2019 Lexus LX Inspiration Series

Lexus LX Inspiration Series

LX Inspiration Series Coming to Lexus Dominion

The Lexus LX has always been far more than just a luxury SUV.  An off-road powerhouse, the LX 570 commands the road less traveled and has a long, and impressive off-road racing heritage.  While few other luxury vehicles rarely, if ever, venture off the civilized, paved roads of today’s world, it is off the beaten path where the LX shines.  With advanced performance technologies that push boundaries, the truly remarkable characteristic of the Lexus LX is it’s exceptionally smooth handling while taking on tough terrain.  Smooth and seamless operation coupled with a plush, luxurious interior, the Lexus LX is as much at home racing the notorious Mint 400 as it is attending any gala – just ask the attendees of New York Fashion Week who often use the Lexus LX as the vehicle of choice when arriving at the biggest shows.  

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Lexus LX at New York Fashion Week

Now, with the LX Inspiration Series, Lexus gives the fully capable SUV an exclusive makeover fitting of the elite fashion shows it attends year after year.  Coming in with a price tag of $101,860, the 2019 LX Inspiration Series is due to arrive at North Park Lexus Dominion around December 22nd – just in time for the Holidays.  Guess what just jumped to the number one spot on our Holiday Wish List!

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Lexus LX Inspiration Series Coming to San Antonio, Texas

The Special Edition Lexus LX 570 will be built in limited production and will feature several head-turning features including an all black headliner matched with an exclusive Moonlight White Interior with contrast stitching and ultra-sleek blacked out – well, everything.  See all the features coming on the new Inspiration Series here.

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The unique color accents on the 2019 LX Inspiration Series

LX Inspiration Series Feature List

The 2019 Lexus LX 570 Inspiration Series priced at $101,860 will come with the following features.

Inspiration Series (SE) Contents

  • Black 21-inch Wheels & Center Caps
  • Black Front Grille with Black Chrome Surround
  • Black headlamps with Smoked Lenses
  • Black Fog lamps
  • Black Window Accents
  • Black Roof Rails and Door Handles
  • Black Tail lamps with Smoked Lenses and Black Chrome Garnish
  • Black Rear License Plate Garnish
  • Black Chrome Back Door Garnish
  • Exclusive Moonlight White Interior
  • Black Headliner
  • Unique Floor mats, cargo mat, and key gloves

Luxury Package & Other Included Options

  • Luxury Package Includes: Semi-Aniline Leather Interior with Contrast Stitching, Heated and Ventilated Front and Rear Second Row Seats and LX Projector Door Lamps
  • Mark Levinson Audio System with 19-speaker Reference Surround Sound Audio System featuring DVD-Audio and DVD-Video Playback
  • Dual-Screen DVD Rear-Seat Entertainment System with Wireless Headphones and Audio/Video inputs
  • Head Up Display
  • Cool Box
  • Wireless Charger
  • Heated Espresso Steering Wheel
  • Alloy Wheel Locks
Exclusive LX Inspiration Series Features
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Interior of the LX Inspiration Series

Want more?  Contact the sales team at North Park Lexus at Dominion to reserve the first LX Inspiration Series coming to San Antonio, Texas this December 2018. 

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Introducing the Lexus Action for Google Assistant

Lexus Enform Remote is ready for action with Google Assistant.  If you happen to have the Google Assistant in your home or thinking about getting one, you’re in luck because there is a new Lexus action available and ready to help.  Using just your voice, the new Lexus action lets you use your Lexus Enform Remote service with any Google Assistant powered device, such as the Google Home and Google Home Mini, or the Google Assistant app on your smartphone to complete the same helpful vehicle check-in’s that have been available for Amazon Alexa since this summer.  So, if you’re not an Alexa fan or just prefer the new (and super cute) Google Home Assistant then go ahead and complete the following requirements.

