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Lexus NX hybrid targets diesel-heavy crossover sector

Set to be shown at the Beijing Motor Show on the 20th April, the production NX draws heavily on the styling of the 2013 LF-NX concept shown on the brand’s Frankfurt stand last September.

It launches Lexus into a new segment, competing for sales of the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Volvo XC60. Most customers are expected to be conquests from other brands, with new technology including a wireless charging tray for phones and tablets, a G-sensor and the latest version of the Lexus Remote Touch Interface infotainment system.

Unique to this segment, the NX will feature a hybrid drivetrain combining a 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and electric motor, as used in the IS 300h and GS 300h. The NX 300h will be available with front and four-wheel drive, and the former could offer CO2 emissions of less than 100g/km.

Models shown at Beijing will include naturally aspirated and turbocharged petrol engines, but Lexus has yet to confirm which if any will come to the UK. Diesel versions are unlikely based on recent model launches, which means the brand’s focus in fleet is likely to be the NX 300h.

Alex Grant

Trained on Cardiff University’s renowned Postgraduate Diploma in Motor Magazine Journalism, Alex is an award-winning motoring journalist with ten years’ experience across B2B and consumer titles. A life-long car enthusiast with a fascination for new technology and future drivetrains, he joined Fleet World in April 2011, contributing across the magazine and website portfolio and editing the EV Fleet World Website.

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