Lexus has updated its NX crossover in Singapore, with the refreshed model introducing a set of new safety and driver assistance features
The Lexus NX has been around for about five years now, and Lexus has move to refresh its second smallest crossover sport utility vehicle (SUV), following the launch of the UX earlier this year, to keep it competitive against the many rivals that have been popping up on the scene since then.
The key updates to the refreshed NX is the introduction of the Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 (LSS+ 2), which brings with it a set of four new active safety and driver assistance features that underlines Lexus’ commitment to achieve its ultimate vision of an accident-free world by helping to prevent accidents before they happen.
The updated Lexus NX is priced starting from S$205,800 with COE for the Lexus NX 300 (read our review of the model without the new safety features here), and S$215,800 with COE for the NX 300h hybrid (review here).
The four new features are:
Pre-Collision System (with Pedestrian and Bicyclist Detection)
As it states, the system is designed to detect pedestrians or bicyclists who are in the path of the car. Should it detect that a collision is imminent, it will activate an audio and visual alert to inform the driver, and prepare the Brake Assist function for increased braking response. Should the driver not brake in time, the system will automatically apply the brakes before impact, and bring the car to a stop.
Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
The system uses a camera to monitor lane markings and determine the vehicle’s position within a lane. Should the car inadvertently depart from the lane at speeds above 52km/h without indication from the driver, whether intentionally or otherwise, the system will alert the driver with audio and visual cues, as well as through vibrations from the steering wheel. If no action is taken to correct the lane departure, the system will apply force to the steering to steer the car back to the lane.
Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
The Dynamic Radar Cruise Control uses radar and camera technology to help the driver set a pre-set speed and following distance from the vehicle ahead. The system works on both highways and in stop-and-go traffic, and is able to slow down the car or even come to a complete stop to maintain the requisite distance. It will then return to the pre-set cruising speed once traffic clears and starts moving again.
Adaptive High-beam System
The Adaptive High-beam System aids visibility for the driver and other road users for greater safety at night. On dark, unlit roads, the system is set to high-beam mode on default. If it detects traffic ahead, the system automatically switches to low beams to avoid distracting other drivers, before turning back to high beams once the road is clear of traffic.
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