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  1. The All-New Lexus ES

    The all-new Lexus ES is the product of a re-imagined luxury equation. Engaging design, athletic performance and renowned refinement transform Lexus’s most popular saloon. The all-new #LexusES, #ExperienceAmazing
  2. Expect the Unexpected

    More than just a pretty face, this all-new Lexus vehicle aims to radically transform the concept of comfort for luxury consumers all over the world. Witness its global debut in Beijing on 25 April 2018 #ExperienceAmazing
  3. LEXUS RX L - EVERY MILLIMETRE COUNTS

    Sometimes it only takes a small change to make a big difference. That’s how Lexus has succeeded in designing its first seven-seat version of the RX luxury SUV, the new Lexus RX L. Focusing on small but crucial details, Lexus has created an impressive new member of the RX family, adding more seats to the cabin yet maintaining all of the comfort, convenience and quality that are true to the brand’s omotenashi principles of hospitality. The new model is now available to order in the UK, with customer deliveries commencing mid-May. Inside the new RX L there are two extra seats, generous knee and headroom for everyone and plenty of space for luggage. But on the outside, the car is only 110mm longer than the five-seat model – barely the width of a man’s hand. In fact, it’s by adding those few extra millimetres that Lexus has gone further than most of its competitors, in effect creating a new body for the RX, rather than trying to squeeze more seats into its existing model. At first glance, there’s no mistaking that this is an RX, with all the intriguingly elegant and incisive styling that make it one of the best-looking models in its class. The designers were clear that the RX’s distinctive coupe-like profile had to be preserved. But look more closely and you will notice that not only is the RX L longer at the rear, the angle of its tailgate has been made slightly steeper. That fine adjustment is actually important in making sure there’s comfortable headroom for anyone sitting in the third row of seats. Even more valuable millimetres have been gained simply by moving the rear wiper mechanism from the top to the bottom of the window. Open the door and you will see just how smart a solution Lexus has come up with to provide a third row of seats and a layout that’s easy to adapt when you need more space for luggage. Raise the seats, or stow one or both of them flat: it just takes the press of a button. The seats are finished to the same high quality as the rest of the cabin and are comfortable for youngsters or adults for long journeys or shorter trips. The RX L means that when you want a night out with friends, for example, you need only take one car. The cabin is designed to be a social space, what Lexus designers call a “lounge” effect that’s open and light and where it’s easy for everyone to see what’s happening, share conversations and enjoy the in-car entertainment together on longer journeys.
  4. The Lexus LC coupe is in contention for two of the 2018 World Car Awards, being one of three finalists announced for both the World Performance Car and Car Design of the Year titles. A panel of 82 automotive industry journalists from around the globe will determine the ultimate winners, to be announced at the New York International Auto Show on 13 April. The LC, launched in summer 2017, is a flagship coupe for Lexus. Its radical styling broadcasts Lexus’s future design thinking and has already earned the model a distinguished EyesOn Design award at last year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The LC was also named best coupe in the 2018 UK Car of the Year Awards. The LC’s engineering is every bit as advanced as its design. It is available with a choice of two powertrains: the LC 500h uses a petrol-electric hybrid V6 powertrain equipped with Lexus’s new Multi-Stage Hybrid System, while the LC 500 is powered by a naturally aspirated 471bhp V8 engine, coupled to the world’s first 10-speed direct shift automatic transmission. Full product and technical details are available here
  5. Lexus LF-1 Limitless

    Like molten metal being forged into a fine Japanese sword, the lines of the Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept have the potential to shape the future of a flagship luxury crossover for Lexus
  6. Lexus LF-1 Limitless Concept

    Lexus established the luxury crossover segment two decades ago with the global debut of the RX 300 at Detroit. It remains the top-selling luxury crossover despite nearly 50 competitors that have since entered the segment The Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept introduces a new genre of luxury vehicle: the flagship crossover. Combining high performance with unrestrained luxury, the Lexus LF-1 Limitless is a showcase of technology, innovation and the latest evolution of design at Lexus. The innovative spirit of the Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept was created at CALTY Design Research in California. The design language is rooted in the simple yet elegant design concept dubbed “molten katana”. This design visualization fuses the organic shapes of liquid metal with the sharp edges of a traditional Japanese sword. Imagining that shift from a smooth, flowing mass into a solid, chiselled shape formed the basis for the fluid, yet aggressive design of the LF-1 Limitless concept. BRAVE DESIGN FACT #1 CABIN DESIGN: COMFORT IS KING “This is our vision for a new kind of flagship vehicle that embraces crossover capability without giving up the performance and luxury delivered by today’s top sedans,” said Kevin Hunter, President, CALTY Design Research Inc. “The LF-1 Limitless concept incorporates imaginative technology while creating a strong emotional connection by improving the human experience for the driver and passengers.” Maximum comfort for every passenger was CALTY’s goal for the cabin. The Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept adheres to the Japanese tradition of Omotenashi, or hospitality, welcoming all who enter with equal enthusiasm. The front passenger space is far more open, with even fewer controls and a wide unobstructed dashboard. Those in the back get the same seats as those in front with expansive