What’s New for 2019 LS & LC

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

The new Lexus LS 500 available now at Lexus Dominion

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

  • Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 including new features like Pre-Collision System with low-light preceding pedestrian and daytime preceding bicyclist detection, Lane Tracing Assist, and Road Sign Assist.
  • Lexus Safety System+ A will include Lane Change Assist.
  • Amazon Alexa integration and Apple CarPlay compatibility
  • New Color:  Satin Cashmere added to the line-up.
  • White Leather, previously exclusive to the Executive Package, will now be available with the Luxury Package.
  • The ever-popular 20″ Vapor Chrome wheels will be available on Executive Package.
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2019 LC Inspiration Series

What’s New: 2019 LC 500 & LC 500h

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

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

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Lexus LC 500 & LS 500 at Lexus Dominion.

 

 

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How to Use Apple CarPlay

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

  1. Establish an Apple CarPlay Connection
    1. Enable Siri on the device to be connected.
    2. Connect the device to the USB port found in the center console
    3. Select “Always Enable” or “Enable Once”.
    4. If “Do Not Enable” is selected, an Apple CarPlay connection will not be established.  In this case, the device can be operated as a normal Apple device, such as an iPod.
      1. Apple CarPlay will remain off until the “Apple CarPlay” setting in the general settings menu is turned on.
      2. Depending on the device connected, it may take approximately 3 to 6 seconds before an Apple CarPlay Connection is established.
    5. Select the “Apple CarPlay”.
    6. Check that home screen of Apple CarPlay is displayed on the ES multimedia/navigation screen.
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Apple CarPlay home screen displayed on the 2019 Lexus ES

Tips and Things to Remember

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

Functions that will be replaced by similar Apple CarPlay functions:

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

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

Apple CarPlay Troubleshooting Tips from Lexus


Issue:

An Apple CarPlay connection cannot be established

Solution:

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

Issue:

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

Solution:

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

Issue:

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

Solution:

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

Issue:

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

Solution:

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

Issue:

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

Solution:

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

Issue:

The touchpad does not vibrate on the Apple CarPlay screen.

Solution:

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

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

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

 

 

 

What’s New: 2019 Lexus GX 460

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

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

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

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

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Lexus GX 460 – 7 Passenger, 4WD Luxury SUV

 

 

What’s New: 2019 Lexus LX 570

Anyone in search of a fully capable luxury SUV should look no further than the Lexus LX.  Powerful enough to take on any terrain yet incredibly refined with an unbeatable luxe interior.  The 2019 LX 570, now available in both a two-row and three-row version is bolder and more versatile than ever with several enhancements and updates for the 2019 model year.  Check out what’s new for the 2019 Lexus LX 570 here:

What’s New for 2019 LX:

  • Lexus monogram illumination puddle lamps (Luxury Package)
  • Digital Clock added to the Multi-Information Display (finally!)
  • Push-Button Start switch has been changed from convex to concave style with an illumination production feature. (Slowly blinks when entering the vehicle with rapid blinking when starting the engine.)
  • Lexus Enform Remote now includes smartwatch and Amazon Alexa Skill Integration.
  • NEW Luxury Package Option for two-row LX (Southern Area)
  • Nightfall Special Edition (three-row LX – only 250 total built – production begins in October and runs through February 2019)
    • Darkened Headlamps, fog lamps, and taillamps
    • Black grille and grille surround
    • Black rear lamp, license plate, and black door garnishes
    • Black roof rails, door handles
    • Black 21″ wheels
    • Moonlight White interior with Black headliner and black armrest
    • Contrast stitching

The 2019 Lexus LX will be arriving in October (possibly late September).  We will keep you posted with the 2019 Lexus updates and if you have a question on anything, in particular, let us know in the comments section below or call our sales team at Lexus Dominion at 210-816-6000.

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Special Edition coming for 2019 Lexus LX 570

 

 

 

2019 Lexus ES Pricing

Lexus recently announced the long-awaited pricing for the all-new Lexus ES 350 and ES 300h which are due to arrive at dealerships this September.  With loads of new features, advanced safety, technology and a head-turning design, the 2019 Lexus ES will only go up in price by $550 from the 2018 ES that is available (and on sale!) now.

2019 Lexus ES 350 Pricing and Package Options

The 2019 Lexus ES 350 will be built in “Model Tiers” – similar to the GX – in that you will be able to choose from the Standard ES model (9000 model code), the Luxury ES model (9002 model code), the Ultra Luxury model (9004 model code) and the F SPORT model (9005 model code).  Within these model tiers, you can choose from a few different package option builds and it looks like they will all come in priced slightly lower than what we originally expected (we made the following 2019 ES infographics last month- before pricing and details were confirmed).

The standard/base model ES 350 will have the MSRP of $40,525 and will include the standard features coming on every 2019 Lexus ES 350 that is built for sale (at least for the first September production).

