- New Sport grade added to Lexus NX 300h range, featuring exterior “black pack”, black 18-inch alloys and Lexus Navigation
- Introduction of new Premier Pack option for Lexus NX and RX F Sport models
- Automated braking function added to the RX 450h’s Premier’s Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Intelligent Parking Sensor systems
- Adaptive Variable Suspension now standard on RC F and GS F performance models
- New colour options
Lexus has added a new Sport grade to the NX line-up in the first change to be made to its successful compact SUV, currently its best-selling model in the UK.
The NX 300h Sport leads a series of changes for the 2017 model year that also includes the addition of new Premier Pack options for the NX and RX F Sport models and an automated braking function for safer low-speed manoeuvring in the RX 450h. Adaptive Variable Suspension has been made standard feature on the RC F and GS F performance models.
New NX 300h Sport
Lexus has increased the breadth of appeal of its best-selling NX compact SUV with the addition of a new NX 300h Sport model. The newcomer stands out with its “black pack” exterior features, including the spindle grille and mirror housings, plus black, five-spoke 18-inch alloys.
The cabin features black Tahara upholstery which contrasts with aluminium trim inlays. Lexus Navigation and heated front seats are also provided as standard. Other key features include a Pre-Crash Safety system, all-speed adaptive cruise control, eight-inch Lexus Media Display, eight-speaker audio system with DAB/DAB+, CD player, Aux-in, USB and Bluetooth, parking monitor, dual-zone climate control, rain-sensing wipers, dusk-sensing headlamps and auto-folding door mirrors
All of this comes at £33,995 on-the-road, just £1,000 more than the NX 300h SE.
New Premier Pack option for RX and NX
Lexus is making it simple for its SUV customers to combine F Sport styling and performance with top-of-the-range equipment specifications with the introduction of new Premier Pack options for both the RX and NX F Sport.
For the NX the pack provides Lexus Premium Navigation, 14-speaker Mark Levinson surround sound system, a head-up display, heated steering wheel, 360-degree panoramic camera and Adaptive Variable Suspension. It also increases the car’s safety features, adding Automatic High Beam, Lane Keep Assist, Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert functions.
For the RX F Sport the pack provides a similarly impressive array of comfort, safety and convenience items, including Mark Levinson audio, head-up display, 360-degree camera, a card key and heated steering wheel. It also offers customers the choice of a panoramic roof or sunroof.
The packs, which must be specified at the time of ordering a new vehicle, are available now, price £5,750 for the NX F Sport and £4,500 for the RX F Sport.
Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Intelligent Parking Sensors with automated braking function
Lexus has upgraded the Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Intelligent Parking Sensors fitted to the RX 450h Premier to include an automated braking function, providing an extra layer of safety protection when manoeuvring in and out of parking spaces. When the systems detect an obstacle in the vehicle’s path, or sudden acceleration when manoeuvring, the brakes will be automatically applied to avoid an impact. The upgrade also applies to the systems included in the new Premier Pack option for the RX F Sport.
Adaptive Variable Suspension introduced on RC F and GS F
Both the RC F and GS F performance models are now fitted as standard with Adaptive Variable Suspension, further developing their ride and handling performance. To accommodate the new technology, a number of changes have been made to vehicle systems including the Torque Vectoring Differential (where fitted) and Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM). If Lexus’s Pre-Crash Safety system is fitted, AVS control is used to adjust the damping force of the shock absorbers, improving the vehicle’s responsiveness if a high collision risk is detected.
New colour options
Customers have several new colour options to choose from. Azure Blue and Solar Flare have been added to the NX range, the latter shade exclusive to the F Sport. Azure Blue is also available for the RX F Sport, with Graphite Black and Cadoxton Slate introduced to the RC F and GS F respectively.