First Impressions of the 2018 Lexus RX L

The 2018 Lexus RX 350L has arrived at North Park Lexus at Dominion and we are loving what we see!  Not only are there more seats and versatility, but the RX L also features something new for the RX model that we have been wanting Lexus to add for some time now.  What feature has us the most excited about the new Lexus RX L?  Every new RX L will come standard with second-row armrest storage complete with two USB ports.  Finally, the back seat passengers will be able to charge and enjoy their devices without having to stretch a cord to the front center console.  This new, convenient feature plus the three-zone climate control, power fold-flat third-row seating and impressive cargo space have us loving this new Lexus RX.

 

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The 2018 Lexus RX L has arrived at North Park Lexus Dominion in San Antonio, Texas!

With room up to seven passengers, the new RX 350L offers an even wider appeal to drivers everywhere.  Whether it’s taking a couple extra kids to practice, driving your coworkers to lunch, or making room for your latest shopping excursion, the three-row RX has you covered.

Power-Folding Seats

Both the RX 350L (available now) and the RX 450hL (March production) feature power-folding third-row seats with 50/50 split that is not only versatile but extremely easy to use.  There are a few different ways you can get the third-row seats up or down with easy access from both the back seat (either side) and rear cargo area.

 

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2018 RX 350L rear cargo space with third-row seats down

 

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Controls for power fold-flat third-row seats in the new RX 350L

 

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Additional back seat accessible controls to raise and lower the third-row seats in new Lexus RX L

Cargo Space

The new RX L offers ample cargo space.  Even with the third-row seat up, the RX 350L has more cargo depth than a larger SUV.  The cargo space is impressive, to say the least, and allows for more than enough space for weekend purchases – the possibilities are endless and it’s quite frankly giving us shopping fever.

 

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Impressive cargo-space in the 2018 Lexus RX 350L

Style

Now that we have the new RX 350L here at our dealership, we can confirm that the extended length version of the RX does not sacrifice style for the extra space.  You can barely notice the longer length since the RX L thankfully, offers the same signature floating roofline that you see on the normal-length version.  The RX L offers the same bold design and style as the RX now with wraparound LED taillamps and bold front-end.

 

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The first 2018 RX 350L to be delivered at Lexus Dominion

 

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2018 Lexus RX 350L in the Delivery Bay at North Park Lexus Dominion

Interior Design and Features

The RX L is filled with an abundance of distinctive extras including all the same features that come with every other RX 350, and more.  The little extras really set the new RX 350L apart from the regular RX model.  Every RX 350L will feature two USB ports in the back seat center armrest console and dedicated climate control for passengers in the third-row.  This is extremely important for South Texas and we are thrilled that it is a standard feature on the new model.

 

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Rear center armrest console complete with USB ports

 

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Rear AC Controls and Vents for Third-Row in new RX L

What are your favorite features of the new Lexus RX 350L?  If you haven’t already, swing by North Park Lexus at Dominion to see and sit in the new model for yourself and let us know your thoughts.  Click here to view our in-stock inventory.

 

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2018 Lexus RX 350L at North Park Lexus Dominion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How to Turn it On: Blind Spot Monitor

We’ve all been there: you know you have a specific feature but you’re not quite sure how to turn it on.  Maybe it was never turned on for you in the first place but you know it’s there or maybe it was once turned on but unexpectantly got turned off by a guest driver.  Whatever the reason, you just want to know how to turn it on.  For our first installment in this new series, we’ll tell you how to turn on Blind Spot Monitor in your Lexus here.

 

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Turn on Blind Spot Monitor in your Lexus GX 460

 

Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert

What exactly is Blind Spot Monitor and how does it work?  Lexus explains:

Radar sensors in the rear quarters of the vehicle are designed to detect vehicles approaching from adjacent lanes. If it detects an approaching vehicle entering the Lexus’ blind spot, a solid light appears in the side-view mirror to increase the driver’s awareness. If the driver signals to change lanes while a vehicle is in the blind spot, the solid light flashes a warning. The radar sensors can alter their detection range based on signals from the steering angle sensor, which helps the system detect vehicles even when driving on curving roads. Rear Cross-Traffic Alert uses the same sensors to detect oncoming vehicles when a Lexus is backing from a parking spot or when backing from a driveway into a cross-street. A visual and audible warning occurs if cross-traffic is detected. The Blind Spot Monitor System with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert can be turned off with the push of a button—a benefit for certain driving conditions or when the vehicle is towing a trailer.

To sum it up, Blind Spot Monitor alerts the driver if a vehicle is approaching in an adjacent lane, while the Rear Cross-Traffic Alert assists the driver when backing up from a parking spot or pulling out of a driveway.