  • Active Lexus Enform Remote service (you can sign up by going to www.mylexusenform.com)
  • Google account, and Google Assistant app installed on your smartphone
  • Lexus action enabled on your Google account
  • Lexus action linked to your Lexus Drivers account with active trial or subscription

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Google Home Assistant

If you can check off all the requirements you are ready to get set up.  Here are the 4 easy steps to get started:

  1. Search for “Lexus” in the Google Assistant app under Explore, then click Link.
  2. Log in with your Lexus Drivers account
  3. Choose your vehicle and set a 4 digit PIN
  4. Begin using the Lexus action

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Google Home Mini 

Now that you’re ready to go, you can ask:

  • “Hey Google, ask Lexus to start my car.”
  • “Hey Google, ask Lexus are my doors locked?”
  • “Hey Google, ask Lexus to lock my doors.”
  • “Hey Google, ask Lexus for my fuel level.”
  • “Hey Google, ask Lexus is my engine running?”
  • “Hey Google, ask Lexus to fire up my ride!”

The new Lexus Action for Google Assistant will work with any active Lexus Enform service subscription or trial so if you’re driving a 2015 model year IS, ES, GS, LS, RC, NX or any 2016 model year and later (excluding the CT with standard audio, sorry) then you’re ready to use the new Lexus action.  Enjoy!

Heads up:  Right now, the Lexus action is currently supported in the 48 contiguous United States and Alaska.  Lexus Enform Remote service is not yet available in Hawaii or Puerto Rico.

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Lexus Action for Google Assistant is available on all new Lexus models with an active Enform Remote service.

 

2019 Lexus IS Updates

Believe it or not, the 2019 Lexus IS has received several model year updates and enhancements, including some improvements to the performance, technology, interior, and exterior design.  Learn more about 2019 IS 300, IS F SPORT and IS 350 model year updates here.

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2019 IS 300 in Eminent White at Lexus Dominion

Performance Updates:

  • Engine ECU (Electronic Control Unit) control changed to optimize shift schedule, throttle response and turbocharger response which contributes to further enhancing acceleration feel for the RWD model.
  • The mounting rigidity of rear bumper optimized to reduce bumper sway during high-speed driving giving 2019 IS enhanced aerodynamic steering stability.

Exterior Updates:

  • Liquid Platinum exterior paint color replaces Silver Lining Metallic exterior.
  • F SPORT wheel nut color changed from silver to black.

Interior Updates:

  • The flaxen interior is now available with Nebula Gray Pearl exterior
  • The color scheme of hairline ornamentation on heater control panel and audio panel changed to the same one used on the LS.  Small details like this definitely enhance the quality feel.

Multimedia Updates:

  • Lexus Enform Remote now includes SmartWatch and Amazon Alexa skill integration
  • GPS-enabled clock now available on navigation package level IS

Packages and Options:

  • Comfort Package has been axed.
  • Updated Premium Package on IS 300 to include:
    • Heated and Ventilated Front Seats
    • Three-position memory for driver
    • Power tilt-and-telescopic steering column
    • Electrochromic side-view mirrors with reverse-linked tilt-down
    • Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist
  • Heated and Ventilated Seats are now available as a stand-alone option for IS 300 (for anyone looking to special order).
  • Premium Triple-Beam LED headlamps now available (this is our favorite update!)

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2019 Lexus IS 300 has arrived at North Park Lexus Dominion

For more information on availability or to see 2019 IS for yourself, call our sales team at 210-816-6000 and, for anyone looking for a DEAL on remaining 2018 IS sedans, be sure to stop by North Park Lexus at Dominion this month!

