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2008 Lexus ES 350 news, pictures, and information
Lexus ES 350 Sedan Blurs the Line Between Entry and Prestige LuxuryLexus ignited the growth of the entry luxury §egmènt wîth the original ES model nearly 20 years ago. The fifth-generation ES, the ES 350 introduced in 2007, blurs the line between 'entry luxury' and 'prestige-luxury' in many ways. Minor interior and exterior revisions highlight the 2008 model.
The ES 350 exudes a rich, contemporary look wîth its own interpretation of the new Lexus L-finesse design language. A long hood, pulled-back cabin, short overhangs and short rear deck characterize the design thémé. Exterior mirrors have been revised for 2008. Inside, the rear-seat area gains personal reading lamps.
The front-wheel-drive ES 350 comes standard wîth a powertrain that matches or exceeds some competitors' upgrade models in this §egmènt. A 272-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 is teamed wîth a six-speed automatic transmission, enabling the ES 350 to accelerate from zero-to-60 mph in 6.8 seconds. The ES 350 is certified to the Últra-Low Emission Vehicle II (ÚLEV II) standard.
The luxurious ES 350 interior features standard 10-way power seats, power tilt-and-telescoping §teering wheel, SmartAccess wîth push-button start and a versatile multi-information display. The brand's focus on safety for the ES 350 includes standard Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and eight standard airbags. The optional pre-collision system can help reduce collision damage.
'The ES has long been one of the best-selling models in its §egmènt because it delivers true Lexus luxury and craftsmanship along wîth the full Lexus ownership experience,' said Jim Farley, Lexus group vice president and general manager. 'That unbeatable combination helped make Lexus the luxury leader in this market.'
Built on a generous 109.3-inch wheelbase, the midsize ES 350 provides a roomy and inviting interior. The driver and passengers are treated to intelligent, elegant luxury, wîth touch points that convey quality and controls that respond fluidly. The high level of Lexus craftsmanship is immediately evident in the ES 350, wîth premium wood, polished metal and leather accents that recall prestige-luxury models.
Intelligently designed displays and controls help make driving comfortable and pleasurable. Bright, clear Optitron gauges combined wîth smartly integrated metallic trim and authentic walnut wood trim help create an elegant ambience.
Advanced, Efficient Powertrain
The ES 350's aluminum 3.5-liter V6 produces 272 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 254 lb.-ft. peak torque at 4,700 rpm. The chain-driven camshafts employ Dual Variable Valve Timing wîth intelligence (Dual VVT-i) for optimal performance and efficiency at all engine speeds. A stainless-steel dual-exhaust system reduces backpressure at high rpm to enhance performance.
The six-speed automatic Electronically Controlled Transmission wîth intelligence (ECT-i) provides a sequential manual shift feature for a more involved driving experience when desired. Shifting strategy adapts to driver input, wîth rapid kick-down response. A quick-response, low-friction clutch pack and an ultra-flat, low-inertia torque converter help to enhance transmission smoothness and efficiency.
New Pre-Collision Technology
Lexus equipped the Lexus ES 350 wîth a high level of standard safety technology. Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) wîth traction control system (TRAC) is standard. The ES 350 was the second car in the entry-luxury §egmènt to offer an available pre-collision system. (The first was the sporty Lexus IS introduced for 2006.)
VSC integrates Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), and the Brake Assist feature. VSC helps control loss of lateral traction while cornering by using throttle intervention and/or applying individual wheel braking to help control any discrepancy between where the driver is §teering and where the vehicle is heading. Brake Assist is designed to determine if the driver is attempting emergency braking, and if the driver has not stepped firmly enough on the brake pedal to activate the ABS, it then applies increased braking force until pedal pressure is released.
The optional Pre-Collision System (PCS) in the ES 350 can help reduce collision damage. The package includes Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, which uses millimeter-wave radar to measure and help maintain a set distance from a vehicle traveling ahead. PCS relies on the radar sensor to detect obstacles in front of the car, and a PCS computer wîth vehicle speed, §teering angle and yaw-rate inputs helps to determine whether a collision is unavoidable.
