Lexus LF-NX Concept With Turbo Engine Set for 2013 Tokyo Auto Show
- A revised version of the Lexus LF-NX compact crossover concept with a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine will debut at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Show.
- Toyota did not release detailed specifications for the new engine.
- The 2.0-liter turbocharged engine may find its way into future Toyota production vehicles, including the RAV4.
Toyota did not release detailed specifications for the new engine.
The original version of the Lexus LF-NX debuted at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show with an eye on taking on the Range Rover Evoque. This latest engine development for the LF-NX is a critical one, since the 2014 Evoque is equipped with a 240-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged and direct-injected four-cylinder.
Toyota said the new turbo version of the LF-NX has a lower center of gravity and a front spoiler that gives the car a "sportier appearance," while the new engine promises improved fuel economy. The cabin on the revised crossover gets a new remote-touch interface with touchpad functionality.
When the LF-NX debuted in Frankfurt, Toyota said the hybrid explores the potential for a compact crossover within the Lexus model range — a model presumably smaller than today's RX. The concept is powered by a new variant of the Lexus Hybrid Drive system.
The LF-NX was one of the more polarizing vehicles at the Frankfurt show, with some members of the European media criticizing it for its "crazy styling."
The 2.0-liter turbocharged engine also could find its way into future Toyota vehicles, including the RAV4.
Edmunds says: Even more evidence that Lexus is targeting the expanding compact luxury crossover segment occupied by the popular Range Rover Evoque, not to mention Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Acura and a host of other premium-vehicle marques.