The 2018 Lexus LS in Color

The 2018 Lexus LS 500 is on everyone’s wish list this year but do you know which color is the right one for you?  Check out all of the available exterior color options for the 2018 Lexus LS here and compare each to its F SPORT counterpart.

2018 LS in Atomic Silver

Available in both the standard and luxury model LS and LS F SPORT.

 

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2018 LS in Atomic Silver

2018 LS in Caviar Mica

Available in both LS models for 2018.

 

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Caviar Mica on new Lexus LS 500 and LS F SPORT

2018 LS in Liquid Platinum

Available in both the standard and luxury model LS as well as the F SPORT.

 

 

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2018 Lexus LS in Liquid Platinum

2018 LS in Manganese Luster

Available in both the LS 500 and LS 500 F SPORT model.

 

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New Color: Manganese Luster on 2018 Lexus LS

2018 LS in Matador Red Mica

Matador Red is available for both the 2018 Lexus LS 500 and LS 500 F SPORT.

 

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Lexus LS in Matador Red

2018 Lexus LS in Obsidian

Obsidian will be available on both the standard Lexus LS and LS F SPORT.

 

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Lexus LS in Obsidian

2018 Lexus LS in Eminent White and Ultra White

The 2018 Lexus LS is available in the pearlescent Eminent White for the standard and luxury models and in the striking Ultra White reserved for the Lexus LS F SPORT.  Check out the difference in the two Lexus white colors for the 2018 LS below:

 

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Eminent White LS and Exclusive Ultra White for the LS F SPORT

2018 Lexus LS in Autumn Shimmer

Autumn Shimmer is only available in the standard and luxury model LS.

 

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2018 Lexus LS in Autumn Shimmer

2018 Lexus LS in Nightfall Mica

Available on the standard and luxury models.  You won’t see Nightfall Mica in the F SPORT model just yet.

 

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Nightfall Mica on 2018 Lexus LS 500

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Power in Detail

Across the Lexus model range, you’ll find thoughtfully crafted details working harmoniously to create an effortless yet refined experience for Lexus drivers and passengers alike.  From hand-stitched embossed leather seating to innovative paint techniques and meticulous human-led quality checks, every detail on a Lexus reflects a tireless dedication to excellence and a greater human experience.

Visionary design.  Visceral performance.  Imaginative technology.  Because connecting the driver and the drive like never before means nothing if it doesn’t lead to the experience of something greater.

 

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2018 Lexus LS

There is a true power in detail and across the Lexus range, you’ll find even the smallest details yielding powerful influence.  Over the years Lexus has earned an almost cult-like following – it is few and far between where you will find a one-time Lexus owner or a Lexus owner straying (at least not for long) with any other brand, and we believe this brand loyalty is due to the tireless dedication to craftsmanship and the details that have us hooked on Lexus.

The redesigned Lexus LS is literally dripping in detail and, since it is the standard for Lexus craftsmanship and superior quality across the Lexus range, we thought we would complete our ode to Lexus craftsmanship with a list showing off just a few of our favorite new details found on the 2018 LS and LC.

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2018 LS rear seat luxe – reclining, massaging and climate controlled.

Back-Seat Luxe

Like the perfect host, the rear seats in the new LS invites you in and encourages you to relax and unwind.  With options for heating, cooling, and even massage the rear seats in the 2018 LS spoils passengers with excessive legroom – more than in any LS model to date and even a reclining seat.  Rear passengers can tilt the reclining rear seat up to 48 degrees backward for immediate calm, or raise it up to 24 degrees for assistance exiting the LS.  These luxe details will leave even your rear-seat passengers wanting more – don’t be surprised if you’re asked to be the new designated driver from here on out.

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The “floating” armrests in the 2018 Lexus LS – San Antonio Auto Show 2017

Floating Armrests

 

Inspired by Japanese lanterns, the ambient lighting in the 2018 LS is enough to take your breath away, but it is the “floating” armrests that makes you look a little longer and a little closer when first stepping into the cabin.  This detail exudes a tranquil and utterly chic vibe.  We love it.

 

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Floating armrests as seen in the 2018 LS at the San Antonio Auto Show

 

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Takumi woodwork in the 2018 Lexus LS

Artwood

The story behind the impressive “artwood” in the new LS is enough for its very own blog post but one detail we could not leave off this list.  The new “artwood” is an incredible detail that truly exemplifies the Lexus commitment to not only producing gorgeous vehicles but creating an emotional experience for Lexus owners.  With three unique finishes to choose from, all are original designs created by Takumi using sophisticated sliced wood and laser cutting technologies.  The end result is nothing short of amazing.

 

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Artwood in the new Lexus LS

 

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Luxury details in the 2018 LS

 

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Structural Blue on Lexus LC 500

Color Reimagined

 

The new Structural Blue for the LC 500 Special Edition (arriving this Spring) is another example that demonstrates the power in detail.  The eye-catching new color is the result of nearly 15 years of research and development work between scientists, engineers, designers and paint experts.  Said to have been inspired by the iridescent wings of the blue morpho butterfly, layered nanostructures in Structural Blue were created to allow enhanced reflection of nearly 100% of visible light (most paint reflects 50%), producing the incredibly vibrant blue.

The exterior of every Lexus vehicle is finished to perfection thanks to an intense process of painting, sanding, and inspecting.  After each coat of foundation paintwork, the car’s exterior is wet sanded by hand then checked by Takumi craftsman and digital scanners.  Every single Lexus is polished and checked by hand, again so the ensure nothing is missed.  Only a flawless smoothness is acceptable and every surface is ‘read’ by the fingers of the Takumi craftsman.  The painstaking paint process results in breathtakingly smooth surfaces with rich, luminescent color that is full of character and complexity.

 

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LC 500 in Structural Blue

 

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Takumi craftsman at work
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Hand-stitched leather seating in the 2018 Lexus LS

Hand-Sewn Precision Built for Destruction

Lexus leatherwork is impeccable and only created by the finest, highly trained artisans that have completed and mastered a strict ten-step instruction program at a special Lexus facility that is dedicated to fine-tuning talent.  The stitching must be sewn to perfection and precisely – every single time and this is evident when you step inside a Lexus and take a look at the seemingly simple stitching.  The beautifully stitched seams are worthy of far more than our back-end but it is this commitment to the Lexus customer and the Lexus customer experience that drives the brand to invest the time and effort needed to create such works of functional art.  What makes the leather ‘detail’ even more impressive is that every inch of it is tested to the point of destruction.  Only the strongest leather is deemed worthy to trim the interior of a Lexus and all potential material must endure more than 30 extreme treatment tests before it is approved for use.  Lexus recently released a video that plays on the process used in creating the leather used in Lexus vehicles and it is definitely worth checking out here.

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Hand-sewn perfection.  2018 Lexus LS

Across the Lexus model line-up, you’ll find that every single detail is crafted to meet the highest standards.  Every detail blends effortlessly with another and together they create a refined and simply comfortable experience for drivers and passengers alike.  Experience amazing and test drive one of the new, 2018 Lexus models we have available now at North Park Lexus Dominion.  Click here to view our in-stock inventory and schedule a personal presentation.

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More to Love: the new Lexus RX L

The long-awaited three-row Lexus RX was finally revealed and we are loving all of the pictures and details that Lexus has released since it’s debut at the LA Auto Show yesterday.  The new Lexus RX L will begin production next week and should arrive at dealerships in early 2018 (we’re guessing February – possibly late January).  Longtime RX fans need not worry, the RX 350 and RX 450h will still be available as a five-passenger model – same size and design carried over from the 2017 model year, but drivers will soon have a choice to make when they upgrade to the new model year: keep their standard five-seat, two-row design or opt for the new six or seven-passenger option.