How to Turn On Blind Spot Monitor

You’ll find Blind Spot Monitor as a standard and common feature on most of the new Lexus models including the Lexus GS, LX, RX, ES, GX, LS, NX, RC, and LC.  Here’s how to turn it on for each model.

Lexus GS

Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert is turned on and off using the steering wheel controls and multi-information display.  Use your steering wheel controls to toggle over to the settings menu in your MID (looks like a gear).  Use your up and down arrows on your meter control switch and select “BSM”.  Each time the “.” is selected on the meter control switch, BSM is either turned on or off.  Make sure BSM is on by looking for the green BSM indicator light on the dash.  If you see that, then you know Blind Spot Monitor is turned on in your Lexus GS.

 

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Turn on Blind Spot Monitor using the steering wheel controls and MID on the Lexus GS.  The green BSM indicator light tells you when the feature is on.

Lexus LX

To turn on Blind Spot Monitor in the Lexus LX, you need to do perform the same operation – use your steering wheel controls and MID.  On the steering wheel, use the left and right arrows on the meter control switches and select the gear icon (settings).  Then use the up and down arrows on the meter control switches to select BSM then select the “.” to turn it on.

 

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Use the meter control switches and MID to turn on Blind Spot Monitor in the Lexus LX

Lexus RX

The Lexus RX also requires the use of your steering wheel meter controls and MID to turn on Blind Spot Monitor.

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Taken from RX Owner’s Manual

 

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Use the steering wheel meter control switches and MID in the Lexus RX to turn on or off Blind Spot Monitor.

Lexus ES

The Lexus ES is much easier.  All you have to do to turn on Blind Spot Monitor is push the BSM button that is located right under the outside mirror controls or your left knee if you’re sitting inside the Lexus ES.

 

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Blind Spot Monitor in the Lexus ES.

Lexus GX

We have a detailed how-to on turning on Blind Spot Monitor in the Lexus GX in another post but you can also reference these pictures to find out how to turn BSM on in your GX 460.

 

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First, push this button on the GX steering wheel.

 

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Next step you need to toggle up or down until you see BSM on the MID the press in “Enter.”

 

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Turn on Blind Spot Monitor in Lexus GX 460

Lexus IS

The Lexus IS is another model that makes turning on and off the Blind Spot Monitor feature super easy.  Just push the BSM button in and when you see the green light, you’ll know it is turned on.

 

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Turn on Blind Spot Monitor in the Lexus IS by pushing the BSM button located inside the driver’s door.

Lexus LS

The Lexus LS also has easy access to the Blind Spot Monitor on and off button.  Located conveniently inside the driver’s door to the left of the steering wheel.  Just press the button and when you see the green light, you’ll know it is on.

 

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Turn on Blind Spot Monitor in Lexus LS 460

Lexus NX

You can turn on or off Blind Spot Monitor in the Lexus NX by pressing the BSM button inside the driver’s door.  You’ll know it is on when you see the green light.

 

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Blind Spot Monitor in the Lexus NX

Lexus RC

Turn on Blind Spot Monitor in the Lexus RC the same easy way as the Lexus NX, IS and ES.  Just press the BSM button that is located right inside the driver’s door.

 

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Blind Spot Monitor in the Lexus RC coupe

Check back for our next edition of “How to Turn it On” where we explain how to turn on other useful features in your Lexus.  Email questions or requests for specific feature explanations by emailing us at sales@lexusdominion.com.  Safe driving!

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2018 LS 500 Packages and Pricing

True vision doesn’t just see the future.  It changes it.

The 2018 Lexus LS 500 is officially on the way to North Park Lexus at Dominion.  With just a handful allocated we still managed to secure a wide selection of color combinations and package options that are sure to find new garages to call home soon.  The new LS will debut a twin-turbocharged 416 HP engine with the first-ever 10-speed automatic transmission in its class (trust us, this car can move!).  The LS 500 will offer three premium wood trim designs so unique that they can take up to four months to complete and the LS 500 F SPORT Performance Package will offer Lexus-first active stabilizers that push the driving intensity even further.  We are thrilled to be able to offer all of these new and unique trim levels with the first allocation that is headed our way.  Let’s take a look at the packages and pricing for some of the first 2018 LS 500’s built for the Lexus community in South Texas.

2018 Lexus LS arriving soon to Lexus Dominion

Standard Luxury for Every LS

Before delving into the package options for the incoming 2018 LS 500, we should review the standard luxury and safety features which will be standard on every single LS.

