Lexus Australia has announced a safety upgrade for the 2019 NX SUV range.
The Lexus Safety System + now includes autonomous emergency braking with cyclist detection, lane tracing assist, road sign assist and all-speed adaptive cruise control with stop & go function.
Already capable of detecting pedestrians during daylight hours, the autonomous emergency braking system has been enhanced to detect cyclists during the day and pedestrians at night.
The new lane tracing assist technology works in tandem with the all-speed active cruise control to help make it easier for the driver to stay in the desired lane. The tech uses a camera to detect lane markings and trace the path of the vehicle ahead to keep the car centred. It even works in low-speed driving in heavy traffic when lane lines cannot be recognised.
Incidentally, the combination of the active cruise control and lane trace assist corresponds to Level 2 semi-autonomous driving when on the highway.
The new road sign assist displays speed sign information on the head-up display and in the multi-information display housed in the instrument cluster.
Rounding out the upgrades is the parking support brake, which has been added to the capabilities of the parking and clearance sonar system, it cleverly applies brake force and limits power to help avoid collisions with obstacles when parking. The additional safety tech sees each variant cop a $600 price increase.
Safety equipment carried over for 2019 includes a rear-view camera, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and a tyre pressure warning system.
Lexus will continue to offer the car as an NX300 or NX300h across three trim levels - Luxury, F Sport and Sports Luxury, with the choice of front or all-wheel drive.
Under the bonnet of the NX300 is a 2.0-litre 175kW/350Nm four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, while the NX300h uses a 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine combined with one (2WD) or two (AWD) electric motors for a total output of 147kW/210Nm.
The Luxury trim level gets satellite navigation, a powered tailgate, 18-inch alloy wheels, smart entry and start, 10-speaker audio and digital radio as standard.
Moving to the F Sport grade adds a 360-degree surround view camera system, wireless smartphone charging, performance dampers, unique exterior and interior styling and 10-way powered seats (cooled and heated) with driver memory function.
The Sports Luxury gets a leather-accented interior, a colour head-up display, Mark Levinson 14-speaker premium audio, moonroof and woodgrain-look ornamentation.
2019 Lexus NX pricing (excludes on-road costs):
Luxury - $55,400/$59,900 (FWD/AWD)
F Sport - $61,400/$65,852 (FWD/AWD)
Sports Luxury - $74,029 (AWD)
Luxury - $57,900/$62,400 (FWD/AWD)
F Sport - $63,900/$68,400 (FWD/AWD)
Sports Luxury - $76,900 (AWD)
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