Both the gas and hybrid models will be available in the extended version of the RX and we are happy to report that the power-folding third-row seat will be standard.  The new Lexus RX L will also get Tri-Zone Climate Control and Leather seating as standard equipment.

 

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3rd Row Seat in the new Lexus RX L

Lexus states that the addition of the third row will by no means impact the stylish and popular figure of the Lexus RX and the extended version will be just as easy to maneuver as the current model.  How is this possible?  Lexus explained the new “packaging” in their press release:

With the help through the mastery of vehicle packaging, Lexus extended the body length 4.3 inches at the rear and used a steeper tailgate window angle than on the two-row models – ensuring good headroom for third-row passengers.”

Passengers can access the third row easily and with “the touch of a lever that slides and folds the second seat forward” – we expect this to work like the GX seats do now.  Lexus will also offer a new six-passenger configuration which features second-row captain’s chairs (this will be standard for the RX 450hL).

 

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Lexus RX L 

Lexus designed the new third-row of the RX L so to provide the same comfort as the middle row by positioning the second row slightly higher than the third row, creating more foot room for passengers.  The extra climate controls in the back plus two super cute cupholders help complete the package and provides a perfect visual for families looking for some extra seating.

Check out the recently released pictures of the new three-row RX L models here:

 

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Power fold-flat third-row seats in the new Lexus RX L

 

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The Lexus RX L is 4.3-inches longer than the 5 passenger RX 350

 

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The new Lexus RX L from the side

 

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Stowable Tonneau Cover provides good cargo space with the 3rd-row seat up.

 

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Versatile split bench seating

 

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Even better – LOADS of Cargo Space with the 3rd-row seat folded down.

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For more information and to stay in the loop on the RX L release, you can sign up for the Lexus Fast Track here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s Connect: The Best Online Sites and Resources for Lexus Owners

Whether you’re a new Lexus Owner looking to take advantage of the rewards of ownership or already a part of the Lexus community and wanting more, we have the ultimate list for you.  Check out our picks for top websites, social channels, and apps for Lexus Owners and enthusiasts alike.

The Sites

Lexus.com

LexusDrivers.com

Lexusfinancial.com

Lexus2.custhelp.com

MyLexusEnform.com

LexusEnthusiast.com

Northparklexusatdominion.wordpress.com (shameless plug)

LexusDominion.com (another shameless plug…can you blame us?)

Lexus-int.com

Thelexuscollection.com

Lstudio.com

 

See.Lexus.com

Clublexus.com

Social Media Sites and Accounts to Follow

  • Instagram
    • @lexusdominion
    • @lexususa
    • @akiotoyoda_official
    • @lexusracingusa
    • @lexussouthern
    • @lexusKSA
    • @lexusnews
  • Pinterest
    • Lexusint
    • LexusDominion
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
    • Lexus
    • NorthParkLexusatDominion
  • Tumbler
    • Departurelane
  • YouTube

Lexus Apps

  • Lexus Enform App Suite
  • Lexus Photo Frame
  • Lexus Drivers
  • myLFS
  • Lexus Enform Remote
  • Lexus Roadside Assistance
  • RES+
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Experience Amazing with our top recommended Lexus sites and online resources

The Sites: Learn More About Our Recommendations

Lexus.com

This one is pretty obvious as to why it is the #1 website and online resource we recommend for all things Lexus.  Lexus.com is the main website of Lexus in America and serves primarily as an “online brochure” for Lexus vehicles so Lexus shoppers can explore the Lexus model line-up on their own.  This main site is also super important since it works quite well as the hub for all-sites Lexus.  Scroll to the bottom of the Lexus.com webpage and you’ll find links to the best Lexus sites (most of which are on this list).

LexusDrivers.com

This site is one of the very best and the number one resource for current Lexus owners since it is where they can view and manage all Enform subscriptions, view and claim any Lexus rewards, view tutorials, access the Lexus knowledge center and much more.  If there is one site that you visit from this entire list, make it this one.  You’ll thank us later.

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LexusDrivers.com – Top Lexus site to know

LexusFinancial.com

Another obvious choice and one that is definitely needed if you lease or finance your Lexus with LFS.  This is also a great resource for anyone with questions on the lease program, lease guidelines, Lexus Financial Rewards and everything you need to set up auto-payment online.  If apps are more your speed, you can download the LFS app that has also made this list and is available for download on the Apple App Store.

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LexusFinancial.com

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Have a question?  Got to the Lexus FAQ site:  Lexus2.custhelp.com

This is a super helpful online resource.  It also serves as one of our secret-or not so secret- ways in finding out new information on models that haven’t yet (but will soon) be released (this is where we found the info on the new Wi-Fi systems, for example).

MyLexusEnform.com

Anyone wanting to take advantage of the new Lexus Enform suite of connected services needs to first go to this site to register and set-up their new Lexus Drivers account.  MyLexusEnform.com will send you the needed codes to verify and connect Lexus Enform Remote.  If you just bought a Lexus and aren’t sure how to get started with your new Enform services, go to this site ASAP.

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MyLexusEnform.com – register your Enform Connected Services

LexusEnthusiast.com

This is the best site for anyone looking for new model updates, spy pictures, and other Lexus news before any of it has been officially released by Lexus.  The site is so good that recently Lexus has recommended the site to its Lexus dealer network.

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Lexus RX350L – SPY SHOT – LexusEnthusiast.com

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The Lexus International site is one I frequently visit and a site that inspired the look and feel of some of the newer Lexus-stateside-sites you see up now (in my opinion).  This is the site that was my original go-to for detailed information on new models and Lexus Insider stories.  The site remains at the forefront of design and well worth the visit.

 

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Lexus International Site – Lexus design mecca

TheLexusCollection.com

Shop for Lexus merchandise and your very own Big Red Bow!  Great present ideas for the Lexus Enthusiast and often a preview of items you can find in our Lexus Boutique at North Park Lexus Dominion.

 

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Shop the Lexus Collection online or at our Lexus Boutique

LStudio.com

Calling all creatives!  This Lexus site celebrates artistic vision, comedy, film, and life in general.  Check out super funny short-films, innovative feats in science and technology and more – created by Lexus and inspired by YOU.  Inspiring and entertaining- check it out!

 

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LStudio.com “Cop Show”

 

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LStudio.com “It Got Better” 

 

 

 

 

 

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Quote from It Got Better, Episode 2 – LStudio.com

See.Lexus.com

This is one of the newer Lexus sites that has combined several lifestyle sites that would have been on our List – if they weren’t already grouped into one convenient web address.  Visit See.Lexus.com and explore, share and experience the Lexus global community.

 

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See.Design – part of the new See.Lexus.com site – Experience Amazing and see the Lexus global community in action right here.

ClubLexus.com

This is the forum for Lexus owners, drivers, fans, and enthusiasts.  You can find specific groups, conversations and lots of talk on new and old Lexus models and news.  We’ve even found several group threads linking to articles on this very blog.  Needlesstosay, it’s now one of our favorite sites to visit and connect with fellow Lexus fans.

 

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ClubLexus.com – THE fan forum for all things Lexus

 

 

 

Do you have a favorite Lexus site that didn’t make our list?  Let us know in the comments section below or email jbrennan@lexusdominion.com.  Let’s get connected!

 

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Download the Apps on the list from the Apple App Store or on Google Play

 

 

 

 

Updates Coming to Scout GPS Link App

We recently learned that key changes and updates are coming to the Scout GPS Link App and has already launched on the 2018 NX that is now in-stock and available at North Park Lexus Dominion.  The 2018 RC will also feature these enhancements and we hope to see the rest of the models adopt the updates as they are updated with the latest multimedia system from Lexus.

