OVER two months ago, Lexus South Africa announced the sale of the all-new NX premium medium SUV.
Fast forward to May, it has announced the next phase in Lexus NX sales by launching the Lexus 350 hybrid range.
The Lexus NX hybrid range joins its petrol grade siblings the 2.5-litre normally-aspirated eight-speed automatic EX grade and the 2.4-litre turbocharged petrol grade which comes in F Sport guise.
In the newly-minted hybrid range, the models comprise three derivatives, namely, NX 350h EX (standard grade), NX 350h SE (luxury spec) and NX 350h F Sport.
With an extensive list of firsts, from the introduction of the all-new 14-inch Lexus Interface multimedia system and the “Hello Lexus” voice command to the E-latch door system, the 2022 Lexus NX sets the stage for the next chapter of the Lexus brand.
The Next Chapter for Lexus is centred around four pillars, Design, Lexus Driving Signature, Electrification and Advanced Technology. The all-new NX plays a key role in leading the brand forward in all these areas.
A fourth-generation large capacity hybrid system combining a highly efficient 2.5 litre inline 4-cylinder engine with a high output has been adopted.
The NX hybrid powertrain delivers a total system output of 179kW. All-important fuel-sipping credentials come in at 5.0 litres per 100 kilometres.
The NX hybrid will dispatch the obligatory 0-to-100 sprint in just 7,7 seconds, reaching a governed top speed of 200 km/h.
The hybrid model’s system design has been improved with a new front transaxle and a compact lithium-ion battery.
The NX 350h EX retails for R888 000, the 350h SE grade is R1 040 700, while the flagship F-Sport hybrid grade carries a price tag of R1 065 500.
The new Lexus NX hybrid range comes with a variety of different wheel designs by grade. The EX is offered with an 18-inch wheel featuring sharp machined spokes and dark grey coating for a classy appearance. On the SE Grade, the NX hybrid comes standard with a 20-inch wheel, featuring sharp machined spokes with contrasting dark and chrome accents.
The hybrid F Sport wheel has a dynamic design featuring accentuated sharp edges with a super-gloss finish.
Every Lexus NX is delivered with the Lexus Warranty Experience featuring the brand’s best-in-class 7-year/105 000km warranty and full maintenance plan.