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2018 Lexus IS 300 on SALE at Lexus Dominion

Beginner’s Guide to the Lexus UX

The newest addition to the Lexus lineup arrives December 2018 and offers next-generation design, tech, and engineering that appeals to young buyers, and the young at heart, looking for new and exciting vehicles relevant to their lifestyle.  What will soon be the entry-model for Lexus, the new UX is far from basic and offers the same level of extraordinary attention to detail, imaginative technology, and innovative engineering seen in the redesigned LS and LC coupe.  There is quite a bit of information available already on the UX so we compiled a “beginner’s guide” to the new Lexus UX that includes our pick of top 10 features, facts, and behind-the-scenes stories for you to know about the all-new Lexus model.  Let’s explore the “Urban Explorer” before it arrives in dealerships…

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Top 10 Things to Know

  1. The UX name is derived from the design team’s guiding concept and vehicle mission: Urban + X-over (crossover) = UX
  2. First Lexus constructed on the new Global Architecture Compact (GA-C) platform that gives the UX an extremely low center of gravity (best in its class) and best-in-segment 34-ft curb-to-curb turning diameter making it easy to maneuver, park and explore busy city streets.
  3. More than just a pretty face.  The UX is the first Lexus to have full-width rear lights that are not only stunning but surprisingly functional. Unique Aero Stabilizing Blade lights begin at the top of the rear fenders and span the rear of the vehicle that contributes to the vehicle’s stability by guiding airflow around the rear of the UX.  The design also reduces turbulence and lift, providing enhanced stability when cornering and driving in crosswinds.
  4. Two new colors developed for the UX: Cadmium Orange creates a vividness and a sense of depth using a multi-layer paint process that combines a red base layer color with a yellow “interference” mica layer.  The new Nori Green has mica paint particles that have been enlarged as much as possible without creating color unevenness so to achieve high brilliance and strong contrast.
  5. The new UX Hybrid delivers 181 total system horsepower and utilizes the new-generation Lexus hybrid drive system that can go up to a 71 mph speed before shutting off the gasoline engine, such instances would include when driving on a long downward slope. Previous Lexus hybrids capped at 43 mph.
  6. Experience the engawa effect.  UX designers created a feeling of “seamless continuity” utilizing a traditional Japanese concept called engawa.  Engawa creates an effect where the upper section of the instrument panel appears to extend out beyond the windshield from outside the vehicle.  The engawa effect gives the driver an exceptional field of vision and a clear sense of the vehicle’s dimensions that allows for easy parking – even in the smallest of spaces.
  7. Noise reduction was a top priority and in typical Lexus fashion, engineers traced noises to their sources to keep them out of the cabin.  Even the sound of water being thrown by the tires is reduced.
  8. Attention to detail.  The UX headliner was designed to eliminate distracting shadows at the windshield header and even the UX control switches were given a signature “Lexus feel.”  Every inch was thoughtfully considered by the Lexus design team. White LEDs illuminate the front footwells, glovebox, and console switches.  LEDs also serve as the dome light, map lights, cargo area light and provide a unique touch with a backlit Lexus logo that displays on the Lexus Remote Touch Interface when driving at night.
  9. Versatile Multimedia.  Standard Apple CarPlay, 4GB WiFi Hotspot, Instant Replay on Sirius XM, Dynamic Voice Recognition, USB Video and RealMedia video formats, Favorite Genre for FM and Sirius XM that allow the user to select a preferred music genre to discover new stations and as a special feature for UX drivers, the music streaming service, Spotify has compiled its over one million driving-themed playlists into a CarPlay hub.  Talk about options!
  10. STANDARD SAFETY.  This may not be a surprise for current Lexus drivers, but advanced, active safety systems are standard – even on the new “entry-level” Lexus.  UX drivers can enjoy peace of mind knowing they have the latest safety technology from Lexus.  Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 includes Pre-Collision with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Lane Tracing Assist, Road Sign Assist and Intelligent High Beam headlamps.

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Even more: the new UX comes with new tech, features, design elements and driving systems that complement an urban lifestyle.

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How to Change Your (Panoramic) Point of View

What is Panoramic View Monitor?  Panoramic View Monitor assists the driver in viewing their surroundings both when driving at low speeds and while stopped by combining the front, side, and rear cameras and displaying a complete vehicle overhead image on the Lexus Navigation screen.  You can see your Panoramic View Monitor in-action when you press the camera switch or shift into Reverse while the engine is on.  The Lexus Panoramic View Monitor displays various views of the vehicle’s position and surroundings and yes, you can change these views to your liking.

