Lexus' hybrid NX arrival 'significant' for industry

Green motoring specialists have given their opinion on Lexus' incoming hybrid NX crossover, and the publication believes its arrival could be “significant" for the industry.

They believe the NX “could be the most significant market debut, since the Toyota Auris; bringing hybrid technology to a whole new market segment…"

When it arrives in the autumn, the NX will enter the growing crossover SUV segment, which is quickly establishing itself as the first choice for many motorists. The inclusion of hybrid technology within the model should come as little surprise to those familiar with the brand, as Lexus is a division of the carmaker that spearheaded the innovation - Toyota.

The Japanese duo of manufacturers understands that hybrid powertrains are the future of the industry, and Lexus has already enjoyed success in this area with its CT 200h, which contributed to almost half of the brand's sales in Europe in 2011.

The automaker will be hoping the NX is equally as popular, and will offer the car with a hybrid powertrain and a more traditional 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol combustion engine. Competition is fierce, and arrives in the form of the Range Rover Evoque and BMW X3. However, the NX's hybrid technology will likely mean better fuel economy and therefore lower running costs, which could sway many buyers looking at all their options.

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