legroom and individual display screens for adjusting the climate control or entertainment options. BRAVE DESIGN FACT #2 INTERIOR LIGHT: TWINKLE, TWINKLE, IT'S A STAR! Lighting plays a key role in the look and feel of the interior of the Lexus LF-1 Limitless Concept. Engaging the START button initiates a dramatic lighting sequence of ambient light based on which of the several available driving modes is engaged. For a more subtle effect, the wooden door trim has tiny perforations that allow indirect light from miniature LEDs to shine and twinkle in a variety of colours. This lighting creates beautiful movement in the interior that complement the more direct overhead lights. BRAVE DESIGN FACT #3 SPINDLE GRILLE: LET ME SEE YOUR GRILLE! Like all current Lexus models, the spindle grille on the LF-1 Limitless concept is a core element to the overall design. On the LF-1 Limitless concept, it’s been taken even further, with details that suggest the start of the spindle form at the rear of the vehicle that then continues forward toward the nose. The grille itself features a three-dimensional design with colours developed in-house by CALTY. Ridges radiating away from the central emblem suggest magnetism guiding metal filings into shape. There is no chrome, as the LF-1 Limitless concept instead uses LED lighting around the grille that greets you on arrival. BRAVE DESIGN FACT #4 GLASS SURFACE DESIGN: THE ROOF TO INSPIRE The Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept takes the popular crossover genre and heightened sense of performance while challenging traditional crossover SUV proportions and styling. The concept’s long hood and powerful stance give it the look of a performance sedan while maintaining the higher ride height and versatile functionality that have made crossovers the preferred choice for so many of today’s customers. Using a large glass surface as the roof helps enhance the appeal of this concept and draws attention to the interior design. The interior involves bright, modern metallic finishes and LED lighting treatments to create an enticing cabin. Gazing through the large glass roof reveals a realm of imagination and inspiration that is driving the future of the luxury crossover category. As the Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept has not been confirmed for future production development, the use of glass on this model is entirely exploratory. LF-1 SPECIFICATIONS LENGTH 197.4 inches - 5014 mm WIDTH 78.2 inches - 1986 mm HEIGHT 63.2 inches - 1605 mm WHEELBASE 117.1 inches - 2974 mm
  7. Video preview of the new Lexus UX

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  8. WORLD DEBUT OF THE LEXUS UX

    World debut for the Lexus UX – the first-ever Lexus compact crossover – at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show A new genre of crossover, an “Urban Explorer” that offers a fresh take on luxury lifestyles Stylish and distinctive exterior design execution generates a unique vehicle identity, combining a secure and spacious feel yet with a condensed appearance Compact, driver-centric cockpit with a commanding view of the road Interior includes new trim finish inspired by the grain of Japanese paper, and traditional sashiko leather upholstery quilting First Lexus to be built on the new GA-C global architecture platform, delivering the lowest centre of gravity in its class and exceptional body rigidity, securing agile, hatchback-like driving experience New, fourth generation self-charging hybrid system in the UX 250h with higher efficiency and more powerful electric motor UX 200 powered by new 2.0-litre petrol engine with high thermal efficiency and new direct shift continuously variable transmission (Direct Shift-CVT) INTRODUCTION Lexus hosts the world debut of the new UX at the 2018 Geneva Motor show, a free-spirited crossover crafted expressly for the modern urban explorer who seeks a fresh, contemporary and dynamic take on a luxury lifestyle. Chika Kako, Chief Engineer of the UX said: “Right from the start, I focused on the target customer – mid-30s, millennials, men and women – and tried to understand how they would expect a premium compact vehicle to change their lives and enable new experiences. That’s what led us to the basic vehicle concept for the UX of Creative Urban Explorer – a new genre of crossover. “Design is still the main purchase reason for every car, it is the design that promises to the customer what the car can deliver. With the UX the design team have created a style which delivers the strong safe feeling that sets crossovers apart from hatchbacks, but combined it with a very dynamic dimension. “We also focused on giving the UX a distinctive driving feel that would resonate with the customer. I wanted to overturn the image of a crossover with a high body that requires careful manoeuvring and offer a car with nimble performance and excellent manoeuvrability that make it as easy to drive as a hatchback.” The UX is a new gateway vehicle for Lexus, it is rich in the qualities that define the brand: brave design, superior craftsmanship, exhilarating performance and imaginative technology. Led by Chief Engineer Kako and Chief Designer Tetsuo Miki, the development teams have worked closely together to produce a car in which the exterior and interior appear almost seamlessly linked. Powerful bodywork, notable for its impressively flared front and rear wings, clothes a cabin that provides a driver-focused cockpit and an open, relaxing space for passengers. While still offering a commanding view from the steering wheel, the UX offers a driving position that makes the crossover feel more like a responsive hatchback to drive, rather than an SUV. The UX further marks a series of technical innovations, including the first use of the new GA-C global architecture platform, which delivers fundamental high structural rigidity and a low centre of gravity, thus securing excellent ride quality and stability. New powertrains are also deployed for the first time: a new 2.0-litre petrol engine that reaps the performance and fuel economy benefits of high thermal efficiency; and a new mid-power, fourth generation self-charging hybrid system. BRAVE DESIGN Lexus has produced a design for the UX that expresses the sense of security that is expected of a