Bringing together striking design, free-spirited performance and innovative technology, the brand new Lexus NX is the luxury automaker’s first foray into the ultra-competitive compact SUV segment of the market.

With NX Lexus designers have given us an intelligent expression of the Lexus L-Finesse design language, retaining the sharp lines, wide, powerful stance and sporting feel of the original concept car which gives it phenomenal on-road presence.

The NX 200t is the first Lexus model to use the company’s new 175 kW/350Nm, 2.0-litre turbocharged direct injection petrol engine. Nine years in development and debuting with technical innovations such as the Lexus-designed cylinder head with integrated four-into-two exhaust manifold (a world first) and twin-scroll turbocharger, the 1,998cc unit is matched to a newly developed six-speed automatic transmission with a Drive Mode Select system.

Another technological tour-de-force featuring on the NX 200t is the Dynamic Torque Control all-wheel drive system, which maximises traction and cornering stability, while securing the best possible fuel efficiency. According to driving conditions, up to 50 per cent of available torque can be directed to the rear wheels.

The NX 200t is available at launch in three model grades – E, EX and dramatic F-Sport trim, alongside the highly efficient NX 300h EX hybrid. Lexus NX 300h has a total system output of 145kW from the combination of the petrol and electric motors - the petrol engine delivers 114kW of power at 5700rpm and 210Nm of torque from 4200-4400rpm with the supplementary 650-volt electric motor provides the extra power and torque.

The new NX has a comprehensive suite of active safety kit that includes daytime running lamps, reversing camera (all models except E grade) and front fog lamps, as well as comprehensive electronic safety features including electronically controlled braking, Emergency Brake Signal, vehicle stability control (VSC), traction control (TRC), ABS anti-skid brakes with brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), as well as Hill-start Assist Control.