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2015 Lexus NX starts at $34,480*

Thu, 16 Oct 2014

Lexus has announced pricing for the 2015 NX crossover lineup, which goes on sale next month.

The NX 200t starts at $34,480, and the all-wheel-drive model adds a $1,400 premium to lift the sticker to $35,880 (*destination charges of $925 are not included in the prices). The 200t uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine making 235 horsepower, and it's Lexus' first-ever gasoline-fed turbo.

The hybrid version, the 300h, starts at $39,720, and all-wheel drive tacks on $1,590 for a price of $41,310. The hybrid teams a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with an electric motor to generate 194 hp. Though power dips, Lexus anticipates this version will get a combined 33 miles per gallon with front-wheel drive when the EPA ratings are announced – a considerable leap when compared with the combined 24-mpg estimate for the turbo model.

The NX goes on sale Nov. 18 in markets on the West Coast, followed by an East Coast launch Nov. 26, a spokesperson said. Pricing for the F Sport was not disclosed but is expected to be revealed early next week.

The NX is Lexus' much-anticipated entry into the growing premium compact crossover segment. Lexus is projecting sales of 36,000 per year, and the brand expects most of those will be turbo models, with perhaps only a 10-percent take rate for the pricier hybrid.

Meanwhile, Lexus also confirmed the RC and RC F Sport coupes will go on sale Nov. 3 across the country. The base RC starts at $42,790, plus destination.

By Greg Migliore

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