Thought the second-generation Lexus NX would offer an all-electric variant? Well, think again, because there are no plans for a zero-emissions version of the mid-size SUV – for now.
Speaking to media at the reveal of the new NX, Lexus brand management general manager Hiroo Togashi ruled out an all-electric variant in the short term, although reading between the lines, he did leave the door open for such a version further down the line.
“For the new NX, we don’t not have plans – as of start of sales – to have a BEV [battery-electric vehicle],” Mr Togashi said.
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Given Lexus previously revealed plans to release more than 10 new or updated electric vehicles (including BEVs) by 2025, it’s fair to assume a zero-emissions NX is nonetheless due sometime in the next 3.5 years, perhaps closer to the second-generation model’s facelift.
After all, the all-electric mid-size SUVs are coming think and fast in the premium segment, with the Mercedes-Benz EQC leading the way in Australia so far, while the BMW iX3 and Tesla Model Y are waiting in the wings.
And adding further fuel to the zero-emissions NX fire is the rumour mill, which has made mention of the NX500e designation for the possible all-electric variant.
As always, time will tell if the NX500e or something similar comes to fruition, but for now, Australian buyers can look forward to the new NX offering petrol engines and a ‘self-charging’ hybrid powertrain from launch, with sales due to start in November.