Where to Find the Panoramic View Camera Switch:

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Find the camera switch to turn on Panoramic View in the RX and ES

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Panoramic View Camera Switch in the GX and LS

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Panoramic View camera switch in the Lexus NX and LX

There are several different views available and you will get to see almost all of them just by having the system turned on (or preferably in AUTO Mode) and driving around a parking lot or finding a place to park your Lexus.  When you’re in Park and press the camera switch you will automatically be shown the “Moving View” (see below).

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Moving View

You can change the display mode between the moving view and see-through view by pressing the icon that looks like a person’s outline and is right next to the pause icon (see picture above).

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See-Through View

You can also press the pause switch, to pause the vehicle’s rotation on the screen.  And, if you want to customize your POV, even more, you can select the car icon that displays on the top left-hand side of the navigation screen.  When you select this icon and you will be taken to the body color setting screen and can then change the color of the vehicle that is displayed on the Panoramic View Monitor.

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Select body color to personalize your POV

If you want to check the front and around the vehicle using the wide front view and panoramic view, you can either leave Panoramic View on AUTO mode (this is what we recommend) or press the camera switch when the shift lever is in either Neutral or Drive position and the vehicle is moving approximately 7 MPH (or less).  This screen will be displayed only if the Intuitive Parking Assist is on since the view is linked to PA.

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Intuitive Parking Assist must be turned on to display the See-Through and Moving View

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Wide Front and Panoramic View.  Select AUTO for Panoramic View to Automatically display these views when driving less than 7 MPH.

Panoramic View, Moving View, See-Through View, Side Clearance View, and Cornering View are all different “views” available with the Panoramic View Monitor.  The system combines images taken from the front, back, left and right side cameras into a single image.  There are limits to the range and content that can be displayed so try to familiarize yourself with your particular Panoramic View before using it in real-world driving situations.  For a personal tutorial or to see the new Panoramic View Monitor in-action, stop by North Park Lexus at Dominion.  You can schedule a test drive or have our Vehicle Technology Specialist show you all that this feature has to offer in your own Lexus.

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Panoramic View Monitor – Moving View in 2019 Lexus NX

 

 

 

 

FAQ: Apple CarPlay

New features often bring up new questions.  With the release of Apple CarPlay in the new Lexus ES and the upcoming release of Apple CarPlay in the 2019 UX, LC, LS and NX (October Production), Lexus has released some helpful tips and answers to many frequently asked questions regarding the new feature.  Find some answers from these informative FAQ on Apple CarPlay.