crossover, but which equally communicates agility and a fun-to-drive quality with sleek, attractively condensed appearance. The result is a model with a unique identity in its segment that makes a strong and appealing design statement. There was close collaboration among all the team members, resulting in a harmonious shape that almost seamlessly links the inside and outside of the car. Exterior design The aim for the UX was not to conform to the established, solid crossover look, but to achieve a compact design that is both strong and stylish, breaking with the conventions of the segment to deliver something more distinctive and dynamic. This design approach can be seen at work in the way the front and rear wings flare strongly outwards in relation to the car’s basic form, which flows out from the lines of the spindle grille to envelop the cabin. The meticulously formed exterior surfaces are simple but captivating, expressing strength and dynamism. At the front, the arrangement of the headlights and the spindle grille are incorporated into a deep, strong shape created by the hood and bumper to generate a sense of security. At the rear, a condensed styling treatment contrasts sharply with the flared wings to emphasise the UX’s dynamic and strong crossover qualities. Details include daytime running lights, arranged in an arrowhead motif above the headlights to emphasise the Lexus L-shaped illumination signature. The spindle grille has a new block-shape mesh pattern with individual elements that gradually change in shape as they radiate out from the central Lexus emblem, giving a three-dimensional look that changes according to the angle of view. The rear combination lamps have an original and advanced design that is not only eye-catching but also aerodynamically efficient, helping improve vehicle handling. The right and left units are connected by a continuous, single line of light across the back door to give the UX’s rear a unique appearance. Formed by a sequence of 120 LEDs, this tapers gently towards the centre, measuring just 3mm thick at its narrowest point. This design is set to become a world-first Lexus signature feature. Four new aluminium wheel designs have been produced for the UX, with 17 and 18-inch diameters. The five-spoke 17-inch wheels have a world-first aerodynamic design, details of which are given in the Imaginative Technology section below. Dimensions and packaging The UX measures 4,495mm long, 1,520mm high and 1,840mm wide and has a 2,640mm wheelbase. An 870mm couple distance ensures ample space for rear seat passengers, while the load area is a generous 791mm long. The car’s proportions allow for excellent manoeuvrability, with a best-in-segment 5.2m turning radius. For the driver, a reduced distance between the hip and heel points gives the feel of driving a hatchback rather than an SUV-type vehicle. Interior design The interior of the car is the place where driver and car connect. As such, the designers sought to eliminate the boundary between exterior and interior, creating a seamless continuity. The effect is to give the driver an excellent field of vision with a clear sense of the vehicle’s body dimensions. Looking from the driver’s seat, the upper section of the instrument panel appears to extend out beyond the windscreen. Conversely, seen from outside, the bonnet looks as though it connects directly to the instrument panel. This effect is inspired by a traditional Japanese design concept which blurs the boundary between the inside and outside of a house. The human-centred approach extends to the design of the UX’s interior, with a “seat-in-control” approach that focuses operation of all the principal vehicle functions around the driver’s side of the cabin. At the same time, this helps create a more relaxing atmosphere around the passenger space. The instrument panel has a low, unobtrusive design and the slim A-pillar mouldings have been shaped to improve visibility and give the kind of commanding outward view that is expected of a crossover. Chief Engineer Kako has drawn on her earlier experience in materials development and time spent working in Europe to help define the quality and appearance of the interior, in particular applying an uncluttered, “less is more” approach to achieve the desired effect. She explained: “In the course of (my earlier) work, I learned that even if the elements that make up the interior, such as the seats, instrument panel and ornamentation, are all made to a high specification, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the overall look will give an elegant impression. When it comes to determining whether an interior is good or bad, controlling the overall balance between the continuity, unity and contrast is more important than the relative specifications of individual components.” The human-centred design thinking included paying particular attention to the appearance and ease of use of the centre console, with audio switches integrated into a palm rest. The seatback shape has been defined to make operation of controls possible while maintaining a comfortable, natural posture. Getting in and out of the vehicle has been made easier and more comfortable through optimal placing of the hip-point, a cut-off profile for the rocker panel below the doors and shaping of the seat cushion. SUPERIOR CRAFTSMANSHIP The superior craftsmanship that defines Lexus vehicles is evident both in the overall high build quality of the new UX – built at Lexus’ Kyushu factory, home also to production of the CT, NX and RX models – and in fine detailing, such as the application of different, unique finishes in the cabin. Sashiko leather quilting The smooth leather upholstery available for the UX is made using sashiko, a traditional Japanese quilting technique that is also applied in the making of judo and kendo martial arts uniforms. The quilted leather is decorated with new perforation patterns that form mathematical curves and gradations in perfect alignment, enhancing the appearance of the seats. Ornamentation inspired by Japanese paper grain The UX’s sweeping instrument panel covers a large area, connecting the driver and passenger sides of the vehicle. This provides an opportunity to accentuate the atmosphere of the cabin using fine-quality ornamentation, with