Lexus has announced that the all-new 2015 Lexus NX 200t will start at $35,405 (includes a $925 destination charge), while the hybrid Lexus NX 300h will start at $40,645. The Lexus NX and NX Hybrid SUVs will rank among luxury compact SUVs like the Acura RDX, Infiniti QX50 and Lincoln MKC.
The 2015 NX 200t features a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 235 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard, and all-wheel drive is available for an additional $1,400. Fuel economy estimates have not been announced yet, but Lexus expects the NX 200t to get 22/28 mpg city/highway, which is typical for the class, though competitors like the BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class and Volvo XC60 use less fuel.
The 2015 NX 300h has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and two electric motors, which produce 194 horsepower combined. Front-wheel drive and a continuously variable transmission (CVT) are standard. All-wheel drive is available for an additional $1,590 on the NX Hybrid, which adds a third electric motor to drive the rear wheels. The 2015 Lexus NX 300h gets an EPA-estimated 35/31 mpg city/highway, which is significantly better than what the Audi Q5 Hybrid and the diesel-powered BMW X3 get.
Both Lexus NX models come with standard features that include a rearview camera, proximity key, power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, a USB port and a Display Audio system with a 7-inch screen. Options include forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, heated and ventilated front seats, leather seats, a heated steering wheel, a power liftgate, power-folding rear seats, navigation and a moonroof.
The NX 200t is also available as an F Sport model, which includes larger 18-inch wheels, unique interior and exterior styling, paddle shifters and a sport-tuned suspension.
The 2015 Lexus NX 200t and the hybrid NX 300h will both go on sale starting in late November.