Lexus NX 200t arrives – details on turbocharged crossover

Lexus launches a sporty turbocharged crossover to sit alongside the efficient NX 300h

The Lexus NX crossover has become the first Lexus to use the brand’s new 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine.

Joining the hybrid NX 300h, the new NX 200t will be available only in F Sport trim and paired to a six-speed automatic transmission.

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The use of F Sport trim gives a clue as to the brand’s positioning of the new model.

With 235bhp from 4800-5600rpm and 258lb ft from 1650rpm the new engine’s performance has no close equivalents in the crossover class – diesel rivals from BMW and Mercedes produce less power but more torque, and few rivals offer petrol variants with similar specifications.

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Combined economy of 35.8mpg is lower than that of diesel rivals too, though the NX 300h serves its purpose as the low-emissions model in the range.

More relevant is the all-wheel drive system with Dynamic Torque Control, sending up to 50 per cent of the engine’s torque rearwards, and ‘performance dampers’ to increase cornering agility. The NX 200t F Sport also sits on 18in alloy wheels with 225/60 R18 tyres.

F Sport trim also means a bodykit with deeper bumpers and side skirts, while the turbocharged engine gets twin tailpipes rather than the hybrid’s hidden outlet. Inside, electrically-adjustable leather heated seats are standard, in either black or Dark Rose. Obligatory carbon-effect trim inlays join aluminium pedals and an F Sport steering wheel.

Colour options include Sonic White (as shown), Sonic Titanium, Mercury Grey, Satin Silver, Celestial Black, Mesa Red, Ultra Blue and Velvet Black. Standard kit includes radar-based Pre-Crash Safety and Adaptive Cruise Control, eight airbags, LED headlights, a reversing camera and an eight-speaker audio system, among other trinkets.

Pricing starts from £38,095 – against the hybrid’s £36,995 in F Sport trim – and deliveries begin mid-March.

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