Lexus is looking to up the ante in the crossover segment, where the all new NX compact crossover has been selling well – by adding yet another new powertrain version.
According to a report citing a recent trademark filling with the United States Patent and Trademark office we may be looking at Lexus gearing up to introduce a new NX 300 version that will slot between the already available NX 200t and NX 300h. According to the United States Patent and Trademark office, the trademark filing was recent – filed on March 25 – and the purpose is to use it on “automobiles and structural parts.” With the NX 300 slotting in between the 2-liter gasoline turbo version and the NX 300h hybrid, the new NX 300 could use a regular powertrain and have a price in between the $35,405 and $40,645 starting prices of the respective versions already on sale.
Most likely the engine featured in the NX 300 will be the 3.5-liter V6 from the IS 300 sports sedan – here the mill develops 255 horsepower and 236 pound-feet and the same numbers can be expected on the crossover as well. The base NX 200t uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder with 235 hp and the NX 300h hybrid powertrain has a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder mated to an electric motor for a total output of 194 hp.