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Published Date: 16/09/2014

Lexus has taken its advanced vehicle safety technology to the next level with the new NX 300h – the first Lexus in the UK to be fitted as standard with radar controlled systems to prevent accidents.
Lexus put safety first with new NX 300h hybrid

The new NX will also come equipped with a Pre-Crash Safety system and Adaptive Cruise Control to help ensure passenger safety. Combined with a multitude of active, passive and preventive safety features, Lexus has demonstrated the priority it has given to attaining the best possible protection for everybody on board.

The Pre-Crash Safety system utilizes a radar sensor, located in the front grille, to detect other road users. A warning is sent to the driver if there is significant risk of an imminent collision.

It then assists in the braking when the driver applies pressure to the footbrake in order to help avoid a collision. If the driver fails to apply to the footbrake and a collision becomes imminent, the Pre-Crash Brake will automatically be implemented to lessen the severity of the impact.   

Lexus’ All-Speed Cruise Control system also relies on the radar sensors to recognise any vehicles on the road ahead and automatically maintains a safe distance behind.

The latest Lexus technology allows the system to operate at all speeds, even down to a complete stop. Once the vehicle begins to move off again, the system automatically accelerates back up to the pre-selected speed.

An Active Safety Package, which bundles together the Lane Keep Assist, Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert is also available for the NX 300h.

The Lane Keep Assist function alerts the driver with a warning buzzer if it judges that the vehicle is about to change lanes without using the indicators.

Millimetre-wave radars used by the the Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are situated on corresponding sides of the vehicle and detects other road users when the car is reversing out of a parking space.

Fitted with a 2.5 litre engine and a hybrid synergy drive system, the new model, powered by a maximum of 195bhp is expected to emit less than 120g/km CO2 and achieve an official fuel economy figure of at least 54.3mpg. All versions also come with eight airbags and pedestrian protection as standard.

The new NX 300h will be priced from £29,495 when it arrives in October and is available to order now.

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