Best pro­tec­tion for ev­ery­one on board

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - ENTERTAINMENTS & LEISURE -

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.