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Published Date: 29/09/2014

The upcoming Lexus NX 300h aims to deliver a captivating ride thanks to state of the art construction techniques and the patented Drive Mode Select system.
Lexus NX300h: designed for a comfortable ride

Drive Mode Select is included for the first time on a Lexus SUV, which allows the driver to alter vehicle performance to suit road conditions and their own particular driving style.

Supporting the new NX is a highly rigid chassis, which benefits from the great strides Lexus has made with its other models including the new IS saloon.

Thanks to high tensile strength sheet steel that’s combined with aluminium, Lexus has managed to keep the body incredibly low in weight without losing out on any improvements in rigidity.

Even the way in which the windscreen glass is connected to the car body has been done in such a way to increase resistance to body flexing and to help form a load bearing element.

It has also been revealed that the higher spec NX 300h F Sport will be available with the new generation Adaptive Variable Suspension.

Working in tandem with Drive Model Select, the Adaptive Variable Suspension automatically adjusts the suspension damping in all driving conditions.

According to Lexus, this is in order to manage the highest possible straight line ride comfort and stability at higher speeds.

Fitted with a 195bhp hybrid synergy drive system, the new model 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, plus 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.

Prices for the new NX 300h begin at £24,495 with deliveries due to start in October.

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