Lexus recently invited us to preview and drive their all-new crossover: the 2015 Lexus NX 200t F Sport. We’ve been looking forward to the new SUV for some time and graciously took the trip to Nashville, Tennessee to partake in their “True Grit, Pure Grace” 2015 NX unveiling.
Lexus continues to merge world renowned luxury and performance with their first-ever turbocharged gasoline engine featuring a combined water-cooled cylinder head and twin-scroll turbocharger. The NX 200t is backed by a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 235HP. Loyal Lexus drivers will be pleasantly impressed by the amount of raw power packed in the NX, while new drivers can look forward to a taste of sophistication on the road.
Additionally, the NX 200t features a Direct Injection Engine with an ingenious valve control system that switches between Atkinson and Otto cycles, optimizing performance and fuel efficiency. For those seeking an automatic driving experience, Lexus offers a six-speed automatic transmission option with G-Force Artificial Intelligence (G-AI) that automatically selects gear and downshift patterns.
Our F Sport took to the the road with grace, handling every curve Highway 100 mustered. Dynamic torque control all-wheel drive (AWD) provides maximum traction through the transfer of torque between front and rear wheels (50:50 – 100:0). The front axle also adopts a pre-load differential to control differential torque, assisting turns on slippery roads and straight-line stability at high speed.
The NX 200t’s interior is confident and masculine. The 2015 NX introduces Lexus’ new Remote Touch Interface (RTI) with a custom touch pad, comprehensive Multi-Information Display that features a Lexus-first G-Force Meter and boost gauge, and finally a Qi Wireless Charging Tray optimized for smart-devices. Four golf club bags can be laid longitudinally across the cargo area instead of being wedged diagonally.
In addition, the F Sport edition includes sporty bucket seats, athletic racing pedals and Active Sound Control (to enhance and control engine sound). Embodying a sports car design while incorporating sport-utility function.
Exterior-wise, the NX 200t is sharp, elegant and confident. The cross-over SUV’s shapely contours create for a sporty and nimble appearance highlighted by Lexus’ signature spindle grille and L-shape LED headlight design.
The F Sport upgrade features custom 10-spoke 18-inch alloy 225/60R18 all season-tires, a more aggressive grill and a sportier lower bumper.
Value and Safety
Lexus builds on their legacy of safety stands with the inclusion of Whiplash-Injury Lessening Front Seats, Impact-Absorbing Structure, and eight SRS Airbags. Additionally, the NX’s available Lane Departure Alert system warns drivers who are about to veer out of it’s lane. The Pre Collision System (PCS) uses the all-speed Adaptive Cruise Control system’s millimeter-wavelength radar sensor to detect vehicles and other approaching obstacles prompting a buzzer alert.
The Lexus NX is poised to stir the luxury car market. The premium, compact performance vehicle checks in with the right balance of power, elegance and value. Chief engineer Takeaki Kato’s aim was to deliver the perfect marriage of luxury and uncompromising performance. While no official MSRP is available at press time, the NX is expected to drive off lots with a sticker price ranging from the high $30,000 to low $40,000 mark depending on the options desired.
Special thanks to Lexus, who provided us with the vehicle, housing and travel accommodations for this review.