Simple Drivetrain Mod Boosts Lexus Hybrid Green Credentials

Lexus claims to have cut CO2 emissions on its mid-sized hybrid SUV to just 161g/km thanks to converting into a ‘cross-over’.

The automaker has managed to shave 10g/km from its NX range by simply making it front-wheel drive instead of all-wheel drive as a tax-friendly entry level model. The NX300h will also come with low friction 17-wheels and be able to lay claim to lower tax bands for consumers and business users in many global markets.

For example, in the UK Vehicle Excise Duty sees an annual saving of £330 ($411). For company car tax-payers, the benefit-in-kind rating drops from 37% for the NX with all-wheel drive, saving of £418 ($520) in the first year and £832 ($1,036) over three years for a business motorist paying income tax at 40%.

Powered by a self-charging hybrid electric system, the NX claims a combined cycle figure of 39.7mpg (36.06mpg US) for the new front-wheel drive model.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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