The latest Lexus models for 2006 have been recognized worldwide in their own merit. Lexus is a luxury vehicle with a huge success which impress the buyers by its performance. It is a hybrid powertrain vehicle of the range GS sedan, considered to be the first true Lexus, or the first Lexus designed and built for global consumption, as well as the first vehicle to integrate the luxury marques new L-Finesse design language in production trim.
The GS Hybrid impresses by its bold exterior design with sculpted lines, slingshot-shaped windows, a wider rear tread and a longer wheelbase. The sporty look is enhanced by the integrated foglamps and its exposed steel-tipped dual exhaust. The Smart Access system transmits a secure signal to the vehicle, so you don’t even need to take the key out of your pocket. The car is also provided with a parking assistance system which uses a combination of 8 sensors to determine whether the GS 450h will contact an object in its path. This sonar-based steering system can help make fender benders caused by parking a thing of the past and also alerts you to the steering angle while driving forward.
One thing that sets GS 450h apart is its exclusive wheel design. The lightweight 18x8.0-inch alloy wheels are paired with 245/40 ZR18 performance tires for quicker steering and better handling.
The car is featured with an Adaptive Front Lightning which enables the vehicle’s headlamps to rotate into each twist and turn, illuminating more of the road around a curve. When turning left, the left headlamps pivots up to 15 degrees. During a right turn, the right headlamps pivots up to 5 degrees. The Adaptive Front Lightning System is standard on the GS 450h.
By using a xenon bulb, the distinctive projector beam High-Intensity Discharge headlamps provide more light and use substantially less power than a conventional halogen bulb. They can respond to almost any dramatic shift of light by turning on and off automatically. The dynamic auto-leveling feature has the role to adjust the lights to a pre-set height, in this way it can better illuminate the road and doesn’t blind oncoming traffic.
The GS 450h is provided with halogen foglamps which illuminate the road especially on stormy weather and make it more visible to other motorists. These foglamps are integrated into the lower bumper area for a streamlined front end.
The Power Trunk Closer is used for automatically latching the trunk by gently placing the trunk in the closed position, eliminating the need to force it down. The dynamic Radar Cruise Control is available by using radar technology to maintain a pre-set following distance. If you get too close to the vehicle traveling in front of you, the throttle is automatically reduced and brakes are applied. Once the road clears, the GS 450h returns to its pre-set speed.
The GS 450h is provided with a power tilt-and-slide moonroof with an auto open-and-close feature and sliding sunshine which give the rear-seat viewers an outside view, too.
The Rain-Sensing Wipers are somehow “intuitive” wipers that automatically activate as rain starts to fall. They are triggered by a sensor in the windshield glass when detects water and adjust wiper speed to the amount of rain fall.
Increase visibility during rainy conditions is enabled by the water-repellent glass on the front side windows.
What makes the interior look luxurious is the unique wood-and leather –trimmed three-spoke steering wheel and the shift knob where are standard on the GS 450h. Depending on your interior color choice, the rich wood trim can be golden bird’s-eye maple, black bird’s eye maple or red walnut. Other interior accents include stainless-steel branded scuff plates on all door sills.
The interior comfortability is also offered by the unique sequential lightning system that illuminates different areas depending on where the driver will likely need light during the entry process. As soon as the keyless entry is activated, door handless as well as puddle lamps under the side mirrors light your way. Then, the front and rear foot wells are illuminated to guide you and your passenger upon entering the GS 450h.
The overhead lights brighten the steering wheel, shifter and center console, and help you find the seatbelt fasteners as well as other objects that may be on the seats. By pressing the illuminated ignition button that is denoted with the universal “power” symbol, you can light up the other instruments. After pressing the brake pedal, the last step occurs and the ignition button glows green, indicating that the vehicle will start the next time you press the button.
The GS 450h is provided with an energy monitor which can observe the hybrid system in action. The Animated arrows on the screen show which way the power is being supplied, as the car accelerates, brakes or coasts, letting the driver see just how efficiently his vehicle is running.
The audio system was tailored by Mark Levinson, the premier designer of high-end audio, to match the interior acoustics of the GS 450h. The available audio system features 14 strategically placed speakers to ensure that all passenger can equally enjoy the sound, no matter where they sit. The 7.1-channel surround-sound speakers architecture produces the purest sound available, reproducing the quality of a live performance.
The Lexus voice-activated DVD Navigation system can direct you to your destination with clear auditory and visual cues, as well as indicates points of interest along the way.
It can give you a choice of up to 3 routes: the quickest, the shortest and an alternative. This latest system features a sharper high-definition screen and 32,000 vivid colors.
Moreover, the voice-activation feature recognizes more than 100 voice commands.
To avoid obstacles when you back up, a backup camera lets you see objects that a mirror might miss or things that are not visible through the rear window.
The vehicle is also equipped with a system, called “Bluetooth” which enables you to find a location even if you don’t know the address. This is possible by importing the location’s phone number directly from your cell phone. You can also use the system to place a hands-free call to the location.
