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Apple CarPlay Added to Lexus LS Sedan, LC Coupe, RC Coupe, and NX Crossover

Lexus Apple CarPlay New Models

Lexus has quietly added Apple CarPlay & Amazon Alexa functionality to LS sedans, LC coupes, RC coupes, and NX crossovers built after October 2018.

While the selection may seem random, they all share the same Enform 2.0 software platform. When asked about vehicles built prior to October, Lexus USA spokesperson Ed Hellwig said “Existing owners will not be able to update their systems with CarPlay functionality”.

For more information on the new integrations, here are demonstration videos for Apple CarPlay & Amazon Alexa:

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Anyway a good step even with the current owners missing it
M
Kind of unfair, especially for the LC and LS owners who spent a large amount of money on the car to not receive the functionality that come standard on most economy cars nowadays, just for buying the car 1 month early
S
Existing owners will not be able to update their systems with CarPlay functionality
This is either incompetence, or bad business practice. Biggest BS I've ever heard from this company.
J
They should offer a software update for any 2018 Lexus owners!
@meth.ix , what I am saying is that little better than nothing
J
We are heading into 2019, this step is a little late. Especially when you can purchase entry level sedans that already have these features. Being a premium brand means you need to include features that make you premium!
ssun30
This is either incompetence, or bad business practice. Biggest BS I've ever heard from this company.
Have to agree. Perhaps the worst part is that dealerships in the USA didn't have the proper information and have been telling owners that CarPlay would be an available upgrade.

Fingers crossed this is a big mixup.
There's not a corresponding major hardware or software change that I can see, so this ought to be a firmware update for at least the '18 LS.
Spoiler: I've been driving a Chevy Colorado for 2 weeks and it has CarPlay... there are some nice features, and some that are completely infuriating. I've always said that I don't think it's as big of a deal as the media makes it out to be, but nice to see Lexus at parody regardless.

Since CarPlay mirrors whats on your phone, if you are playing music but try to open news, facebook, etc. the screen changes and exits out of music... when you wanted to still listen to music but just read a story or fb post. Same for messages. The functionality for replying to texts via voice is great, but that's the only thing I really like.

They're basic and devoid of some features, but quite frankly, what I love about Entune and the Lexus' interface is that they're so easy to use. Some people don't like the RTI, but the overall experience is easy and uncomplicated. CarPlay has a lot of annoying rules.
I think most people want CarPlay/Android Auto in order to have Waze up on the screen; Lincoln is pushing that angle extremely hard in current US TV commercials.
Gecko
Spoiler: I've been driving a Chevy Colorado for 2 weeks and it has CarPlay... there are some nice features, and some that are completely infuriating. I've always said that I don't think it's as big of a deal as the media makes it out to be, but nice to see Lexus at parity regardless.
Ian Schmidt
I think most people want CarPlay/Android Auto in order to have Waze up on the screen; Lincoln is pushing that angle extremely hard in current US TV commercials.
Maps are about the only thing I like about CarPlay, other than the promise of future integration and parity. I barely use my car's infotainment as is, to be honest.
From what I've read about the new Mazda program to retrofit carplay/aa onto older models, its more than simply a software update. They're charging 500 dollars down here in Aus to retrofit carplay/aa because apparently the head unit has to be taken out and new hardware put into it.
Gecko
Spoiler: I've been driving a Chevy Colorado for 2 weeks and it has CarPlay... there are some nice features, and some that are completely infuriating. I've always said that I don't think it's as big of a deal as the media makes it out to be, but nice to see Lexus at parity regardless.

Since CarPlay mirrors whats on your phone, if you are playing music but try to open news, facebook, etc. the screen changes and exits out of music... when you wanted to still listen to music but just read a story or fb post. Same for messages. The functionality for replying to texts via voice is great, but that's the only thing I really like.

They're basic and devoid of some features, but quite frankly, what I love about Entune and the Lexus' interface is that they're so easy to use. Some people don't like the RTI, but the overall experience is easy and uncomplicated. CarPlay has a lot of annoying rules.
lol, i cant believe it is not better than just screen mirroring? So basically they have special views that make it fit car screen but it wont stay on screen when you do something else with phone? That is really a big problem.

Thing is, you wont find this on media, and hence everyone wants it but likely wont end up using it... it is a big bonus for people not having a nav.
B
Morning guys. This **** with the LS500 is some of the most **** smelling foulness I have ever read. It's up for the Motortend car of the year award and this piece is just bias as all hell and makes me wonder if they even like lexus at all. link below

-m

https://www.motortrend.com/cars/lexus/ls/2018/lexus-ls-2019-car-of-the-year-contender/
wyvern
From what I've read about the new Mazda program to retrofit carplay/aa onto older models, its more than simply a software update. They're charging 500 dollars down here in Aus to retrofit carplay/aa because apparently the head unit has to be taken out and new hardware put into it.
With Mazda, I believe they promised CP/AA for models a few years back.