Scout GPS Link first became available on 2017 NX, RX, RC, ES and IS models and features TurnStream (turn by turn directions) through the Lexus Display Audio System (models without factory navigation).  This same, original Scout GPS Link system will carry-over for 2018 ES, IS and RX models since they will not yet feature the newest multimedia system, however, the updated 2018 NX and RC models will both support the new MapStream (moving maps) and current TurnStream (turn-by-turn directions) feature.

It is important to note, that although Scout GPS Link is supported by the Lexus Display Audio system and will appear on the multimedia display while in use, the information and navigation displayed by the app are received from the user’s smartphone data services and the minimum mobile data connection should be 3G or greater for optimal use.  You also need a newer operating system on your smartphone.  Scout GPS Link requires either Android 4.4 or later or iOS 8.0 or later.

What’s New

The updated Scout GPS Link system (again, only available on 2018 NX and 2018 RC at this time) is now incorporated as a part of the Lexus Enform App Suite 2.0 that comes on the basic/starting packages or those with Lexus Display Audio.  The new system is available with a 3-year trial for all 2018 NX and RC models, and will be subscription-free through 2023 for the 2017 NX, RX, RC, ES and IS models.  The new system offers the same first-rate alternative to factory navigation and will feature new routing features with either turn-by-turn directions (TurnStream) or an interactive moving 3D map (MapStream) via the multimedia display.  Additional route updates, including traffic and ETA-based commute information plus YELP app integration, are also available through the updated Scout GPS Link app.

Additional Changes

  • Destination “Likes” are now called “Favorites”
  • Now offers 12 POI categories including:
    • Gas, Coffee, Restaurant, Parking, ATM, Fast Food, Lodging, Airport, Grocery, Shopping, Movies, and Bars

New Feature: MapStream (Moving Maps)

The new feature, MapStream, provides full moving maps on the multimedia display and aims to provide a better user experience when using the system to navigate to a destination.  MapStream also promises to provide drivers a view of their current location at any given time via voice command and turn-by-turn voice guidance.

IMPORTANT:  Since Scout GPS Link uses cell phone data, the user’s phone must have a strong cell connection in order for MapStream to work correctly.

To utilize MapStream on a 2018 NX or RC model, you must first connect your device via both USB and Bluetooth.  You also need to do the following:

  • Have Lexus Enform App Suite 2.0 downloaded
  • Make sure the navigation screen is displayed in half- or full-screen mode.
  • Keep the app open in the foreground (iOS users) or keep the device from entering sleep mode (Android users with OS 4.4 or later).

IF any of these requirements for MapStream or not met, Scout GPS Link will shift back to TurnStream as long as the device is still connected to Bluetooth.

Key MapStream Features:

  • Save time using One Box Search with auto predictions:
    • Users can search for a destination by address, city, phone contacts, and POI name and categories, using conversational search terms.
  • Search nearby businesses:
    • Search nearby POIs using the 12 available POI categories
  • Favorites:
    • Add certain destinations or addresses to the favorites list for easy access to those addresses in the future.
  • Choose the best-personalized route using Trip Options and Settings:
    • Access helpful navigation settings and customize a navigation session to your preference.
  • Vehicle’s current location and street name (sounds like the best feature)
    • When in motion, an icon moves along the map to indicate driving progress and includes the current location and street name.
  • Set up home and work addresses:
    • Add your home and work addresses for quick routing back home or to the office.
  • Zoom in/out:
    • Pan, or zoom in and out on the map to better understand their route options
  • When en route to a destination you can still view:
    • Turn Lists: a list of remaining turns left in route
    • Route Overview – bird’s eye view of the map with the chosen route highlighted and other route options available, next-turn info, an option to end the navigation and more.
    • Destination details – including destination name, address, current ETA and straight-line distance from current location.

 

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Dashboard Cards showing traffic conditions.  Green, yellow and red color-coded for easy reference.

 

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Voice Recognition for updated Scout GPS Link – 2018 NX and 2018 RC

To learn more, stop by North Park Lexus at Dominion and visit with our Vehicle Technology Specialist.

 

 

How to Order Your 2018 Lexus LS

You can now order your very own 2018 Lexus LS directly from our team at North Park Lexus at Dominion.  The stunning new Lexus LS is available in 10 different colors and several new package options and features.  Before filling out your 2018 LS order form, check out how the 2018 LS is being built (as of right now) and discover the best way to order your 2018 Lexus LS 500.

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The 2018 Lexus LS 500 is available for order at North Park Lexus at Dominion

2018 LS 500: Standard Features

  • All-new 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 with 416 horsepower
  • Standard Lexus Safety System+
  • Navigation System
  • 19-inch cast alloy wheels
  • Bi-LED headlamps
  • Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Intuitive Parking Assist with Automatic Braking
  • 10-speed Direct-Shift automatic transmission
  • 4.6-second 0 to 60 (RWD)
  • 19/28/22 city/hwy/combined fuel economy estimates

2018 LS 500:  Exterior Color Choices

Pictures of each color (or at least what we think are the colors based on pictures we’ve seen so far) for the 2018 Lexus LS 500 listed below along with their respective names.

 

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Ultra White ( FSPORT) exterior color option for 2018 Lexus LS
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Liquid Platinum exterior color option for 2018 Lexus LS
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Manganese Luster exterior color option for 2018 Lexus LS
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Caviar exterior color option for 2018 Lexus LS
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Autumn Shimmer exterior color option for 2018 Lexus LS
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Eminent White Pearl exterior color option for 2018 Lexus LS
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Atomic Silver exterior color option for 2018 Lexus LS
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Obsidian exterior color option for 2018 Lexus LS
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Matador Red Mica exterior color option for 2018 Lexus LS
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Nightfall Mica exterior color option for 2018 Lexus LS

2018 Lexus LS:  Interior Color Choices

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Interior Color Choices on 2018 LS

The interior colors and the exterior combination options are a little less clear, but from what we can understand from the handy Lexus color chart, you can choose from either Black, Noble Brown, Parchment, Flaxen (base only), Chateau, White (Executive Package only) or Circuit Red (FSPORT only).  The interior color choices will be based on the package that you choose for your 2018 Lexus LS – so, you might as well take note on which interior you prefer since the different interior colors will be available based on which package you choose.

The picture above shows the 2018 LS with the Noble Brown interior (top picture), the White interior (Executive Package) and Black (FSPORT).  Below you can see a great picture of the new LS with the Parchment interior (this will be a popular choice for South Texans, we’re sure) and a collection of other interior choices.

 

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Parchment interior color option for 2018 Lexus LS
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2018 Lexus LS interior options

2018 Lexus LS:  Package Options

#1  Base Package

Includes 19″ Wheels, standard Navigation and everything else listed under standard features.  The Base Package is available in the following color combinations:

  • Eminent White Pearl with either Black, Parchment or Flaxen interior
  • Liquid Platinum with Black interior
  • Atomic Silver with Black, Parchment or Flaxen interior
  • Manganese Luster with either Black, Parchment or Flaxen interior
  • Obsidian with either Black, Parchment or Flaxen
  • Caviar with either Black or Parchment
  • Matador Red with either Black or Parchment
  • Autumn Shimmer with either Parchment or Flaxen
  • Nightfall Mica with Parchment or Flaxen

 

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2018 Lexus LS with Interior Upgrade Package

 

#2 Interior Upgrade Package (IU)

Includes the Base Package, plus: Quilted-stitch perforated Semi-Aniline leather interior, 28-way power driver’s seat with multifunction massage, Ultrasuede headliner, Power seatbelt buckle, Wood and Semi-Aniline leather-trimmed center console, Semi-Aniline leather-trimmed door armrests.