  • Triple-projector ultra-compact LED headlamps with cornering lamps
  • Paddle shifters
  • Heated leather-trimmed steering wheel
  • Power-adjustable front headrests
  • Power Moonroof
  • LED taillamps and turn signals
  • Adaptive Variable Suspension
  • Drive Mode Select with Sport S+ and Custom Modes
  • Lexus Safety System+ including Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Lane Keep Assist, and Intelligent High-Beam Headlamps
  • Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Pre-Collision Braking
  • Intuitive Parking Assist with auto-stop
  • Back up Camera
  • Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management
  • 10 Airbags
  • Rain-Sensing Wipers
  • Auto-Dimming inside and outside mirrors with puddle lamps
  • Hands-free power open/close trunk
  • Auto Door Closer
  • Lexus Enform Safety Connect and Service Connect complimentary for the first 10 years of ownership
  • Lexus Enform Wi-Fi complimentary 4GB one-year trial included
  • Lexus Enform Remote app and Destination Assist complimentary for the first year of ownership
  • Lexus Enform App Suite 2.0
  • Lexus Enform Dynamic Navigation complimentary for the first 3 years of ownership
  • Navigation System with 12.3″ color LCD multimedia display
  • Lexus 12-Speaker Premium Audio System
  • Active Sound Control
  • Active Noise Cancellation
  • Remote Touchpad
  • Dynamic Voice Command with Bluetooth and USB smartphone connectivity
  • SmartAccess with push-button Start/Stop
  • 19-inch alloy wheels

With every LS having the above features, at the very least, you can already tell that the LS 500 rises to its flagship title.  Now, let’s check out the 2018 LS vehicles we have incoming to Lexus Dominion right now.

MSRP $83,758 | Eminent White Pearl with Black interior and Art Wood Organic

In addition to the standard items listed above, this “starting” package level LS will also include

  • Adaptive Variable Air Suspension with Rapid Height
  • Cold Weather Package
  • 19″ Split-10 Spoke Alloy Wheels with High-Gloss Finish
  • Interior Upgrade Package with Quilted-Stitch Perforated Semi-Aniline interior, 28-way Power Driver’s Seat with Massage, Ultrasuede Headliner, Power Front Seat Buckles and Heated Rear Seats
  • Panoramic View Monitor
  • Premium Wood Trim
  • Heated Wood and Leather-trimmed Steering Wheel
  • Accessory Package

 

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Ultrasuede Headliner on the Interior Upgrade Package 

 

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28-way power front seats with massage on Interior Upgrade Package

MSRP $85,478 – $85,877 |  Mark Levinson

Incoming Color Combinations:

  • Atomic Silver with Noble Brown interior and Art Wood Herringbone
  • Eminent White Pearl with Ivory and Art Wood Organic (add $399 for Illuminated Door Sills – $85,877)
  • Eminent White Pearl with Chateau (add $399 for Illuminated Door Sills – $85,877)

 

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2018 Lexus LS with Mark Levinson 

The features on this package level LS 500 are the same as the first LS package listed above, but will also include Mark Levinson 23-Speaker, 2,400 -Watt Quantum Logic Immersion Reference Surround Sound Audio System.

If you want the hot new LS color, Manganese Luster then you’ll be looking at the LS with MSRP around $86,073 for the Premium Paint add-on.

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MSRP $85,498 | F SPORT

Incoming Color Combinations:

  • Caviar Mica with Circuit Red
  • Matador  Red Mica with Black
  • Ultra White with Black

 

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2018 LS 500 F SPORT

The Lexus LS F SPORT that lists for around $85K will also include some notable extras:

  • Panorama Glass Roof
  • 20″ Split-Five Spoke Alloy Wheel with Dark Graphite Finish
  • Mark Levinson Sound
  • F SPORT Package: F SPORT exterior styling, F SPORT front bumper, Mesh Grille Inserts, Rear Diffuser & Lower Door Trim, Six-Piston Front Brake Calipers with 15.7-inch Ventilated Discs, Four-Piston Rear Brake Calipers with 14.1-inch Ventilated Discs, F SPORT-Tuned Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS), LFA-inspired Sliding Instrumentation, F SPORT Perforated Leather-Trimmed Interior with Leather Trimmed Steering Wheel and Shift Knob, Ultrasuede Headliner, F SPORT 28-way Power-Adjustable Front Seats and Embossed Headrests, Aluminum Pedals and Interior Trim

MSRP $101,377 |  Luxury

Incoming Color Combinations

  • Liquid Platinum with Black and Art Wood Organic
  • Liquid Platinum with Noble Brown with Art Wood Herringbone
  • Obsidian with Noble Brown and Art Wood Herringbone