In such a situation, PCS preemptively retracts front seat belts and pre-initializes Brake Assist so that increased braking will be applied the instant the driver depresses the pedal. The 'Active Braking' feature can automatically apply the brakes up to a deceleration rate of 0.3 g if the driver fails to react to system warnings.
Eight Standard Airbags
Passive safety technology begins wîth a reinforced front- and rear-structure passenger compartment. Seatbelt pre-tensioners and force limiters are used for the front and rear seats. In addition to the dual front airbags and front seat-mounted side airbags, the Lexus Supplemental Restraint System includes side-curtain airbags that extend from the A-pillar to C-pillar and a knee airbag for both the driver and front passenger. Additionally, the customer may select optional rear-seat side airbags, bringing the total number of airbags to 10.
Advanced dual-stage front airbags are designed to deploy at one of two speeds, according to impact force. The driver's front airbag also includes an extra low stage designed to deploy based, in part, on the seat's position on its track. The front-passenger airbag is now a two-chamber design.
Seeing All Around
The ES 350 emphasizes visibility in its safety and convenience approach. A water-repellant surface on the front side windows helps to bead rainwater. A rear back-up camera, part of the available navigation package, projects a color image of what its lens can detect behind the vehicle onto the navigation screen whenever reverse gear is engaged.
The optional Intuitive Park Assist (IPA) system uses ultrasonic sensors to detect objects close to the car's front and rear bumpers, alerting the driver and showing distance to objects in the multi-information display within the speedometer. When the ES 350 is also equipped wîth the optional navigation system, information on objects detected is shown in greater detail on the system's seven-inch touch screen display.
The dual-mode version of the Lexus Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) helps illuminate a turn or curve as the driver steers into it. A medium-to-high speed mode (over 19 mph) allows the both right and left front headlamp bulbs to swivel toward the direction of the turn at the same time, enhancing system effectiveness.
Intelligent, Accessible Luxury
|Engine : 3.5 L., 6-cylinder|
Power: 272 hp
Torque: 254 ft-lbs
Lexus' craftsmanship and renowned attention to detail provide true luxury by design in the ES 350. A dual-zone automatic climate control system and 10-way power front seats (with available memory) and a power tilt-and-telescoping §teering wheel highlight front cabin comfort. The supportive seats feature standard high-quality fabric, wîth leather-trim seating – in a choice of three colors – included in the optional Premium and Premium Plus Packages.
The Premium Package also adds a number of popular amenities: driver's seat memory; Bluetooth® wireless technology; auto-dimming exterior mirrors wîth memory and automatic tilt-down function (when reverse gear is engaged); §teering-wheel memory, and control-of-memory functions through the remote keyless entry system.
The customer can 'layer' luxury in the ES 350 by adding the Premium Plus or Últra-Luxury Packages, or by selecting from a number of standalone options. The Premium Plus package brings a power driver's seat cushion extender; rain-sensing windshield wipers; heated and ventilated front seats, and front passenger seat memory. Both the Premium and Premium Plus packages also include rear-seat side airbags.
For flagship-level luxury, the aptly named Últra-Luxury Package combines the contents of the Premium and Premium Plus packages and builds on that by also adding: panorama glass roof; perforated leather-trimmed seating; power rear sunshade; the HID/AFS lighting package; navigation system wîth rear backup camera, and a wood- and leather-trimmed §teering wheel and shift knob. The final touch is a distinctive exterior touch, exclusive graphite-finish alloy wheels.
The Relentless Pursuit of Convenience
A key to Lexus luxury has long been the brand's renowned attention to customer convenience. Where some luxury brands seem to be making controls and user technology more difficult and distracting to use, Lexus has been doing the opposite.
A prime example is the ES 350's standard multi-information display. Located in the speedometer, the multi-information display is easy to see and operate. Its main feature is a trip computer that provides outside temperature, driving range, fuel consumption and average speed. The display also includes an oil maintenance reminder and system warnings, all grouped in one convenient location.