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General CarPlay Questions

  • What is Apple CarPlay?
    • CarPlay is an Apple feature that enables your vehicle’s multimedia system to display and act as a controller for an iPhone.  CarPlay takes the things you want to do with your iPhone while driving and puts them right on your vehicle’s built-in display.  You can get directions, make calls, send messages, listen to music and more.
  • Which iPhones have Apple CarPlay?
    • Apple CarPlay is available on all iPhone 5 and later with at least iOS 7.1.  You can visit Apple.com here for the latest list of compatible iPhones.
  • How do I use Apple CarPlay?
    • To start using Apple CarPlay, connect your iPhone to your vehicle using a USB cable and select “Enable Once” or “Always Enable” when prompted.  You can change this setting later by going to MENU then SETUP then GENERAL, and changing the Apple CarPlay option to ON or OFF.
  • How do I use voice recognition with Apple CarPlay in my Lexus?
    • Your Lexus will use Siri for Apple CarPlay voice commands.  When CarPlay is active, you can:
      • Press and hold the voice command button on the steering wheel and Siri will activate
      • Another way is to say, “Hey Siri” to wake up Siri and give her your voice command.
    • It is important to note that you will need to confirm that Siri Dictation and CarPlay are not disabled on your iPhone.  You can check this by going to SETTINGS then GENERAL then RESTRICTIONS then SIRI DICTATION (ON) & CarPlay (ON).  Also, check your Siri & Search settings at SETTINGS then SIRI & SEARCH then LISTEN FOR “HEY SIRI” (ON) & Allow Siri when locked (ON).
  • Will the built-in Voice Commands work while Apple CarPlay is active?
    • Yes, while your iPhone is plugged in with a USB cable and CarPlay is active, a short press of the Talk Button on the steering wheel will activate your vehicle’s built-in Voice Command capabilities, where you can change radio stations (AM, FM, SXM), set climate controls and control many other vehicle functions.
  • What apps are available on Apple CarPlay?
    • You can visit the same Apple.com page here for the list of the apps available for Apple CarPlay.  You can also search for “CarPlay” using the App Store on your iPhone for a list of compatible apps.
  • Does Apple CarPlay use my cell phone data?
    • Yes.  Apple CarPlay is powered by your iPhone and will use your phone’s data plan.
  • Do I need to download each app that I want to use with Apple CarPlay?
    • Yes, each app must be downloaded from the App Store on your iPhone for it to show up on your multimedia screen with Apple CarPlay.
  • How do I rearrange my apps for Apple CarPlay?
    • You can do this on your iPhone by going to SETTINGS then GENERAL then CarPlay then choosing the applicable Lexus Vehicle.  Rearrange the apps by dragging and dropping them across the screen.
  • How do I enable and disable specific apps for Apple CarPlay?
    • First go to SETTINGS then GENERAL then CarPlay on your iPhone.  Next, choose the applicable vehicle.  To disable an app, click the (-) icon in the upper left corner of the app icon.  To re-enable the app, click the (+) icon.
  • What is the difference between the “Now Playing” and “Music” apps that come pre-loaded with Apple CarPlay?
    • “Now Playing” is a shortcut to the app active and playing via CarPlay.  “Music” plays songs and playlists from your iTunes music library.

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Apple CarPlay coming on 2019 LC

 

 

What to Say and When

The 2019 Lexus ES 350 and ES 300h has arrived and with it, loads of new technology.  With so much to cover, we wanted to start with a list of useful voice commands that will help you overcome the learning curve when operating your new Lexus.

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Voice Commands To Use When You’re Not Quite Sure What To Say

Not quite sure where to start?  Well, anytime you’re on the Top Menu or before you dive into the different menus and submenus available on your Lexus multimedia system, push the Voice Command button on your steering wheel and try out any of the following:

  • “Show command examples for <menu>” – This will display the command list of the selected menu. (For example, say you’re wanting a list of commands when you’re in the Info menu.  Just say, “show command examples for info.”)
  • “More Commands” – Displays more commonly used commands.
  • “Voice Settings” – Displays Voice Setting screen
  • “Train my voice” – Displays Train Voice Recognition screen (vehicle must be parked).

Voice Commands To Use for Navigation

  • “Get directions to <house #, street, city, state>” – Pretty simple way to set a destination and get directions to any specific address.
  • “Find a <POI category/POI name>” – Displays a list of Point of Interest categories (in English or French only, s’il vous plaît) or Point of Interest names (major national brands are always supported and you’ll have access to local brands with your Lexus Enform subscription service).  The POI will be displayed near the current position of your car.
  • “Find a <POI> near my destination” – Displays a list of <POI> near the destination.  Very helpful if you’re trying to plan ahead.
  • “Find a <POI category> in a city” – Displays a list of <POI> in a specified city and state.  For anyone practicing their French, the supported area is only Quebec Province in Canada for this type of navigation search.
  • “Go Home” – one of our favorites.  This simple command will show you the road home.
  • “Go to Favorite <1-10>” – this is great for anyone that preset their favorite destinations or any address they can’t remember but frequent often. You can preset up to 10 places and simply saying this command will take you to the corresponding favorite number as the destination in your navigation.
  • “Show Recent Destinations” – Display recent destinations entered into the navigation system.
  • “Cancel Route” – Cancels the route guidance.
  • “Delete destinations” – Displays a list of destination to delete when multiple destinations have been entered.
  • “Show <POI category> icons” – Displays the specified point of interest category icons on the map.  This is perfect to use when you’re looking for nearby gas stations but do not necessarily need directions to any particular one at the time.
  • “Destination Assist” – Definitely the most direct approach – this command will connect the system to the Lexus response center so they can assist in entering a destination into your navigation for you.

