Lexus has unveiled the first official images of its new compact crossover, known as the NX.

The NX is set to debut at the upcoming Beijing International Automotive Exhibition, and will be offered with hybrid, turbocharged and naturally-aspirated powertrains.

The former, known as the NX 300h, is expected to use a 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle gasoline engine and electric motor setup, similar to that found in the Lexus ES 300h.

2015 Lexus NX 300h

2015 Lexus NX 300h

Both the Lexus NX 200 and NX 200t use regular gasoline powerplants, the latter a new turbocharged unit. These models will both be offered with front- or all-wheel drive powertrains, and the firm's sporty F Sport trim will also be available on the NX 200t.

Lexus has shocked and wowed auto show crowds in equal measure with recent concept vehicles, but the LF-NX concept which previewed the production NX was riskiest of the lot.

Luckily, the concept's overly aggressive looks have been toned down for production, particularly towards the rear.

At the front, the NX is the latest Lexus to feature a deep 'Spindle' grille design, and the second to use split headlamp and LED daytime running light features, after the Lexus IS sedan.

17 and 18-inch wheel options can be squeezed beneath the chunky arches. Inside, a vertical center stack breaks with the recent Lexus tradition of horizontal control layouts, but the usual metallic accents, soft-feel surfaces and leather-wrapped controls appear as normal.

Lexus claims a low hip-point for the car's seating, giving the driver a more connected feel with the car, while increasing interior headroom.

A host of technology is available too, from a wireless charging tray for juicing up mobile devices, to a touchpad-controlled multi-function display and a heads-up display. Of more limited use is a G-sensor and boost meter.

Further details will become available when the car makes its debut in Beijing on April 20.


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