The SLX features a spacious, highly ergonomic interior designed to enhance occupant comfort and convenience. It intended to represent the perfect mix between rugged, practical utility and a tasteful, luxury oriented ambience. Every operating system is optimized for ease of use, and every passenger has been given ample space for long-term comfort and an overall feeling of freedom.
A rugged, comfortable moquette fabric interior is standard on the SLX. A leather-trimmed interior is included in the optional Premium Package, along with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and wood-grain trim on the door panels and dashboard. High-quality cut-pile carpeting is used throughout the SLX interior.
The SLX is designed to accommodate 5 adults with ease and in complete comfort. Front passengers are treated to high-back, multi-adjustable front bucket seats with 2-way headrests and individual fold-down armrests. The Premium Package includes an 8-way power adjustable driver's seat, and a 4way power-adjustable front passenger seat. The front seats in the optional Premium Package are also electrically heated, for increased comfort on cold winter mornings.
Even the rear seats are adjustable. The outer rear seating positions have special footrests for added comfort on long trips. The rear seats fold down in a 60/40 configuration, for optimum flexibility in cargo loading and passenger accommodation.
Interior Comfort And Convenience
The SLX interior is generously equipped. Cruise control is standard. Logical, easily operated switches control the standard power windows, door locks and power moonroof. The steering column tilts easily into the correct, most comfortable driving position. Seven separate passenger-assist hand grips help occupants feel secure, even in rough off-road conditions. Amenity trays, a lockable glove box, a center storage console with triple beverage holders for front and rear passengers, and a hidden storage compartment help manage interior space, even on a long family road trip. And comprehensive interior lighting includes reading and map lights, as well as "puddle" lights mounted low in the doors to aid in finding dry, secure footing when exiting the vehicle.
New for the 1997 SLX Premium Package is the addition of an electronic, liquid crystal display "multi-meter." It includes an easy-to-read compass, altimeter, thermometer and a barometer.
The heating and air conditioning system is designed for comfort in the most demanding conditions, from the heat of the Mojave Desert to the chill of Alaska's Denali National Park. The high-capacity air conditioning system uses environmentally friendly R-134a refrigerant, and a ram air system enhances airflow throughout the interior. A rear heater duct helps to keep backseat passengers just as cozy as the driver and frontseat occupant.
An impressive, electronically tuned 100-watt AM/FM/Cassette in-dash CD sound system is standard, with six separate speakers placed for authentic sound reproduction. An in-glass diversity antenna system is protected from brush or other hazards. A 12-disc, cargo-area-mounted CD changer is available as a dealer-installed option.
Dual Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) air bags are standard, as are 3point front and outboard rear primary seat belts; the center rear position uses a conventional lap belt. Interior surfaces and controls are rounded, to lessen the possibility of injury. An Anti-lock braking system (ABS), and the security of 4-wheel drive in inclement weather add to the active safety performance of the SLX, and designed-in crumple zones and side-protection door beams provide enhanced passive safety performance as well.
In addition to the keyless entry system that is now standard on all SLX models, the vehicle also features a theft-deterrent system that is automatically armed when the vehicle is locked. When the system is activated, any effort to open the doors or the engine hood without the ignition key sounds an alarm and flashes the headlights. At the same time, the starter circuit is also disabled.