Lexus lifts luxury on NX


10 March 2020

LUXURY car maker Lexus has introduced a new premium version of its entry-level NX hybrid model, which with optional extras takes the price to within striking distance of £40,000.

The new NX Premium Sport Edition aims to create a more striking presence for the SUV in the face of intense competition from a host of eye-catching rivals.

Despite the feared introduction of even more draconian taxes for SUVs, they continue to be the vehicle of choice for an increasing number of buyers.

So whilst they all do roughly the same job, it is the most attractive and well-equipped models that are favourites.

The introduction of this new version from Lexus adds a so-called spindle grille, door mirror casings and lower rear bumper plus new 18-inch F Sport alloy wheels.

There is also a ten-inch multimedia display, ten-speaker audio system with DVD player, Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert,

door mirrors with auto-dimming and reverse-tilting functions, plus power steering wheel adjustment.

These are in addition to the existing Premium Pack option that includes Tahara leather upholstery, smart keyless entry, heated steering wheel, LED fog lights and cornering lights, power tailgate, rear privacy glass, wireless smartphone charger and illuminated door handles with puddle lights.

All NX models are equipped with all-wheel drive, advanced safety and driver assistance systems, front and rear parking sensors, reversing camera, auto-diming rear-view mirror and auto-folding heated door mirrors.

They also have Apple CarPlay/Android Auto wireless smartphone integration, eight-way power-adjustable front seats and a leather-trimmed steering wheel with paddle shifts.

The price for the NX Premium sport Edition is £38,830.

The optional panoramic roof and special metallic paint then lifts the price to just under the £40,000 VED limit.

This means that, crucially, the price remains below the threshold for higher rate road tax in the second to sixth year of ownership, saving up to £1,600 in total costs.