a choice of two grain patterns and four colours. The UX is the first Lexus model to offer a new trim grain finish that’s inspired by the grain of Japanese paper, known as washi, familiar from the screens used in traditional Japanese homes. Created using slush-moulding and a carefully chosen surface finish, it evokes a calm and warm feeling. A leather grain finish is also available, shared with the LC coupe and LS flagship saloon and building a consistency of quality across the Lexus brand. EXHILARATING PERFORMANCE The UX has been engineered to deliver “elegant performance with peace of mind” consistent in all Lexus models. The foundation is the new GA-C global architecture platform, used for the first time in a Lexus. Two new powertrains make their debut: a new, fourth generation self-charging hybrid system with 176bhp/131kW[1] and the choice of front-wheel drive or E-Four all-wheel drive in the UX 250h; and a new 2.0-litre petrol engine with high thermal efficiency, available with a new direct shift continuously variable transmission (Direct Shift-CVT) in the UX 200. Suspension, steering and tyres have also all been developed to support Lexus’ dynamic and performance ambitions for the UX. First use of new GA-C global architecture platform The UX is the first Lexus to be constructed using the new GA-C global architecture platform, the foundation for the car’s dynamic performance. Its development focused on giving the UX nimble and instant response to the driver’s inputs, while communicating a sense of stability and safety. The platform allowed for an increase in rigidity, including the use of high-tensile steel and a ring structure around the rear and back door openings. Highly rigid adhesive and Laser Screw Welding have been used in key locations, greatly enhancing overall rigidity. Low centre of gravity The UX has the lowest centre of gravity of any vehicle in its class, thanks to the design of the GA-C platform. This characteristic, central to the car’s fine ride and handling quality, is also supported by weight-saving measures in the body construction, including the use of lightweight aluminium for the side doors, wings and bonnet, as well as a resin material for the back door. Suspension and steering MacPherson strut front suspension and a double wishbone arrangement at the rear have been designed and tuned to promote ride comfort and sharp response. Special attention has been paid to shock absorber performance and the quality of the damper oil, oil seals and friction control. An Electric Power Steering system with a new, compact and highly rigid column assist has been adopted for the UX, with a larger diameter column shaft. This supports handling with crisp, immediate response to driver inputs, with good steering feel. UX 250h with fourth generation self-charging hybrid powertrain The Lexus UX 250h will also use a new fourth generation hybrid electric system that features a new 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and an electronic continuously variable transmission (CVT). It will be available both with front-wheel drive and with Lexus’s E-Four. The new engine is notable for its high thermal efficiency and output, with provisional performance figures for the full hybrid self-charging system (engine and electric motor combined) anticipating a maximum 176b hp/131kW. The powertrain development programme focused not just on outstanding fuel economy, but also on a high level of driving appeal. Particular efforts were made to reduce any “rubber band” effect in the operation of the hybrid system and transmission, by optimising the level of electric motor assistance and engine rpm to generate a sense of linear acceleration without the engine running at high revs. Engine rpm are synchronised with the increase in vehicle speed to create an immediate and continuous acceleration feel, responding to the driver’s intentions and creating a pleasant driving feel. New hybrid transaxle, power control unit and battery The system has a compact and lightweight new transaxle and Power Control Unit, designed to minimise power losses through heat and friction. A new nickel metal-hydride (NiMH) battery is used with a revised construction and more compact cooling system that allows for smaller dimensions overall. This allows the battery to be located below the rear seat, minimising intrusion in the load space and supporting the UX’s low centre of gravity. E-Four The E-Four system gives the UX 250h all-wheel drive capability by placing an additional electric motor on the rear axle. Power distribution between the front and rear axles is automatically optimised when accelerating, cornering, or driving on slippery surfaces. When a loss of rear-wheel grip is detected, the amount of power that can be directed to the rear of the car has been increased from 60 to around 80 per cent, at speeds up to 44mph (70km/h), contributing to excellent handling stability. UX 200 with new 2.0-litre petrol engine The UX 200 is powered by a new 2.0-litre petrol engine, engineered to provide a high level of dynamic and environmental performance with excellent fuel economy. The in-line four-cylinder unit uses high-speed combustion to achieve enhanced thermal efficiency. Features which enable this across a wide range of driving scenarios include multi-hole direct fuel injectors, a continuously variable capacity oil pump, a variable cooling system and VVT-iE intelligent variable valve-timing on the intake side. The result is a maximum thermal efficiency of around 40% – a best-in-class level for a passenger vehicle engine. Direct Shift-CVT The new 2.0-litre engine featured in the UX 200 is matched to Lexus’s first Direct Shift-CVT, engineered to provide the smooth, fuel-efficient performance of a conventional continuously variable transmission, but with a direct driving feel. A conventional system uses two pulleys, connected by a belt, that can change their radius seamlessly, and thus change the effective gear ratio, without any “step” effect. The new Direct Shift-CVT has additional gears to achieve acceleration at start-up like a manual transmission. This gives the smooth acceleration of a CVT, but with a direct acceleration feel. In addition, this use of gears for acceleration from start-up reduces the need for the CVT’s pulleys