Lexus India today unveiled its NX300h hybrid electric SUV that will be the next hybrid model for India, which will be launched in January, 2018. The Lexus NX300h will be available in India in two variants –F Sport and Luxury, with the brand’s commitment to environmentally-conscious driving options within a vehicle that delivers agility and manoeuvrability. This new hybrid electric vehicle is expected to strengthen Lexus’ product range in India, following the brand’s entry into the market in March, 2017.
The Lexus NX300h is powered by a 2.5 l, four-cylinder petrol engine that produces combined power of about 194 hp, delivering an ARAI-certified fuel economy of 18.32 km/l. The powertrain is also made up of an electric-drive motor at the rear, with the vehicle featuring a full-time all-wheel drive (AWD) system. The Lexus NX300h is also said to feature a new adaptive suspension system, as well as safety in the form of eight airbags, ABS, vehicle stability control and an anti-theft system.
The NX300h is BS6-compliant and come with Lexus-first innovations and features that elevate the levels of comfort and convenience, the company noted. It includes Lexus’ first kick-sensor-activated power rear door, first-in-class power-folding and power-reclining rear seats, as well as a Mark Levinson infotainment system with ClariFi technology that features 14 speakers. The hybrid SUV also features a 360° panoramic surround view monitor, which uses four high-definition cameras to simulate a top-down view of the vehicle, which can show surrounding vehicles, pedestrians, and obstacles. The system also includes position projections to demonstrate the vehicle’s path at slow speed.
The vehicle is also equipped with a 10.3-inch split-screen multimedia display that provides simultaneous access to audio and climate controls. It also displays various other systems, including the next-generation navigation system that is coupled with a full colour heads-up display. The exterior design of the NX300h features sharp contours and a panoramic roof. The SUV comes with LED triple-projector-beam headlamps, along with dramatically-styled front and rear fasciae.
Akitoshi Takemura, President, Lexus India, said the bold design of the NX300h is coupled with the performance of a hybrid electric vehicle that makes this a cool SUV. “The luxurious new Lexus NX300h is all about what an automobile could be –breathtakingly striking from every angle and unique in its personality. This is a vehicle crafted for the urban sophisticate who is arriving – in signature style,” said Takemura.