Lexus’ new NX crossover is one step closer to release after production has officially started at the Lexus Miyata plant.
The Japanese carmaker has already received 6,500 orders for the new NX in Japan, with even more orders from global buyers.
In the UK, over 350 customers have already put in their orders for the NX 300h, with deliveries due to commence in October.
The Miyata plant will take responsibility for the end of the vehicle manufacturing process, while the nearby Kanda engine production plant has been given a new lease of life as a result of the NX production.
Production at the Kanda facility dwindled in 2008 as a result of the global market decline, resulting in the shutting down of one of its two production lines.
However, thanks to the new NX model, the second line has been reinvigorated for service and will supply the new turbocharged 2.0-litre engine due to go into the NX 200t variant.
Ahead of the new Lexus NX’s release in the autumn, the model made its UK public debut last month at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.
Ahead of its official launch in October 2014, the Lexus NX will be on display at the Quiet Mark Treehouse and Garden by John Lewis. The display offers an early opportunity for the public to take a close look at the new model.
Also available with a full hybrid powertrain, the NX crossover can be driven at low speeds running on pure electric energy, with near-silent running, zero carbon dioxide emissions and high fuel economy.
The Lexus NX will be available in five trim levels: S, SE, Luxury, F Sport, and Premier, and a wide range of innovative on-board technology will be available.
Features include a wireless charging tray for convenient charging of mobile devices, plus the new Lexus Remote Touch Interface multimedia system with touch control.
Further additions include a new Panoramic View Monitor, a comprehensive multi-information display, blind spot monitor and heads-up display.
Pricing for the new Lexus NX will begin from £29,495 for the entry-level S model.