The New LS430 - Comfort and Safety | Part Four

Air Suspension As Standard

The standard-fit electronically modulated air suspension uses nine different adaptive programmes and produces world-leading stability and ride quality. The car’s 53:47 front to rear weight ratio and the development of the suspension have produced an exceptional ride and driving dynamics that are well-suited to European conditions.

Mono-tube shock absorbers have been employed for the first time in LS430, using oil and high pressure gas as damping mediums. Their quality helps ensure natural, linear responses to steering input, optimum grip and a flat, composed ride.

Peerless Interior Quality And Comfort

In the cabin, Lexus engineers have gone beyond even the quality of the previous generation LS430 to deliver the finest fit and finish. Their craftsmanship has reduced the tolerance level for interior fittings to one millimetre, a degree of precision previously considered unattainable. The comfort of driver and passengers is assured by the climate control seats, fitted as standard. Blowers mounted in the seat can direct cool air through the upholstery, while fast-acting carbon heating elements can provide warmth on demand. Outer rear seats with a soothing vibro-massage function are also provided as standard.

European-First Double Knee Airbag

The LS430 breaks new ground in its level of safety provision with a complement of 10 airbags featuring the latest Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) technology. These include the first European driver and passenger double knee airbag, which deploys from the underside of the instrument panel at the same time as the front airbags to reduce injuries from contact with the steering column and lower dashboard structures.

Advanced Technologies In All Areas

There is a wealth of advanced technology features, which add in equal measure to the LS430’s driving dynamics, efficiency, safety and comfort. A key priority in their development has been to surpass anything offered by the competition, while keeping them simple and logical for the customer to operate.

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Published 8 November 2003 Melanie Carter
 

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