Al-Futtaim Motors, the exclusive distributor of Lexus in the UAE, has announced the arrival of the all-new NX 200t in the UAE, reinforcing the brand’s presence in the fast growing compact crossover segment.
Having pioneered the luxury-utility crossover category more than a decade ago with the original midsized RX 300, Lexus has revolutionized this segment once again with the all-new NX 200t. Inspired by performance vehicles, the turbocharged NX combines the expertise of racers within the engineering team and the impeccable touch of Lexus luxury through an exciting and sporty design to set a new benchmark in the automotive world.
Following in the tire tracks of the new-generation Lexus GS and IS sedans, the 2015 NX 200t and the F Sport version offer dramatic design alternatives to a segment populated by boxy offerings to reveal the boldest interpretation yet of the signature Lexus spindle grille and L-finesse design.
“The NX is a true interpretation of Lexus amazing cars crafted through a seamless connection between leading-edge design and innovative technology. Similar to all other Lexus vehicles, the NX delivers on all Lexus luxury fronts; precision craftsmanship, enriching experience and superior quality,” said Saud Abbasi, Managing Director, Al-Futtaim Motors – Lexus.
He added: “The needs of customers go beyond ownership of an amazing car. They also need the best after sales experience through personalised and attentive care that exceeds their expectations, and this is what we at Al-Futtaim Motors – Lexus strive to deliver everyday.”
At the launch, Executive Vice President of Lexus International, Mr. Mark Templin said “Since 2012, at Lexus, we have been working very hard to make our brand more emotional and appealing, while setting the standard for progressive luxury. Now with the NX we have added a new chapter to the Lexus story. The NX offers inspiration, power, and charisma. It makes your heart beat faster.”
Also present at the launch was Mr. Takeaki Kato, Lexus NX Chief Engineer, who confirmed that this SUV represents the ultimate in premium urban sports gear and is designed to support an active lifestyle on the weekend while also complementing daily life on the move.
“The NX 200t is a Premium Crossover combining performance, numerous on-board technologies and an alluring design to make it desirable for customers. Luxury is epitomised by attention to even small but important details like the courtesy lights, the feel of the switches and other innovations that set new standards for future Lexus models.”
Looking more sports-car than sport-utility, the NX 200t features numerous firsts in a Lexus, including keyhole-less outside door handle; power reclining and power folding 60:40 split rear seat; cylinder head with integrated exhaust manifold, a wireless charging tray for compatible phones and devices; the new Lexus Remote Touch Interface (RTI) with a touch pad and a Pre-Load Differential to control differential torque.
Bold and Sporty Styling
The striking angles and smoothly flowing contours of the NX 200t lend it a distinct visual appeal. From its dramatic spindle grille and L-themed headlights to a body that appears carved from a single chunk of metal, there will be no mistaking the NX 200t for anything else in its class. Sculpted to look nimble the NX 200t embodies an aggressive form that makes its functionality and higher performance evident at a glance. Front and rear flares fuse with the diamond-shaped body at the spindle grille, innovative LED headlamps and daytime running lamps firmly express Lexus’ bold design language. A roofline peaking towards the back of the vehicle provides ample headroom and accentuates the side profile, creating a tight silhouette. Lexus has designed a new range of 17-inch and optional 18-inch alloy wheels specifically for the NX 200t, with designs that evoke exotic sports cars rather than SUVs. The wheels are housed in bold, flared wheel arches that set the vehicle in a crouching, muscular stance.
The look and feel of Lexus luxury detail begins before you enter the NX 200t. A single LED elegantly streams a welcoming beam of light along the top of the handle and also to the ground as the driver approaches the vehicle. The vehicle also encompasses an innovative outer mirror and a world-first door handle mechanism with hidden key barrel. This keyhole-less construction is a world-first for a straight pull type door handle. A touch sensor type Smart Entry system is available, conveying an excellent appearance and operability compared to a conventional push-button system and this adds to the luxury appearance.
Stepping into the NX 200t will feel like stepping into a sports car. The cabin design combines structural elements with luxurious yet functional materials and textures. The NX 200t dashboard and console continue the Lexus concept of display and operational zones. The seats, inspired by sports car design, coddle driver and passenger as you’d expect from a Lexus.
Convenience and versatility abound in the NX 200t, which offers a world first power folding 60:40 split/recline rear seat. The reclining angle can be adjusted using switches located on the sides of the rear seat, driver seat and inside the luggage compartment.
The cabin design prioritizes seating and interior space. The NX 200t possesses the lowest hip point in the segment, adding to the connection between the driver and the vehicle and increasing overall headroom. The quilted pattern of the seats and varied pad thickness express the crossover intention of the vehicle, while best-in-class luggage load length and rear seat leg space further reflect the NX 200t’s emphasis on functionality and comfort. A luggage area width of 53 inches can accommodate four golf bags stowed sideways, rather than having to lean them against the side. Storage in four compartments beneath the cargo floor provide space for keeping valuables out of sight.
Lexus has added nuance color variations to the lineup for a total of ten colors, including the newly developed Sonic Quartz to create a strongly three-dimensional expression when light hits the surface, further accentuating the condensed impression of the body.