** Our Favorite Features:  Power full-coverage rear window sunshade (it’s HOT in San Antonio!), Premium Wood Trim (Artwood Organic, Artwood Herringbone or Laser-Cut Special Wood), 28-way power and pneumatic driver’s seat with massage and the 20-way front passenger seat with massage

The LS with the Interior Upgrade Package will be available in the following color combinations:

  • Eminent White with Black, Parchment, Chateau or Noble Brown
  • Liquid Platinum with Black or Chateau
  • Atomic Silver with Black or Parchment
  • Manganese Luster with Black, Parchment, Chateau or Noble Brown
  • Obsidian with Black, Parchment or Noble Brown
  • Caviar with Black, Parchment, Chateau
  • Matador Red Mica with Black, Parchment or Chateau
  • Autumn Shimmer with Parchment or Noble Brown
  • Nightfall Mica with Parchment or Noble Brown

# 3 Luxury Package (LL)

Includes Interior Upgrade Package, plus: 20-inch sputter-finish multi-spoke wheels, 18-way power-reclining outboard rear seats with memory, Remote adjustment for passenger seat, Four-zone climate control, including rear overhead ducts and air purifier, Four-zone Climate Concierge with Climate-comfort front and outboard rear seats and infrared sensors, Power side-window sunshades, 7″ touchscreen rear-center armrest controller, Rear-seat knee airbags.

** Our Favorite Features:  Rear 7-inch high-res touchscreen controller, 360-degree Pano View Monitor, Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) with air springs and rapid height function.

The LS with the Luxury Package will be available in the following color combinations:

  • Eminent White with Black, Parchment or Noble Brown
  • Liquid Platinum with Black or Noble Brown
  • Atomic Silver with Black, Parchment or Noble Brown
  • Manganese Luster with Black, Parchment or Noble Brown
  • Obsidian with Black, Parchment or Noble Brown
  • Caviar with Black, Parchment or Noble Brown
  • Matador Red Mica with Black or Parchment
  • Autumn Shimmer with Parchment or Noble Brown
  • Nightfall Mica with Parchment or Noble Brown

 

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Four-zone Climate Concierge on 2018 LS with Luxury Package

#4 Executive Package with Kiriko Glass (LZ)

Includes Luxury Package, plus: 20-inch forged aluminum 10-spoke wheels with a high-buff finish, Butterfly power-retractable front headrests, 22-way power rear seats with butterfly headrests, memory and multifunction massage, Rear-right power recliner with sliding ottoman, Kiriko cut-glass door trim, Hand-pleated interior door trim.

** Our Favorite Features: EVERYTHING!

The LS with Executive Package will be available in the following color combinations:

  • Eminent White with Black, Chateau or White
  • Liquid Platinum with Black, Chateau or White
  • Atomic Silver with Black or White
  • Manganese Luster with Black, Chateau or White
  • Obsidian with Black or White
  • Caviar with Black, Chateau or White
  • Matador Red Mica with Black, Chateau or White
  • Autumn Shimmer with Black or White
  • Nightfall Mica with Black or White

 

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2018 LS Executive Package with Hand-Pleated interior door trim and Kiriko cut-glass door trim

#5 F SPORT Package (FK)

F SPORT staggered 20-inch 10-spoke cast aluminum wheels, F SPORT exterior styling, Six-piston front brake calipers with 15.7″ ventilated discs, Four-piston rear brake calipers with 14.1″ ventilated discs, F SPORT-tuned suspension, LFA-inspired sliding instrumentation, F SPORT perforated leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob, F SPORT 28-way power front seats with enhanced bolsters, perforations, and embossed headrests, F SPORT perforated leather rear-seat trim, Aluminum pedals and interior trim, Ultrasuede headliner

The 2018 LS with F SPORT Package will be available in the following color combinations:

  • Ultra White with Black or Circuit Red
  • Liquid Platinum with Black or Circuit Red
  • Atomic Silver with Black or Circuit Red
  • Manganese Luster with Black or Circuit Red
  • Obsidian with Black or Circuit Red
  • Caviar with Black or Circuit Red
  • Matador Red with Black

 

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2018 Lexus LS F SPORT Package with a perforated leather shift knob

#6 F SPORT Performance Package 

Includes F SPORT Package, plus: Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS), Active Rear Steering and Active Stabilizers

The 2018 LS with F SPORT Performance Package will have the same color options as the LS with F SPORT Package listed above.

 

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2018 LS F SPORT with Circuit Red interior

After you’ve decided on the exterior color, package level, and corresponding interior color choice, you can now move on to any additional options – most of which are package specific so pay attention.

Options for 2018 Lexus LS

  • Lexus Safety System A+ (AP)
    • Pre-Collision System (PCS) – Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
    • Automatic Emergency Braking
    • Pedestrian Detection
    • Pedestrian Alert
    • Active Steering Assist
    • Front Cross-Traffic Alert (FCTA)
    • Lexus CoDrive
    • Lane Keep Assist with Lane Trace Assist and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
    • Road Sign Assist
    • Intelligent High-Beam Headlamps

Lexus Safety System A+ is available only on the 2018 LS with at least the Interior Upgrade Package (so no base models).

 

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Lexus Safety System A+ option for 2018 Lexus LS
  • Air Suspension with Rapid Height Function (AS)

AS is available on the LS with at least the Interior Upgrade Package when also grouped with the 360-degree Panoramic View Monitor or if you get the LS with Luxury Package and up.

  • Color Heads Up Display (GF)

This feature may be one of those “standard added options”, but if you order your LS then it looks like you can request to not have this feature (if you get a base package) since it requires Lexus Safety System A+ to be grouped with it.

 

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Color Heads Up Display with Lexus Safety System A+ on 2018 Lexus LS
  • High-grade LED headlamps with automatic high beams and Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS) – (IL)

This feature requires Lexus Safety System A+ so will not be available on the basic package.

  • Panoramic Roof (PR)

Fingers crossed this feature is built on the LS’s for our area!  To get PR  you also need at least the Interior Upgrade Package.

 

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Panoramic Roof option for 2018 Lexus LS

Have you decided on how you want to order your 2018 Lexus LS?  If you have, you can easily complete your LS order by contacting our sales team at 210-816-6000 or stopping by our Lexus dealership in San Antonio.  We can’t wait to see this stunning new Lexus on the road!

 

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2018 Lexus LS: Order Yours Today at Lexus Dominion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FAQ’s on Latest Lexus Tech

Lexus will be rolling out some new technology with the release of the 2018 models including Dynamic Navigation, Dynamic Voice Recognition, and in-vehicle Wi-Fi.  In anticipation of the release of this new technology, Lexus has already updated their FAQ’s page online so we wanted to share a few of those FAQ’s that provided us with the most insight into how the new tech is going to work.

 

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2018 Lexus NX Navigation System featuring NEW Dynamic Navigation

New Tech: Dynamic Navigation

What is Dynamic Navigation?

Dynamic Navigation provides you with the most up-to-date map data, routes and points of interest (POIs) on your embedded navigation system through real-time updates that are downloaded from the cloud.

What are the features of Dynamic Navigation?

Dynamic Map provides you with the most up-to-date map data through real-time updates via the cloud.

Dynamic Routing uses information from the server when calculating a navigation route to provide the most accurate and up-to-date routes and estimated times of arrival (ETAs).

