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The art of standing out… the new Lexus NX 300 has nailed it. Lexus has joined fellow luxury manufacturers Audi, BMW, Jaguar, and the likes to release their version of a compact SUV. True to form they came out with one of the most luxurious on the market.

Curiosity at first sight

Laying eyes on the new Lexus NX 300 is sheer magic. The excitement draws you in from the get-go. Around every smooth curve, there is more to see and to explore. Head on you are greeted with the signature Lexus spindle grille. The angular body design gives it a sporty feel yet doesn’t veer off track from being a mean muscle machine. Like good ol’ Doc Brown said: “The way I see it, if you’re gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?” The NX is a time machine, taking the compact SUV segment right into the future.

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Inner beauty

From the soft-touch leather on the steering wheel to the classic analogue clock, signature Lexus markings can be found throughout. A neatly presented centre console has all the necessities tucked away, ready to be awakened by the touch of a button, or in this case, a trace of a finger on the remote touch interface. Cruise Control, dual zone air-conditioning, wireless charger, rain sensing wipers, a multi-information display, the list goes on. It sports everything you would expect in a Lexus.

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In charge

The Lexus NX 300 has an impressive 2.0l turbo charged engine locked and loaded, ready to go on the hunt for adventure. Dishing out an impressive 175kW with 350Nm. On the Hybrid powered NX 300 h model, a 2.5l 4-cylinder engine teamed up with an electric motor is what takes the show on the road. Combining the petrol engine with the electric motor delivers a formidable 150kW. Let’s not forget about the off-road capabilities. The NX 300 E has 2WD drivetrain, delivering power to the front wheels directly. Whereas the EX and F Sport models have a constant AWD configuration with its 6-speed automatic transmission. A trip on the ‘road less travelled’ can be taken in confidence.

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The model line-up and pricing

There are 4 models in the line-up. Starting at the entry level NX 300 E coming in at R606 000 all the way up to the glorious NX 300 F Sport weighing in at R797 500.

All Lexus NX models come standard with a 4 year/ 100 000km warranty. All models come with their own maintenance and service plans. These plans can be upgraded or extended via the Lexus dealership network.