The myth that crossovers tend to be ‘neither one thing nor the other’ has been roundly dispelled by Lexus. The NX proves that crossovers can be both functional and beautiful to look at. A sublimely crafted exterior wraps around a premium quality interior packed with personalised interfaces and innovative technology. A powerful engine delivers exceptional torque and horsepower, and for those who want to cut down on their carbon footprint, the hybrid version delivers outstanding km/Ltr with no compromise on performance.
But which is better? The Lexus NX or the Lexus NXh? Let’s take a look at both.
This is one of the only areas where the NX and the NXh diverge. The NX is powered by a 2.4Ltr 4-cylinder turbocharged engine that produces 275hp and 430Nm of torque. The power is put down through an 8-speed automatic transmission that’s smooth and responsive, as well as delivering best-in-class fuel economy.
The NXh uses a dynamic 2.5Ltr engine with a lithium-ion battery for electric power when it’s needed around town. The NXh uses a CVT transmission for more nuanced power delivery. The NXh also delivers on performance, producing 240hp and 239Nm of torque. While this may be slightly less than the NX, the difference is barely noticeable, and when the NXh is in electric mode you’re producing zero emissions and zero fuel consumption too. That makes the NXh a city-friendly crossover with the ability to tackle those long family weekend adventures too.
The Lexus Safety System has always had a reputation for being a class leader. The upgraded Lexus Safety System +3 incorporates even more clever features for both the NX and the NXh. For example, Safety Assist uses a Blind Spot Monitor system to ensure traffic behind the vehicle isn’t getting too close. A particularly relevant safety feature for the city is the fact that the Safety Assist will prevent you from unlatching the door if it senses that it might open into the path of a cyclist or motorcyclist.
The new Lexus NX and NXh both feature the brand-new Lexus interface, an intuitive and responsive driver interface that provides a personalized driving experience. Repositioned for easier access without distraction, it puts all of the cabin’s controls at the fingertips of the driver, from advanced navigational systems to climate control and entertainment, as well as the 64-colour ambient lighting system. A 14” touchscreen gives the driver a clear, fuss-free display that’s simple to navigate.
As you would expect from Lexus, as much thought has gone into the aesthetics and the styling of both the NX and the NXh as any of their other vehicles. The result is an elegant crossover that stands apart from the usual ‘sedan on stilts’ look that some crossovers can suffer from. The NX looks well-proportioned, individual and sleek. Enhanced ground clearance means that it is capable of some lightweight off-roading, but looks most at home on the city streets.
It's the little touches that make the NX stand out, both inside and out. E-latches open and close doors smoothly with no wasted movement. The driver’s cockpit utilises the concept of Tazuna that flows throughout all of Lexus’ design principles. And of course, that iconic spindle grille takes centre stage at the front, instantly identifying the NX and the NXh as members of one of the most exclusive ranges of cars in the world.
So back to the question – which is better? At Al-Futtaim Lexus, we simply cannot decide, and have concluded that they both stand equally together in terms of performance, quality, reliability and styling. That means it’s up to you to decide. Find out more by booking a test drive at Al-Futtaim Lexus today and Experience Amazing for yourself.