Lexus introduces 2010 Lexus GS 450h at Frankfurt Motor show. The model is freshened up – minor styling changes, new colours, revisions to the Pre-Crash Safety system and more sophisticated navigation and audio packages.

Revised Pre-Crash Safety system and new active headrests

The Pre-Crash Safety system in the Lexus GS 450h has been revised to support the pre-crash seatbelt and brake assist functions with pre-crash brake technology. Both front seats are fitted with new, inflator-operated active headrests, activated by a signal from the ECU in the event of a rear-end impact. The inflator slides a piston into the headrest, unlocks the mechanism and projects the headrest forwards and upwards to support the occupant's head and reduce the risk of whiplash injury.

The new Navigation system is now available with 40GB Hard disk drive, which is divided on two parts – 30GB for road maps and 10GB for music storage.

There are also two audio systems included in the GS 450h range: a 10-speaker Lexus premium package and a 14-speaker Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound System giving 5.1-channel surround sound on selected CDs and DVDs. Both systems are now DAB ready and provide USB and audio jack plug connection for fully controlled use of portable music players, and Bluetooth with an audio streaming function.

The exterior changes include new front grille, hybrid-blue rear lamp clusters and new 18" wheels. The range of 11 exterior colours has three new shades: Vanilla Mist, Richmond Green and Atlantic Blue.

The price list will be announced later this year.

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