Lexus is gearing up to launch its smallest offering in India, the NX 300h. This will be the company's fourth offering in India. The company already offers the RX 450h, ES 300h and the LX 450d in India. The NX 300h will be a hybrid offering from the luxury car maker and that marks its third offering in the hybrid space here, in India. Globally the Lexus NX 300h is the company's smallest SUV and be positioned below the RX450h hybrid SUV in India making it the smallest and most affordable offering here in India.
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At the launch of the brand in March this year, the company had announced that there will be more cars coming later in the year and well, here it is. It was in September this year that the company announced that it was breaking away from its parent company Toyota to set up an independent organisation. The Japanese luxury car manufacturer will now be known as 'Lexus India', and the restructuring will help further its growth in the Indian market
The Lexus NX 300h will make its way into the Indian market only in the hybrid avatar
The Lexus NX 300h will be offered in India in two variants - Luxury and F-Sport with the latter being the top-spec trim. On the styling front, the NX 300h comes with the signature Lexus grille and the logo comes with a blue backlight to signify its hybrid nature. It also comes with LED headlamps and independent LED daytime running lamps below them. The flared wheel arches get plastic cladding and there are side skirts and roof rails as well. At the rear, you get sharp wraparound LED taillamps, roof-mounted spoiler and a rear diffuser as well. As the Lexus NX 300h name suggests, we will be getting the hybrid version of the car which is powered by a 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine paired with an electric motor which will produce a total of 194 bhp.
Lexus will, like its other models, sell the SUV in India as a fully-imported unit. The NX300h is a direct rival to the locally assembled Mercedes GLC and the Audi Q5, but thanks to high import duties, it will be priced way above the competition. We expect the Luxury variant to be priced at ₹ 74 lakh and the F-Sport variant will cost ₹ 78 lakh. That's a big difference considering the GLA and the Q3 are priced between ₹ 30-40 lakh.
But Lexus is searching for options to assemble cars in India and though that might take a while to reach fruition, the cars will continue to take the CBU route to India. We wait to know more from the launch tomorrow.