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04/25/2014—Sure, flowers, sunshine, and the general transition to spring are great, but for Lexus fans, April ushered in two other huge reasons to celebrate.

For starters, Lexus recently showed off the new RC 350 F SPORT in the U.S. (shown above) at the New York International Auto Show. Just a few of the vehicle’s highlights: 19-inch mesh alloy wheels; an instrument panel with LFA-inspired moving center ring; perforated leather steering wheel and shift knob; Silver Performance trim; and an F SPORT-exclusive Rioja Red interior and seats with unique contrast stitching.

And across the world, at the 2014 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition, Lexus debuted the NX crossover (below), which introduces Lexus’s first twin scroll turbo charger as the NX 200t, with its two exhaust gas inlets and nozzles.

From inception to reality, the Lexus NX exterior is substantially influenced by the LF-NX concept vehicles that Lexus introduced in hybrid form at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, and later at the Tokyo Motor Show.

Inside the new NX, a strong, silver frame defines and surrounds the center instrument panel. Kneepads located at the base of the center stack help support the driver and front passenger when cornering. The NX has been designed for agile driving, handling stability, turning posture, and ride comfort, and it includes yaw-rate response to steering input and stability on uneven road surfaces.

The foundation for the vehicle’s sophisticated suspension is a highly rigid body with extensive underbody reinforcement. The new body has a comprehensive package of reinforcements, additional bulkheads and spot welding, suspension braces, and the use of Lexus body adhesive, laser-screw welding, and high-rigidity glass adhesive.

The NX 200t and the NX hybrid version, the NX 300h, will be available in the U.S this fall; both will be available in front-wheel-drive and all-weather-drive.

—BRIAN GILL

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