 

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2018 Lexus LS 500 Luxury Package

 

 

The 2018 LS Luxury Package also comes with some impressive extras:

  • Lexus Safety System+ A – the latest and greatest version of Lexus Safety System+
  • 20″ Split 10 Spoke Alloy Wheels with Vapor Chrome Finish
  • 24″ Heads Up Display
  • LED Headlamps with Adaptive Front Lighting System
  • Mark Levinson
  • Panorama Glass Roof
  • Panoramic View Monitor

Finally, we have 1 incoming LS F SPORT with the all-new Performance Package.  This 2018 LS 500 F SPORT has the MSRP of $102,417 and has most/all of the features listed on the Luxury Package LS above, in addition to the F SPORT Performance Package exclusive options.

  • Variable Gear-Ratio Steering
  • Active Rear Steering and Active Stabilizer

 

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2018 Lexus LS 500 F SPORT Performance Package

To see the 2018 LS in-person or to learn more about the impressive LS 500, stop by North Park Lexus at Dominion and keep checking our website for the new LS inventory to arrive.

 

With a Flick of the Wrist: Connect Lexus Enform Remote to your Smartwatch

Lexus recently released a Lexus Insider article going over a new way to connect and use the Lexus Enform Remote app via the interface on your Apple Watch or Android Wear device.  We are loving this and if you already have an Apple Watch, an iPhone and a Lexus Enform Remote subscription then prepare yourself to get smart – we are going to give you the simple steps to connect.

 

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Lexus Enform Remote for smartwatch

First, let’s go over the requirements.

  • Lexus Enform Remote Subscription:  You must be logged into an active account via the Lexus Enform Remote app on your mobile phone.
  • Bluetooth Connection: Your smartwatch must be paired with your mobile phone via Bluetooth and both devices must be within the range of one another.
  • System Requirements:
    • Apple users must have:
      • iPhone with iOS version 10.0 or higher
      • Apple Watch running version 3.0 or higher
    • Android users must have:
      • Android phone with Android version 7.0 or higher
      • Android Wear smartwatch running version 1.5 or higher
  • No Cross-Platform Support:
    • If you own an iPhone, Lexus Enform Remote can only run on the Apple Watch and vice versa

The first step is making sure the Lexus Enform Remote app is installed on your mobile device and you have signed into your Lexus Enform account on the app.  Once that is done you can follow these directions:

  1. Tap “My Watch” on the Watch iPhone app to open settings.

 

 

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Tap “My Watch”

2.  Scroll down to find the list of the Apple Watch-compatible apps that are installed on your iPhone and select “Lexus Enform.”

 

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Select Lexus Enform from the app list

3.  Toggle the “Show App on Apple Watch” option to the “ON” position.

 

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Toggle to “ON” (green dot)

4.  If this is the first time launching Lexus Enform Remote on your Apple Watch then you will need to enter your Lexus Enform PIN.

 

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To launch, enter your PIN

5.  You will then need to answer a few questions:  Enable or disable the PIN requirement at app launch (yes, please!), Enable or disable voice commands and to accept the Lexus Enform Remote terms and conditions.

 

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Enable or disable PIN requirement

 

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Enable voice commands

 

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Accept the terms

Congratulations!  You have installed the Lexus Enform Remote app onto your smartwatch and can now adjust and check out the settings page in the mobile app for your smartwatch.  These settings allow you to enable or disable voice commands and Android users will also be able to activate or deactivate Invisible Mode, an option that allows commands sent from the smartwatch to be completed in the background and notifies the user once that task is complete.  The Mobile App Settings Page will also allow you to add a “Manage PIN & Fingerprint” option so to require your fingerprint to act as your PIN when using the app.

With Lexus Enform Remote for the smartwatch, you can access the following Enform Remote features:

  • Engine Start and Stop
  • Door Lock and Unlock
  • Vehicle Status
  • Vehicle Finder

Time to dust off the old Apple Watch, charge it up and get connected with Lexus Enform Remote!  For additional info or for your own personal tutorial on how to get this working, stop by North Park Lexus at Dominion and visit with Dalton Ellis, our Vehicle Technology Specialist.

 

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Settings in the Mobile app for your Apple Watch integration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amazing in Motion: 2018 LS

Recently our sales team had the opportunity to get up-close and personal with the all-new Lexus LS 500 during a Lexus College Ride and Drive Event and we are happy to report that it is truly amazing in motion (and while parked).  The new LS is a game-changer and the hype leading up to the redesigned flagship release is not only well deserved but in some respects underplayed.  We cannot wait until the new LS 500 is finally available to show off to all of our Lexus owners and guests at North Park Lexus Dominion.