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Voice Commands you can use with the 12.3-inch navigation system in 2019 ES

Voice Commands to Use For Your Phone

It is important to note that if you have your iPhone connected to the new ES Apple CarPlay, these voice commands will be unavailable.

  • “Call <contact>” – Places a call to the specified contact from the phone book (from your BT connected cell phone).
  • “Call <contact> <phonetype>” – If you have multiple numbers for someone, this command will help you call the correct number.
  • “Dial <phone number>” – Pretty simple.  Dials that number for you.
  • “Redial” – Places a call to the phone number of the latest outgoing call.
  • “Call Back” – Places a call to the phone number of the latest incoming call.
  • “Show Recent Calls” – Displays the call history screen
  • “Send a message to <contacts>” – Sents a text message to the specified contact from the phone book.  Hint, Siri Eyes Free can also do this for you.

Voice Commands to Use While On a Phone Call

  • “Send <digits>” – Sends DTMF tones as specified
  • “Mute” – Mutes the microphone (the other side of the call cannot hear any in-car conversations)
  • “Unmute” – Unmutes the microphone.

Voice Commands to Use When You See* or Get an Incoming Message

*For full-screen message notifications, you need to turn this on within the phone settings.

  • “Read Message” – Reads the incoming message over the vehicle’s speakers.
  • “Ignore” – Ignores the incoming message notification.
  • “Reply” – Initiates sending a reply to the incoming message.
  • “Call” – Places a call to the phone number of incoming message – definitely the way to go if you’re driving and don’t want to send an odd auto-correct “ducking” text message.

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No excuse.  Don’t text and drive. 

Voice Commands to Use When You Want Some Music

  • “Tune to <frequency> FM” – Changes the radio to the specified FM radio station.
  • “Tune to preset <1-36>” – Changes the radio to the specified preset radio station.
  • “Tune to a <genre> satellite station” – First, you need an active Sirius XM subscription, unless you’re doing this during the 3-month trial.
  • “Tune to channel <number> on XM” – Active XM subscription needed, but you already knew that.

Voice Commands to Use When You Want Something from Your USB Connected Device (iPod)

  • “Play Playlist <name>” – Turn up the volume and jam out to the tracks on the selected playlist.
  • “Play Artist <name>” – Plays tracks from the selected artist.
  • “Play Song <name>” – When you want something really specific.
  • “Play Audiobook <name>” – Plays tracks from the selected audiobook.
  • “Audio On” – Turns the audio system on.  Hint, you can use this same command to turn the audio off – “Audio OFF”.
  • “Change the audio source to <source name>” – Sets the audio source to the specified mode.  Use this when you’re done listening to your Summer Playlist and need the morning news, for example.

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Turn the music up Voice Commands for Audio

Voice Commands to Use When You Need Some Info

  • “Get the Forecast” – Displays weather information
  • “Get the Forecast for <city>” – Check the weather for any specified city (in the U.S.).
  • “Show Traffic” – Displays traffic information.
  • “Show Predictive Traffic” – Displays the predictive traffic map.
  • “Get traffic along my route” – Displays traffic information along your current route.

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Voice Commands for Traffic and Weather

Voice Commands to Use for Climate Control

  • “Turn the AC on/Turn the AC off” – Turns your AC on or off, obviously.
  • “Set temperature to <#> degrees” – Changes the set temp of the AC system.
  • “Concierge Mode On” – Turns Concierge mode on – this is a must and the only climate command you really need.