For its first-ever turbocharged gasoline engine, Lexus created an all-new engine architecture. The 2.0-liter, four-cylinder port and direct-injection turbo engine was tested extensively on various road conditions and harsh environments, and comes with a world-first combination of water-cooled cylinder head integrated exhaust manifold and twin scroll turbo charger. The turbo engine produces 235 hp at 4800 - 5,600 rpm with35.7 kg-m of torque from 1,650-4,000 rpm. Combining the cylinder head, exhaust manifold and intercooler with variable wastegate control also enhances low speed torque fuel economy.
The engineering team’s racing experience comes through in the way the Lexus NX 200t handles curves and bumps. A newly developed shock absorber, capable of controlling even the smallest micro-level fluctuations, contributes to excellent stability and ride comfort. Additionally, the NX 200t features a new Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) that is capable of variable control in 30 stages.
The NX 200t with all-weather drive introduces Dynamic Torque Control AWD to provide maximum traction and cornering stability. The system continuously controls torque transfer between the front and rear wheels, using sensors for vehicle speed, steering angle, steering speed, throttle angle and yaw rate.
For the first time, a pre-loaded front differential (and yaw rate feedback control on AWD versions) ensures optimum grip, control and agility. Under light loads, and when there is a low speed difference between the left and right wheels during cornering, the pre-loaded differential ensures straight-line stability and acceleration performance. At higher speeds, it operates as an open differential.
The NX 200t’s array of technology innovations sets new standards for future Lexus models. The NX 200t features the first application of a new Lexus Remote Touch Interface (RTI) with a touch pad, letting the driver access various functions without changing the driving position or taking the eyes away from the view in front of the vehicle. For zero-distraction, the front-seat passenger can also easily operate the RTI.
A highly visible and easy-to-understand navigation screen enables users to confirm a range of information at a glance. The navigation system’s convenience enables audio and other information to be displayed on a 4.2-inch Multi-Information Display in the meter.
The NX 200t is the first Lexus to offer a Qi Wireless Charging Tray: just placing a compatible smartphone or tablet in the tray will recharge its battery. The Lexus NX 200t is available with a Mark Levinson premium surround sound system which features a 12 channel amplifier to drive 14 ultra-high efficiency speakers that generate outstanding output with concert hall-quality sound. The auto volume system automatically adjusts the audio system volume to complement the genre of each song as it is played. The display audio includes HD Radio™, Bluetooth® audio, automatic phone book transfer.
The Lexus NX 200t is also available with a color head-up display which projects a range of frequently checked information on the lower windshield glass in the driver’s line of sight, including vehicle speed, tachometer, audio system, navigation system and more.
Advanced Safety Features
The Lexus NX 200t comes with a comprehensive suite of active and passive safety features. The Panoramic View Monitor, introduced into a Lexus vehicle for the first time, helps the driver avoid other vehicles and pedestrians approaching from the sides. This system combines video from four cameras mounted to the front and rear sides of the vehicle, offering a view of everything happening around the car, including in blind spots. The Dynamic Radar Cruise Control with All-speed Tracking Function maintains inter-vehicle distance within a set speed and supports the driver by detecting the vehicle ahead and ensuring that an appropriate distance is maintained from cruising speeds down to a stop. Also offered on the NX 200t is the Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), and the Lane Departure Alert that warns the driver when it determines that the vehicle is about to veer from a traffic lane.
The NX 200t has eight SRS airbags, including a dual stage driver’s airbag and knee airbag, dual-stage and dual-chamber front passenger airbag, front side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags.
The NX F SPORT variant promises a special driving experience with its aggressive looks such as a grille that’s even bolder than on the standard model. The L-mesh black grille integrates with a metallic coated lower bumper molding, and black side mirrors match the grille. Exclusive wheels, cabin styling and trim and bolstered sports seats add to the F SPORT repertoire in the NX 200t.
A 10-spoke 18-inch alloy wheel design combines black paint on the lateral edges with a luminous machine-brushed finish. It is also available in another design, with a dark metallic finish and high-gloss Y-shaped spokes.
Body-hugging, quilted seats are exclusive in the F SPORT, available in an exclusive interior color, Rioja Red. The driver grips a perforated F SPORT steering wheel and brushed metallic gearshift. The unique instrumentation and drilled non-slip aluminum pedals and footrest were inspired by the Lexus LFA supercar. The tachometer red line is even more clearly marked in this model.
The NX 200t F SPORT is also available exclusively with a Multi Information Display which heightens the driving experience by displaying a G sensor with steering angle, accelerator opening and brake hydraulic pressure bars in addition to a turbo boost meter with oil temperature and pressure gauges.
The F SPORT also features Active Sound Control (ASC) to enhance the auditory experience. The engine note volume resonating through the cabin can be adjusted when the driver turns on ASC.
Range, Colors and Prices
The all-new NX 200t comes with 10 exterior colours, 10 interior colors and 6 trim combinations to meet a variety of tastes.
Available in 2 different grades Premier, Platinum, and two F Sport grades Prestige and Platinum, the NX is available across all Al-Futtaim Motors- Lexus showrooms in the UAE starting from AED 160,000 for the regular model and AED 180,000 for the F Sport model.