Using this net has reduced the level of airborne particles by more than 90 per cent, resulting in a significant improvement in the quality of stamped panels. The available 12-speaker Pioneer audio system offers crisp, clear sound broadcast throughout the cabin through speakers along the sides of the instrument panel through and 20-cm subwoofers and newly-developed 18-cm woofers in the front doors. These include a top-of-the-range 15-speaker Mark Levinson Premium Surround System that gives perfect 7. It became a personal challenge for me to drive the F Sport as quickly as possible, but still retain what I considered to be an acceptable economy figure. On a sub-line, a technician fills the gondola with the parts needed for one door, after which the gondola merges with the main assembly line, travelling along with the door to which the parts are to be fitted. The exterior features an exclusive black-out mesh grille, lower spoiler section and satin-finish chrome-plated lower protector with black side mirrors to match the grille.
Normal mode is automatically selected at vehicle start-up and is suitable for everyday driving. In conventional four-cycle petrol engines, fuel enrichment is sometimes necessary to cool the exhaust gases to prevent degradation of or damage to the catalytic converters. See your dealer for details. All functions are arranged so that they can be operated by both driver and front seat passenger. It delivers the high-speed cruising comfort and composure of a premium saloon, responsive handling and agility on winding roads and, through its electric four-wheel drive system, stable and tenacious performance. For the Striated Black Trim, a glossy black is used for the base, and a three-dimensional embossed pattern is then applied to create a high-quality film design with a sense of depth. Other new exterior features are flush-fitting headlight washers, panoramic moonroof design, solid roof rails, redesigned SmartAccess door handles and convenient door handle illumination.
The engine is positioned lower, lowering the vehicle's centre of gravity and improving overall vehicle weight distribution. Every aspect of speaker layout has been re-evaluated. These design updates can help enhance occupant protection and handling while helping make a quieter cabin, thanks to increased structural rigidity throughout the platform. Cruise Information mode lets the driver switch between different information displays, including average fuel consumption and estimated driving range. In the event of a collision, impact energy is absorbed by the front side members, then dispersed through the floor members, doors and pillars. The monitor shows you what the Hybrid Drive is doing and it does become mildly addictive. The point at which the petrol engine commences is in direct relation to how far down your right foot travels.
Traditionally technicians collect components for fitting from racks alongside the line. As at the front, a bound stopper and flexible dust cover are used. To the side there are blue scuff plates and a hybrid logo and at the rear the lamp clusters are again shaded blue and there is further hybrid badging. Even today, with the intense competition chasing the quality mantra very hard indeed, it has an ambience unlike other luxury brands. Styling changes are led by spindle-shaped arrangement of the upper and lower front grilles that is a central element in new Lexus design, as also seen in the fourth-generation and the multi-award winning. Aside from this change, everything else carries over including the massive, 12. If an obstruction is detected by the sensors, and the system judges that there is a possibility of collision, a pre-brake warning illuminates the brake lights to notify the following vehicle that the driver's vehicle will decelerate.
An optional Wood Pack providing wood trim inserts and a wood-trimmed steering wheel, is available for Luxury and Premier grades, the latter including a heated steering wheel. Optimised linear posture under braking has been achieved by improving anti-lift and anti-squat ratios, reducing nose dive under braking and rear end squat under acceleration. The lateral performance damping system does deliver some upside. The load input compliance has been tailored by using oversized, seated-type bushes to reduce harshness and give outstanding ride comfort. The Lexus Hybrid Drive system monitors itself at all speeds for optimum performance and fuel efficiency with minimum emissions, either running the electric motors in isolation, the engine in isolation, or a combination of both. It is available as an option on all grades.
The measurements are displayed on a monitor beside the line and the vehicle body cannot proceed to the next stage until all measurement results are within the required parameters. An exhaust gas-detecting recirculation function automatically switches between fresh and recirculated air modes to maintain good cabin air quality. It's so untrustworthy that I won't even use it to go any distances or to places I've never been before. It covers all of Europe and includes access to the traffic information infrastructure of each country. A total of eight exterior colors are available, including an F Sport exclusive, Ultra White.
It is radically different from remote devices offered by other manufacturers, operating on the same basic principles as a computer mouse. The Pre-Collision Brake Assist detects an imminent collision and increases the brake force when the driver depresses the brake pedal. The two front springs are inversely wound, compressing in opposite directions to cancel torsional forces and enhance manoeuvrability. See your dealer for details. Most head-up displays on the market use green-coloured read-outs, with white rejected as a colour choice because of the blurred effect that can be created against the exterior background. Dynamic characteristics, such as compliance steer, steering resistance and bump steer have been given an optimum balance that communicates steering inputs directly to the tyres to give highly responsive handling. Comprehensive use of high-performance soundproofing materials throughout the engine and passenger compartments has rigorously suppressed road and engine noise.
When I traded it for a new Highlander I was pleased to find that it kept a high resale value about 50% depreciation over the three years I had it. The design includes a tweeter mounted in each door to give improved sound clarity for the rear seats and surround sound effects in the front seats, producing a rich, natural feel. See your dealer for details. An improved flywheel damper, with a two-stage, torque absorbing damper, absorbs torque fluctuations and also the shock of engine stop-and-start. This booth simulates rainfall of 200mm per hour, with water stirred to replicate storm conditions.