Lexus debuted its new NX Sport at the Paris Motor Show with a few handsome upgrades.
The arrival of the NX in 2015 bought with it the first turbocharged engine into Lexus’ lineup. The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and CVT were good for 235 horsepower (175 kilowatts) and 258 pound-feet (359 newton-meter) of torque, making it quite the little performer in the segment.
At this year's Paris Motor Show, alongside the edgy new UX SUV concept, Lexus wanted to make sure that its spritely little NX looked a bit more exciting for the cameras. That's why the company introduced a new Sport trim to the lineup, adding some visual cues to enhance the overall aesthetic, inside and out.
Following the relative success of the Sport option for the CT and IS, the NX receives the same treatment. Though not upping the power any, and still a trim level down from the F Sport, the new trim brings with it 18-inch black alloy wheels, black door mirror housings, and a black finish to the spindle grille and its frame.
Inside, the cabin is coated with a choice of Sport-exclusive fabric, or Tahara leather-effect upholstery. The two are available in Black or Dark Rose colors with silver inserts. That new interior design boosting the NX up a notch in the luxury segment.
Unfortunately for American buyers looking to get their hands on this more aggressive new NX, the Sport package will only be available to customers in the U.K. and Europe, and will go on sale in October. Pricing and availability will be announced at a later date.
2017 Lexus NX Sport Trim
Following the successful introduction of Sport models to the Lexus CT and IS ranges, the NX mid-size crossover is also set to add a Sport version to its line-up.
Available for both the NX 300h and NX 200t models, it adds exclusive exterior and interior design features. These include black 18-inch alloy wheels, black door mirror housings and black finish to the spindle grille and its frame.
In the cabin there is a choice of Sport-exclusive fabric or Tahara leather-effect upholstery in Black or Dark Rose with silver inserts.
Full details of the UK specification, pricing and availability will be announced separately.