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by Matt Campbell

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The Lexus NX will bring some high-tech gadgets and gizmos never before seen in Australia when it launches in October 2014.

The Lexus NX SUV, which made its Australian debut at the Good Design Awards overnight, will be the first car in the country to offer a wireless charging system for compatible smartphones and devices.

Lexus says the NX will also feature tech items such as touch-sensitive interior lights, power adjustment for those in the back seats, and a media application known as Lexus Remote Touch which mirrors the screen of a compatible smartphone.

The NX will also be offered with a surround-view camera system on some models with four high-definition cameras. While that unit is expected to be offered on high-end models only, the company has reaffirmed its commitment to offering reverse-view cameras on all of its cars as standard. Lexus says the NX300h will be offered with blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert on some models, too.

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“NX will bring with it a vast array of new and innovative features, suited perfectly to an active, urban lifestyle – and many of these features are a first for Australia,” said Lexus Australia chief executive Sean Hanley.

“The NX will bring to this segment a unique blend of design, dynamics, specification and service – but importantly greater consumer choice.

“With NX300h and 200t customers will be able to choose from a broad range of drivetrains and models, all paired to the greatest array of interior and exterior combinations to grace a Lexus production vehicle,” Hanley said.

The petrol-electric NX300h will be the first model sold here from October 2014, while the much-anticipated NX200t that debuts the brand’s new 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine will arrive early in 2015.




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