It’s no secret that a priority market for the company New Lexus has always been the United States. However, recently the Japanese more and more attention has been given to consumers of the Old World. And if, until recently, engineers and marketers were limited, the maximum adaptation of “American” models, but this year still decided to shoot at the hearts of Europeans completely new car. So here is the first European New Lexus NX, who is also the first compact crossover and the brand.
New Lexus NX recently flashed diodes from the podium of the Beijing Auto Show and literally half a year got to our market – the first buyers have even got their cars, and we also went to Vienna for the first acquaintance with the new product.
So, after several years of trying to compete with the help of a bumbling RX such bestesellerami as the BMW X3 and Audi Q5, Lexus marketing, apparently resigned to the fact that “less” does not mean “worse” and the trick is “more iron for the same money “in Europe does not work. After all, efficiency and manageability are valued more than the extra space in the cabin.
Fans of “guess the platform” probably already suspected New Lexus NX in relationship with Toyota
RAV4 Japanese, however, from this similarity strongly denies. Like, out of the total for machines only wheelbase. In principle, it is a fact – a different structure strength body structure and suspension, the other range of engines, other dimensions, and of course – the other twice the price.
As RX, his younger brother can be both mono-and all-wheel drive and driven as a classic engine and a hybrid setup, which is designed to compete with diesel engines opponents. However, inNew Lexus NX at least the first time will be presented only in one design – four-wheel drive and a hybrid system. Expensive and not practical, you say? And here and there, the prices will start with a mark of 65.000 $, and for the money, as is customary in the Lexus, we get in the car sufficiently rich set. In total, the three versions, the second of which we managed to experience – one that with labeling F-Sport and a price tag of 69 thousand dollars.
So, very soon we plan to carry out a detailed video test new items on the roads, so this time delve deeply into the essence of the new crossovers are not planned. It was more of a joint pastime – a walk from Vienna to Budapest and back.
Appearance – New Lexus NX
Yes, one and a half years ago, a bold exterior sedan IS shocked many. New Lexus NX such opportunity is already deprived. Firstly, the main strokes of its design is really inherited from the IS and, as it were accustomed to, and secondly, as it seemed to me personally, bold headlights and lights on a crossover look much more harmonious than the sedan. And in general, this is probably the first New Lexus NX, which apparently I quite like. While many of his colleagues did not share this opinion. But the main thing is that the car does not look too glamorous or female, from this class which might well have been expected.
Interior – New Lexus NX
Striving to win the hearts of Europeans, and notably within New Lexus NX. The interior is a very elegant and uniquely modern. In this model New Lexus NX, there is no pompous luxury typical of other New Lexus NX, there are more sports than solidity. Especially in our equipment F-Sport with red skin, black headliner and contrast stitching.
As for the quality of the materials used, there is, to find fault – plastic, plastic, plastic … And padding the front panel does not look leather like texture and inserts on the dashboard and the door does not look like aluminum. But the attention to detail is almost European – even a mirror on the tunnel hid – a special feature of this model.
Separately want to praise the land. Chair tightly hug the back and the setting range is enough for very high and frankly low drivers. High sill line gives the feeling of being in a sedan rather than a crossover.
Please note that the overall similarity of the cabin layout with the sedan IS transference in New Lexus NX touch buttons control climate refused, and it was good. But from the experiments with the ergonomics could not be saved, and this model – instead of already familiar joystick control New Lexus NX Media have with the touchpad. Let’s see whether this decision accustomed.
Also from a completely new features – docking station for wireless charging of mobile phone in the armrest. Sounds promising, but that charge will only be enabled with Soup QI. More interesting was another option – WIFI 3G router, which is also hidden in the armrest, and supports up to 10 devices. But it is worth noting that this device does not use the antenna to the car and, accordingly, should not exceed the quality of similar communication modems from other manufacturers.
Looking for a sloping roof, I was ready to argue that precisely head on the second row of seats. Well, do not argue – a couple of inches over the top left. Also here adjustable folding a fairly wide range.
Similarly surprised and trunk. Not that a volume (555 liters) but a long and well-landscaped. In addition, under the raised floor has a dense and surprisingly large for a hybrid compartment. But on the spare tire have to forget. Place for her is not provided.
Drive – New Lexus NX
Even before I managed to take the wheel of a novelty, I had the opportunity to listen to the engineers working on the creation of the model. The main motive of long monologues – passenger handling and sporty character. Having the experience of “dialogue” with less than ideal in this regard Lexus RX, as well as understanding that will have to deal with the hybrid, I took those words very skeptical.
No, it is also certainly not BMW and Audi, but what is hidden underneath the heaviest battery driving almost feel. Banks are absolutely not critical, and steering the car New Lexus NX listening to a surprisingly clear. If we compare the New Lexus NX even with conventional ICE-nym RX-ohm, then you can really call it a passenger behavior. However, the downside was predictable stiffness of the suspension, which was able to experience even on European roads. By the way, New Lexus NX is available with discs of the 17th and 18th diameter. And I’m pretty sure the 18th wheels Ukrainian customers are contraindicated.
Separate issue dynamic characteristics of the hybrid version. Despite nameplates, not F-Sport’a vney not much. To disperse hundreds of 9.2 seconds and a top speed of 180 km / h. It is noteworthy that the behavior of the hybrid did not significantly change with the choice of different modes – Sport / Normal / Eco. Although our equipment, these modes are required to affect the softness of the adaptive suspension.
Consumption – New Lexus NX
As you know, in terms of their efficiency hybrid New Lexus NX installations Japanese oppose European diesel engines. And claimed consumption figures are really impressive – 5 liters, both on track and in the city. Here is the truth, the real picture is significantly different from the stated. In a city without traffic jams at an average speed of 50-60 km / h, we get a figure 8.5 liters. Yes, it is without a goal to achieve a minimum value, but without undue liberties. But on the track, which in principle is characteristic of all hybrids, fuel jumped to 9.5 liters at an average speed of 100-130 km / h. But, before losing to state diesel competitors, I hasten to remind you that the element of hybrid cars – urban traffic jams. It is in the jamming and “risers” hybrids are able to move in all-electric mode, and so give yourself a head start even diesels. By the way, we recently proved this during a duel Lexus RX450h and the Volkswagen Touareg 3.0TDI .
Conclusion – New Lexus NX
What do we have in the first short acquaintance? We can note the significant progress in the construction engineers well-managed crossovers New Lexus NX. It is also perhaps the first New Lexus NX, which is quite able to compete with European classmates in the economy and that it does not require the buyer crazy overpayment for hybrid technology. As for me, driving quite confident will be felt, both women and men.
But among the factors that can hinder the popularity New Lexus NX, can the distrust of many drivers on the reliability of hybrid technology, though it is today no longer justified, and it is possible – excessive stiffness of the suspension. But this time we still have to check on the local roads.