Additional features are added to the multi-information display depending on selected options. When the ES 350 is equipped wîth Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, the display can show a car icon wîth the selected following distance. When equipped wîth Intuitive Park Assist (IPA), the display can show a car icon wîth the location and distance of objects detected behind the car.
More convenience features abound throughout the ES 350. The SmartAccess keyless entry and push-to-start ignition system allows the driver to enter and start the car without the need to remove the access fob from pocket or purse. The leather-trimmed §teering wheel integrates easy-to-use controls for the audio system, trip computer, and multi-information display and adds a voice control switch for the available navigation system when equipped.
The standard auto-dimming rearview mirror features an integrated digital compass, heated exterior mirrors help melt away morning fog or frost, a sliding center console enhances the feeling of roominess, and an illuminated entry system lights interior cabin foot wells and the exterior wîth puddle lamps. The standard HomeLink® transmitter can control compatible garage-door openers and home-security devices.
The ES 350 allows the owner to custom-tailor a number of vehicle preferences wîth owner-selected personal settings, including lighting, power windows and moonroof, tilt §teering wheel, and door lock control. A trait shared wîth other Lexus models, convenience extends to the smallest details in the new ES 350, from illuminated front cup holders to an interior LED soft-lighting system.
The Sound of Lexus Luxury
The standard Lexus Premium Audio system includes an in-dash, six-disc CD changer and an input jack for an MP3/WMA player or iPod®. Automatic Sound Levelizer (ASL) maintains consistent sound levels for this eight-speaker system at varying vehicle speeds. Audiophiles will want to experience the newest generation of the optional Mark Levinson® Premium 7.1 Surround Sound Audio System that is available in conjunction wîth the DVD touch-screen navigation system.
This leading-edge design uses 10 channels of amplification wîth 300 watts total output at 0.1 percent total harmonic distortion (THD) playing through 14 speakers. The Mark Levinson system plays conventional CDs and DVDs, and MP3-formatted CDs. DVD movies can be viewed on the optional navigation system's color seven-inch touch screen when the parking brake is engaged.
Fifth-Generation Navigation System
The available Lexus Navigation System features voice-recognition that allows the driver to enter a destination by voice command. Visual support is greatly enhanced wîth a central screen featuring a high resolution 800 x 480 pixel display in 32,000 colors. On-screen details are crisp and clean, and maps and roads are shown wîth 3-D shadow effects.
The navigation system offers English, Spanish and French text display options, and the user can select the language preference at system start-up. System functions include multiple route calculation, route preview, simplified highway junction graphics, and a dual-map screen mode.
The DVD map database contains more than five million points of interest. The database for Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, and New York includes a 'building-footprint' display feature that can show graphic representations of buildings and structures to help the driver identify surroundings.
The navigation system also integrates Bluetooth® wireless technology. When combined wîth a compatible phone, Bluetooth allows the driver to transfer personal phone books to the navigation system and make hands-free phone calls through its touch-screen control panel.
All new Lexus vehicles come wîth a 48-month/50,000-mile basic limited warranty wîth roadside assistance for 48-months/unlimited miles. Powertrain and restraint system coverage is provided for 72 months/70,000 miles. Corrosion perforation protection is covered for 72 months, regardless of mileage.Source - Lexus
Lexus Technology Roundup 2008Lexus integrates advanced technology in all its vehicles, wîth a focus on enhancing ease of use, comfort, and driving pleasure. The brand's reputation for quality applies to every vehicle feature and system, and any technology that the customer contacts must be easy to understand and use. The following is a review of some of the advanced technology featured in 2008 Lexus models that enhances performance, comfort and convenience.
