Safety provision has also been improved with the introduction of knee airbags for the driver and front seat passenger and variable force front airbags that use impact sensors to determine the most effective degree of inflation.
Advanced features for the new GS include Smart Access, a keyless entry and start-up system; an automatic Tyre Pressure Monitoring system (TPS); and Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS), a feature introduced on the Lexus LS430 which substantially improves night-time vision at junctions and through bends by swivelling the headlights in line with vehicle speed and turning angle.
The new GS series will go on sale in North America in 2005. Specifications and details of UK and European models are yet to be determined. UK sales are expected to commence in 2005.
The New Lexus RX400h
The RX400h will be the world’s first hybrid petrol-electric powered 4x4 premium SUV, offering 4.0-litre engine performance but family car levels of fuel economy and the lowest carbon dioxide emissions of any production vehicle in its class.
The RX400h – the 400 refers not to engine capacity but the power output comparative to conventional 4.0-litre engines – is set to go on sale in Europe at the end of this year, following on from the all-new RX300’s debut in 2003.