Turbo power for Lexus NX SUV

A new turbocharged petrol engine is available for the Lexus NX SUV

The Lexus NX SUV range has been expanded with the launch of a new petrol engine that joins the existing hybrid. The new Lexus NX 200t is priced at £38,095.

The new 2.0-litre engine is paired with a six-speed automatic gearbox. It produces 235bhp and Lexus claims CO2 emissions of 183g/km along with fuel consumption of 35.8mpg.

Those figures don’t compare favourably with the Lexus NX 300h hybrid, which emits around 120g/km of CO2 and promises around 55mpg economy. The new engine does offer significantly more performance, though, with a 7.1-second 0-62mph time and a 124mph top speed.

The Lexus NX 200t is only offered with four-wheel drive – the hybrid has the option of two or four-wheel drive – and can move up to 50% of its power from the front to the rear wheels to enhance grip and stability when needed.

The new engine is available exclusively in F Sport trim, which features a range of sporty visual upgrades, such as different bumpers and 18-inch alloy wheels. The exhaust tailpipes are also exposed, in contrast to the hidden exhaust of the hybrid.

Eight colour options are available, comprising Sonic White, Sonic Titanium, Mercury Grey, Satin Silver, Celestial Black, Mesa Red, Ultra Blue and Velvet Black.

Inside, there are leather sports seats that are electrically adjustable, plus an F Sport steering wheel.

NX 200t F Sport features a reversing camera, keyless entry, push-button start, electric windows, an electrically adjustable steering column and electrically folding door mirrors. The stereo system features DAB digital radio, Bluetooth phone connectivity and a CD/DVD player – all operated through a colour screen.

The rear seats split and fold 60:40 and the SUV features an electrically operated tailgate.

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