The NX line-up is Lexus’s first mid-size crossover, and it has visited the Paris venue just as it prepares to hit dealer lots this month. The 300h version is probably the most intriguing, featuring the make’s known hybrid powertrain.

The hybrid model is reaching markets ahead of the NX 200t, set to become available in March 2015. The latter model features an all-new 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine. The crossover carries the brand’s new design language, featuring angular lines and dynamic surfaces. The overall appearance might not be to everyone’s liking, but it’s a model set to stand out of the crowd nevertheless.

Inside the cabin the model brings a combination between soft materials and hard metallic surfaces, working alongside gadgetry such as wireless charging capabilities and a head-up display. If you’re a fan, there’s also a refreshed version of the Lexus Remote Touch Interface equipped with a touchpad.

“The ideas that drove the creation of the NX didn’t just come from the development team. We made ‘Team NX’ as broad as possible, including inputs from marketing, sales planning and production,” says Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) Executive Vice President Masamoto Maekawa.

Under the hood there’s an usual petrol-electric hybrid powertrain, offering a total of 200 hp from a 2.5 petrol engine (155 hp, 210 Nm) and an electric motor giving another 143 hp and 200 Nm. The average consumption is just 5 liters/100 km.


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