The Dual Climate Control allows both the driver and the front passenger to adjust the temperature to their liking. What’s more, a smog-sensing, automatic recirculation system continually monitors the air for pollutants. When the levels rise too high, the air intake automatically shuts off and the cleaner air inside the car is recirculated.
The comfort also achieved by the standard heated front seats on a chilly day. Standard Ventilated seats are perfect on hot weather since the seats can be cooled by fans that circulate air through the seat cushion.
The Electronic Chromatic Device system enables you to read your gauges, even if the angle or brightness of the sun doesn’t cooperate. This system is activated by a sensor located in the rear window, which detects the amount of light projected into the GS 450h. at the push of a button the driver can activate the standard rear sunshade to protect him/her from the heat of the sun. when the GS 450h is put in reverse, the sunshade automatically retracts for an unobstructed view through the rear window.
When traveling across the country you can listen to a diverse programming nationwide network of over 170 digital channels, including music, news, sports, lifestyle, weather and traffic. This is possible to the available XM Satellite Radio service that has an integrated audio head unit.
Another key GS Hybrid performance feature is dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence that monitors the engine’s speed and load and then responds by delivering optimum power in each situation. It increases torque at lower speeds for better maneuvering, and boosts overall power at higher speeds for better acceleration.
The Electronically Controlled Continuosesly Variable Transmission allows the engine and motor to operate at peak efficiency regardless of the vehicle’s speed.
Everybody knows that rear-wheel drive is essential for high-performance driving. That’s why the GS Hybrid is the 1st true hybrid vehicle to be driven by the rear wheels.
Safety and Security
Most vehicles are equipped with conventional stabilizer bars mounted to the suspension at the front and rear. The front and rear stabilizer bars have an actuator that send information to the system’s Electronic Control Unit with the help of the wheel-speed and steering-wheel-angle sensors. The unit calculates how much force is needed to help keep the vehicle flat in a turn. This information is then sent to the front and rear actuator that torque the stabilizer bars, thus increasing the vehicle’s sway resistance. Being an electric system, response time is greatly shortened when compared to conventional hydraulic system.
The GS Hybrid is provided with a so called regenerative braking technology that ensures its batteries remain properly charged. Energy lost heat during braking, coasting or deceleration is captured as electrical power, which is then used to recharge the battery. That’s why the GS Hybrid has a parking system which include power assisted disc brakes with the Brake Assist and a four-sensor Anti-lock Braking System (ABS). the front and rear brakes are ventilated giving excellent braking performance.
The high friction front brake pads are specially designed to slow the vehicle for superior stopping performance.
The Variable Gear-Ratio Steering is a power-assist mechanism that provides more power at slower speeds and less a higher speeds. Even the dual exhaust system is designed to increase performances allowing more exhaust to escape letting the engine to breathe better.
The GS 450h uses ten airbags to protect occupants in certain types of severe frontal or side collisions. Driver’s and front passenger’s knee airbags provide additional protection. The dual-stage frontal airbag system deploys the airbags at different speeds depending on collision’s severity.
To control loss of traction during a turn, the car uses 8 safety features. When sensors detects a potential loss of traction, the system uses a combination of individual-wheel braking, throttle activation and steering assistance to correct the situation and help the driver keep the car on track. On slippery surfaces, the driver can control direction while braking with the help of ABS. For extra control, Electronic Breakforce Distribution (EBD) controls the amount of fluid pressure to the brakes. Brake Assist is another system that helps the driver in panic-stop situation, by applying automatically increased braking boost when an emergency stop is detected.
The Lexus Tire Pressure Monitor System has sensors that constantly monitor the tires in case of a sudden pressure loss. When low tire pressure is detected, the sensors alert the driver through an indicator light in the dashboard and an audible buzzer.
The GS 450h is available with run-flat tires. In case of a flat, these tires allow to drive up to a maximum speed of 55 mph for approximately 100 miles.
In case of an accident the GS 450h can react the instant before it happens, thanks to the Pre-Collision safety (PCS) system that uses radar to detect possible obstacles ahead. Sensors then determine whether a crash is unavoidable. Once an accident is calculated to be inevitable, a computer retracts at once the Pre-collision seatbelt and primes the Pre-Collision Assist that applies increased maximum braking force once the brake pedal is pressed. To resist to a cabin intrusion during a possible lateral collision, the doors are reinforced with sturdy side-impact door beams. The car structure is reinforced with specific crumple zones in the front and rear that are designed to compress at a controlled rate and to absorb impact energy. What is more the protection is assured by the secure three-point seatbelts with front pre-tensioners that cinch within milliseconds of an impact.
The driver’s, front passenger’s and outboard rear seatbelts features force limiters that manage the amount of force of the body. The car is also provided with a low, rigid-bar Child Restrained Seat tether anchor brackets.
The GS 450h is equipped with an advanced vehicle theft-deterrent and engine immobilizer system. Each vehicle’s unique rolling key code scrambles every time the alarm is armed and disarmed. The vehicle is rendered immobile if the key code is not the same one transmitted by your specific key.