and belt mechanism to be used in the low gear range. This allows more room to be dedicated to the higher gear range. High-speed, high-response gear-shifting technology, using a multi-plate wet clutch developed for use in automatic transmission, is used to switch power from the gear to the belt and pulleys. This secures performance in response to different situations, from smooth and fuel-efficient driving to sporty performance with fast shifts. The design also maintains the benefits of a CVT, which can freely adjust the gear ratio to simulate changes like multi-gear automatic transmission under heavy acceleration. This gives linear acceleration feel with synchronisation of the increasing engine revs and vehicle speed. IMAGINATIVE TECHNOLOGY The unique character of the Lexus UX is expressed in the application of imaginative technology in detailed aspects of the car, emphasising its depth of quality to customers, particularly those who might be buying a premium brand vehicle for the first time. Safety The UX is available with the latest version of Lexus Safety System+, including a Pre-Collision System (PCS) developed to be able to recognize pedestrians at night. Additionally, PCS radar detection has been extended to enable detection of cyclists during the day – road users who are involved in a high number of traffic accidents[2]. The package provided on the UX also includes Lexus Co DRIVE (featuring Lane Tracing Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control), Automatic High Beam/Adaptive High-beam System, and Road Sign Assist[3]. A Parking Support Brake detects the risk of the vehicle coming into contact with a stationary object in its path, or another vehicle approaching from behind, and will automatically reduce drive force, initiate braking and trigger sound and visual warnings to help reduce the likelihood of a collision, or lessen the damage if an impact does occur. World-first aerodynamic design details Lexus took a new approach to achieve the best possible aerodynamic performance from the UX’s rear combination lamps, wheel arch mouldings and, in a world first concept, aerodynamic wheels. The Aero Stabilising Blade Lights in the rear incorporate fins with a distinctive design that helps prevent airflow from wrapping around the rear of the vehicle. They make a noticeable contribution to keeping the rear of the car stable when turning and driving in crosswinds. Painstaking adjustments were made to the lamps’ curved profile, with each change evaluated and verified in wind tunnel and real-world driving tests. The wheel arch mouldings have flat sides and a stepped top section, which generates an airflow that helps reduce roll and keep the vehicle stable when the car is cornering, changing lanes or being driven in a straight line. Millimetre-precise adjustment of this step feature kept an optimal balance between the stabilising effect and design considerations. The UX’s aluminium wheels have a world-first aerodynamic design that helps both keep the brakes cool and reduce wind resistance. Computer simulations and wind tunnel testing produced a profile shape for the wheel’s spokes that increased the amount of airflow that could be directed to cool the disc brakes, without compromising the car’s coefficient of drag (Cd). Single knob ventilation control with wireless lighting The UX’s air vents have a new single-knob control for air flow direction and volume, illuminated using a new wireless system. By combining the two functions in a single control, the vents could be made larger, improving performance. Each control has an LED light source that is powered wirelessly, using electromagnetic resonance between two coils vibrating at the same frequency. Using the same design principle as the LC’s rear combination lamps, the vent lights use mirror optics to create the effect of floating lighting depth, even though the reflector element is only 3mm thick. UX F Sport The F Sport versions of the UX are clearly differentiated by styling treatment that emphasises a low and wide form, evoking sporty driving performance. At the front, an exclusive mesh grille references the Lexus F Sport bloodline, with extra impact generated by large fog light bezels with L-shaped chrome mouldings and detailing that repeats the F-mesh pattern of the grille. At the rear there is an exclusive bumper design with chrome highlights, projecting a secure, sporting image. Using a jet black ornamentation on the front and rear mouldings created a unified appearance, while the sporty quality is further reflected in exclusive 18-inch alloy wheel designs. In the cabin the F Sport-exclusive features include sports seats, made with a highly supportive integrated foaming technique, an eight-inch TFT colour display and an instrument meter with a moving outer ring. The F Sport steering wheel has a dimpled leather covering (featured also on the shift knob) and there are sports aluminium pedals and footrest. The F Sport models benefit from exclusive tuning of the suspension, with adjustment to both springs and stabiliser bars, and the use of rear performance dampers to provide accurate, stable and responsive handling. They are also available with a specifically adapted version of the new high-response Adaptive Variable Suspension system featured on the Lexus LC flagship coupe. The aim is to provide a level of damping force that contributes to a rewarding drive, but doesn’t detract from comfortable ride quality. This damping force is reduced in straight line driving and increased when cornering or changing lanes to provide stability with minimal roll. Where AVS is fitted, its functionality is linked to the Sport S+ mode in the car’s Drive Mode Select. The driving experience can be further enhanced with Active Sound Control (ASC), generating an audio feedback that gives the aural effect of up and downshifts like those experienced with a geared automatic transmission. And additional Sonic Interaction Design (SID) function adjust the sound the vehicle makes when drive in Sport S+ mode (S+ Sound). This can be switched off, if desired, using the ASC switch. [1] Preliminary figures. [2] Availability of features might differ depending on local market specifications. [3] Availability of features might differ depending on local market specifications.
