Lexus, the luxury vehicle division of Japanese car maker Toyota, started its India operations with the introduction of 3 products- RX 450h, ES 300h and LX 450d, early this year. Now the brand is looking forward to expanding its product lineup with the launch of an all-new hybrid SUV, the NX300h. The launch of this new hybrid SUV is expected by January next year. Though, the 4th product from Lexus has been unveiled today yet the pricing is not revealed by the carmaker. It is expected to be priced in the range of INR 60 lakh. There will be two variants- Luxury and F Sport as similar to its bigger siblings. The bookings for the model has begun while the deliveries will start early next year.
Underneath the bonnet the hybrid SUV is powered by the similar powerplant does duty in the Lexus ES 300h sedan. The 2.5-litre petrol-hybrid engine is retuned to generate 197PS of power slight lesser than the 205PS of the ES 300h sedan.
The power transmission in the NX 300h is managed by an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (eCVT) transmission that is in association with all four wheels via Lexus’ all-wheel drive (AWD) system.
In terms of features, the NX300h is equipped with pretty extensive fitments that justify the price of the car. The key features of the NX300h include dual-zone climate control, eight airbags, heated steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers, LED DRLs and 18-inch alloy wheels. While, the top end F Sport variant gets features such as paddle-shifters, additional drive modes - Sport S and S+ -, aluminium pedals and G-force and turbo-boost displays.
Unlike it siblings, the NX300h will be available at the Indian dealerships all the way through CBU route. Therefore, there is no competition for this model at that higher price tag owing to import duties. On the dimensions basis, the SUV will go in direct competition with the likes of Mercedes-Benz GLC, BMW X3, Audi Q5 and the Volvo XC60.