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Lexus today announced that CarPlay will be a standard feature in the all-new 2019 UX crossover in the United States, marking its first confirmed vehicle with support for Apple's in-car software platform.

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CarPlay and Amazon Alexa, but not Android Auto, will be available through the vehicle's Enform 2.0 system. Lexus said the CarPlay implementation will be wired, so the iPhone must be connected via USB cable, but it hasn't specified how large the touchscreen will be or provided other details about the system.

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Lexus and its parent company Toyota are among the last of the major automakers to support CarPlay, after having initially chosen the open source platform SmartDeviceLink in partnership with Ford and Livio.

Toyota reversed course in January, starting with the 2019 Avalon, and CarPlay will be a standard feature in the 2019 Corolla Hatchback as well. The forthcoming 2019 Camry and 2019 Sienna will also likely feature CarPlay given the 2018 models of those vehicles are already equipped with Toyota's Entune 3.0 system.

Toyota and Lexus plan to expand CarPlay availability to several other 2019 model year vehicles. A spokesperson for Toyota told MacRumors that it doesn't have plans to support the platform in pre-2019 vehicles at this time.

Lexus is debuting the 2019 UX at the New York International Auto Show later this week. The vehicle is expected to go on sale at dealerships across the United States in December. Pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date.

Article Link: Lexus Debuts First CarPlay Vehicle in All-New 2019 UX Crossover
 

kildraik

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Enform is a superior system to CarPlay...

As well as every other luxury automaker’s media interfaces.
 
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Relentless Power

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Interesting that is excludes Android Auto, but includes Alexa and Car Play. Also, I do not like the ‘plastic look’ around the wheel wells either in the above model. Cheapens the appeal to Lexus.
 
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pnoyblazed

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Could be worse; mazda has yet to announce support and their infotainment system is laughable
 
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Relentless Power

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The Infiniti QX30 is objectively more attractive and fluid.

Subjective. But the 2018 QX30 doesn’t even offer CarPlay or Android Auto. Most Auto Manufacturers are making it a standard to include both CarPlay and Android Auto even before 2018 models. Consumers are looking for this option more and more.
 
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78Bandit

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Lexus version of the Toyota RAV4. Toyota's design department needs a serious refresh. All the fake grills, scoops, spoilers, and huge style lines are going to make the latest models look extremely dated in a short period of time. My father has a Highlander and the dip in the back of the hood is almost designed to reflect the sun directly into your eyes with absolutely no way to shade it out. I have no idea how that made it through quality control.

The upcoming Supra, on the other hand, looks stunning.
 
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justperry

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I'm a rolling stone.
I love what Toyota has done with the hybrid drivetrain technology and engineering in other areas, but good god their latest cars are fugly beyond belief.

Yup; these toyotas really got hit with an ugly stick.

Absolutely the ugliest car I've ever seen.

Yup, I agree with all of you, Lexus was actually really nice before, that grille, can't believe they actually released such a fugly car.

The upcoming Supra, on the other hand, looks stunning.

Indeed, it does. I want one.

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Seems like I have a different taste.
I'll take an European 'supercar' design any day over this.
 
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dampfnudel

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Absolutely the ugliest car I've ever seen.
Yeah, that’s what happens when a car manufacturer like Toyota gets too aggressive when it comes to marketing/appealing to millennials. They end up with something that most millennials wouldn’t dream of getting behind the wheel of.
 
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Mildredop

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I love what Toyota has done with the hybrid drivetrain technology and engineering in other areas, but good god their latest cars are fugly beyond belief.

I went looking at cars yesterday. Almost all makes (worth considering): Ford, Mercedes, Volvo, Audi, VW, BMW etc., and they're ALL fugly. A lot of them look nice on the outside, but then when you sit in them it's like looking at a 1990's home stereo system - flashing lights, angular shapes, odd colours. Why?!

Look at the Mercedes C-Class. Nice interior with what looks like the cheapest possible Android tablet stuck to the dash.

I'm depressed now.
 
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NightFox

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Always good to be able to see from new what your car is going to look like following a crash.

At least other manufacturers don’t seem to have jumped on BMW’s gouging idea of making CarPlay a subscription service.
 
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oneMadRssn

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I went looking at cars yesterday. Almost all makes (worth considering): Ford, Mercedes, Volvo, Audi, VW, BMW etc., and they're ALL fugly. A lot of them look nice on the outside, but then when you sit in them it's like looking at a 1990's home stereo system - flashing lights, angular shapes, odd colours. Why?!

Look at the Mercedes C-Class. Nice interior with what looks like the cheapest possible Android tablet stuck to the dash.

I'm depressed now.

I agree, though I think the brands with more "conservative" designs look best today. Audi and VW on the German side, and Ford on the USA side. Though, I hate the new electronic shifters everyone is using. Worst of all, the Lincoln push-button shifter.
 
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