  9. Lexus RX L

    Luxury and enhanced flexibility Cabin seats up to seven people in three rows of seats Power-folding third row seats, leather upholstery and tri-zone climate control as standard Available with smart power tailgate Available with self-charging hybrid powertrain (RX 450hL) in Western and Central Europe from May 2018 and with V6 petrol engine (RX 350L) in Eastern European markets from February 2018 First European appearance at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show Details of the UK RX L model range and specifications will be confirmed nearer the RX L’s on-sale date The addition of a new RX L model to the Lexus RX range offers owners significantly more space on board, thanks to the provision of a third row of seats, making this the first seven-seat Lexus to be sold in Europe. The RX created the luxury crossover segment 20 years ago and has remained one of the luxury brand’s best-selling global models. The new RX L retains the stylish lines of the current RX, but benefits from increased length and highly adept interior packaging to provide accommodation for up to seven passengers. Function and Fashion The new RX L gives Lexus customers the option of an additional row of (two) seats, without compromising the sleek styling and easy manoeuvrability that are valued qualities of the standard-form RX. Lexus has extended the RX’s body length by 110mm at the rear and used a steeper tailgate window angle to secure comfortable leg and headroom for third-row passengers and generous, versatile luggage space. The seven-seat version has a 40:20:40 split bench-type seat in the second row. Access to the third row is made easy, with just the pull of a lever required to slide the second row seats forwards. The RX L has a longer load space floor behind its third-row seats than its competitors, offering more versatile storage. The two third row seats have been designed to offer the same comfort and luxury as those in the second row. The second-row bench is in fact set slightly higher than the third row, creating more foot room for rear passengers. The seats are finished with leather upholstery and occupants benefit from separate air conditioning controls and vents. For extra convenience, the rear-most seats can have a power folding function and smart power tailgate is also available (simply placing a hand near the Lexus emblem opens the tailgate). The load floor behind the folded third-row has a flat surface for easy loading. Other convenience details include a pair of third‑row cupholders, an easily stowable tonneau cover and covered slide rails. Lexus Signature Design The Lexus RX L benefits from the same award-winning safety, style, luxury, and performance as its counterpart five-seat RX models. The trend-setting combination of SUV versatility and luxury saloon-like comfort comes packaged in the brand’s dramatic styling mix of sharp creases and curves. The Lexus signature spindle grille has an elegant chrome-plated surround, flanked (on higher grade versions) by triple L-shaped LED headlights. The blacked‑out rear pillars create a floating-roof effect, while the rear-end design picks up the spindle theme, with L‑shaped LED taillights enveloping the tailgate and wrapping into the rear wings. All RX paint colours have a scratch-resistant, self-restoring finish, using high-performance macromolecular polymer. Lexus Safety In the RX L, the full-length side curtain airbags cover all three rows. The Lexus Safety System+ (which will be standard for most markets) includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keeping Assist, Automatic High Beam and All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. Other features available (according to model grade) include a Blind Spot Monitor, Panoramic View Monitor, Intelligent Parking Sensors, Rear Cross Traffic Braking and an Adaptive High-beam System. The RX L has a top five-star rating from the independent safety testing organisation Euro NCAP. RX 450hL The self-charging Lexus Hybrid Drive system in the RX 450hL pairs a D4-S injection 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine with two high-torque electric drive motor-generators, producing a full system output of 308bhp/230kW for strong acceleration and overtaking performance. The E-Four all-wheel drive system is unique to the hybrid model. Instead of transfer gears and a driveshaft to the rear wheels, it uses an independent rear-mounted electric motor to drive the rear wheels when driving conditions demand RX 350L The RX 350L is powered by a 3.5‑litre V6 with advanced D-4S fuel injection, which combines direct and port fuel injection systems. To maximise efficiency, Variable Valve Timing with intelligence Wide (VVT‑iW) is used on the intake camshaft, along with VVT‑i on the exhaust camshaft, allowing the engine to switch between Otto and Atkinson combustion cycles. Output figures are 290bhp/216kW and 358Nm of torque; performance and efficiency are optimised by an eight-speed automatic transmission. Using Drive Mode Select, the driver can exert more control by choosing from up to four driving modes. Normal mode provides an ideal everyday balance of performance and energy conservation; Sport/Sport+ modes put an edge on powertrain responsiveness; and Eco mode operates the powertrain at its most efficient level. The RX 350L is available with Dynamic Torque Control all-wheel drive. Under normal cruising conditions, the system engages front-wheel drive to help reduce fuel consumption. Continuously taking input from various sensors (such as wheel speed, engine rpm, steering angle, throttle opening angle and yaw rate), Dynamic Torque Control AWD actively governs torque distribution to the rear wheels using an electromagnetically controlled coupling in