We were proud to attend the global reveal of the new Lexus LX, as the brand held the world premiere in Dubai. The new LX600 comes two variants, including the newly added VIP grade, which is specially designed with four independent seats for elegant and safe travel on all kinds of roads, and the F SPORT grade, which allows customers to enjoy sporty driving on winding roads.
As with all things Lexus, technology is a key aspect that sets the new LX apart.
Take, for instance the Tazuna Concept, a new cockpit concept that allows the driver to connect more intuitively with the vehicle and better concentrate on driving, has been incorporated.
Then there’s Lexus’s first fingerprint-authentication push-start switch. A fingerprint sensor is installed in the center of the push-start switch. When the driver has the smart key and touches the fingerprint sensor on the push-start switch while pressing the brake, the fingerprint information is checked against the fingerprint information registered in the vehicle. The engine will not start unless the fingerprint information matches.
Come to the multimedia system, and a hybrid navigation system that combines a conventional in-vehicle navigation system with a connected navigation system that utilizes cloud-based map information. Available in the new LX is a new-generation rear entertainment system with an intuitive touch panel that uses glass bonding technology to provide a clear, low-reflective display. The VIP grade includes a horizontal tilt mechanism for the screen. The system can be operated from the front display or the rear seat center console panel, contributing to forward visibility for rear-seat passengers.
Based on its belief that it is important to develop world-leading advanced safety technologies as quickly as possible and disseminate them through as many vehicles as possible, Lexus has adopted the Lexus Safety System + for the new LX.
The performance of the single-lens camera and millimeter-wave radar has been improved to expand the response range of the Pre-Collision System, which is designed to detect daytime bicyclists and pedestrians in low-light conditions and, at intersections, to detect oncoming vehicles before right turns and pedestrians crossing the street from the direction toward which the vehicle was traveling before it started to make a right or left turn. Also featured are functions such as Emergency Steering Assist, which assists steering within the vehicle’s lane as cued by the driver, and Low-speed acceleration control, which helps prevent accidents at low speeds, have been added.
AI technology has been applied to expand the range of support provided by the lane-recognition functions of Lane Tracing Assist (LTA), which is an advanced driving support function that supports steering to keep the vehicle in the center of the lane, resulting in smoother and less disruptive steering assist.
Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (with an all-tracking function), which controls acceleration and deceleration to maintain a constant distance from an immediately preceding vehicle within the limit of the set speed when driving on motor-vehicle-only roadways and others, has been enhanced by the addition of a curve speed control function that decelerates the vehicle in advance according to the size of an approaching curve.
Then we have BladeScan AHS (Adaptive High Beam) System, an advanced AHS in which LED-sourced light shines onto blade mirrors spinning at high speed and is transferred to a lens to illuminate the road ahead. A residual image effect prevents the light from appearing to be moving, and BladeScan AHS precisely controls light distribution by synchronizing the rotation of the blade mirrors and switching the LED lights on and off. Capable of more-delicate shielding of light than in the case of conventional AHS, it broadens the range of high beam illumination, enabling the driver to recognize pedestrians and road signs without impeding the visibility of the proceeding driver or drivers approaching from the opposite direction.
Watch this space for regional availability of the new Lexus LX.