What do you get the luxury automaker that has everything? In the case of Lexus, the logical answer would seem to be the 2015 Lexus NX compact crossover. Indeed, it’s a bit puzzling that the brand whose most popular vehicle is a mid-size ‘ute – the Lexus RX – would wait so many years to introduce an entry-level sibling to soak up some of that customer enthusiasm. And yet here we are, 15 years after Lexus joined the premium crossover club, getting our first look at small people mover that seems poised to ascend the ranks of sales success as soon as it becomes available this coming November.
And what a look. The 2015 Lexus NX represents perhaps the boldest example of the Japanese company’s new design language, resulting in a luxury crossover that is equal parts aggressive and classy. Even Lexus’ traditional hybrid and nascent F Sport performance lines are represented in the NX family, giving the it a chance to snag both frugal and more daring drivers. I was given the opportunity to pilot the Lexus NX around the twisty, high-altitude roads surrounding the Whistler, British Columbia ski resort and discovered that the fresh-faced crossover is at its heart very much a Lexus – a fact which influences its desirability in both positive and negative fashion.