Lexus has inadvertently unveiled the production version of the LF-NX concept, believed to be called NX. This screenshot was taken from a video of a presentation by CEO of Toyota North America, Jim Lentz, at the Detroit Motor Show earlier this month.
Targeted at stealing orders from the Audi Q3 and Range Rover Evoque, the production version of the LF-NX concept features watered down styling compared to the striking concept, first unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year. Trademark Lexus features such as the spindle grille and split two-part headlights remain.
The NX will also be the first model from the Japanese manufacturer to feature a turbocharged engine. Initial details are scarce but the firm has confirmed a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine will be fitted – a replacement for the 2.5-litre V6 from the IS 250 saloon.
Sources within the company revealed the power output “is likely to start with a two” and we could see that figure rise to around 240bhp, which would give it the grunt to rival the flagship Range Rover Evoque. Although not confirmed, front and four-wheel drive versions of the NX are likely.
Expect to see the NX revealed not at the Geneva Motor Show in March, but just after. We'll bring you all the details on this important new model as and when they emerge.