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Published Date: 15/09/2014

Lexus claims that the new NX 300h crossover will be the most driver-friendly model the marque has produced to date.
New NX 300h aims to keep you in touch, in tune and in control

The new model will feature not only a state of the art hybrid engine, advanced safety and handling systems, but also an array of technological features designed to make the driving experience as enjoyable as possible.

A host of new technologies are present, including a wireless charging tray for mobile phones and panoramic view monitor.

A touchpad infotainment interface and a premium surround sound system, designed with renowned audio specialist Mark Levinson, are also included.

Passengers will be able to recharge their mobile phones and other compatible electronic devices by simply placing them in a charging tray located between the front two seats – eliminating the need for clumsy connection cables.

The tray comes as standard with the F Sport and Premier trims and is available as an optional upgrade on the NX 300h Luxury.

The top of the range NX 300h Premier will also feature Lexus’s first 360-degree Panoramic View Monitor.

A dedicated engine control unit (ECU) mounted behind the C-pillar constantly monitors input from four interconnected cameras located on the front grille, door mirrors and rear trim.

Images are then processed by the ECU and relayed to the drivers audio and navigation display monitor in a range of seven sequences. This also allows the driver a birds-eye view of the car and therefore check its surroundings before moving off.

Remote Touch interface control has been revised and updated for the launch of the NX 300h incorporating a new touchpad on the centre console.

It is now easier to locate on-screen icons and provides fast, on-the-move access to controls for features such as climate control, audio and navigation.

The NX 300h F Sport features Lexus’s first G-force sensors which will send live data back to the multi-informational display.

A G-Monitor screen will show a G-ball moving in live with the lateral and longitudinal forces on the vehicle, thus giving the peak force achieved in both directions.

Prices for the NX-300h start at £29,495; with orders are being taken now and deliveries beginning in October.

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