Following the unveiling of the LF-NX HV compact premium crossover concept at this year’s Frankfurt motor show, a new version – the LF-NX Turbo- has made its world debut in Tokyo.
The new LF-NX Turbo’s 2.0-litre engine paves the way for the introduction of turbocharged petrol powerplants in future Lexus models. Essentially, the new concept shares the same body with the HV (hybrid) version that was presented earlier this year in Frankfurt, only with the addition of detail changes to the exterior and interior that reflect the performance potential of its new 2.0-litre turbo engine.
The revised frontal treatment sees the Lexus spindle grille gain a smoked chrome trim and the addition of a narrow, black mesh lower air intake above a matt chrome chin spoiler. The wheel arches and lower rocker panel have a high-gloss black paint finish and the upper rocker panel moulding is finished in matt chrome. At the rear, a full-width aerodynamic diffuser with a matt chrome finish underscores a new lower bumper design. In the cabin the performance potential is expressed with the red illumination for principal controls, meters, navigation screen and Remote Touch Interface, touch tracer and touchpad controls.
The LF-NX Turbo concept is equipped with Lexus’s first turbocharged petrol engine.
The 2.0-litre, four-cylinder unit features Lexus’s advanced high-tumble port, fan spray fuel injection, D-4S and VVT-i combustion technologies. Its design sees the exhaust manifold integrated into the cylinder head, and it is fitted with a twin-scroll turbocharger with an active wastegate valve. By optimizing the exhaust gas temperature, the exhaust manifold delivers high performance; fuel efficiency and low exhaust emissions, while the turbo operates effectively across the widest possible rev range.