Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007

Lexus GX 470 SUV wields arsenal of tehnology

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Vehicle Specs

PRICING: The base Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2007 Lexus GX 470 SUV starts from $46,635. Destination charges add $715.

SAFETY FEATURES: Dual front airbags, front seat mounted side-impact airbags, front and middle-row roll-sensing curtain airbags, four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock, electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist, vehicle stability control, active traction control, tire monitoring system, TORSEN limited-slip center differential, hill-start assist control, HomeLink universal transceiver, remote control keyless entry and automatic headlamp control.

The Lexus SUV combines the luxury appointments and workmanship of its sedans with an innovative full-time four-wheel drive system augmented by an arsenal of dynamic handling technology, the midsize Lexus SUV rides on a sophisticated global platform that features a high tech suspension system.

The Lexus SUV is equipped with a unique four-wheel drive system that is a part of the vehicle's total off-road management system. Working with the advanced torque-sensing all-wheel drive system is HAC (Hill-start Assist Control) and DAC (Downhill Assist Control).

For those motorists desiring more performance, the GX 470 offers a Sport Package that combines the advanced Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) with a distinctive visual signature. Visual cues for the Sport Package include smoked front and rear light bezels and a dark graphite finish on 17-inch wheels and roof rack.

Off- road, the GX 470 is every bit the hard working, low speed operating, far, far off road SUV that the automaker claims.

This combined performance is possible because the foundation of the GX 470 starts with a sophisticated body-on-frame chassis with full-length boxed-section frame rails and nine fully welded cross members. The front control hardware consists of an independent double wishbone suspension with coil springs and stabilizer bar, while the rear consists of a four-link with air spring type suspension with stabilizer bar and rigid axle with control arms.

The air suspension is auto-leveling with rear adjustable height control – which allows a rear vehicle height travel of a total of 2.8 inches. In addition, the Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) system controls damping force to optimize ride comfort in accordance with road conditions and has four driver selectable settings.

-Motor News Medi