Check out some of the highlights from our Amazing in Motion Lexus experience.

Amazing in Motion Lexus Event

The Colors

We tried to get a picture of every possible color available on the new Lexus LS.  Check them out here and let us know which is your favorite.

2018 Lexus LS 500 in Autumn Shimmer

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Obsidian 2018 Lexus LS 500 F SPORT

2018 LS F SPORT in Matador Red Mica

2018 Lexus LS in new gray exterior

2018 LS 500 F SPORT Ultra White

2018 Lexus LS 500 in Liquid Platinum

Human-Centered Engineering

We took the 2018 LS along with its top competing models on a drive around the track and surrounding neighborhood and were able to get a real-world feel of all the top luxury sedans on the market today.  The 2018 LS, all bias aside, wowed us all with its human-centric design and engineering.  Everything about the new LS caters to the driver and its occupants with ergonomic (and beautiful) design, outstanding visibility and sublime comfort.   From the advanced safety tech including the impressively large Heads-Up Display to the amazingly quiet cabin and easy to use features solidified this new LS as the ultimate luxury sedan.

All-new Lexus LS 500 demo of the new advanced Lexus Safety System A+

 

 

Test dummy Timmy at the Amazing in Motion Lexus LS Experience

Of course, Lexus Safety System+ is standard, as it is on every new Lexus model (except the GX), but the new LS 500 will also be available with an optional, even more, advanced safety package called Lexus Safety System+ A.  The new Lexus Safety System+ A package requires the new Heads Up Display and includes Pedestrian Alert, Active Steering Assist, Front Lateral Side Pre-Collision System (PCS), Lane Trace Assist (LTA), Front Cross-Traffic Alert and Road Sign Assist (RSA).

Unparalleled Luxury

Without a doubt, the 2018 LS raises the bar for luxury details and amenities.  Inspired by Omotenashi, the LS is a literal showcase of Lexus craftsmanship and the company’s newly found dedication to cutting-edge design.  The best part, the outstanding comfort, and luxury that has defined the success of the LS over the years has not been sacrificed and still offers the top luxury details for an unbeatable value.

2018 Lexus LS 500 in Executive Package

Artwood in 2018 Lexus LS 500

Executive Package back seat luxe with massage and room to lay down

Back seat seat and climate controls in Executive Package Lexus LS

The recent Lexus event, Amazing in Motion was exactly that – amazing.  We look forward to showing you all that the 2018 Lexus LS 500 has to offer when it arrives next month.  For more information on the 2018 LS, call our sales team at 210-816-6000 or visit us online here.

Our Lexus at Dominion Sales Team at Amazing in Motion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get Smart: Intelligent Parking Assist with Auto-Braking

Do you have a 2017 Lexus RX and want to show off the smart new feature that is currently exclusive to your Lexus year and model?  If you’re one of the lucky Lexus drivers of a 2017 Lexus RX you have a feature not found on any other Lexus model – as of right now, at least – called Intelligent Parking Assist with Auto Braking.  Pretty much every 2017 RX will have this smart safety feature if you have at least the Premium Package or specifically Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert.  How do you know if you have any of these features?  If your 2017 RX has a wood grain steering wheel, navigation or if you see a green “BSM” light on your dash then you can rest assured that you have this feature.

 

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2017 RX 350 with Premium Package and Navigation -this RX will have Intelligent Parking Assist with Auto Braking

 

How to Perform a SMART Demonstration:

  1. Check that “ICS” is turned on in the multi-information display.  Use the steering wheel controls to select the “gear” icon, then scroll down to highlight “ICS” and confirm that “ICS” is “ON.”
  2. Arrange solid barriers 6-13 feet in front of and behind the RX (you can use Styrofoam, cardboard, etc. for demonstration or actual barriers if you’re brave enough).
  3. Drive forward toward the barrier at 2-3 miles per hour (the ICS system is active at speeds less than 10 mph).
  4. Once the vehicle stops, you can take a breath and relax… or explain to your passengers that this smart system will hold the brakes for about 2 seconds.  You (the driver) must be ready to take over after this.
  5. Point out that ICS is now “OFF” in the multi-information display and an orange icon is displayed in the instrument cluster.
  6. Shift to Reverse and note that ICS turns “ON” in the multi-information display.
  7. Reverse toward the barrier behind the vehicle at 2-3 miles per hour.
  8. Once the vehicle stops, you can now be certain that your RX is the smartest car on the block.

For a personal demonstration, stop by North Park Lexus at Dominion.

 

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Lexus-Int.com

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