2016 Lexus NX 200t, a test drive, two years later
How has the Lexus NX 200t 2016 model year
2016 Lexus NX 200t, original crossover, which showed how desperate they may be trying the Lexus in that case, if he attempt to stand out from the crowd! 2016 Lexus NX 200t was a clear proof that the team the luxury Japanese brand will not hesitate to create not like any other car, to go for broke and even seems to win… is it True? Did Lexus to build the car or the victory of the imaginary? Let’s see.
How it all began? Somehow the President of the company Akio Toyoda said that cars brand Toyota and Lexus no longer deliver driving pleasure. The designers seem to have taken the order too seriously and started making the most incredible sketches of new items. Well if the sketches were not from this planet or they were intended for the concept car. But the developers went much further, awarding a production car as fancy shapes.
Instead of joining
In preparing the material on the NX 200t model, we wanted to find the differences between the debut model and the next generation. And to make a comparative test of the two cars on paper. Putting 2015 and 2016 to tell what improvements were done and how they can affect the usability of a crossover. We expected that the novelty will be significant changes compared to its ancestor… Alas, the format had to change, because as it turned out, the novelty of the new year is almost nothing significant and didn’t stand out. The main objective of the review-test-drive had to change. It can be interpreted the following way: Repetition is the mother of learning. Well, remember themselves and remind you what a Lexus NX 200t and what it can eat.
It is unusual in this crossover, from the nuts to the motor
Unchanged since the debut 2015 NX 200t remains a five-seat midsize crossover, which was first petrol turbocharged engine, developed by the Japanese brand. According to the company, the design was planned in home design car Studio. There was conducted the development of the technical part and the first pre-production samples.
Under the hood, thus, proved to be a 2.0 litre motor with system of direct fuel injection and two “snail” of the turbo. The engine is a serious technical training and is able to switch between cycles-Atkinson and Otto by changing the opening time of the valves.
Engine unusual cylinder head, exhaust manifold and intercooler, which due to a number of technical advantages capable of delivering high rates of torque and good fuel economy with 235 HP achieved between 4.800 – 5.600 rpm Torque is 350 Nm comes really early enough already with 1.650 rpm and continues unabated up to 4,000 rpm.
Four”pot” transversely mounted engine combined with a progressive six-speed multimode automatic transmission, which Lexus called intelligent electronically transmission (ECT-i). It also is equipped with “artificial intelligence G-force” (G-AI) automatically selects the transmission in response to the increasing overload through installed on 200t sensors. The system can be pretty much useful, for example, when driving uphill or in curves, when it is required to supply the torque and downshifts.
Got to test the crossover – FWD instance, the dynamics of which is comparable to the sedan Lexus IS. In addition to front-wheel-drive variations available of course and more than passable version with all wheel drive. For greater safety on the roads have to pay a higher cost and high fuel consumption.
The NX 200t is not only dynamic, it is also well managed. Bearing body does not weigh down the car, and the suspension is characterized by its versatility of settings and consistency of performance. Front are decades of proven MacPherson struts entwined coil springs, rear suspension is trailing arm and double wishbones with conventional oil shock absorbers and simple springs.
The transmission gear selector is located under the arm on the center panel that provides the driver with the possibility to fast switch between riding modes. Moreover, NX 200t the work itself, the selector lever will not become an unpleasant surprise, as happens in some other brands in which to Peredelkino machine in any of the modes of motion, we have to walk through the intricate maze of the checkpoint.
The car offers three driving modes: normal, eco-friendly (ECO), and Sport mode gear box. Whatever of the extra modes you choose, after the engine was switched, the controller will switch back to normal mod. So when you next start the car up again to select the desired mode.
Crossover NX fairly extensive modifications. In Russia is presented in the NX 200t trim levels: Standard, Executive, Progressive, Luxury, Premium, Exclusive 2 for the version of AWD, F Sport Premium, F Sport Luxury. Each of the modifications is the number of attachments and additional options.
For NX 200 (2.0 litre atmospheric motor capacity of 150 HP and 193 Nm of torque, acceleration to 100 km/h in 12.3 seconds, maximum speed – 180 km/h), the simplest versions sold in the Russian Federation is two configuration: Standard (2.138.000 rubles) and Progressive (2.317.000 rubles).
Next is the version of the NX200 AWD. Accordingly, in the AWD version adds all-wheel drive system and expanded package options: Executive (2.411.00 rubles), Progressive (2.409.000 rubles) and Luxury (2.639.000 rubles).
Turbine, 2.0-liter with 238 HP and 350 Nm of torque, acceleration to 100 km/h – 7.1 seconds, top speed – 200 km/h. This is the NX 200t AWD. Available to domestic buyers do four set: Premium (2.674.000 rubles), Exclusive 2 (3.111.000 rubles), F Sport Premium (2.901.000 rubles) and F Sport Luxury (3.163.000 rubles).
The last option – NX 300h AWD. Hybrid 197 HP version versatile crossover with the consumption of 5.4 liters. Trim levels- Executive (2.807.000 rubles) and Exclusive (3.299.000 rubles).
At an additional cost Lexus offers:
Oi-compatible wireless charger ($200)
Electrochromic automatic anti-dazzle rear view mirror ($125)
Electrochromic exterior rearview mirrors with Blindspot alert function
Warning system about the movement of cross traffic ($660)
Parking assistant Intuitive Park Assist ($500)
Premium package transforming the exterior with 18-inch wheels, heated and ventilated front seats, led daytime running lights, electric sunroof, custom steering column and seat in 10 directions with memory function, the package price at the world price is $2.890.
