production model will be released at a later date, as we are still in the teasing phases for the concepts. Overall, the exterior design components are promising, along with the powertrains and fuel economy goals. The interior and digital options will no doubt be top-notch, as buyers have come to expect and appreciate from the Lexus marquee.
The wheels are much improved for the Turbo version.
The rear views
We look for an official production debut of a Lexus NX sometime in the coming months, likely early 2014.
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