Standard ES 350 – MSRP $40,525

2019 ES 350 standard basic model features and pricing
2019 ES 350 Standard Model – No Option Build and Price

Premium ES 350 – $43,680 MSRP

The Premium Package ES 350 will include the following added options:

  • BE – Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert & Intuitive Parking Assist with Auto Braking (we used BD which is the current option code in the illustration below)
  • CG – Wireless Charger
  • PM – Premium Package with Lexus Memory System for driver’s seat, outside mirrors and steering wheel, Power tilt and telescoping steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers, heated and ventilated seats
  • WV – Heated Wood & Leather Trimmed Steering Wheel with Windshield Wiper Deicer and Fast-Response Interior Heater
  • XE – Wood Trim
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Premium Package Options and Pricing for 2019 Lexus ES 350

Premium ES 350 with Navigation – $46,370 MSRP

The Premium Package with new 12.3-inch Navigation and Multimedia Display will have the MSRP of $46,370 (very close to our $47K estimate!) and it will include the following options:

  • BE – Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert & Intuitive Parking Assist with Auto Braking (we used BD which is the current option code in the illustration below)
  • CG – Wireless Charger
  • FT – 18″ Split 5-Spoke Alloy Wheels with Dark Silver and Machined Finish
  • NV – Navigation Package with 12.3-inch color multimedia display, Apple CarPlay compatibility, Lexus Enform Dynamic Navigation (Complimentary for the first 3 years of ownership), Dynamic Voice Command, Lexus Enform Destination Assist (Complimentary for the first year), 10-speaker Lexus Premium Sound System, Electrochromic (auto-dimming) rearview mirror with Homelink.
  • PM – Premium Package with Lexus Memory System for driver’s seat, outside mirrors and steering wheel, Power tilt and telescoping steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers, heated and ventilated seats
  • WV – Heated Wood & Leather Trimmed Steering Wheel with Windshield Wiper Deicer and Fast-Response Interior Heater
  • XE – Wood Trim
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Premium Package with Navigation – MSRP, and Options for the 2019 model year

The Luxury Model ES 350 will apparently be built one of two ways, for the September Production as well.  Both Luxury models will include Navigation and the Luxury Package as “standard” equipment.

Luxury ES 350 MSRP $49,765

  • BE – Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert & Intuitive Parking Assist with Auto Braking (we used BD which is the current option code in the illustration below)
  • CG – Wireless Charger
  • FT – 18″ Split 5-Spoke Alloy Wheels with Dark Silver and Machined Finish
  • HL – Triple Beam LED Headlamps
  • HM – Power Rear Sunshade
  • LL – Luxury Package (details not confirmed)
  • NV – Navigation Package with 12.3-inch color multimedia display, Apple CarPlay compatibility, Lexus Enform Dynamic Navigation (Complimentary for the first 3 years of ownership), Dynamic Voice Command, Lexus Enform Destination Assist (Complimentary for the first year), 10-speaker Lexus Premium Sound System, Electrochromic (auto-dimming) rearview mirror with Homelink.
  • OT – Hands-Free Power Open/Close Trunk
  • WV – Heated Wood & Leather Trimmed Steering Wheel with Windshield Wiper Deicer and Fast-Response Interior Heater
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Luxury Package ES 350 Options and Pricing for 2019 Model Year

Luxury ES 350 with Panoramic Roof and Head-Up Display – MSRP $50,765

This Luxury model option will include the same features listed above for the Luxury ES priced at $49K but will also include the Panorama Glas Roof and the new 10.2-inch Head-Up Display.

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2019 ES 350 Head-Up Display

The Ultra Luxury ES 350 model (9004) will be built one way and list for $53,095.  The UL ES 350 will have the following options:

  • BR – Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Intuitive Parking Assist with Auto Braking, Rear Pedestrian Detection, and Panoramic View Monitor
  • CG – Wireless Charger
  • FL – 18″ Split 5-Spoke alloy noise-reduction wheels with a high gloss finish
  • GF – 10.2-inch Head-Up Display
  • HL – Triple Beam LEDs
  • NL – Navigation/Mark Levinson Package which includes 12.3-inch Navigation Package plus Mark Levinson PurePlay 17-speaker, 1,800-watt Premium Surround Sound System
  • PR– Panorama Glass Roof
  • UL – details not confirmed
  • WV – Heated Wood & Leather Trimmed Steering Wheel with Windshield Wiper Deicer and Fast-Response Interior Heater
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Ultra Luxury 2019 Lexus ES 350 Options and Pricing

The new Lexus ES 350 F-SPORT model will be built two ways with the starting F-SPORT MSRP being $46,380 and the more fully equipped F-SPORT ES 350 coming in at $52,145.

