For NX 250 and Luxury grades, the new system uses cloud-based maps where a DCM data connection is available, further enhanced through the provision of surrounding area map data that enables temporary offline navigation.
The system allows the driver to ask their Lexus for information about the nearest petrol station, and to receive live directions, live traffic, parking and location services via the DCM.
In addition, F Sport and Sports Luxury grades feature embedded satellite navigation mapping.
For all new NX variants, accessing these features is made available after signing-up to the Lexus Connected Smartphone app and progressing through the setup procedure.
Lexus Australia Chief Executive John Pappas said the Lexus Connected Services updates reflect the Lexus determination to increase technology standards.
"The enhanced Lexus Connected Services follow our expansion of the leading Encore owner benefits program with additional complimentary features, both for the all-new NX and for customers who have already purchased certain Lexus models," Mr Pappas said.
"These additional features will further complement the significant new in-cabin and active safety technologies making their debut in the all-new Lexus NX and increase the delight of owning the most recent versions of the IS, ES and LS."
Lexus Australia can confirm that customers who have purchased a facelifted IS (build date September 2020 onwards), or the latest versions of the ES and LS, will be offered the Lexus Connected smartphone app with complimentary new convenience and safety technologies.
Anticipating customer needs by providing additional no-cost technologies as they become available, new IS and LS customers will be able to enjoy the following features: myGarage (with e-Manual, and remote odometer and fuel level readouts), Guest Driver Settings, Drive Pulse, last parked/last known location and remote vehicle status confirmation with windows open/closed notification.
New ES customers enjoy the above features, as well as remote distance to empty readout, remote confirmation for doors open/closed, locked/unlocked, boot and bonnet open/closed, hazard lights on, tyre pressure information and Trip A/Trip B details. The Lexus Connected smartphone app can also send alerts should the status of hazard lights, door locking, or windows, bonnet or boot opening change.
New features support existing Lexus Connected Services technologies that debuted as standard on the new IS, ES and LS, and now the all-new NX.
This includes the Automatic Collision Notification (ACN) service, where the vehicle will initiate a voice call to a 24/7 Lexus Emergency Call Centre in the event of a crash2. If required, the agent will contact emergency services and provide them with the vehicle's location information.
Drivers can also press an integrated roof-mounted SOS button to call for help3, and can have their vehicle tracked in the event it is stolen, via the Stolen Vehicle Tracking4 function.
Lexus offers three-year complimentary subscription to Lexus Connected Services from the registration date of applicable vehicles.
The three-year subscription to Lexus Connected Services complements the three-year membership of the Lexus Encore owner benefits program standard on the NX, as well as the UX, ES and RX - which is upgraded to the Lexus Encore Platinum owner benefits program for the LS, as well as the LX, LC, UX 300e and now the flagship NX 450h+ plug-in hybrid-electric vehicle (PHEV).