the rear differential. When the vehicle is accelerating, the system automatically shifts to all-wheel drive to help prevent front-wheel slippage. While cruising, the system reverts to front-wheel drive, and when sensors detect wheel slip, it can vary front to rear torque distribution from 100:0 to 50:50. The 4.2”-inch TFT multi-information display presents the torque-distribution status in real time (front to rear, and side to side). Ride and Handling Everyone on board the RX L will experience the same luxuriously smooth, quiet ride as the in the five-seat RX. Front strut and rear double-wishbone suspension systems ensure agility and exemplary ride compliance over all types of surfaces. Electric power steering yields a light and comfortable steering feel with excellent feedback. On higher grade models, the Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) adjusts the damping force according to road surface conditions. Impeccable Cabin Design and Luxury The cabin is designed with impeccable details, including form-fitting seats and, on higher grade models, a richly finished wood trim that curves gently up from the centre console towards the glove box. Interior ornamentation options include Matt Bamboo, Walnut, Dark Brown Shimamoku, 3D Film and Laser Cut Dark Wood. For the 3D Film, a glossy black three-dimensional embossed pattern is applied to create a high-quality design with a sense of depth. A full-colour head-up display is available, projecting key information and data on the windscreen, so that the driver can keep their attention on the road ahead. Multimedia Powerhouse From powerful audio to cutting-edge displays, the multimedia choices available for Lexus RX L cover all needs. The standard display audio system includes an eight-inch screen, AM/FM Radio, Bluetooth, voice recognition microphone, micro SD card slot, an AUX mini jack, two USB ports and 12 speakers. USB ports located in the middle row allow passengers to use and charge their own multimedia devices with ease. Higher grade models can be specified with an 835‑watt, 15‑speaker Mark Levinson Premium Surround System. Its advanced Clari‑Fi™ compressed music restoration technology instils new life into digital music files. The RX L will also be available with a 12.3 inch high-resolution split-screen multimedia display. This can provide a full-screen navigation map, or simultaneous access to audio or climate controls and other vehicle systems. Operation is by means of the Lexus’s intuitive Remote Touch Interface. Options for the RX 450hL include heated/ventilated front and heated second row seats, a Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Braking. Outline technical and equipment specifications RX 450h L Lexus Hybrid Drive with 3.5-litre V6 engine, Motor Generator 1, Motor Generator 2 and a planetary-type electronic continuously variable transmission. Total system power 308bhp/230kW Standard E-Four all-wheel drive with independent rear electric motor-generator 37kW nickel metal hydride (Ni‑MH) hybrid battery RX 350L 3.5-litre V6 engine. Max. power 290bhp/216kW Max. torque 358Nm Eight-speed Electronically Controlled Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i) Available with Active Torque Control all-wheel drive Chassis/Body/Suspension/ Brakes/Tyres A number of cutting-edge technologies enhance structural rigidity, including high-tech body adhesives and laser screw welding; liberal use of high-tensile strength steel throughout the vehicle, and an annular frame construction process for strengthened frame sections around the front and rear doors. 20-inch aluminium alloy wheels with 235/55R20 tyres Safety Lexus Safety System+ includes Pre-Collision System, Lane Keeping Assist, Automatic High Beam and All-speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Braking are also available. Ten SRS airbags including dual-stage and dual-chamber driver and front passenger airbags; driver and front passenger knee airbags; front side airbags; rear side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags for all three rows of seats. Four-sensor, Four-channel Anti-lock Braking System with Electronic Brake force Distribution, Brake Assist, Traction Control, Vehicle Stability Control and Hill-start Assist Control. Smart Stop Technology automatically reduces engine power when there is simultaneous application of the brake pedal and accelerator pedal under certain conditions. Active front head restraints help to reduce the severity of a whiplash injury in the event of certain types of lower speed rear collisions. Panoramic View Monitor (optional) Five-star Euro NCAP safety rating Luxury/Comfort/Convenience 10-way power front seats with power lumbar adjustment Acoustic glass windscreen Customisable vehicle settings, including personal door-lock preferences, interior/exterior light adjustments, driver’s seat Easy Exit, and window closure settings Tri-zone automatic climate control with interior air filter Leather upholstery Leather-wrapped three-spoke steering wheel with integrated audio controls Lexus Display Audio with eight-inch colour multimedia display and 12 speakers Power-folding third row seats Power tilt-and-telescopic steering column adjustment Smart Access with push-button Start/Stop RX 450hL features additional standard equipment, including integrated navigation, 12-speaker audio system, heated/ventilated front seats and heated steering wheel. Luxury Options (Highlights) Power sunroof, 20-inch wheels, heated and ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, semi-aniline leather upholstery, 15-speaker Mark Levinson® Surround Sound system, smart power tailgate and Lexus Premium Navigation with 12.3-inch display, Remote Touch controller, advanced voice control, DAB, wireless charger and more.