Dynamic POI allows you to search for points of interest (POIs) with casual search terms as if you are using an Internet search box (assuming they mean Google).  There are approximately 14 million POIs on board and 20 million in the server/cloud.

How do I register for Dynamic Navigation?

You can register by logging in to www.mylexusenform.com and logging in with your LexusDrivers.com credentials.  We can also help you register for this Lexus connected service here at Lexus Dominion.

What settings can I control for Dynamic Navigation?

From your vehicle’s main menu, under “SETUP” >> “Navigation Settings” >> “Detailed Navi Settings,” you can switch Dynamic Route ON or OFF.

 

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Dynamic Navigation with Dynamic Routes on select 2018 Lexus models

New Tech: Dynamic Voice

What is Dynamic Voice Recognition?

Dynamic Voice Recognition is an enhancement to standard voice recognition that offers a more casual voice search experience by using natural language processing.  It also improves the accuracy of search results over standard voice recognition.

How will I know if my vehicle has Dynamic Voice Recognition?

Dynamic Voice Recognition is available on 2018 LS vehicles, and select 2018 model year NX and RC vehicle equipped with navigation (Lexus – embedded head unit).  Dynamic Voice Recognition is not available on vehicles with Lexus Display Audio.  That means you have to have the NAVIGATION PACKAGE to get this new feature.

What type of commands does Dynamic Voice Recognition support?

Dynamic Voice Recognition works across multiple components in your Lexus vehicle, encompassing commands for your phone, audio system and climate control.  If you’re interested in learning more about Voice Recognition, your vehicle’s (2018 LS, NX, and RC) Navigation System has a tutorial and Voice Recognition training information, which you can access by selecting “Settings” and then “Voice Recognition.”

How do I know Dynamic Voice Recognition is operating?

A symbol with a cloud and a spinning wheel will appear in the top left corner of your navigation display when Dynamic Voice Recognition is performing any activity.  If you only see a spinning wheel symbol, your vehicle is processing your command (so, be a little patient).

When is Dynamic Voice Recognition active in my Lexus?

Dynamic Voice Recognition works whenever your vehicle has cell coverage and you maintain an active Enform services subscription.

 

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Lexus Enform Services

New Tech:  Wi-Fi Hotspot

How do I begin the complimentary Wi-Fi trial?

You must register through the Verizon Wi-Fi Sign Up Page to activate the Enform Wi-Fi trial.  You can access this page in a variety of ways, including connecting your device to your vehicle’s Wi-Fi network, connecting your device to your vehicle’s head unit via Bluetooth and using the Wi-Fi Sign Up App, or by clicking the Wi-Fi link on My Lexus Enform or in certain Lexus marketing emails you will receive (probably after delivery).

 

What does the Wi-Fi Sign Up app do?

The Wi-Fi Sign Up app helps you sign up for your vehicle’s Wi-Fi hotspot.  You can click the web option to go to the Verizon Wi-Fi Sign Up Page or select the phone number to reach an operator who can walk you through the sign-up process.  You can also find your unique vehicle identifier (IMEI) that is needed to activate service.

How do I connect a device to my Wi-Fi hotspot in my vehicle?

Make sure your device’s Wi-Fi access is turned on (and make sure your vehicle is ON or at least in accessory mode).  Then, access the following information from your vehicle’s head unit/navigation system:

Use the “How to Connect” section on the head unit:

  1. Press the “Menu” button
  2.  Tap “Setup”
  3. Tap “Wi-Fi”
  4. Tap “How to Connect”
  5. Follow the three-step instruction set on the head unit.
    1. Step 1:  Turn on Wi-Fi on your device
    2. Step 2:  Search and select the Access Point Name from the Wi-Fi networks list on your device.
    3. Step 3:  Enter the displayed password on your device.

To find your Wi-Fi network name:

  1. Press the “Menu” button
  2.   Tap “Setup”
  3. Tap “Access Point Name”
  4. Find the Access Point Name on your device, then tap it.

To find your Wi-Fi network password:

  1. Press the “Menu” button
  2.   Tap “Setup”
  3.   Tap “Wi-Fi”
  4.   Tap “Password”, then toggle “Show Characters” to “ON”
  5.   Enter the password on your device to connect to the Wi-Fi network.

 

Will devices automatically connect to the hotspot after setup?

Yes, (thank goodness!) your device will connect automatically to the Wi-Fi hotspot after setup as long as the vehicle’s Wi-Fi hotspot and your connected device’s Wi-Fi are both turned on.

How do I turn the Wi-Fi hotspot on/off?

If you’ve already signed up for the Wi-Fi hotspot trial or subscription, navigate to the Wi-Fi menu and simply switch the setting to “ON” or “OFF” as needed.  The Wi-Fi hotspot will remain in an “ON” or “OFF” state until the service is deactivated or manually changed.

What is the download speed?

Verizon 4G LTE is up to ten times faster than 3G with network-to-device speeds of up to 12 Mbps.

How good is the Wi-Fi coverage?

Wi-Fi coverage operates through Verizon.  Wi-Fi hotspot coverage depends on Verizon’s available coverage (i.e.; so you don’t blame Lexus for spotty Wi-Fi).

Can I use my cell phone’s data plan on my vehicle’s Wi-Fi hotspot?

If you’re already a Verizon customer, you can add your vehicle’s Wi-Fi hotspot to your data plan.  If you’re not a Verizon customer, you will need to purchase a data plan with Verizon (after the trial is out).

What information do I need to provide to sign up for the trial?

Your unique Vehicle Identifier (IMEI) is needed to sign up for a subscription with Verizon.  Depending on how you reached the sign-up page, the IMEI may already be filled in.  If it is not automatically filled in, you can find this number in the bottom left-hand corner of the Wi-Fi Sign Up app, or a Lexus response agent (press the SOS button) can help you find it.  You will also need to provide your email address, name, phone number, and address.

What happens if I reach my data limit during the trial?

You will receive an email notification when you have reached your data limit during your Wi-Fi trial period.  When you attempt to use the Wi-Fi hotspot, your Wi-Fi connected devices (you can have up to 5 devices connected) will be re-directed to the Verizon Wi-Fi Sign Up Page to purchase a data plan.

 

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Wi-Fi and more on Navigation Package 2018 NX

To check out the FAQ’s page on the Lexus site you can click here.  For more information or if you have any questions for us, please let us know in the comments section below or by emailing us at jbrennan@lexusdominion.com.

 

 

 

Package Options and Pricing: 2018 Lexus NX 300

The 2018 Lexus NX will be arriving soon and with all of the updates, we have been anxiously awaiting the vehicle details and pricing on the first few NX’s that have been built for sale in our area.  You can still “build” the 2018 NX online at Lexus.com and view the complete details on what’s available for the 2018 NX, but for anyone interested in the actual vehicles that have been built already and are currently headed to San Antonio for sale, then we have package and pricing on the incoming 2018 NX 300 for you here.

 

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2018 Lexus NX 300

The starting package level lists for around $38,372 and is coming with all of the standard features (we will list the standard features at the bottom of this post) in addition to the new Power Rear Door with Kick Sensor, and a few accessories (at least on this specific incoming option) which includes the Accessory Package – Cargo Mat, Cargo Net, Wheel Locks, Key Gloves and Rear Bumper Applique and a personal favorite, Illuminated Door Sills.

We also have one other basic-level NX 300 incoming that’s built differently than the starting package level we typically see.  This particular incoming 2018 NX 300 lists for $37,803 and has Heated Front Seats and Accessory Package on top of the standard features.  Both options are still on a boat headed for the Long Beach Port with an ETA of tomorrow, October 17th.  What does that mean for us?  Once the new Lexus arrives at the port then you can usually add two weeks to that date for an estimated arrival date at our dealership, Lexus Dominion in San Antonio, Texas.