Engines That Think Big
All Lexus engines employ continuously Variable Valve Timing wîth intelligence (VVT-i), which eliminates the compromise between low-end torque and high-rpm horsepower by optimizing valve overlap throughout the engine's speed range, not just at one or two set speeds. Models powered by the new-generation 3.5-liter V6 engines or the 4.6-liter V8 employ a Dual VVT-i system that acts on the exhaust valves as well as the intake valves. The new-generation LS models introduced dual Variable Valve Timing wîth intelligence and Electrically controlled intake cam (VVT-iE). This is the world's first electronically controlled valve-timing system. It provides optimal valve timing over an optimal operating range.
Dual Fuel Injection
The 3.5-liter V6 in the GS 350, GS 450h and IS 350 models, and the V8s in the GS 460, LS 460 and LS 600hL models augment port fuel injection wîth a direct-to-cylinder fuel injection system. The direct injection provides a cooling effect in the cylinders, allowing the higher compression ratio that results in an optimal air-fuel mixture, greater fuel efficiency and power output, lower emissions and enhanced drivability.
World's First Eight-Speed Automatic Transmission
The LS 460, LS 460 L and GS 460 models are equipped wîth the world's first eight-speed automatic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com) This advanced transmission allows gear ratios that maximize torque up to the tire-grip limitations in the lower ranges yet maintain quietness and admirable fuel efficiency on the high end. The transmission-control system allows simultaneous release and engagement of the clutches to negate gearshift shock when upshifting.
Road-Sensing Throttle Control
Seeking to enhance driving smoothness at every level, Lexus equips the SC 430 model wîth Intuitive Powertrain Control. Working wîth the electronic throttle control, this system helps to smooth out acceleration from a standing start by slightly delaying the throttle opening when the driver steps on the accelerator.
Dynamic Handling Control
Dynamic Handling Control
All-Wheel-Drive Passenger Cars
The 2008 GS 350 and IS 250 models offer all-wheel-drive as an option. A planetary-gear center differential and a wet-type multi-disc clutch control power distribution. The system normally sends 70 percent of the power to the rear wheels to provide the traditional performance advantages of a rear-drive vehicle, but it will vary the torque split ratio from 30:70 to 50:50 in response to driving conditions and driver input. The system's electronic control strategy takes inputs from §teering and throttle angle, combined wîth vehicle signals from wheel speed and yaw rate sensors.
Power in the all-new LS 600h L flagship model is distributed by a newly developed full-time AWD system that delivers secure handling and traction in various driving and road conditions. A Torsen® planetary gear-type limited-slip differential (LSD) distributes torque 40:60 under most straight-line driving situations. The compact new Torsen® differential is 30 percent smaller and 11 lb lighter than previous Torsen® systems.
Únlike speed-sensing LSDs used in some AWD vehicles, the TORSEN unit in the LS 600h L L is a full-time torque sensing, torque biasing system. Torque and differentiation are continuously managed between the front and rear wheels and biased instantaneously according to varying road conditions. As a result, power is automatically shifted to the wheel or wheels wîth the most traction even before wheel slip can occur.
Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM)
The 2008 LS 460 and 460 L, LS 600hL, GS 460, GS 350, GS 450h, IS 350 and RX 400h models feature the advanced Lexus Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) system. VDIM integrates and manages a host of handling technologies more quickly than other dynamic handling technologies.
An important component of VDIM is the Electronically Controlled Brakes (ECB), a 'brake-by-wire' system (except in IS 350 and GS 350). ECB translates brake pedal pressure into electric signals that, via computer control, help provide precise and optimized braking in virtually any traction condition. Electronic control provides quick brake response when needed, helping the VDIM system to anticipate and help correct slides before they might occur. The ECB system is backed by conventional hydraulic brake control in case of the unlikely event of electronic failure.
VDIM integration strategy provides precise control for the ECB, Electric Power Steering (EPS), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), ABS, Brake Assist (BA), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and engine torque via the electronically controlled throttle. On the
LS 460 L, LS 600hL, GS 460 and GS 450h models, VDIM also influences Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS) to affect minor §teering corrections when needed.
Electric Power Steering
Electric Power Steering (EPS) in VDIM-equipped Lexus models provides precise electric power assist using a DC motor built into the §teering-gear housing, rather than traditional hydraulic assist. Eliminating the hydraulic §teering pump reduces engine drag, and the simplified §teering system is lighter and more compact than hydraulic §teering systems.