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Voice Command: “Concierge Mode On”.  Take the guesswork out of climate control.

Again, it is important to remember that when your iPhone is connected to Apple CarPlay, most of these commands will not work or will be slightly different.  When Apple CarPlay is connected you can use Siri Eyes Free and/or the CarPlay system to operate Apple Maps, Music, etc. via your iPhone that is displayed on the multimedia screen – just think Apple or Siri-ish commands.

But wait, there’s more…

You can also conveniently play music, get news updates, go shopping and more using the integrated Lexus+ Alexa system in the 2019 ES.  More on this awesome new feature later.

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Take it on the go.  Voice Commands, Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa and more in the 2019 ES

 

What’s New for 2019 LS & LC

It seems like only yesterday when the head-turning LC and the new, reimagined LS first arrived at North Park Lexus Dominion but with the recent unveiling of the 2019 LC Inspiration Series at Pebble Beach, we were reminded that both flagships will soon enter production for an entirely new model year.  Find out what’s new and different for 2019 LS and LC – arriving this Fall at Lexus Dominion.

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What’s New: 2019 Lexus LS 500 & LS 500h

  • Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 including new features like Pre-Collision System with low-light preceding pedestrian and daytime preceding bicyclist detection, Lane Tracing Assist, and Road Sign Assist.
  • Lexus Safety System+ A will include Lane Change Assist.
  • Amazon Alexa integration and Apple CarPlay compatibility
  • New Color:  Satin Cashmere added to the line-up.
  • White Leather, previously exclusive to the Executive Package, will now be available with the Luxury Package.
  • The ever-popular 20″ Vapor Chrome wheels will be available on Executive Package.

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2019 LC Inspiration Series

What’s New: 2019 LC 500 & LC 500h

  • Improved ride comfort and overall driving experience thanks to modified rear engine mounts, improved shift points, and an expanded Adaptive Variable Suspension range.
  • LC 500h will receive an update to the Multistage Hybrid System where shifting and driving characteristics are tuned to further improve driving feel.
  • Amazon Alexa integration and Apple CarPlay compatibility added along with Lexus Enform Wi-Fi, Lexus Enform Dynamic Navigation, and Dynamic Voice Command.
  • NEW Inspiration Series Special Edition in Yellow (as seen at Pebble Beach).

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Can’t wait another day to get your new Lexus LS 500 or LC coupe?  Check out our in-stock inventory here or call our sales team at 210-816-6000 to schedule a personal presentation of either new Lexus at your local home or office.

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Lexus LC 500 & LS 500 at Lexus Dominion.

 

 

How to Use Apple CarPlay

The 2019 Lexus ES 350 will be arriving soon and with it, Lexus drivers will finally have the option to use and enjoy Apple CarPlay.  Since Apple CarPlay is first coming out on the new Lexus ES, we thought we would get more information on using and establishing an Apple CarPlay connection in the 2019 Lexus ES 350 & ES 300h.  Here’s how to use and connect Apple CarPlay in your new Lexus.

  1. Establish an Apple CarPlay Connection
    1. Enable Siri on the device to be connected.
    2. Connect the device to the USB port found in the center console
    3. Select “Always Enable” or “Enable Once”.
    4. If “Do Not Enable” is selected, an Apple CarPlay connection will not be established.  In this case, the device can be operated as a normal Apple device, such as an iPod.
      1. Apple CarPlay will remain off until the “Apple CarPlay” setting in the general settings menu is turned on.
      2. Depending on the device connected, it may take approximately 3 to 6 seconds before an Apple CarPlay Connection is established.
    5. Select the “Apple CarPlay”.
    6. Check that home screen of Apple CarPlay is displayed on the ES multimedia/navigation screen.