We’ve talked before on how you can tell the package level for the Lexus NX based on the wheels and it appears, from pictures released from Lexus, that you will still be able to do this on the 2018 model.  The wheels pictured on the above NX and seen below, appear to be the wheels you will see on the basic and starting package level 2018 Lexus NX.

 

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17-inch wheel on 2018 Lexus NX 300

The next price point up from the basic or starting package level includes the new Comfort Package that lists for around $40,818. There are a few additional options and packages on these vehicles listing for $40K including:

  • Comfort Package: Heated and Reverse-Tilt Auto-Dimming Outer Mirrors with Blind Spot Monitor (BSM), Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Heated/Ventilated Front Seats
  • Intuitive Parking Assist with Auto Brake
  • Power Rear Door with Kick Sensor
  • Power Tilt & Slide Moon Roof
  • Accessory Package

One of our first arriving Premium Package 2018 NX 300’s is Nebula Gray Pearl with the newly made available interior for non-F Sport NX models, Rioja Red interior.

 

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2018 NX 300 with Rioja Red interior and new Navigation Package

It appears that the NX 300 with Premium Package will be grouped together with the new Navigation Package.  At least this is the case for the first batch of 2018 models that we have incoming for late this month.  The new Premium Package with Navigation lists from around $43,643 to $44,102, depending on the accessories (which are all optional, of course).  Below are the additional features and packages found on the incoming Premium Package NX 300’s:

  • Auto-Dimming Inside Rear View Mirror and Lexus Homelink Garage Door Opener
  • Comfort Package
  • Navigation Package
  • Intuitive Parking Assist with Auto Brake
  • Power Rear Door with Kick Sensor
  • Premium Package:  18-Inch Wheels, Heated/Ventilated Front Seats, Premium LED Daytime Running Lights, Power Tilt & Slide Moon Roof, Power Tilt/Telescopic Steering Column, Memory Mirrors and Driver Seat including Lumbar Support, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert

 

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2018 NX Premium Package

 

2018 NX 300 18" Wheel:

Premium Package – New 18″ Five-Spoke Wheel for 2018 NX 300 Premium Package

 

The F SPORT Models

The NX F SPORT models will have most/all the same standard features as the standard NX 300 but also includes exclusive F SPORT only options.  These include:

  • Sport-Tuned Suspension
  • Drive Mode Select with SportS/S+ modes
  • F SPORT NuLuxe Seats with enhanced bolsters
  • Metallic Sport Trim
  • Perforated Leather-Trimmed F SPORT Heated Steering Wheel with Paddle Shifters
  • Cornering Front Fog & Driving Lamps
  • Premium LED Daytime Running Lights with integrated turn indicators
  • F SPORT Door Scuff Plate
  • Active Sound Control
  • 18″ F SPORT Wheels with All-Season Tires
  • All Black Headliner
  • G-Force and Turbo-Boost Displays
  • Aluminum Sport Pedals
  • Black Outside Mirrors
  • F SPORT front fascia and mesh grille insert
  • F SPORT front-fender and rear-door badges

The 2018 NX 300 F SPORT that we have coming in for sale, is being built with and without Navigation and in either 2WD (typically more common for Texas dealers) or AWD.  One of the first-to-arrive 2018 NX F SPORT vehicles that we have available lists for $43,778.  This NX 300 F SPORT is 2WD and has the new Circuit Red interior for F SPORT models in addition to the Premium F SPORT Package.  Below is a list of options for the 2WD, non-nav NX F SPORT listing for $43- $44K:

  • Auto-Dimming Inside Rear View Mirror with Compass and Homelink Garage Door Opener
  • 18″ F SPORT Wheels
  • Power Rear Door with Kick Sensor
  • Premium F SPORT Package
  • Accessory Package

 

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2018 NX 300 F SPORT

The NX 300 F SPORT 2WD with Navigation that we have coming in lists for around $47,218 (quite a price jump for NAV on F SPORT models).  This NX 300 F SPORT has the following packages:

  • Auto-Dimming Inside Rear View Mirror and Lexus Homelink Garage Door Opener
  • 18″ F SPORT Wheels
  • LED Headlamps with Auto High Beam & Lane Departure Mirror
  • Navigation Package
  • Intuitive Parking Assist with Auto-Brake
  • Power Rear Door with Kick Sensor
  • Premium F SPORT Package

 

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2018 NX 300 F SPORT interior in Black

We also have an AWD NX 300 F SPORT with Navigation that is incoming.  This NX F SPORT lists for $47,798 and has the following features and options:

  • Adaptive Variable Suspension
  • Auto-Dimming Inside Rear View Mirror and Lexus Homelink Garage Door Opener
  • F SPORT Package:
    • Navigation Package
    • Intuitive Parking Assist with Auto Brake
    • Power Rear Door with Kick Sensor
    • Premium F SPORT Package
  • Accessory Package

 

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2018 NX 300 F SPORT with LED Cornering Lights

Need a refresher on what’s standard on the updated 2018 Lexus NX 300 or are you wondering what’s all included in the Navigation Package, Premium Package and other Packages we listed above?  We’ve got a complete list of features included on the 2018 NX for you right here.

All NX models and package levels listed above will include the following standard features:

  • SmartAccess with push-button Start/Stop
  • Drive Mode Select
  • Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control with Interior Air Filter
  • Power-Folding Outside Mirrors
  • Power Windows with one-touch auto open/close
  • NuLuxe interior
  • Leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob
  • Lexus Display Audio with 8-inch Color Multimedia Display and Scout GPS Link with Map Stream and Turn Stream – complimentary for the first 3 years of ownership
  • Remote Touchpad
  • Eight-Speaker Lexus Premium Surround Sound System
  • Back up Camera
  • Roof Rails
  • Bluetooth and USB Smartphone Connectivity
  • Subscription-free Traffic and Weather Updates via HD Radio
  • Siri Eyes Free
  • Lexus Safety System+
  • Eight standard airbags
  • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)
  • Lexus Enform Safety Connect and Service Connect.  Complimentary for the first 10 years of ownership.
  • Lexus Enform Remote app and Destination Assist.  Complimentary for the first year of ownership.
  • Complimentary Maintenance Services – first two services
  • 2,000-lb towing capacity (NX 300)

 

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2018 Lexus NX 300

Comfort Package 

  • Heated and Ventilated Front Seats
  • Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Auto-Dimming Heated Outside Mirrors with Auto-Tilt Down in reverse feature

Premium Package – currently coming with Navigation Package but will more than likely be available without navigation for upcoming builds.