I don't think Toyota promised anything for MY 2018 and prior. I'm not saying Toyota is doing the right thing but it didn't promise anything so buyers who wanted CP should have confirmed with head office about upgrade-ability or waited until actual specs are announced though it's odd that Toyota is offering this only on 2019 MY produced from October onwards.
Ian Schmidt
There's not a corresponding major hardware or software change that I can see, so this ought to be a firmware update for at least the '18 LS. I'd even be OK with paying a small upgrade fee (like $25 or something) to make it worth the dealer's while.
As an LS owner, how does this move make you feel? Are you disappointed in the decision, or does it not really matter to you?
B
@krew Hello Sir how are you? I'm not a LS500 owner yet. I will be ordering mine next month Sir and taking delivery in the Spring Time. This will not under no certain terms keep me from buying the car nor make me feel my descions to own an LS. This is destiny that i'm fulling for my mother and myself. The problem i have is i think the auto mags are on a total witch hunt when it comes to lexus in general and i think the writings and articles are not fairly written. yes we all know the touch pad interace was probably a bad idea.. ok then if dont like it dont by it.. they complain that the TTV6 isn't a good as the old v8.. well it is by every measure. I even seen your write up when you wrote about the 5LS and you clearly called it out and I will try to quote "I don't see peoples why people need a v8" its insance how much bad press this car has recieved and the ES350 is getting glaring reviews. I just dont understand this at all.

R,

Markus
krew
As an LS owner, how does this move make you feel? Are you disappointed in the decision, or does it not really matter to you?
As an LS owner it doesn't matter to me that much; I'm lucky enough that I don't need electronic assistance on my commute, and I knew going in that there was a good chance CP would arrive later. (I also knew I was violating the Prime Directive of car buying: never pick up the first year of a major refresh). But wearing my software engineer hat the appearance that it should be just a firmware update and it's not annoys me greatly.

And @Berto3818, you're getting a 2019 so it shouldn't matter for you :)
Ian Schmidt
There's not a corresponding major hardware or software change that I can see, so this ought to be a firmware update for at least the '18 LS. I'd even be OK with paying a small upgrade fee (like $25 or something) to make it worth the dealer's while.
I know that for siri support, they actually had to add some certified usb hardware in order for it to work... so i am also sure that they had to update inputs at least for CarPlay to work.

We will be able to see what changed in repair manuals I guess, when they come out for 2019.
Berto3818
I even seen your write up when you wrote about the 5LS and you clearly called it out and I will try to quote "I don't see peoples why people need a v8" its insance how much bad press this car has recieved and the ES350 is getting glaring reviews. I just dont understand this at all.
There are things wrong with the new LS, but I don't think the TTV6 is one of them.

Ian Schmidt
As an LS owner it doesn't matter to me that much; I'm lucky enough that I don't need electronic assistance on my commute, and I knew going in that there was a good chance CP would arrive later. (I also knew I was violating the Prime Directive of car buying: never pick up the first year of a major refresh). But wearing my software engineer hat the appearance that it should be just a firmware update and it's not annoys me greatly.
Just the kind of answer I would expect from a software engineer. :joy: ;)
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Good day guys , one of my family members just ask me what to buy and I said a Nx . Guess what they bought it , in September with out navigation , because they said that it won’t come on the model until next . Really Lexus !!! Why !!! Lexus !!! People are spending money not paying with peanuts , please get your info out earlier like next day .
Ouch. Now it's included in even the cheapest NX Hybrid -- Standard Package With Apple CarPlay$51,350

*Apple CarPlay available on Lexus NX manufactured after October 1, 2018.

https://www.lexus.ca/lexus/en/automobiles/nx/specifications?model=NX-300h


If they had bought it without official confirmation of a retrofit, maybe they are okay living without CarPlay? I've seen comments on Car and Driver and over at DriveAccord not wanting to buy a Toyota because vehicles lack CarPlay but yeah, it sucks that they bought a 2019 MY without CarPlay thinking it won't be arriving until 2020.

Then again, even the 2019 Corolla hatch comes with CarPlay. Silly Toyota should have equipped all 2019 MY models with CP rather than just batches after October 1st.

Hopefully they're still happy with the purchase.
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  • November 8, 2018
Thanks man , they are older so they know highway roads and shorts cuts , but it would of been nice for them to get a treat like that since they I phones . They absolutely love the car though.

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