Safety equipment includes dual front airbags, front side airbags, curtain side airbags, front knee airbags, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake assist, traction control, electronic stability control, active front head restraints, tire-pressure monitor, rearview camera, and adaptive headlights that point into turns. All-wheel drive improves safety in slippery conditions. Instead, chief engineer Ichiro Suzuki sought to develop an all-new design, aiming to surpass rival American and European flagship sedans in specific target areas, including , cabin , overall top speed, and. It delivers excellent performance but tilts more to the luxury side of the equation than the sporty side. Adding incentive for early U.
The front seats are not as supportive as they could be Sport versions have somewhat more bolstering , but a very wide center console makes the area feel unexpectedly narrow. The new styling includes revisions to the front bumper grille, headlights, taillights, exhaust diffusers, and license plate surround, as well as new wheel designs and new side mirrors with integrated turn signals. A new torque-activated electronic control unit made adjustments based on vehicle speed, engine revolutions per minute, and pedal position. Exterior styling The revised model is distinguished visually by a new four-bar grille and front bumper with redesigned air intakes and foglamps. Safety Connect is standard and Lexus Enform is available with a navigation system.
Lexus' parent company Toyota had already established a strong reputation of reliability and quality among economy cars, and the Cressida sedan gave the American market some evidence that Toyota was capable of building competent, larger luxury flagships with equivalent reliability. The fifth generation changed to using a engine with no V8 option, and only one length was offered. The headlamps have a new running light design and are finished in Lexus hybrid blue, giving the car a distinctive appearance befitting its flagship status. When the outside temperature is 20°C or higher, the air conditioning system automatically selects its air recirculation mode to reduce power consumption. It takes about 10 seconds, which might be longer than just doing it yourself.
. The ride does become tauter but doesn't significantly degrade, and steering remains a light-touch affair. All-wheel drive is available and it features a Torsen limited-slip center differential to distribute torque between the front and rear tires. The Lexus Story: The Behind the Scenes Story of the 1 Automotive Luxury Brand in America. Genuine semi-aniline leather is featured throughout the cabin, its rich appearance softened and structured with additional stitching to create a relaxed atmosphere.
With the hybrid, it's a far more complex story. The rear climate control is upgraded with an infrared sensor located in the headliner that measures lap, upper body and seat surface temperatures on each side and adjusts airflow accordingly. It also offers different levels of massage using an array of eight pneumatic chambers built into the seatback, and lumbar and shoulder areas. It is the second Lexus to ride on the platform, after the grand tourer. This model was previewed by the concept that was first shown at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show.
The sedan was equipped with an updated 4. When the outside temperature is 20°C or higher, the air conditioning system automatically selects its air recirculation mode to reduce power consumption. Lexus Enform includes all of the Safety Connect features and builds upon them with the premium services of Destination Assist and eDestination. A new meter design features a three-ring analogue dial with a central speedometer, a tachometer and coolant temperature gauge to the left, and a fuel gauge and hybrid system indicator to the right. The hybrid drive system uses two powerful electric motors and a battery pack. Every single switch on the car is lighted for ultimate convenience.
This stood in contrast to the predictions of early detractors, including rival manufacturers who dismissed Toyota as incapable of producing a competitive luxury vehicle. The seats have integral side airbags and the seat behind the front passenger in the Rear Seat Relaxation Pack has a seat cushion airbag to give the occupant extra restraint below the hips in the event of a collision. The new styling includes revisions to the front bumper grille, headlights, taillights, exhaust diffusers, and license plate surround, as well as new wheel designs and new side mirrors with integrated turn signals. And Lexus is happy to satisfy that want, or maybe they created it. Sales began in October 2000 in the U. For 2010, Lexus has made a few updates to the car. The front seats are heated on the standard car, with heated and cooled front and heated rear seats added to the L version.
The premium seat arrangement has a 40:20:40 design with an upper seatback reclining mechanism, fully retractable leg and footrest and lower back massage function, all operated using a remote controller. It also offers different levels of massage using an array of eight pneumatic chambers built into the seatback, and lumbar and shoulder areas. In August 1997, the first production on a Toyota vehicle was introduced on the Celsior version Japan only It controlled speed only through throttle control and downshifting, but did not apply the brakes. The front bumper has been altered, too, and those 19-in. The gasoline V-8 makes 389 horsepower on its own, but altogether the system achieves 438 horsepower. Lexus outfits its top-end luxury sedan with a wealth of standard and optional safety features.
When downshifting, brake-force increases to provide powerful deceleration. Almost all of the needles illuminate, dominated by the large tachometer and speedometer needles. The range of interior colour and trim combinations includes a new light grey semi-aniline leather upholstery. Compared to those cars, it is more affordably priced while also offering top levels of quality, dependability and reliability. The grille is much bolder than before -- perhapsit will grow on us with time.
The full-hybrid system can operate for short distances, almost silently, on electric power alone. Models fitted with the Rear Seat Relaxation Pack also offer an extra 40mm in the forward sliding range of the front passenger seat. The ride does become tauter but doesn't significantly degrade, and steering remains a light-touch affair. The navigation display is large and bright, and the graphics are crisp and sharp. The system's electric motor is capable of delivering maximum torque on demand and is most beneficial during passing maneuvers. That means it is a bit more fuel-efficient than most V8-powered cars, but only a bit. You could probably do that in the base car, too, but you wouldn't want to.