  • Includes Comfort Package, plus:
  • Lexus Memory System to control power driver’s seat, outside mirrors, and steering column
  • Power tilt and telescopic steering column
  • Power Moon Roof
  • Enhanced LED daytime running lights (DRL) with integrated turn indicators
  • 18-inch split-five-spoke alloy wheels and all-season tires

Luxury Package – always comes with Navigation

 

  • Includes Premium Package, plus:
  • Linear Black Shadow Wood Interior Trim
  • Perforated Leather-Trimmed Interior
  • Rain-Sensing Wipers
  • Heated Steering Wheel

 

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Power Folding Rear Seats found on Luxury Package NX 300

Navigation Package – will come with Premium Package, Luxury Package, and F SPORT models

  • Navigation System with Lexus Enform App Suite 2.0
  • 10.3-inch High-Resolution Split-Screen Multimedia Display
  • Lexus Enform Destination Assist – complimentary for 1st year
  • Lexus Enform Dynamic Navigation – complimentary for first 3 years
  • 10-Speaker Lexus Premium Sound System
  • Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror with Homelink

 

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Lexus Enform App Suite 2.0 

NX 300 F SPORT – available with or without navigation

  • F SPORT-tuned suspension
  • Drive Mode Select adds SportS/S+ modes
  • F SPORT front seats with enhanced bolsters
  • F SPORT perforated leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob
  • Race-inspired Paddle Shifters
  • G-force and turbo-boost displays
  • Metallic Sport interior trim
  • Aluminum pedals
  • Black headliner
  • F SPORT front fascia and mesh grille insert
  • F SPORT front-fender and rear-door badges
  • Black outside mirrors
  • F SPORT 18-inch split-five-spoke alloy wheels and summer tires OR 18-inch split-five-spoke alloy wheels with Gloss Black machined finish and all-season tires

 

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2018 NX 300 F SPORT

Individual Optionsthe ( ) will include any package it is most commonly grouped with for NX built for sale

  • Panoramic View Monitor (Premium Package with Navigation & F SPORT with Navigation)
  • Heated Front Seats (basic model)
  • Power-Folding and Reclining Rear Seatbacks (Luxury Package)
  • Power Moon Roof (Premium Package and up)
  • Heated Steering Wheel ( F SPORT models and Luxury Package)
  • Premium Triple-Beam LED Headlamps
  • Adaptive Variable Suspension ( F SPORT models)
  • Touch Free Rear Power Door (a “standard” added option)

For more information, call our sales team at 210-816-6000 or visit us online at www.lexusdominion.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ultimate Guide: 2018 LS

 

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Forged from Passion

Chief Designer Koichi Suga was tasked with developing a concept for the next-generation LS flagship and after hundreds of sketches, Suga landed on an idea illustrating the wheels of the next-gen LS as fireballs.  This sketch led to a design theme, “Forged from Passion” which is also the title of the Lexus LS Reveal Video and the perfect overarching theme for the redesigned sedan that launched a brand back in 1989.  With the fifth-generation LS arriving at dealerships in just a few months time, we’ve compiled details and info on the new flagship and put together the ultimate guide to the 2018 Lexus LS.

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The 2018 Lexus LS 500 will debut with a new twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 engine that was specifically designed for the new Lexus LS.  The new turbocharged V6 delivers 416 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque, both an increase in power compared to the current model’s V8 output.  The new LS uses the same 10-speed direct-shift automatic transmission that’s on the new LC coupe and, despite having two additional gears, the new LS transmission weighs the same as the outgoing 8-speed gearbox.  The new LS shares the GA-L chassis as the LC coupe, we found out with the LC debut, and has taken full advantage of the lower profile and longer wheelbase to optimize driving position, vehicle dimensions and vehicle weight.  Compared to the current LS model, the new LS 500 is 0.6 inches lower overall, with the hood about 1.2-inches lower and the trunk 1.6 inches lower.  With the front tires moved forward and both the driving position and twin-turbo V6 engine moved rearward, the center of gravity sits at 1.2-inches higher than the LC coupe.

 

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2018 Lexus LS layout

Exterior

The spindle grille on the new Lexus LS has evolved beyond ornamentation and is at the very core of the flagship’s entire design.  Even the exterior lighting builds on the current trend of incorporating the Lexus L pattern as seen in both the front triple beam LED headlamps and rear taillights.

 

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Triple Beam LED headlamps on 2018 LS

 

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See the “L” pattern in the rear taillights?

The F SPORT package takes the spindle grille even further with its own exclusive front mesh grille design, along with black plating applied to grille frame, rocker molding accents, and trunk lip.

 

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2018 Lexus LS  FSPORT

Notable Extras (re: awesome!)

We’ve recently learned that the 2018 LS 500 will be available with a new Panoramic Glass Roof and an available, foot-activated hands-free power trunk feature!  The Panoramic Roof will feature a front glass panel that extends out and slides to the rear.  The front and rear parts of the roof are painted black to match the glass and the rear glass panel is a couple inches wider for a more expansive view.

 

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Panoramic View Glass Roof available on 2018 Lexus LS 500

 

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Foot-activated, hands-free rear power trunk for 2018 Lexus LS

 

The Colors

The new LS will be available in 10 colors, with some of those color options only on non-F SPORT models while the Ultra White option is exclusive to the F SPORT package.

 

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Exterior Colors for 2018 Lexus LS

 

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Autumn Shimmer on 2018 Lexus LS

 

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NEW Color:  Manganese Luster on 2018 Lexus LS

 

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Ultra White is F SPORT Package Exclusive on 2018 LS

 

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Matador Red Mica on 2018 Lexus LS

 

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Liquid Platinum on 2018 LS

The Wheels

The 2018 LS will be available with five wheels – four are newly developed designs and one 20-inch forged wheel design is shared with the new Lexus LC coupe.  The Noise-Reduction Wheels are designed to suppress road noise and is accomplished using a hollow section in the rim that resonates with the air in the tires, causing friction and converting sound waves to heat, as reported by Lexus Enthusiast.  We’ve also learned that the new LS will have Run-Flat Tires as a standard feature and the LS models equipped with 19-inch wheels and 20-inch wheels will have all season tires.

 

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5 Wheel Options for 2018 Lexus LS

Interior

The interior of the 2018 Lexus LS is a true showstopper.  Infused with the Omotenashi Japanese concept of hospitality, the seats are at the very heart of the LS interior.  Designed to mimic the comfort of a plush armchair with expansive armrests, the 28-way power front seats definitely deliver.  A recent Lexus Enthusiast article best explains the new seat design and function:

 

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Seat Controls in 2018 Lexus LS

“As seen in the illustration, electric motors have been combined with a pneumatic system for control of the entire seat.  Basic adjustments are made using the usual side switches, but the seat can be fine-tuned using the multimedia display.

  • Side of seat control: Sliding, reclining, lifter and tilting, variable cushion length, lumbar support front and back movement, lumbar support up and down movement
  • Multimedia Display Seat Controls:  Lumbar support front and back movement, lumbar support up and down movement, headrest up and down movement, headrest front and back movement, back pelvis support, hip support, shoulder support, backside support, cushion side support, front refresh function

The front seats also allow for easy entry and exit, with an automatic raising and lowering of the seat.  The outside thigh bolster will even compress so as not to get in the way.  Beyond this excess customization, Lexus has taken the front seats one step further by adding an available massaging option:

 

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Seat Massage in 2018 Lexus LS

To read the full analysis from Lexus Enthusiast click here.

The standard LS will have five interior colors to choose from as seen in the chart below:

 

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2018 LS Interior Color Choices

The Executive Package (which warrants it’s own post… coming soon) will offer 3 interior colors, including an interior with black, hand-pleated leather door panels and Takumi laser-cut Kiriko glass.  The 2018 LS F SPORT will have 2 options: Black and Circuit Red.

 

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Executive Model Interior Options

 

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2018 LS F SPORT with Black interior

The Technology – Our Cliff’s Notes Version (yes, really)

 

 

 

It’s all about the details.  The new instrument panel on the 2018 LS, which is an 8-inch TFT LCD display, is surrounded by stitched leather whereas the F SPORT instrument panel looks almost identical to the LFA supercar.

 

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8-inch TFT LCD Multi-Information Display on 2018 LS

 

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F SPORT Multi-Information Display on 2018 Lexus LS

The 2018 LS will be built with the 12.3-inch high-resolution screen as a standard feature and for the first time in a Lexus, a 4G LTE Data Communications Module (DCM) has been installed for data transmission which allows for dynamic map updates – real-time map updates downloaded from the cloud, dynamic routing and “one box POI” – Points of Interest can now be found through more casual voice recognition for the approximately 14 million POIs on board and 20 million in the cloud.

