Best protection for everyone on board
LEXUS takes its advanced vehicle safety technology to another level with the new NX 300h – its first UK model to be fitted as standard with radar-controlled systems to help prevent an accident.
All versions of the NX 300h, Lexus’s first compact crossover, will be equipped with a Pre-Crash Safety system and Adaptive Cruise Control as part of a comprehensive array of active, passive and preventive safety features. Together, these demonstrate the priority Lexus has given to securing the best protection for everyone on board.
The Pre-Crash Safety system uses a millimetre-wave radar sensor in the front grille to detect vehicles and other obstacles on the road ahead. If there is a high risk of a collision, PCS will alert the driver with a buzzer and visual warning, activate the PreCrash Seatbelt pretensioners and, when the driver begins to brake, provide Pre-Crash Brake Assist to supplement the braking effort. If the driver does not brake and a collision becomes inevitable, the Pre-Crash Brake will automatically apply the brakes to lessen the consequences of the impact.
The NX 300h’s Adaptive Cruise Control uses the same front-mounted millimetre-wave radar sensor as the Pre-Crash Safety system and steering sensors to recognise a vehicle ahead and maintain a safe distance.
The safety package also includes Lane Keep Assist, Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
Lane Keep Assist with steering control sounds a warning buzzer if it judges that the vehicle is about cross lane markings without using the indicators. Appropriate steering assistance is initiated to help avoid moving out of lane.
The Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert use millimetrewave radars on each side of the NX that detect vehicles moving in the driver’s blind spot, or approaching from either side when the car is being reversed out of a parking space. Both systems warn the driver of nearby vehicles by triggering lights in the appropriate door mirror.
The NX 300h is equipped with daytime running lights, a rear-view camera and front and rear fog lamps, as well as numerous electronic safety and handling systems. These include an emergency brake signal, Vehicle Stability Control traction control, ABS with brake assist and electronic Brakeforce distribution and Hill-start Assist Control.
The automatic high beam function – standard on the NX 300h F Sport and Premier– uses a windscreenmounted camera to detect both on-coming traffic and vehicles ahead. It automatically switches the LED headlamps to high beam when the road ahead is clear, and to low beam to avoid dazzling other road users.
In line with Lexus’s stringent car-to-car impact compatibility standards, the NX 300h has been created with the aim of achieving class-leading performance.
Front and side impact protection measures include the use of high tensile strength sheet steel (up to 980Mpa) in key areas, including the centre pillar hinge reinforcement, outer rockers and roof crossmembers. In a collision, side impact load is directed to the floor.
The roof impact resistance structure disperses load when the roof is crushed. It includes front pillar reinforcement and high-strength steel reinforcements in the centre pillars. In the cabin there are energy-absorbing structures in the pillars and headlining and impact-absorbing pads in the front and rear door trims. All NX 300h versions have eight airbags, including a dual-stage driver’s airbag, dualstage and dual-chamber front passenger airbag, driver’s knee airbag, front passenger cushion airbag, front side airbags and full-length curtain airbags.
Pedestrian protection provisions include an energy-absorbing structure for the bonnet and wing mounting bracket and an impactabsorbing structure for the cowl.