TOKYO (Aug. 1, 2014) — Toyota Motor Corp.’s Lexus brand has selected Yokohama BluEarth and Geolandar tires as standard and optional OE fitments on the 2015 Lexus NX premium crossover SUV, according to Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd.
Lexus will fit BluEarth E51 and Geolandar G91 radials in size 225/60R18 100H and Geolandar G91 in size 225/65R17 102H to the NX, the brand’s “luxury-utility crossover” that goes on sale in North America this fall.
According to Lexus, the 225/65R17 fitment is the standard, with the 225/60R18 as the option on the premium/luxury models. Lexus also is offring a 235/55R18 summer tire for the F Sport model.
All tires are fitted to alloy wheels designed to evoke “exotic sports cars” rather than SUVs, Lexus said.
The Lexus NX debuts in two versions: the NX 200t with a turbocharged 2-liter, 235-hp four-cylinder engine; and the NX 300h hybrid with a 2.5-liter, 194-hp four-cylinder and a transmission with a kick-down function. Both models offer Lexus’s all-weather drive.
The BluEarth E51 is considered one of Yokohama’s best fuel-efficient tires, and the Geolandar G91 is a CUV-tuned version of the tire make’s Geolandar SUV line. The G91 incorporates BluEarth fuel-efficiency technology.
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