Lexus prices up 2015 NX and RC F

Lexus has priced up its new NX baby-SUV for 2015, as well as putting a final tag on its slinky RC F coupe, as it prepares to take on its German rivals and shed what remains of its stuffy, anonymous image. The 2015 NX, which we drove back in July, distills the company's larger RX SUV into something a little more affordable as well as with a smaller footprint, though ramps up the distinctive – and polarizing – styling in the process, particularly on the F SPORT model with its even larger "spindle" grille.

The NX range will kick off at $34,480 for the front-wheel-drive NX 200t, with a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. There'll be a $1,500 premium for all-wheel-drive, taking the car to $35,880.

As for the hybrid, the NX 300h will start at $39,720, while in AWD form it will start from $41,310.

In contrast, the most affordable RX – the RX 350 – starts at $40,970 for FWD, while the popular RX 450h hybrid begins at $47,620.

Interestingly, there's no sign of NX 200t F SPORT pricing at this stage, which suggests we may have to wait a little longer for the sportier-tuned version of the crossover. That has no more power than the regular NX 200t, but adds a SPORT+ mode which tightens up the steering and suspension, among other tweaks.

There are also various styling changes that come with the F SPORT package.

As for the RC F, that will begin at $62,400. Revealed back in January, the two-door builds on the performance of the IS F with a 5.0-liter V8 good for 467 HP.