The new Lexus IS has been awarded the 2013 Euro NCAP five-star rating. This score is well above the minimum required to achieve five stars, and ranks the new Lexus amongst the very safest vehicles in the premium D- segment.
Brussels, Belgium – The Lexus IS scored 91% for Adult Occupant, 85% for Child Occupant, 80% for Pedestrian Protection and 66% for Safety Assist.
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ommenting on the Adult Occupant category, Euro NCAP highlighted the maximum points scored by the IS in the side barrier impact test, the good protection offered by the driver and front passenger knee airbags, and the high level of protection against whiplash injuries.
In the Child Occupant tests, the IS scored maximum points for the protection it provided to both the 18 month and 3 year infants.
In the Pedestrian Protection category, the IS scored the best among all large family cars ever tested by Euro NCAP mainly thanks to its newly developed pop-up hood and bumper. Sensors in the bumper detect when a pedestrian has been struck and actuators lift the bonnet to provide greater clearance to the hard structures underneath. This system can detect pedestrians of different statures over a range of speeds.
With a highly rigid, impact-absorbing body-shell and a comprehensive range of active and passive impact features, the IS has been designed to provide the best possible safety performance in all driving scenarios.
Incorporating Lexus’ unique Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) system, the new IS builds on the already superior safety performance of the outgoing model with the addition of several, advanced new active safety features such as a sophisticated Pre-Collision System (PCS), Blind Spot Monitor (BSM), new Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Automatic High Beam (AHB) headlamp system, Lane Departure Alert (LDA) and Tire Pressure Warning System (TPWS).
The IS also benefits from 8 SRS airbags as standard including both driver and front passenger SRS knee airbags.