Lexus has announced that its first vehicle with CarPlay will be available in September 2018 at dealerships across the United States.

2019 lexus es

2019 Lexus ES

That vehicle will be the new 2019 Lexus ES, equipped with an eight-inch display controllable via a knob in the center console. The sedan also features Siri Eyes Free and Amazon Alexa voice control, but lacks Android Auto support. An optional navigation system with a 12.3-inch widescreen display will be available.

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CarPlay will also be a standard feature in the all-new 2019 Lexus UX crossover, but that vehicle doesn't go on sale until December 2018.

Lexus has previously said its CarPlay implementation is wired, so an iPhone must be connected via USB. BMW remains the only automaker to offer wireless CarPlay in new vehicles, despite the functionality being introduced in 2015. Alpine Electronics sells an aftermarket wireless CarPlay system for other vehicles.

Lexus and its parent company Toyota first announced plans to offer CarPlay in January, after years of holding out on the platform. Toyota's rollout will begin with the 2019 Avalon, available in May at dealerships in the United States, to be followed by the 2019 RAV4 and 2019 Corolla Hatchback later this year.

Toyota and Lexus plan to expand CarPlay to several other 2019 model year vehicles with Entune 3.0 and Enform 2.0 systems respectively. The rollout will likely include the yet-to-be-announced 2019 Camry and 2019 Sienna, given the 2018 models of those vehicles are already equipped with Entune 3.0 systems.

A spokesperson for Toyota and Lexus previously told MacRumors that they do not currently plan to offer CarPlay in pre-2019 vehicles.

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Tags: Toyota, Lexus

Top Rated Comments

macpro2000 Avatar
76 months ago
They should do a firmware for some past years but that’s too much to ask for Toyota.
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sinsin07 Avatar
76 months ago
That grill...looks like it wants a cheeseburger.
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69Mustang Avatar
76 months ago
Damn... now I am required to identify as a grandma when driving my ES 300h. Does that mean I also can identify as a senior citizen while driving it?

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Yes, in fact you do. You do have to identify as a grandma. An ancillary benefit of your new classification is a 10% discount at any buffet on Sundays... as long as it's before 4 p.m.:)
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HiVolt Avatar
76 months ago
What the heck is happening to wireless CarPlay? I hardly ever plug in my phone in the car, even though it doesnt have CarPlay, I don't think I would plug it in especially on shorter drives.

Wireless CarPlay has been announced with iOS 9, I believe. Yet all these cars that come out are still wired.
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BruiserB Avatar
76 months ago
It's 10:09 on the analog clock, but 9:09 on the digital CarPlay display?

Didn't know that Lexus had copied Infiniti and started adding analog clocks to their cars?

Why can't car system clocks simply auto-update to phone time when connected? I really hate having to pull out the owners manual twice a year in the spring and fall to figure out how to change my car clock.
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now i see it Avatar
76 months ago
Toyota finally concedes defeat. It took them long enough.
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