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2019 Lexus ES 350 F-SPORT Options and Pricing

The more fully equipped ES F-SPORT is the one we have seen the most of in recent pictures.  Here is a breakdown of the features for the ES 350 F-SPORT priced at $52,145.

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2019 ES 350 F-SPORT with MSRP $52,145

Not to be outdone by the ES 350, the all-new ES Hybrid offers exceptional value, fuel efficiency and responsive performance with minimal emissions.  The updated Hybrid Drive System on the 2019 Lexus ES 300h will deliver an impressive 44 mpg combined average, making it the most fuel-efficient vehicle in the luxury segment that does not require a plug!  The ES 300h will be built in two model tiers – the Premium (9040 model code) and the Luxury (9042 model code).

The Premium Lexus ES 300h has the MSRP of $48,180 and will include the following option packages:

  • BE – Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert & Intuitive Parking Assist with Auto Braking (we used BD which is the current option code in the illustration below)
  • CG – Wireless Charger
  • FT – 18″ Split 5-Spoke Alloy Wheels with Dark Silver and Machined Finish
  • NV – Navigation Package with 12.3-inch color multimedia display, Apple CarPlay compatibility, Lexus Enform Dynamic Navigation (Complimentary for the first 3 years of ownership), Dynamic Voice Command, Lexus Enform Destination Assist (Complimentary for the first year), 10-speaker Lexus Premium Sound System, Electrochromic (auto-dimming) rearview mirror with Homelink.
  • PM – Premium Package with Lexus Memory System for driver’s seat, outside mirrors and steering wheel, Power tilt and telescoping steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers, heated and ventilated seats
  • WV – Heated Wood & Leather Trimmed Steering Wheel with Windshield Wiper Deicer and Fast-Response Interior Heater
  • XE – Wood Trim
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2019 ES 300h Pricing and Options – Premium Model

The Luxury ES 300h comes in at $53,670 and offers the following added options and packages:

  • BR – Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Intuitive Parking Assist with Auto Braking, Rear Pedestrian Detection, and Panoramic View Monitor
  • CG – Wireless Charger
  • FL – 18″ Split 5-Spoke alloy noise-reduction wheels with a high gloss finish
  • HM – Power Rear Sunshade
  • LL – Luxury Package (details not confirmed)
  • NL – Navigation/Mark Levinson Package which includes 12.3-inch Navigation Package plus Mark Levinson PurePlay 17-speaker, 1,800-watt Premium Surround Sound System
  • WV – Heated Wood & Leather Trimmed Steering Wheel with Windshield Wiper Deicer and Fast-Response Interior Heater
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2019 Lexus ES 300h Luxury Packages and Pricing

With the 2019 Lexus ES 350 and ES 300h arriving at North Park Lexus Dominion this September, we have some amazing offers on our remaining new 2018 models for our Golden Opportunity Sales Event.  To take advantage of these exceptional offers or to pre-order your 2019 ES, contact our sales team by calling 210-816-6000 or sending in an online purchase inquiry here.

 

 

How to Adjust Your Lexus Sound System Like a Pro

Lexus is devoted to experiences and the engineers at Lexus understand that one extremely important experience for any driver is the audio one. Whether you’re taking a cross-country road trip or just a quick drive up the block, the sound system plays an important role for every driver and passenger alike.  That is why Lexus and the team at Lexus Dominion want to make sure you’re making the most of your Lexus audio system.  Here’s how you can adjust your Lexus Sound System settings and take advantage of all that it has to offer for every trip – long or short.

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Audio To-Do List 

Your Lexus Audio To-Do List:

  • Get your Radio Presets in Order.  The new Lexus models allow you to assign up to 36 different radio preset stations and you can intermingle from all sources, including those from Sirius XM Radio.  36 presets can be a lot to cycle through and takes a lot of commitment to plan and program.  If you know what you like and don’t want the hassle of choosing stations you’re not even interested in, then we recommend you shorten your preset list.  To do this, go to the Menu icon then go to Setup/Audio/Radio Settings/Number of Radio Presets – once you’re here, you can then select fewer stations for the Preset mode.  You can then select the number that best fits your music needs: six, twelve, eighteen or keep all 36 presets – the choice is yours.
  • DSP Settings.  This is one of the most important settings to check and adjust.  The DSP Settings include the Automatic Sound Levelizer and the DSP Surround Sound option.  Both settings enhance your audio system and both will more than likely already be turned on for new owners taking delivery of their Lexus, but if not (or if you didn’t buy your Lexus from North Park Lexus at Dominion), then you can get to the DSP Settings via the DSP tab in the “Sound Settings” area for your specific Lexus model.
    • Automatic Sound Levelizer – this can be turned on or off (but should always be on).  When ASL is on, the system automatically adjusts the volume and tone quality according to vehicle speed in order to continually deliver a crisp sound regardless of ambient noise.
    • DSP Surround Sound – another setting which should ALWAYS be turned ON.  Why?  Having this turned on tells the audio system to harness the cabin speakers to deliver the most realistic sound possible.  This realistic audio experience is great -, especially with classical music.
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Surround Sound System in the Lexus ES
  • Go to the Movies – For anyone that’s had to wait in the car, using this feature is priceless.  Yes, it may seem outdated now but you can go about using this feature a few different ways now making it all the more useful.  If you have a DVD handy or just happen to be parked outside of one of those Redboxes, you can insert a DVD into the CD player (Lexus models with Navigation – Gen7 or newer OR has Mark Levinson audio) and watch away.  Of course, the car has to be parked.  The new way to enjoy the movies or the latest Netflix obsession is using the onboard Wi-Fi.  2018 Lexus NX, RC, and LS have 4GB of complimentary Wi-Fi for the first year and future Lexus models will be adding this feature with their multimedia updates.
  • Upgrade to Mark Levinson.  The standard Lexus Premium Sound System is great, but if you have the option to upgrade to Mark Levinson then do it.  The Mark Levinson options not only offer more speakers but also delivers superior sound quality thanks to advanced technologies that will “fix” different sound sources.  Using their own advanced Clari-Fi technology, the Mark Levinson system can increase the music download quality so that music streaming from your phone via Bluetooth or auxiliary port sounds just as clear as the old-school CD when played through high-end audio systems.  If you’re like us and listen to BT Audio as your primary music source, then the Mark Levinson upgrade with Clari-Fi technology is money well spent
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Mark Levinson Sound available in most Lexus models

Do you have tips on making the most of your Lexus sound system?  Let us know by sharing them in the comments section below or stop by North Park Lexus at Dominion and take us on an audio test drive.

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Get your audio settings right for the perfect Summer Road Trip.  Stop by Lexus at Dominion for help in setting up your system.

 

 

5 Things That Might Surprise You About the New Lexus ES

The 2019 Lexus ES 350 and ES 300h hasn’t even arrived and we’ve already written and read a large and varied selection of online reviews and model overviews.  With that said, since there is plenty of information out there for you to satisfy your 2019 ES inquiries, we wanted to share 5 things that you might not know about the redesigned Lexus classic and quite frankly might surprise you to learn.  In no particular order, here are 5 things that might surprise you about the new Lexus ES 350 and ES 300h.

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#1:  44 MPG – No PLUG Needed

That’s right.  The 2019 Lexus ES 300h will get an estimated 44 MPG which is the most fuel-efficient luxury car available today that does not require you to plug something in.  The 2019 ES 300h features a new, fourth-generation Hybrid Drive System that not only delivers impressive fuel economy but more power (20 additional horsepower and 12 additional pound-feet of torque) and a smoother ride with better handling.

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2019 Lexus ES 300h Instrument Display

#2:  The ES 350 and ES 300h have the same (increased) cargo space

Thanks to a new design platform, the brilliant engineers at Lexus increased the cargo space over the previous model to 16.7 cubic-feet of trunk space.  In addition to new, underfloor side pockets for smaller items, improved interior storage options including a more easily accessible dual hinge center console and door bins capable of holding 20oz. drink bottles or a 9.7-inch tablet, the ES 350 and ES 300h will also offer the same cargo dimensions.  How is this possible?  Well, Lexus relocated the (now) smaller hybrid battery pack to underneath the rear seat which really freed up the trunk space in the ES Hybrid.  No more trunk envy for hybrid owners and more space for all ES owners!

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2019 ES 300h – talk about that trunk.

#3:  More Cowbell

If you’ve ever driven or had the pleasure of being a passenger in a Lexus ES, you already know that this sedan offers an extremely quiet interior.  So how could Lexus keep the ES as quiet as it is while increasing the performance features that typically generate more noise?  We’ve found out that sound deadening insulation now covers 93% of the floor pan (up from 68%) while underbody covers and front fender lines further reduce road noise.  The Ultra Luxury and F-SPORT models take noise cancellation up another level with the installation of performance dampeners which reduce vibrations and absorb even the smallest instances of frame compression and/or flex to keep them from generating interior cabin noise.

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93% of the 2019 ES floor pan is covered in sound deadening insulation for sublime interior quiet.

#4:  There’s a new pattern in town

After reading the Lexus Enthusiast article, “Driving the All-New 2019 ES 350 & ES 300h” we were made aware of a new “wave” leather pattern that will be available with some packages (we’re thinking the Ultra Luxury).  This is one detail we never noticed until reading this Lexus Enthusiast post but it is something we will be looking for and using as one way to determine the package level from a picture!  Check it out below.

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Wave pattern in the leather of 2019 Lexus ES (Ultra Luxury)

#5:  Color Story

The stories behind the colors of Lexus are inspiring and something we enjoy sharing. Since there are two brand new colors for the 2019 ES, we just learned two new (albeit the condensed version, we’re sure) stories.

