Lexus is going to offer the new NX, which is the manufacturer's first mid-size crossover. Initially, it will be available only as a full hybrid NX 300h, but later next year, it will be joined by NX 200t - the first model to adopt Lexus's new 2.0-litre petrol turbo engine.

Sharply styled and offering true Lexus quality and refinement, the NX will open up new opportunities for the brand in an expanding and popular part of the premium car market.

NX will be the first model to feature Lexus's Pre-Crash Safety system and Adaptive Cruise Control as standard on all versions. Other "firsts" for a Lexus include a wireless charging tray for easy charging of mobile phones and other devices and the first application of a new Remote Touch Interface with a touchpad control.

Some of the interesting extras include a new Panoramic View Monitor, a comprehensive multi-information display (incorporating for the first time a G-sensor and boost meter on NX 200t), head-up display, blind spot monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

2014 Lexus NX 300h S is priced from £29,495.

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Equipment specifications and options

Standard features of the NX 300h S include: - 17-inch alloy wheels LED low-beam headlights and daytime running lights Pre-Crash Safety system and Adaptive Cruise Control Dual zone climate control Eight-speaker audio system Lexus Media Display with Remote Touch controller DAB digital radio 60/40 folding rear seats Electric, folding door mirrors Drive Mode Select Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management Hill Assist Control Eight airbags USB multimedia port Remote double door locking Speed-sensitive automatic door locking

SE grade adds: - All-wheel drive Integrated roof rails 18-inch alloys Rain-sensing wipers Heated front seats Towing capacity (1,500kg braked, 750kg unbraked trailer)

Further features which are standard on the Luxury grade include: - LED fog lamps Rear privacy glass Heated, electrically adjustable front seats Silver trim inserts and scuff plates Parking sensors Auto-dimming rear-view mirror Smart Entry

The NX 300h F Sport gains a series of dedicated styling features as well as further equipment: - 18-inch alloys with two-tone finish Headlights with LED high and low beam functions F Sport heated electric front seats with lumbar support F Sport suspension with performance dampers Electric steering column adjustment Power tailgate Wireless smartphone charger

At the top of the range the Premier model builds on the Luxury specification with: - 18-inch alloys with dedicated design Headlights with LED high and low beam functions Auto-dimming door mirrors Heated and ventilated front seats with lumbar support Driver's seat position memory Mark Levinson audio system Card key Lexus Premium Navigation 360-degree panoramic view Automatic high beam Lane Keep Assist Head-up Display Rear Cross Traffic Alert Heated steering wheel

Lexus Navigation is available as an option (£995) on all S, SE, Luxury and F Sport grades, with the more sophisticated Lexus Premium Navigation system (£1,995) additionally offered for F Sport.

The NX 300h Luxury can be specified with a Convenience Pack (£495), comprising the new wireless smartphone charger and power-operated tailgate). Customers can add a sunroof (£1,000) to the F Sport and Premier NX models and Lexus's Adaptive Variable Suspension system (£750) can added to the F Sport specification. Across the board, metallic paint is a £645 option.

Model range and pricing

The new NX 300h is priced from £29,495 for the S grade model. The price of the NX 200t  F Sport will be announced later this year.

NX 300h S FWD £29,495
NX 300h SE AWD £31,495
NX 300h Luxury AWD £34,495
NX 300h F Sport AWD £36,995
NX 300h Premier AWD £42,995

Source: Lexus