THE NEW LEXUS NX IS BOLD, DISTINCTIVE, AND DYNAMIC. IT ALSO FEATURES ONE OF THE MOST PROGRESSIVE AND IMPRESSIVE SEATS THE BRAND HAS EVER DEVELOPED. CHIEF ENGINEER TAKEAKI KATO TELLS US MORE.
When he was developing the new Lexus NX, passenger comfort was high on the list of priorities for chief engineer Takeaki Kato, and among the most crucial elements to consider were the front seats. It’s said that race-car drivers, a sensitive sort, know how their cars are performing by the way their seats act. If the car understeers, for example, they feel it – the yaw – in the movements. Kato wanted the same level of car-to-driver communication in the NX. But although he wanted something stylish and sporty, he knew he couldn’t compromise on comfort. The seats had to look good. But they also had to be appropriate for use on multi-hour commutes.