2015 Lexus NX

2015 Lexus NX

2015 Lexus NX

First compact crossover Toyota’s premium brand – Lexus, the 2015 NX, has finally been revealed. The production version of the NX will make its debut on the world stage at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show next week before sailing into showrooms in the fall. Key rivals for the NX will be the Audi Q3 and BMW X1 as well as the upcoming Lincoln MKC and Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class.

2015 Lexus NX

2015 Lexus NX

The big news here is under the hood: the NX will be the first Lexus to use a turbocharged engine. That’s right, a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder can be found in both the NX 200t and NX 200t F Sport. There will also be an NX 300h, and if Lexus’ nomenclature remains consistent…

2015 Lexus NX

2015 Lexus NX

The LED running-light slash seen on the concept is prominently featured, and will visually tie the NX to the IS sedan and RC coupe. The crossover’s headlights and grille also appear to have been reshaped to more closely resemble those of the IS.

2015 Lexus NX interior

2015 Lexus NX interior

EPA fuel-economy ratings for the 2015 Lexus NX have not been announced. Estimates for its direct competitors vary quite a bit, with the the BMX X1 achieving 23 mpg around town and 34 mpg on the freeway, Infiniti QX50 expected to average 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, and the Acura RDX essentially splitting the difference with figures of 20 and 28 mpg, respectively. As for the hybrid, expect at least a slight drop compared to the 40-mpg ES 300h…