A high-definition screen, wireless features and ultimate connectivity make the new infotainment system faster and more convenient for drivers.
TORONTO, Ontario (December 2nd, 2021) – Advanced communications technologies can make driving more enjoyable and safer – keeping us in touch with the people who are important to us, helping us find our way, and calling for help when we need it. But for such technologies to be truly useful, they have to be more than just easy to use. They have to be effortless – and enjoyable.
Lexus knows that making guests feel welcome means anticipating their needs and desires – and that was top of mind when Lexus set out to redesign its in-vehicle multimedia system.
The result is Lexus Interface – an all-new multimedia information, entertainment, and connectivity system, as only Lexus could design it. From mobile apps that can connect to a driver’s vehicle and save their favorite temperature to improved Bluetooth connectivity — upgraded and enhanced multimedia features abound in the latest Lexus models.
See what else is new and improved thanks to this intuitive, easy-to-use system.
Bigger, Better and No Glare
An available 14-inch smartphone-like touchscreen allows for intuitive and simple interaction with the new system. The high-definition screen (without glare!) allows for easy-to-touch functionality, smart controls, and simple functionality. The system’s main menu is now on the left side and makes it all extremely easy to use. The system’s intuitive design approach makes storing favorite music stations a breeze. Just press the heart button and it’ll be added to your favorites list. Searching for a specific music genre? The menu will show drivers what stations play their favorites.
With Connected Services activated and the available Drive Connect Cloud Navigation, the crisp and clear map screen can be explored with zoom, pan and tilt functionality with intuitive touch control.
The Cloud Navigation includes Google Point-Of-Interest search capability, so navigating to a favorite destination has never been easier and you can also share your ETA with contacts in your phone book. The cloud connectivity also allows for system and navigation updates to be installed “over-the-air” so the vehicle will always be up to date. New roads constructed? OTA updates will allow the map to include those too.
Help Only A ‘Hey Lexus’ Away
“Hey, Hi, Hello, Okay Lexus” – the new Virtual Assistant was designed by Toyota Connected and it’s a game changer. The feature allows for natural language conversation and helps with in-car functions such as changing audio settings or the climate control in select models.
An optional 14-inch touchscreen includes a three-year trial for Drive Connect services such as location guidance with Cloud Navigation, Destination Assist and Intelligent Assistant. When the available Drive Connect service is activated during trial or subscription periods, the Intelligent Assistant adds even more functionality, such as searching for nearby coffee shops or providing sports or weather information — all by simply making a verbal request.
All drivers have to do is say, “Hey Lexus!” and their onboard personal concierge is ready to help them get where they want to be.
Goodbye Annoying AUX Cord
Who knew an aux cord could drive someone so crazy? Spoiler alert: Lexus’ designers did. This new system features wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto standard, so no more plugging in phones to connect to those options.
Hello Better Connection
Ever sat in the driveway frustrated while trying to pair a device? Here’s some good news. The new system is faster and comes with better connection via Bluetooth. Up to five devices can be paired – two at the same time! Now drivers and their passengers won’t have to figure out whose phone is paired, try and disconnect, then re-pair, etc.
More Mobile Control Options
One of the coolest features involves the Lexus mobile app. It builds on an existing function allowing drivers to start the car from their phone. Now with user profiles, drivers can store preferred vehicle settings via the Lexus app. With the user profile paired to either a smartphone device or the vehicle’s smart key, the settings such as music and screen display preferences will automatically be recognized when a driver returns to the vehicle. No more having to readjust everything each time a different person gets behind the wheel, which saves time and, honestly, energy.
The user profiles are also transferrable, so drivers can bring their favorite settings to any Lexus vehicle with the new multimedia system.
Connected, Connected, Connected
The mega touchscreen makes it easy to search via genre for a radio station, then favorite it so it’s not lost. With these convenient upgrades, this new system is certainly putting the “go” in “on-the-go” lifestyle.
The 2022 Lexus NX is the first Lexus model to include this all-new system. But stay tuned, as other models will join soon.
Every model also receives a 3 year trial subscription to Remote Connect along with up to 5 years of complimentary Service Connect. Using the Lexus App, owners can remotely start their engine*, adjust climate settings*, lock/unlock their doors and receive vehicle health reports from anywhere in the world.
In addition, every model receives a 3 year trial subscription to Safety Connect, which offers 24/7 Emergency Assistance, Automatic Collision Notification, Stolen Vehicle Locator and more.
About Lexus Canada
Lexus Canada is the exclusive Canadian distributor of Lexus luxury cars and sport utility vehicles through a sales and service network of 39 dealers across Canada. Guests have access to a wide range of luxury and performance vehicles with a total of 12 Lexus nameplates available in Canada, including the largest luxury hybrid lineup of 6 hybrid models. Inspired by bold design, intuitive technology, and peak performance, Lexus is committed to delivering the highest quality products and services and creating amazing experiences for their Guests. The Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h are built at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada’s (TMMC) award-winning Cambridge South plant. For more information about Lexus and Lexus products, please visit: www.lexus.ca.