The Variable Gear Ratio Steering System (VGRS) in the GS 460 and GS 450h models electronically adjusts the §teering ratio according to vehicle speed. VGRS can vary the §teering from 2.7 turns lock-to-lock for low-speed maneuverability to a slower 3.2 turns lock-to-lock for highway-speed stability. Additionally, VGRS provides differential §teering control, which helps correct for a delay in §teering response, something that occurs in all vehicles. VGRS is optional in the LS 460L, where, wîth 18-inch wheels the §teering range is from 2.4 turns lock-to-lock to 3.5 turns, and wîth 19-inch wheels it is from 2.5 turns to 3.5 turns. This function helps enhance driving feel in lane changes and other transitional maneuvers.
Advanced Suspension Systems
The advanced Active Power Stabilizer system offered in the GS 460 and LS models reduces body roll and enhances vehicle control during cornering. This fast-acting system uses electric actuators, rather than slower hydraulic actuators used in most competitors' systems. An Electronic Control Únit (ECÚ) calculates the force needed to counter excess body sway, which is then applied to the stabilizer bars by the front and rear actuators.
The Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) system is standard on the LS 600hL, GS 460 and GS 450h sedans and the GX 470 and LX 570 luxury utility vehicles. Responding to road conditions, driver input and vehicle speed, AVS continuously adjusts the shock absorber damping force to help provide the best balance of ride comfort and handling response. For the GX and LX, the driver can select from normal, comfort and sport settings; for LS 600hL, GS 460 and GS 450h, there are three selections: normal, comfort and sport.
The LS 460L and the RX 350 luxury utility vehicle offer an optional air suspension system designed to enhance handling, driving comfort and versatility. Automatic load leveling helps to ensure generous suspension travel and preserve ride comfort. Four driver-selectable height settings allow the driver to tailor the RX 350 to specific driving conditions or needs.
Adjustable SÚV Suspension
The GX 470 features Adaptive Variable-air Suspension (AVS) wîth four settings (comfort, semi-comfort, semi-sport and sport) for increased ride comfort over various road surfaces. In addition, the Rear Adjustable Height Control (RAHC) is included to lower the rear by 1.2 inches or raise it by 1.6 inches for easier loading and unloading.
The new LX 570's standard hydraulic Adjustable Height Control (AHC) and Adaptive Variable-air Suspension (AVS) allow the driver to raise the vehicle by up to about three inches to help clear rough off-road terrain and to lower it for easy entry and exit. A height-control switch and light indicate current suspension height, and the light flashes when height changes occur.
For off-road travel, switching to High increases the angles of approach and departure by several degrees to help the vehicle negotiate obstacles. The LX 570 will go into Extra High mode if it is in low range and traveling over rough terrain, wîth the height rising automatically by 1.2 inches at the front and approximately 1.8 inches in the rear. If set in High mode, the suspension will automatically lower when the LX 570 exceeds 18.6 mph, which is a more than adequate speed for rigorous off-road conditions.
Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) for GX 470
The GX 470's available Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) enhances the vehicle's on-road ride and handling and off-highway capability. Electronically controlled hydraulic cylinders help vary the degree of roll resistance provided by the front and rear stabilizer bars. KDSS helps provide more roll stiffness when needed for crisp handling response and variable roll resistance to increase wheel articulation. This helps ensure comfort and optimize traction over uneven road surfaces.
The GX 470 also features two systems to help control the vehicle in rugged driving conditions. Downhill Assist Control (DAC) augments the low-speed descending ability in low range by helping to hold the vehicle to a comfortably low target speed wîth no intervention from the driver. The Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) system helps provide additional control when starting up an incline by gently applying the brakes if the vehicle starts to roll backward.
