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Lexus has released the first official photo of its new compact crossover, the 2015 NX, which debuts on April 20 at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show. The vehicle is the production version of the string of LF-NX concepts shown over the past year, and it will eventually take the battle to the likes of the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class when it goes on sale this fall, as a 2015 model.
The teaser image above shows clear similarities between the 2015 NX and its concept siblings. Some of the sharp lines of the concepts have been softened for production, however, and the headlights and side mirrors replaced with conventional units.
Note, an image of the production NX may have already been shown by Lexus. During a Society of Automotive Analysts presentation held prior to the recent 2014 Detroit Auto Show in January, Toyota exec Jim Lentz made mention of the LF-NX concept. At the same time, a slide showing a crossover styled like the LF-NX but with a smoother and less aggressive look was shown.
Two versions of the NX are expected initially, though it’s not clear if both will make it to U.S. shores. One will be a hybrid designated the NX 300h and the other will be a turbocharged model called the NX 200t. The latter will pack Lexus’s first turbocharged engine, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit with variable valve timing and Toyota’s D-4S direct-injection technology.
Underpinning the NX will be a modified version of the platform found in the Toyota RAV4. Front-wheel drive is likely to be standard, with all-wheel drive remaining an option.
Stay tuned for the full reveal in just a couple of weeks. For more from the 2014 Beijing Auto Show, head to our dedicated hub.