Moonbeam Beige Metallic, seen below, was designed to mimic golden light reflecting off fresh snow.

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Moonbeam Beige Metallic

Sunlit Green is said to replicate the color of ocean water that has been brightened by the sun.  Must be some murky water, but sounds good.

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Sunlit Green

We’re sure there will be many more details and surprises for us to discover once the 2019 ES 350 and ES 300h arrives this September.  Check back after the September release or swing by North Park Lexus at Dominion around the 3rd of September to see the redesigned Lexus sedan in-person at our Lexus dealership.

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Interior details in the 2019 ES

Provocative Elegance: the 2019 Lexus ES

The seventh-generation Lexus ES was designed around a central theme of Provocative Elegance.  Sitting lower than the current model with a coupe-like profile that is comparable to the stylish new LS, the 2019 ES is described as having a “Human-Centered Silhouette” thanks to its all-new GA-K platform.  The redesign of the classic Lexus sedan is definitely provocative and is sure to appeal to a wide range of drivers when it arrives at our dealership this coming September.   Let’s get a closer look at the all-new Lexus ES.

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2019 Lexus ES all-new GA-K Platform

Comparing the Current Model to the New One: Size Matters

The 2019 ES is 2.6-inches longer, lower by 0.2-inches and wider by 1.8-inches.  The wheelbase has been extended by 2-inches, with the tracks widened by 0.4-inches in the front and 1.5-inches in the rear.

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Comparing the Current and New Lexus ES

For an in-depth technical overview of the all-new Lexus ES, we recommend checking out the Lexus Enthusiast article – click here. 

The Color Options

The 2019 Lexus ES 350 and ES 300h will be available in 10 different exterior colors including Eminent White, Silver Lining Metallic, Atomic Silver, Nebula Gray Pearl, Obsidian, Caviar Mica, Nightfall Mica, Matador Red Mica and new Sunlit Green and Moonbeam Beige.

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2019 Lexus ES Color Options

There will be just three interior color choices available: Flaxen, Chateau, and Black. All three interior colors will come in either the standard NuLuxe (Premium Package/Base), Leather (Luxury Package) or Semi-Aniline Leather (Ultra Luxury Package) and be offered with a handful of interior trims: Striated Black (standard/base model), Linear Dark Mocha Wood, Linear Espresso Wood and Matte Bamboo.

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Interior color choices for 2019 Lexus ES
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Interior Trim Options for 2019 Lexus ES: Striated Black, Linear Dark Mocha Wood, Linear Espresso Wood and Matte Bamboo.

The 2019 ES will come standard with a bi-LED headlight with integrated LED daytime running lights and you’ll have the option to upgrade to the available triple-beam LED headlamps with an adaptive front lighting system and upgraded LED turn signals and side marker lamps.  We believe all package options will come with the full-LED rear combination lamps which feature a three-dimensional layered L-shaped design you can check out below:

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New Moonbeam Beige exterior color on 2019 ES with rear LED combination lamps.

The standard (non-F-SPORT) ES will be available with three wheel designs:

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Wheel Options for 2019 Lexus ES

The new ES 350 F-SPORT Package features a mesh front grille with a black chrome surround and black chrome accents around the rear trunk lid and standard rear spoiler.  The new F-SPORT package includes 19-inch cast alloy wheels and you will have eight exterior color choices and only two interior options.

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2019 ES F-SPORT Color Options:  Ultra White, Silver Lining Metallic, Atomic Silver, Nebula Gray Pearl, Obsidian, Caviar Mica, UltraSonic Blue Mica 2.0 and Matador Red Mica.

The interior will feature the same F-SPORT exclusive perforated leather-wrapped steering wheel found in the new LS F-SPORT and LC coupe as well as an 8-inch TFT instrument cluster with a movable ring (same design shared across the F-SPORT model line-up).  You get two interior color choices:  Black or Circuit Red NuLuxe.

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Black interior option for 2019 ES 350 F-SPORT
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Circuit Red NuLuxe interior option for 2019 Lexus ES 350 F-SPORT

The new ES F-SPORT sedan will feature an exclusive Hadori aluminum trim, Aluminum Sports Pedals and F-Sport bolstered seats with contrast stitching.

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Hadori Aluminum Trim in the 2019 Lexus ES 350 F-SPORT 
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2019 ES 350 F-SPORT in Ultra White

Once you decide on the color and whether you’re ready to go for the F-SPORT package or not, you get to choose from a variety of individual options – many of which will be included as part of the package level you ultimately decide to get.  Here’s a closer look at the interior and options coming on the new Lexus ES.