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Apple CarPlay home screen displayed on the 2019 Lexus ES

Tips and Things to Remember

It is important to know that when an Apple CarPlay connection is established, the function of some system buttons will change and will be replaced by similar Apple CarPlay functions or may become unavailable.  Also, if the vehicle’s navigation system is being used for directions or route guidance and a route is set using Apple CarPlay Maps app then the route guidance will be performed through Apple CarPlay.  On the other hand, if the Apple CarPlay Maps app is being used for route guidance and a route is entered using the vehicle’s navigation system, route guidance will be performed by the vehicle’s navigation system.

Functions that will be replaced by similar Apple CarPlay functions:

  • iPod (Audio Playback)
  • Hands-free Phone
  • USB audio/USB video
  • Bluetooth audio
  • Bluetooth phone
  • Lexus Enform App Suite 2.0

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Apple CarPlay menu 

Lexus has also released a few Troubleshooting Tips (always so helpful!).  If you experience any difficulty with Apple CarPlay, then you can either swing by Lexus at Dominion to visit with our Vehicle Technology Specialist or you can check the following tips provided by Lexus.

Apple CarPlay Troubleshooting Tips from Lexus


Issue:

An Apple CarPlay connection cannot be established

Solution:

  • Check if the device supports Apple CarPlay and if it is enabled on the connected device.
  • Check if “Apple CarPlay” on the general settings screen is set to on.
  • Check if the Lightning cable being used is certified by Apple Inc. and if it is securely connected to the device and USB port.
  • When the iPhone connected using a USB hub, etc., an Apple CarPlay connection may not be established.  Connect the lightning cable to the USB port directly.
  • After checking all of the above, try connecting again.  Don’t give up!

Issue:

When an Apple CarPlay connection is established and a video is being played, the video is not displayed, but the audio is output through the system.

Solution:

  • No malfunction here!  The system is not designed to play video through Apple CarPlay, sorry.

Issue:

Apple CarPlay is connected but the audio is not output through the system.

Solution:

  • The system may be muted or the volume may be low.  Turn up the volume.

Issue:

The Apple CarPlay screen looks funky and/or audio from Apple CarPlay has noise.

Solution:

  • Check the Lightning cable that is being used for possible damage.  You can check if the cable is damaged internally by connecting the device via the same cable to another system, such as a laptop.  You will know if the cable is ok (not damaged) if you see the connected device begin charging once connected.

Issue:

The map is only displayed in the center of the 12.3-inch display and does not take up the entire screen.

Solution:

  • The 12.3-inch display in the 2019 ES is supported by iOS Ver.10 and later.  Update to the latest iOS version and try again.

Issue:

The touchpad does not vibrate on the Apple CarPlay screen.

Solution:

  • Vibration feedback is supported by iOS Ver.11 and later – update your iPhone software.

For additional information and details, you can refer to https://www.apple.com/ios/carplay/

2019 ES next gen
The 2019 Lexus ES will be arriving at Lexus Dominion this September 2018

 

 

 

What’s New: 2019 Lexus GX 460

No major change to report for the 2019 Lexus GX 460, however, there are a few minor updates.  One of our most popular Lexus SUVs, the GX 460 is well known for balancing performance and four-wheel drive, off-road capabilities with the Lexus standard for luxury and refinement.

Here’s what’s new for the 2019 GX 460:

  • Third-row headrest changed from leather or semi-aniline leather to NuLuxe on Premium Package and Luxury models.
  • Voice Command microphone location has been changed from the overhead center console to the ceiling above the driver’s seat.
  • Lexus Enform Safety Connect and Service Connect complimentary for the first 10 years of ownership
  • Lexus Enform app includes Amazon Alexa compatibility and includes 1-year complimentary trial

The Lexus GX is available now and without any notable changes to the upcoming 2019 model, this August is the perfect time to get into the Lexus GX.  Visit North Park Lexus at Dominion or call our sales team at 210-816-6000 for additional information on our Golden Opportunity Sales Event incentives, current offers, and GX inventory selection.

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Lexus GX 460 – 7 Passenger, 4WD Luxury SUV