Lexus NX 300h unveiled in India: 10 things to know about this Mercedes GLC rival

Lexus has unveiled its most affordable luxury crossover NX 300h on Indian shores with launch scheduled in January 2018. Here, we bring you 10 things that you should essentially know about it.

By:Updated: Nov 17, 2017 12:27 PM

2018 Lexus NX 300h launching tomorrow

Lexus, the luxury division of Toyota looks ready to expand its product portfolio for the Indian car market with the launch of its NX 300h that will take place in January 2018. The premium crossover will sit below the company’s RX450h hybrid that is now on sale in India for almost eight months now. Unveiled officially in the country today, the Lexus NX 300h will be priced close to Rs 60 lakh upon its market debut. The NX 300h is the smallest SUV in the brand’s global product line up. The facelift of the Lexus NX 300h was showcased at the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show earlier this year and India will receive the said model only. The Lexus NX 300h is based on monocoque construction and gets a rigid body structure. With this crossover, the brand is claiming noise insulation on the floor mats, engine compartment and the door panels. The car will come with a hybrid system that supports regenerative braking as well. The Lexus NX 300h looks all muscle and brawny on the outside and is fairly spacious on the inside.

1. The Lexus NX 300h has been unveiled in India in a total of two variants that go by the name Luxury and F-Sport. Out of these, while the former will be the entry-level model, the latter will see itself sitting at the top. The F-Sport trim will be slightly revised on the exterior and has been assisted with paddle shifters.

2. The all-new Lexus NX 300h will challenge the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLC and the BMW X3.

3. The bookings for the Lexus NX 300h have already commenced at all company’s outlets across India at a token amount of Rs 5 lakh. The deliveries of the car will start in March next year.

4. The Lexus NX 300h will land on Indian soil only early next year in one engine option. The crossover will share its powertrain with the Lexus ES300h sedan as it will come fitted with a 2.5-litre petrol hybrid engine that churns out 194 hp of power when combined with the electric motor.

Lexus-NX-300h interior

5. On the interior, the upcoming Lexus NX 300h gets soft-touch materials along with high-quality leather. The crossover also gets a large 10.3-inch infotainment system with a 10-speaker sound system.

6. Just like other models, Lexus will bring the NX 300h in India through the CBU (Completely Built Up) route. Having said that, the prices of this crossover will be on the higher side, courtesy the extra cess on hybrids and the upper GST bracket.

7. The Lexus NX 300h has a bold and aggressive appearance that is one of its prime visual highlights. The car receives rounded LED foglamps and the character lines along the bonnet add a touch of elegance.

8. Other style highlights of the Lexus NX 300h include a roof-mounted spoiler, rear LED tail lamps and a diffuser at the rear.

Lexus-NX-300h exterior

9. The India-bound Lexus NX 300h features a heads-up display along with a navigation system that will be standard across both the variants.

10. The Lexus NX 300h is the fourth model by the brand in India. The crossover also features a two-zone climate control system, sunroof and ventilated seats at the front.

Lexus will launch the NX 300h crossover despite the fact that the Government policies don’t look in favour of hybrid vehicles in India. This brings to light the reality that the company looks aggressive in its product strategies for the country’s car market. More details on the Lexus NX 300h and its pricing will be out in January 2018. Lexus will try to leave no stone unturned in keeping the prices in favour of audience in order to challenge the rivals more confidently!

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