Hands-Free Power Trunk

Not only has the trunk space been increased by 1.5 cubic feet, for a total of 16.7 cubic feet in both the ES 350 and ES Hybrid, but an available Hands-Free Power Trunk is also coming on the 2019 model.  We are going to go ahead and assume this optional feature will be included in the Luxury Package-level ES and the Ultra-Luxury Package.

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Hands-Free Power Rear Trunk

Heads Up Display

Another option that we think will be included in the Luxury and Ultra-Luxury Packages built for sale on the 2019 ES.  The available 10.2-inch color HUD displays a range of information onto the bottom of the windshield in front of the driver including speed limit, engine speed, gear selection, local speed limit and other relevant data.  The Thin Film Transistor (TFT) backlit optical lens and project the image a virtual 8.2-feet ahead of the windshield for maximum visibility.

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Color Heads Up Display on 2019 Lexus ES

12.3-inch Navigation and Multimedia Display with Apple CarPlay

If you want your new Lexus ES to have Apple CarPlay then you’re going to have to get the 2019 ES 350 or ES 300h with Navigation – for those wanting one of the first ES’s built for sale in September.  For anyone willing to wait, the 2019 ES will start being built with Apple CarPlay for non-navigation models in October.

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Apple CarPlay on the 2019 ES with Navigation

Lexus Climate Concierge

Available for the first time on the Lexus ES, this smart system combines seat heating, HVAC and steering wheel heating to achieve the driver’s selected temperature.  This also works in reverse (for all the South Texan drivers) to provide all occupants with a cool interior.  We expect this feature to come on the Luxury and UL packages, but we really hope it ends up being a standard feature for the new luxury sedan.

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Climate Concierge on the 2019 ES

Interior Illumination (our favorite)

The new ES interior will feature LED’s for all interior illumination, with special attention given to nighttime ambient lighting.  This awesome feature should be available on the Premium Package, Luxury, and Ultra Luxury ES.

Sound Systems

The standard system is an 8-channel 10-speaker Pioneer audio system with a 296 W digital amplifier.  Of course BT Audio, HD Radio, Sirius XM Radio, Enform App Suite, USB/iPod Connections and a single CD disc player will also come on every ES.

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Standard Pioneer 10-Speaker Sound System

The upgraded Mark Levinson sound system with 17-speakers, surround sounds system with a 1800 W Digital Amplifier, Clari-Fi Technology, PurePlay, and 12-channels will also be available and a staple on the Ultra Luxury Package level ES and the premium-build option for the F-SPORT package.

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Mark Levinson Sound System available on the 2019 Lexus ES

Panoramic View Monitor

This feature will most definitely come on the Ultra Luxury Package level and we can see it as being an option for future Luxury builds.  The Panoramic View Monitor on the ES uses cameras installed in the front, the left and right outer mirrors, plus the rearview camera.  There are five different modes to choose from:

  • Panoramic and Wide Front View – provides a 180-degree view ahead of the vehicle using the front camera
  • Panoramic and Side Clearance View – uses images from the front and side cameras to show the vehicle from above and behind.
  • Panoramic and Cornering View – displays an image from the rear of the vehicle to assist while cornering.
  • See-Through View – rotating eye-level view around the car, as if the ES was fully transparent.
  • Moving View – displays a rotating bird’s eye image
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2019 ES with Panoramic View (but requiring the Park Assist be turned on for it to work – seen in the picture displayed on the navigation screen).

Other Notable Options

The 2019 Lexus ES will not disappoint and definitely lives up to the Provocative Elegance central theme designated to it while the new model was designed in Japan.  With so much to look forward to, we didn’t want to forget a few other notable options and features you will find on the redesigned 2019 ES arriving this September.

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Standard Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 
  • Lexus Safety System + 2.0 – includes new Lane Trace Assist, advanced Pre-Collision System that now includes pedestrian and daytime bicyclist detection, and Road Sign Assist which uses the front camera to detect road signs and display them on the MID and HUD.  All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control that will maintain vehicle-to-vehicle distance all the way to a complete stop. DRCC also includes “blinker-linked” control – when following a vehicle traveling slower than the set speed, signaling a lane change will initiate acceleration to assist in passing.  This kicks in at speeds of 44 mph or greater and will not activate if there is a car in the passing lane.
  • 10 Standard Airbags
  • Adaptive Variable Suspension (for F-Sport packages) – controls the damping force of the shock absorbers on all four wheels in response to driving operations and road surface conditions.
  • Lexus Memory Seat System (Premium Package and up)
  • Rain sensing wipers (PM and up)
  • Heated and Ventilated Seats (PM and up)
  • Wood Trim and Ambient Lighting (LL, UL and optional on PM)
  • Driver’s Seat Cushion Extender (LL and up)
  • Perforated Leather Interior (LL and up)
  • Four-way driver lumbar support (LL and up)
  • Performance Dampers (UL)
  • Power Rear Sunshade with Manual Rear-Door Shades (UL)
  • Panoramic Roof (UL with optional PM/LL- special order*)
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Qi wireless charger
  • Blind Spot Monitor (PM and up)
  • Park Assist Sonar (PM and up)
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Road Sign Assist – part of Lexus Safety System + 2.0
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The 2019 Lexus ES – coming this September to Lexus at Dominion.

