Lexus LF-NX Concept With Turbo Engine Set for 2013 Tokyo Auto Show


  • Lexus LF-NX Concept Picture

    Lexus LF-NX Concept Picture

    A revised version of the Lexus LF-NX is bound for the 2013 Tokyo Auto Show. | November 04, 2013

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Just the Facts:
  • 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.

TOKYO — A revised version of the Lexus LF-NX compact crossover concept, now featuring 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 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.

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