The Lexus NX Line has been awarded the highest rating of five stars in a recently conducted Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) test.
The NX crossover SUV features an advanced body and interior design as well as an extensive range of safety features to protect the driver and its occupants.
These include dual frontal, side chest, curtain and driver knee airbags, anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, and electronic stability control.
Lexus NX's frontal and side collision protection measures, including the use of high-tensile-strength steel sheet up to 980Mpa in key areas, contributed to a high frontal impact score and a perfect side impact test score.
The NX was also awarded maximum points in the 'pole test' for fitment of side airbags, while its whiplash injury lessening front seats helped with a 'good' rating in whiplash protection.
Lexus Australia chief executive Sean Hanley said the award underlined the integrity inherent in all Lexus vehicles.
"At their core Lexus vehicles are all about quality and integrity, and safety is a major and critical element of this," Mr Hanley said.
"All Lexus models sold in Australia feature advanced active and passive safety features, and this is evidenced in the five-star ANCAP ratings of our tested models."
Lexus NX is available with numerous additional safety technologies on selected models, including a 360-degree Panoramic View Monitor (combined with standard reverse camera), blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning and Pre-Collision Safety System (PCS).
PCS uses a millimetre-wavelength radar sensor in the radiator grille to detect vehicles or other obstacles, and warns the driver or applies the brakes depending on circumstances*.
Lexus NX is available with hybrid or turbo-petrol engine drivetrains, in Luxury, F Sport and Sports Luxury trim levels.
Pricing starts at $52,500# for the 2WD NX 200t Luxury.