2016 Lexus NX 200t
The number of cylinders
175 (238) kW (HP) / 4.800-5.600 rpm
350 Nm /1650-4000 rpm
The turbo direct injection
Dynamics of 0-100 km/h
6-speed automatic transmission
500 l/1.546 l
Fuel consumption: City
Conservative competitors against avant-garde
The field competing with the NX 200t is very broad, it stretches from front wheel drive small Asian SUVs, to heavy and uncompromising four-wheel drive SUVs American school.
Among the most dangerous and close-minded for the NX 200t competitors – the Audi Q5, Acura RDX, Mercedes-Benz GLC and BMW X3. Of the four named models, of course none of us can boast of a angular and avant-garde design. However to compare them to Lexus can be fully, the only difference in appearance recedes to the background when taking into account the more important parts of the car.
On the power, the presence of multiple trim levels and build quality of the Lexus stands out even better against their immediate rivals. Moreover, he even has a different, legendary Lexus reliability is almost not affected, despite the installation of turbines and development of new small engines.
Yes, perhaps because of its luxurious crossover kit our less capable on the roads with poor coverage, but honestly, who represented the city “SUV” can boast of something more? Sure that neither one of them.
“Inner peace” Lexus NX 200t
Open the door compact crossover and looks inside. A glance at the interior clearly understand the company’s designers can not only shock the audience but to work for the result. The style of the interior design really attracts to visit. The tricolor scheme looks at least interesting, at most stunning. Black bottom, white top and beige (kind of like they’re beige, right?) seats with dark accents on the edges.
The seats in a good perforated leather. The upper part of the front panel is also covered in leather as the armrests, the part of the door handles, and various decorative items, leather steering wheel, automatic transmission selector. Even little things like pads for the knees, which will abut the legs of the driver and front passenger, protecting them from hitting the plastic, covered in black leather and stitched contrasting white thread. A trifle, but nice.
Ergonomic controls are strategically placed and always within reach. Perforated leather seats had one incredibly useful advantage – it is a function of the blowing. On a hot day or a long trip indispensable thing.
Plastics in the cabin, all as on selection – high-quality and pleasant to the touch. Standard there are glossy and matte plastic inserts for aluminum. The car is not deprived of good materials. Everything that was on the crossover of 2015.
Back seat passengers enjoy a fair amount of space for legs and head. Seats fold in the ratio of 60:40. The trunk has not changed, it fit all the same 500 liters with unfolded seats and 1546 litres when folded.
Where are the updates? Or not from here, just as there was in their car in the previous part of the review? Unfortunately, it is a fact. Nothing new in the cabin of the crossover is not. All still here, still as it was before. Interior moderately spacious, moderately comfortable, but nothing more. Probably for the best.
Run quickly through the technological delights that ease the daily life of the driver:
Useful thing that transcends Lexus Enform, which, through a special application for smartphones, can start or stop the engine, to open or close car door, open and close his window. And another time when owner will be able to check the fuel level or locate a car in the Parking lot. Convenient!
Siri Eyes Free – voice control system for iPhone users. Less distracted, less risk of an accident. Would work like the system, it would be more convenient. In other to complain about.
A test instance has included an audio system with 10 speakers Lexus Premium, which, however, is part of the optional navigation package.
The car space is provided for wireless charging of smartphones. There can be put a phone in almost any size, and they can’t leave the salon, even on a bumpy road.
Like most vehicles, most controls peripheral devices located on the steering wheel. However, many functions are managed via a Central console.
The infotainment platform is remotely controlled through the touch interface. It’s enough to hold your finger on the touch panel.
Test crossover reporters noted that this device works much better than the previous joystick control, which was on the previous generation of Lexus cars. Even though this feature is still distracting attention from the road.
In fact, gadgets have the Lexus much more. Just to describe all its possibilities will require great separate article. We love Lexus, but we can’t do that. Cannot.
Of course he’s coming! A turbocharged engine is not going to be. Unreliable, Yes, agree, maybe, slow – not at all. The crossover has a tangible wings with 20 km/h, which proves itself, further reduces the pressure down to 180 – 190 km/h Then the car continues confident movement, but somewhat more moderately.
Of course, this is especially felt in the sports movement mode when translating handles the transmission in “Sport”mode.
In the other two modes: Normal and ECO such bright emotions, you will not survive, no matter how careful to utaplivat the gas pedal to the Polycom, the tachometer needle will not go beyond the boundaries of 3,000 rpm. Meanwhile, lean people will increase the heartbeat from the other, from the economical SUV on these modes. On the highway – 8.5 liters/100 km 9.4 – average consumption in mixed mode and 10.6 liters in the city. For a big crossover indicators are really good.
The interior is quiet, the noise machine will not reward its passengers. Maybe only at high rpm in salon gets a nice sound engine, but no more.
The steering wheel moderately heavy and moderately elastic. Unexpected behavior for steering with an electric amplifier. Is Toyota learned how to configure electromilitary?
Instead of a total
To the question about whether really, Lexus has created an outstanding car, which can effortlessly, one “left” to put the competitors on the blades we will reply in the following way: “Yes, Lexus has made eye-catching crossover, but no revolutionary in it, and therefore obvious and indisputable advantages of it also no.” Just car is the initial-class luxury, she’s just solidly made and she can draw attention on the road. What more can you ask for?
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