  10. Lexus design concept for a future luxury crossover model Engineered to accommodate multiple powertrain options, including hybrid, plug-in hybrid, fuel cell and battery electric Concept created by the CALTY design studio in California First European appearance at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show Lexus has carved out its vision for a future luxury crossover with the Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept, which makes its European debut at 2018 Geneva Motor Show The Lexus LF-1 Limitless, first seen at this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit, introduces a new luxury vehicle genre, the flagship crossover. Combining high performance with unrestrained luxury, it is a showcase for technology, innovation and the latest evolution of design at Lexus – the brand which pioneered the luxury SUV concept with the original RX model 20 years ago The new concept is designed to cater for customers’ increasingly diverse lifestyles, exploring new possibilities and capabilities. It is also engineered to use many different powertrains: fuel cell electric, hybrid electric, plug-in hybrid electric or battery electric. By around 2025, every Lexus model globally will be available either as a dedicated electrified vehicle, or with an electrified powertrain option. The Lexus LF-1 Limitless was created at the CALTY Design Research in California. Its innovative design language is founded on the simple yet elegant concept of molten katana. This fuses the organic shapes of liquid metal with the sharp edges associated with a traditional Japanese katana sword. Imagining the shift from a smooth, flowing mass into a solid, chiselled shape was the basis for the car’s fluid yet powerful design. “This is our vision for a new kind of flagship vehicle that embraces crossover capability without giving up the performance and luxury delivered by today’s top saloons,” said Kevin Hunter, President of CALTY Design Research. “The Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept incorporates imaginative technology while creating a strong emotional connection by improving the human experience for driver and passengers.” The starting point is defining the right proportions: the car’s exaggerated dash-to-axle ratio generates an athletic profile that evokes classic grand tourers rather than estate wagons. Combined with a cabin set deep within the rear-wheel drive chassis and striking 22-inch wheels that are barely contained beneath muscular wings, the crossover has a powerful stance that immediately conveys its performance intentions. The low roof line and elevated ride height further emphasise this as a crossover designed for performance with practicality. In common with all current Lexus models, the Lexus LF-1 Limitless’s spindle grille is a core element in its design. Its execution is stronger than ever before, with details that suggest the origination of the spindle shape at the rear of the vehicle, continuing forwards towards the nose. The grille itself emphasises its three-dimensional quality using colours developed in-house by CALTY. Ridges radiating from the central Lexus emblem suggest the effect of metal filings being guided into shape by magnetism. There is no chrome; instead LED lighting around the grille welcomes the driver as they approach the vehicle. “Lexus models such as the RX have helped drive the global popularity of the luxury SUV category. This new crossover concept captures a future that involves a high level of dynamic capability and utility matched by a more exciting, emotional design that we hope challenges expectations in the category,” said Yoshihiro Sawa, President of Lexus International. In profile the Lexus LF-1 Limitless presents a clearly defined flow from front to rear, starting with the line that extends from the bonnet all the way to the base of the rear D-pillar. This line contrasts with more complex surfaces below, such as the wide, crisply creased front wings that transition into the smooth, deeply sculpted front doors. From there the bodywork gradually builds back out enveloping the rear wheels, giving the car a cola-bottle shape evocative of classic muscle cars. There is an eye-catching split-spoiler at the rear edge of the roof, and interesting curves and details right across the back of the vehicle. Sculpted openings at each corner look like exhaust tailpipes, but they are actually vents for the airflow passing across the rear wheels. The rear haunches provide sturdy mounts for tail light clusters that extend well beyond the metalwork. Above the lights there is a huge expanse of glass that extends over the rear seats to provide an uninterrupted view of the scenery, made possible by the split-spoiler design. CALTY’s goal was to provide luxurious comfort for everyone on board. The Lexus LF-1 Limitless adheres to the Japanese hospitality traditions of omotenashi, welcoming driver and passengers alike with equal attention to detail. The cockpit is designed to let the driver concentrate on the task at hand; analogue knobs and buttons have been replaced with motion-activated controls and a minimalist display directly ahead of the driver. The front passenger space has been made more open, with even fewer controls and a wide, unobstructed dashboard. The rear seats are the same as those in the front, with expansive legroom and individual displays for adjusting the climate control and entertainment options. The metallic interior trim is finished in the same champagne-tinted titanium colour as the exterior, but with a satin finish for a warmer feel. Accents around the instrument panel and on the steering wheel enhance the sense of a cockpit for the driver. Additional metallic highlights throughout the cabin contrast with the dark Cocoa Bean leather trim and Chiffon White perforated leather seat upholstery. Lighting also plays a key role in the look and feel of the interior. Pressing the start button initiates a dramatic illumination sequence of ambient light, the tone of which is determined by the drive mode that has been selected. For a more subtle effect, tiny perforations in the wooden door trim allow indirect light from miniature LEDs to shine in a variety of colours to complement the more direct overhead lights. Technology enhances the luxurious feel of the Lexus LF-1 Limitless by increasing the options available to the driver. It starts with Chauffeur Mode, which allows for hands-free operation using the vehicle’s by-wire steering, braking, acceleration, lights and signals. The result is smooth, carefree driving with maximum efficiency and reduced risk of accidents. For engaged driving, all powertrain controls and mode displays are mounted on the steering wheel so the driver can remain focused on the road. There is also a four-dimensional navigation system which builds on traditional systems by adding time into the equation. It acts as a concierge, anticipating the needs of driver and passengers based on the progress made, traffic and road conditions along the programmed route, suggesting fuel stops, rest breaks and restaurants. It will even make hotel reservations. Navigation and route information is presented on the in-dash monitor, the rear seat entertainment screens, or wirelessly transmitted to passengers’ tablets and smartphones. The 4D navigation and integrated comfort and entertainment systems are operated using touch-responsive haptic controls set within easy reach of the steering wheel. A touch tracer pad embedded in the leather-covered centre console supports character recognition for data entry. Passengers can also make their own comfort and entertainment choices using an additional haptic controller in the rear seat centre console. The Lexus LF-1 Limitless measures 5,014mm long, 1,986mm wide and 1,605mm high and has a 2,974mm wheelbase.