The totally revamped Lexus lineup will expand even further for the 2015 model year with the introduction of the brand-new 2015 Lexus NX, a compact true luxury crossover that will slot in below the current RX in size and price. Expected to start at just over $30,000 when it releases early in 2014, the NX will lower the cost of entry for the Lexus brand in an effort to appeal to a more youthful demographic.
Currently, the lowest-priced Lexus models are the 2014 IS 250 sedan and the 2014 CT 200h hybrid, each a special purpose vehicle that cost more than entry-level offerings from Acura, Infiniti and even BMW. And with Mercedes-Benz's new CLA-Class hitting the market at under $30,000 and BMW seeing great success with its entry-level X1, a cheaper Lexus couldn't come a moment too soon.
We don't know too much as of just yet about powertrain options, but Toyota Motor Corp. patent filings for the NX 200t and NX 300h suggest a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and a four-cylinder hybrid, respectively, as is Lexus's naming custom. The hybrid will be the more expensive of the two, and is expected to achieve around 37 combined mpg. The NX will be front-wheel-drive, and will focus on increased sportiness than the RX as Lexus seeks to up the ante with its street cred with performance lovers.
Expect the new NX 200t and NX 300h in Lexus dealers by late Spring 2014.