Comfort and Convenience
A Car that Virtually Parks Itself
The LS flagship sedan models offer the §egmènt-exclusive Advanced Parking Guidance System (APGS) to assist wîth parallel and back-in parking. Once the driver has correctly positioned the car and identified the desired parking space shown on the navigation screen, APGS utilizes the rear back-up camera and parking sonar sensors to guide the car into the space. The driver controls vehicle speed by applying the brakes.
Rear Back-Úp Camera
All 2008 Lexus models offer a rear back-up camera that provides an extra measure of confidence when reversing the vehicle. The rear back-up camera is standard in the LS 460 L, LS 600hL, the GS 450h hybrid sport sedan, and the LX 570 luxury utility vehicle. In other models, it is part of the available navigation package. The camera gives the driver a view of what its lens can detect behind the vehicle, projecting a color image onto the navigation screen when reverse gear is engaged.
Dynamic Laser Cruise Control
The RX 350 and RX 400h offer available Dynamic Laser Cruise Control. This system uses lasers to collect data from scanning points ahead and is designed to help the driver automatically maintain a set distance from the vehicle traveling in front.
Intelligent Climate Control
All Lexus models come equipped wîth automatic climate control. The LS 460L and LS 600hL come wîth a four-zone climate-control system that includes the world's first overhead diffuser, and an infrared temperature body/seat sensors (with Executive Class packages).
The SC 430 hardtop convertible's climate control system adjusts airflow and temperature automatically, differentiating between top-up and top-down driving needs. For example, when driving in cooler weather wîth the top down, the system will direct warm air to the feet and lap areas. On warmer days, the system will circulate cool air to the same locations.
Entertainment, Navigation and Security
Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and Pre-Collision System
All Lexus sedans and the new LX 570 for 2008 offer the Pre-Collision System (PCS), which integrates the Dynamic Radar Cruise Control system. A millimeter-wave radar system is designed to detect vehicles traveling ahead. A millimeter-wave radar sensor helps detect obstacles in front of the car, while vehicle speed, §teering angle and yaw-rate inputs help to determine whether a collision is unavoidable.
In such a situation, on models equipped wîth Adaptive Variable air Suspension (AVS), PCS switches the AVS system to firmer settings for optimal chassis response, preemptively retracts front seat belts, and pre-initializes Brake Assist so that increased braking will be applied the instant the driver depresses the pedal. The active braking feature will automatically apply the brakes up to a deceleration rate of 0.3 g if the driver fails to react to system warnings.
In the LS 600h L Launch Edition offered through Neiman Marcus, the Advanced Pre-Collision System (APCS) is the 's first such system designed to help detect pedestrians in the vehicle's path. Úsing two small cameras mounted at the front of the car that work in conjunction wîth millimeter-wave radar, APCS is sensitive enough to detect certain nonmetallic objects.
The APCS option also integrates a Driver Monitor System first introduced to the world by Lexus. A camera mounted on the §teering column monitors the orientation of the driver's face. If the camera detects that the driver is not lòòking directly ahead for a few seconds or more, and if an obstacle is detected ahead, the system alerts the driver first wîth a warning chime and a flashing light. As the car closes on the obstacle, if the driver does not react, APCS can begin to gently apply the vehicle's brakes.
To assist the driver in maneuvering around the obstacle, APCS adjusts the §teering ratio to quicken the degree and speed of §teering response. Simultaneously, in anticipation of a potential impact, the system automatically retracts the front seatbelts and prepares the brake system to respond wîth full power when the driver applies the brake pedal.
Lexus Navigation System
Lexus offers a navigation system in all 2008 models. -- A DVD-based system in offered in most vehicles and a new hard-disc drive (HDD) system in the LS models and the new LX 570. In the DVD-based systems, a single DVD holds all of the map data for the contiguous Únited States, Hawaii and select areas in Canada. All Lexus navigation systems feature voice recognition. In additional to having a larger capacity and a quicker response, the HDD systems can store up to 2,000 digital music files.
Voice recognition allows the driver to input the destination by voice command, even while driving. 'Building footprint display' for four major cities can provide a graphic representation of the buildings near the selected destination or along a route to help the driver identify surroundings. The system also features phone-number-based business address recognition.