Get Ready for a New Generation

It’s never too early to prepare for a new model release, especially when it is the 2019 ES and exciting new UX compact crossover SUV.  With the 2019 ES release just around the corner (we expect the new ES to arrive early September 2018) and the all-new UX arriving later this year, we wanted to share some initial insights and a few pictures of the two new models since we were lucky enough to see and sit in both earlier this month.

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2019 Lexus ES 350 F SPORT and Lexus UX Hybrid

The Next Generation Lexus ES

The 2019 Lexus ES will arrive at North Park Lexus Dominion early September with production kicking off in August.  There have been a few really great videos recently taken of the 2019 ES interior posted online  – and you can check out here.

The redesigned ES is impressive, to say the least, and looks almost identical to the LS.  To tell the truth, we thought it was the LS when initially arriving at our meeting in Houston.  Not knowing there were two not-yet-released models outside, we went right up to the UX then went back inside.   It wasn’t until we were asked what we thought of the 2019 ES F SPORT that we then realized there was one outside.  Needlesstosay, we had to go back out into the heat and get a closer look.

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Double take: 2019 Lexus ES 350 F SPORT in Ultra White and 2018 Lexus LS 500 in Eminent White.  

Along with an all-new platform and design, the 2019 ES will also feature 3 new colors and a slew of new interior upgrades and tech.  Of course, the 2019 ES will come with the latest version of Lexus Safety System+ along with Amazon Alexa integration, Apple CarPlay (initially on navigation package ES only) and two USB ports for the rear seats in addition to the multiple connections up front.

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USB ports in the backseat of the 2019 ES 350 F SPORT
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2019 ES 350 F SPORT interior

We expect the 2019 ES to go up in price, but not by much considering all of the added options and enhancements.  The new ES will be built a few different ways but all pretty similar to the ES trim levels we see today: Standard/Base, Premium, Luxury, Ultra Luxury and, new for 2019, F-SPORT.  There will be optional Navigation that will come primarily on the Luxury build but will also be available with the Premium Package (similar to how you can get Navigation with the Premier Package in 2018) and is one of those “standard added options” for the UL Package.  The new F-SPORT ES will also have the option for Navigation and will come with the new Adaptive Variable Suspension and exclusive F-SPORT interior.

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2019 ES 350 F SPORT in Ultra White
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2019 Lexus ES 350 F SPORT 

New Colors for 2019 Lexus ES

  • Moonbeam Mica
  • Sunlit Green
  • UltraSonic Blue 2.0
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2019 ES in Moonbeam Mica
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Sunlit Green 2019 Lexus ES
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2019 ES F-SPORT in UltraSonic Blue 2.0

The New Generation:  Meet the Lexus UX

The new, ultracompact luxury crossover will arrive at our dealership December 2018 with the expected production start date to be mid to late October.  We are sure to see the UX 200 well before its hybrid counterpart (pictures below) and will expect the UX to be priced below the entry level NX making it a great choice for anyone currently leasing a Lexus IS sedan, CT 200h or anyone looking for a great price point, well-equipped, reliable and compact Lexus – that can still handle a legit shopping excursion.  The UX is striking and grabs your attention right away with its sleek LED lights and body lines.  Although the UX 250h we saw in Houston was more than likely the most “loaded” version of this new Lexus, we expect the UX 200 that will be built for sale in our area to look just as slick as the one pictured here.

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2019 Lexus UX
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Lexus UX 250h in silver
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Back taillights of the new Lexus UX

The entire vehicle is thoughtfully laid out that allows the driver to operate key controls without having to change seat posture.  The driver can even operate the audio system via integrated switches in the comfortable center console.

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2019 Lexus UX center console audio controls

The new Lexus UX will feature all of the new technology including Amazon Alexa integration that will allow drivers to simply ask Alexa to play music and read Kindle audio books (among other benefits).  The UX also come standard Apple CarPlay, smartwatch app integration, Lexus Safety System+ and more.

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Standard Apple CarPlay on 2019 Lexus UX

The new generation of Lexus models has us looking forward to the future.  If you’re ready for the latest from Lexus, you can pre-order your 2019 Lexus ES or UX from North Park Lexus at Dominion anytime.  You can also email our sales team at sales@lexusdominion.com or contact us via our website here.

