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The first Lexus petrol turbo, but it is not a sports car – NX200t SUV

It’s been a long time coming but Lexus has finally got a petrol engine with a turbocharger.

It’s not a sporty coupe but rather it’s a small SUV, the NX 200t.

The other NX model that has been around for a while is the Hybrid NX 300h

They say they haven’t got into turbos because they have been focusing on Hybrids. 31% of Lexuses now sold are hybrids and their CEO Sean Hanley says that there is no reason why they shouldn’t go to 50%.

Still let’s talk about the turbo with Ken Gratton from carsales.com.au.

 

  • This is only the second engine specifically developed for Lexus. The only other one is the V10 for the LFA.
  • Could they use it for other vehicles?
  • Two litre is a reasonable size motor for a small SUV at the best of times – Turbo makes it 175kw 350 Nm
  • Needs 95 RON
  • 6 speed automatic Fuel-saving features include flexible torque-converter lock-up control from second to sixth gear.
  • Front looks are big
  • I don’t like the dash – protruding into the cabin
  • Pricing
2WD Luxury $52,500
4WD Luxury $57,000
4WD F Sport $63,500
4WD Sports Luxury $72,500
  • All models feature a four-year, 100,000km warranty
  • Equipment
  • Luxury
  •    Power rear door
  •    Rear view camera
  •    Sat NAV
  •    tyre pressure warning sensors
  •    cruise control
  •    rain-sensing wipers
  •    18-inch alloy wheels
  • F-Sport
  •    adaptive variable suspension (with sports calibration)
  •    360-degree panoramic view monitor
  •    four mode drive mode select (ECO, NORMAL, SPORT and SPORTS+)
  •    wireless induction charger for phone and mobile devices~
  •    blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert
  •    10-way adjustable, heated and cooled front seats with driver memory
  • Sports Luxury
  •    full-colour heads-up display
  •    Automatic high beam*
  •    Lane Departure Warning
  •    all-speed active cruise control

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