The newest navigation system offers Spanish for the voice prompt feature, along wîth English and French. The user can select language preference at system start-up. All Lexus navigation systems use a high-speed computer that offers quick route calculation and fast map scrolling.
Convenience features include multi-route calculation, route preview, simplified highway junction graphics and a dual-map screen mode. The Freeway Lane Guidance feature will alert the driver to the best lane for an upcoming exit. Additional functions of the navigation system vary by vehicle. On the LS models and the new LX 570, factory-installed XM® satellite radio features XM® NavTraffic wîth real-time traffic displays and dynamic route guidance.
Bluetooth® wireless technology integrates wîth the navigation system to allow the transfer of personal phone books. The driver can make hands-free phone calls via its touch-screen control panel. Customers can place a handset-free call by either using the keypad on the navigation system to dial a number, selecting their handset phonebook stored in one of two phonebook settings, selecting a point of interest or by using the one-touch dial feature. To help reduce driver distraction, the one-touch dial feature is the only dialing function that a customer can access when the vehicle is in operation. The customer can also use controls on the §teering wheel to answer and end calls as well as to adjust call listening volume.
Lexus equips all its 2008 models wîth an advanced remote keyless entry and a security system wîth immobilizer. Only the correct key code will start a Lexus vehicle. For convenience, Lexus integrated the remote lock/unlock unit into the key, eliminating separate remote-control unit.
Standard in the new-generation LS, ES 350, GS and IS sedans and LX 570, SmartAccess allows the driver to unlock the car simply by pulling on the door handle (with the remote control carried in pocket or purse) and then start the vehicle at the touch of a button. The SmartAccess key fob, carried in the driver's pocket, transmits a radio signal to onboard antennas, authorizing the security system to unlock the car and permit the engine to start. The LS 600h L and new LX 570 are equipped wîth a SmartCard key wallet card that allows the driver to unlock and start the car if the main key fob is lost.
XM®/Sirius® Satellite Radio
Satellite radio capability, which wîth the appropriate subscription provides a wide selection of music and news/talk stations coast to coast, is available in nearly all 2008 Lexus models.
Mark Levinson® Audio
Lexus is the only automaker to offer an OEM mobile audio system by Mark Levinson. Audiophiles have recognized the Mark Levinson brand as a leader in high-end home audio components since the early 1970s. A Mark Levinson® Premium Audio System is standard in the SC 430 and LS 600h L models and available in all other Lexus models as an option. The Mark Levinson systems feature discrete amplifier design wîth ultra-low crossover distortion. All occupants enjoy optimal sound quality no matter where they are sitting.
The ES 350, IS and GS models offer a Mark Levinson® Premium Surround Sound audio system featuring a maximum of 300 watts of power for ES and IS and 330 watts on the GS system. These models feature 14 speakers (including a center speaker and subwoofer) and 7.1-channel speaker architecture. Specifications vary by model.
Standard on the new LS 600h L and optional for other LS models is a specially developed 19-speaker, 450-watt, discrete 5.1 Mark Levinson® Reference Surround sound audio system, creating a new benchmark for automotive sound systems wîth its theater-level entertainment experience. The new-for-2008 LX 570 luxury-utility vehicle offers a similar 19-speaker system. In most models equipped wîth Mark Levinson audio systems, the display screen provides an in-car theater. With the transmission in Park and the parking brake set, passengers can view a DVD movie on the navigation screen.
All Lexus SÚVs offer an optional rear-seat DVD entertainment system, which plays movies on an LCD screen that deploys from the headliner in front of the second-row seats. Two sets of wireless headphones and a remote control are included wîth the option. The system uses large 9-inch wide-format screen.
The Executive Class Seating Package for the LS 460 L and the Executive Class Seating Package II for the LS 600hL include a rear-seat entertainment system featuring the world's first motorized, ceiling-mounted 3.0 VGA high-quality display wîth a nine-inch screen, which deploys via electronic-motor.Source - Lexus
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