 

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Standard 12.3-inch Navigation and Multimedia Display in 2018 LS

The 2018 LS will also feature the new Lexus Enform, now complimentary for 10 years, even over different owner changes and offer a Wi-Fi Hotspot, which allows for five devices to use a shared data plan via Lexus Enform.

 

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Lexus Enform Complimentary for First 10 Years on 2018 Lexus LS

The new Heads Up Display, which is the currently the largest in the premium large sedan class, measures 24-inches by 6-inches.  The HUD image appears to be projected 9 feet, 10-inches ahead of the driver which reduces the need to change focus between the display and objects in front of the vehicle.  The new TFT backlight optical lens has a max brightness of 13K candela per square meter which is 2K more than the current RX HUD.

 

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Dynamic and LARGE: new HUD in Lexus LS

The LS Climate Control System is just as impressive as the rest of the new systems and features an infrared matrix sensor system to accurately determine the heated and cooling requirements within the cabin, allowing for finer control of the interior temp.  The sensors have also grown in number with LS temp sensors increasing from 6 to 16, providing a more detailed mapping of the interior which enables the AC to self-adjust for heat caused by uneven sunlight and chill from shadows.  This new system, coupled with Climate Concierge, guarantees to deliver the desired temperature for you and all of your occupants.

 

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LS Climate Concierge and Climate Control System

The Sound Systems offered on the 2018 Lexus LS goes beyond imagination and the optional Mark Levinson 3D QLI Reference Surround Sound System with 7.1 channels and 23 speakers in 16 locations throughout the cabin (including 2 speakers in the ceiling) produce the equivalent of 2400 watts.  The Mark Levinson system is the world’s first automotive use of Quantum Logic Immersion, which digitally separates audio into individual streams – vocals, instruments, and spatial sound information.  These streams are then remixed throughout the LS to match the original arrangement of the musicians on stage or in the studio, placing each sound in the area you would expect to hear it in a LIVE performance. One word: WOW.

 

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Mark Levinson 23 Speaker Sound System in 2018 Lexus LS

As with other Lexus models, the 2018 LS will come with standard Lexus Safety System+, but it is the first Lexus to also offer a more advanced suite of systems on top of LSS+ called Lexus Safety System+ Advanced (we’ve talked about this new system in an earlier post).

 

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Lexus Safety System+ compared to Lexus Safety System+ Advanced (LSS+AP)

According to Lexus Enthusiast, the advanced system relies on an extended suite of cameras and sensors as you can see below:

 

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LSS+ AP with an extended suite of cameras and sensors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are quite a few Lexus and world first technologies including an updated version of the Pre-Collision System which adds Forward Collision Warning and Automatic Emergency Braking with Active Steer and Pedestrian Alert.

 

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LSS+AP with Pre-Collision System and Pedestrian Detection and Alert

Front Cross Traffic Alert is also new for the 2018 LS and uses front side radar sensors to detect approaching vehicles and bikes that may cross the vehicle’s path.

 

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2018 LS with advanced pedestrian safety features

The 2018 LS is also equipped with a Panoramic View Monitor, which displays the vehicle’s surroundings on the 12.3-inch display by using camera installed in the front, the left and the right outer mirrors and the rear:

 

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Panoramic View Monitor in 2018 LS

There are a reported 5 different modes to choose from with the new Panoramic View Monitor including:

  • Panoramic and Wide Front View
  • Panoramic and Side Clearance View
  • Panoramic and Cornering View
  • See-Through View (a rotating eye-level view around the car, as if the LS was fully transparent)
  • Moving View (displays a rotating bird’s eye image)

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Other advanced and notable tech and safety features include:

  • All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) with Full Speed Range
    • the first element of the new Lexus CoDrive system
  • New “Blinker-Linked” Control – when following a vehicle traveling slower than the set speed, signaling a lane change which will initiate acceleration to assist with passing and kicks in at 44 mph or greater (and will not kick in if there’s a car in the passing lane).
  • Lane Trace Assist – an upgraded version of Lane Keep Assist
  • Road Sign Assist – can detect road signs using the front camera, displaying on the MID and HUD
  • Parking Support Brake – helps navigate parking lots
  • Pop-up Hood (like the one on the LC)

 

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HUD Display for Frontal Collision Warning 

 

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2018 LS features rear support braking with world-first Rear Camera Detection

 

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2018 LS HUD showing Lane Change Assist

The BEST PART

What’s even more exciting is the recent news that the 2018 LS will start around $75K.  This low price point for such an advanced and beautiful crafted luxury sedan is enough to send the luxury auto market into a tailspin – one that could be as powerful as industry disruption that took place with the original LS introduction to the market in 1989.

What are you most excited to see on the 2018 Lexus LS?  Share in the comments section below or email us at jbrennan@nplexusdominion.com.

 

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The 2018 LS: Coming Soon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FAQ: Which Fuel Grade Should I Use?

This question comes up quite a bit, especially lately with recent fuel shortages.  Lexus recommends using Unleaded Fuel in every model, but the minimum octane rating does vary by model and, for some Lexus models, by the year.  Below is a list of all current models that need only the regular unleaded, 87 octane fuel and a list of the Lexus models with a premium unleaded, 91 octane fuel requirement.  IF you’re driving a model with a 91 octane requirement but cannot find a station with premium unleaded fuel, do not panic.  You can use a lower rating (just as long as it is unleaded) and your car will survive – go ahead and fuel up so you can get where you need to go then continue to use the required, higher octane the next time you need gas, or as soon as your favorite station has it available for you.

Regular Unleaded Fuel Requirement – 87 Octane

Lexus CT 200h – all model years (2011 – 2017)

Lexus ES 300h – all model years (2013 or newer)

Lexus ES 350 – 2012 or newer model years

Lexus NX 300h – all model years (2015 or newer)

Lexus RX 350 – 2012 or newer model years

Lexus HS 250h – all model years (2011-2012)

 

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2012 or newer Lexus ES requires Regular Unleaded Fuel

 

Premium Unleaded Fuel Requirement – 91 Octane

TIP:  If you drive a Turbo or any Lexus model with an “F” at the end of it- then go ahead and use the highest fuel grade available – keep those twin turbos spinning & maintain optimal performance.

Lexus GS 200t – all model years (2016 or newer)

Lexus GS 350 – all model years

Lexus GS F – all model years

Lexus GX 460 – all model years

Lexus IS 200t – all model years (2016 or newer)

Lexus IS 250 & IS 250c – all model years

Lexus IS 300 – all model years (2016 or newer)

Lexus IS 350 & IS 350c – all model years

Lexus IS F – all model years

Lexus LS 460 – all model years

Lexus LS 600h – all model years

Lexus LX 570 – all model years

Lexus NX 200t – all model years

  • Lexus NX 300  (2018 or newer – although it has a new name, it’s still a twin turbo engine)

Lexus RC 200t – all model years (2016-2017)

Lexus RC 300 – all model years (2016 or newer)

Lexus RC 350 – all model years

Lexus RC F – all model years

Lexus RX 450h – all model years

**  Lexus RX 3502011 Models or older

Lexus LC – all model years

Basically, if you drive a GS, IS, RC coupe, LS, GX or LX – always use the higher octane fuel so you can get the performance and fuel economy these models should give you.

When in doubt you can always reference your owner’s manual or just give us a call at 210-816-5000 to speak with our service team at North Park Lexus Dominion.

 

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The RC coupe and other high-performance models require a higher octane unleaded fuel for peak performance.