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The Lexus Hybrid Experience

The Lexus Hybrid experience is unlike anything the luxury automotive industry has ever seen.  Born from a long history of Lexus hybrid innovation, the Lexus Hybrid Model Line is luxurious, powerful and sustainable.  No plug required, the Lexus Hybrid line perfectly blends luxury with the environment and has been doing so longer than any other luxury automaker.  Now, with six models to choose from, Lexus is ready to showcase the Power of h.

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The Lexus Hybrid, Defined.

The Lexus Hybrid Drive System of today includes an ingenious mechanism that hides behind a driving experience that’s intuitive and just as connected to the road by delivering a natural driving feel that makes you forget you’re in a hybrid.  To know the Lexus Hybrid, we should first familiarize ourselves with a few Hybrid terms.

    • Hybrid Electric Motor Generator/Engine Starter (MG1):  “Small MG” – The MG1 is the smaller of two permanent-magnet AC synchronous motor generators in the hybrid system and is driven by the gasoline engine to create electricity.  It also acts as a starter to fire the gasoline engine.
    • Hybrid Electric Motor Generator (MG2):  “Big MG” – The MG2 is the larger of the two aforementioned motor generators in the hybrid system that powers the drive wheels with electricity which is supplied by the high-voltage hybrid battery.  The MG2 also functions as a generator during deceleration or braking to recharge the hybrid vehicle’s battery.
    • Motor Generator Rear (MGR):  The MGR is used to drive the rear wheels of the all-wheel-drive Lexus Hybrid vehicles.  The MGR takes input from the Power Control Unit to produce the appropriate torque and power as needed.
    • Hybrid Inverter Assembly with Boost Converter, Inverter, and DC/DC Converter:  yes, it’s a mouth-full –  The inverter assembly can boost or drop battery voltage, and also convert direct current (DC) into alternating current (AC) and, conversely, AC back into DC.
    • Power Management Control Unit:  The hybrid power control unit performs comprehensive controls of the Lexus Hybrid System including the electric continuously variable transmission.  It takes information from various sensors and electronic control units (ECUs) and outputs the needed torque and power to the Motor Generators. This smart system also monitors the batteries state of charge (SOC) and control the battery cooling blower assemblies.
    • Lexus Hybrid Vehicle System Warranty:  8 years/100,000 miles of Lexus coverage on the hybrid components mentioned above.
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Generations of Lexus Hybrid Drive
  • Lexus Hybrid Batteries
    • High-Voltage Sealed Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH) Battery:  supplies electric power to (and is recharged by) the Electric Motor Generator (MG1/”little MG”) and Electric Drive Motor (MG2/”Big MG”) in accordance with driving conditions.  It is a well-proven, long-life battery that serves as the hybrid system electric energy “fuel tank” and is designed to outlast the life of the vehicle.
  • Lithium-Ion Battery:  Lightweight, the high-density battery that supplies electric power to (and recharged by) the MG1 and MG2 just like the aforementioned battery.

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    New Multi-Stage Hybrid System
  • Electronically Controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (ECVT): The hybrid vehicle’s transmission that provides a smooth, stepless power to the drive wheels while managing the difference in speed between the gas engine and electric motor while optimizing fuel efficiency.

 

 

  • Multi-Stage Hybrid Transmission:  NEW and a world-first from Lexus that combines the benefits of a conventional ECVT transmission with a gear train composed of two main devices: a Power Split Device and a 4-speed multi-shift device.
  • Electronically Controlled Braking-Regeneration System:  Found on hybrid vehicles, the system uses braking resistance within the main electric-drive motor/generator (MG2) to slow the vehicle, spin the motor/generator and send electricity back into the HV battery.  This hybrid staple benefits both fuel efficiency and driving range while reducing mechanical brake wear.
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Lexus LC Hybrid

Lexus Hybrid FAQ’s

Let’s explore FAQ on the Lexus Hybrid Drive system and a few reasons why you should consider a Lexus Hybrid vehicle.

Q:  Why do you talk about performance?  Isn’t a hybrid just all about fuel economy?

A:  Hybrids, like the LC 500h, have the performance of a larger engine with exceptional fuel economy for daily driving.  Thanks to the combination of the gas engine and electric motor, the Lexus Hybrid delivers instant low-end torque for quicker 0-30 acceleration.  Fast as h.

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Q: Do I have to plug in my Lexus hybrid vehicle?

A:  No plug required.  Lexus Hybrid technology automatically recharges the 12-volt and hybrid batteries using regenerative braking or by running the engine to generate electricity.  The power of h.

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Q:  Do hybrids have a higher cost of ownership?

A:  Nope.  There is actually a lower anticipated cost of ownership thanks to the elimination of many powertrain components with fewer moving parts and less wear and tear.  Not to mention fuel savings.

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Lexus RX Hybrid

Experience the Lexus Hybrid difference by test driving one at North Park Lexus at Dominion.  Your home for all things Lexus.

Lexus Hybrids at North Park Lexus Dominion