Lexus International vice president Mark Templin discussed NX sales projections and the expected take-rate between the turbo & hybrid powertrains:
Although Lexus gave no official fuel economy estimates for the hybrid, a source said it should get in the 34-36 mpg range in combined city and highway driving.
The turbo drivetrain likely will account for 80 to 85 percent of U.S. sales, Lexus International Executive Vice President Mark Templin predicted. “In the U.S., they want fun to drive, a little more power,” he said.
Templin said Lexus tuned the turbo to deliver smooth acceleration, rather than jerky power thrusts.
“I think ours is going to be more refined than the rest of them in the market,” he said. “Ours is more linear, smoother. Much more luxurylike.”
According to the interview, the NX has been created from a combination of the CT & Toyota RAV4 platforms, and will be built in the Lexus assembly plant on Japan’s southwestern island of Kyushu.