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The new Lexus NX mid-size SUV debuts the Lexus Connected phone app in Australia, offering a range of remote services for sedan and SUV owners.

The 2022 Lexus NX mid-size luxury SUV is now on sale in Australia – and debuts a new Lexus Connected smartphone app that’s set to spread across various current and future models from the Japanese luxury brand.

Joining the existing Lexus App, the new Lexus Connected app forms part of the car maker’s Lexus Connected Services system, and will be offered on the new-generation NX medium SUV, and the latest, facelifted iterations of the IS, ES and LS sedans.

It’s the new NX that will be available with the broadest spread of features, using a mobile network to offer the following:

  • Lexus Remote Connect: allowing owners to lock/unlock the doors and boot, turn the engine on/off, activate the horn, headlights and hazard lights, and set the climate control. NX450h+ plug-in hybrids can also convey battery charge levels and Chargefox station locations.
  • Lexus Status Connect: provides data on odometer, tyre pressure, fuel level, distance to empty, last known location, and more. This includes a ‘Drive Pulse’ rating that analyses the driving behaviour of guest drivers, and ‘Guest Driver Profiles’ to set thresholds for speed, driving time or curfews for these drivers.
  • Lexus Multimedia Connect: connects with the infotainment system to provide traffic, weather, map and location updates, plus other features including Wi-Fi browsing from the first half of 2022.

Owners can connect the Lexus Connected app to their car by following the sign-in and set-up procedures on the app.

The Lexus Connected app is also available for owners of the facelifted IS mid-size sedan (built from September 2020 onwards), plus the recently-updated ES mid-size sedan (August 2021 onwards) and LS flagship sedans (November 2020 onwards).

Features available to IS, ES and LS owners include a digital owner’s manual, remote odometer and fuel readouts, Guest Driver Profiles, the Drive Pulse rating system, a last known location function, and a “remote vehicle status confirmation with windows open/closed notification”.

Owners of the new ES will also benefit from a distance to empty readout, remote confirmation for locked/unlocked doors, open/closed boot, doors and bonnet, hazard lights status, tyre pressure information, and trip details – with the ability to send alerts if the status of the hazard lights, door locks, windows, bonnet or boot changes.

All four vehicles (IS, ES, LS and NX) come standard with a three-year Lexus Connected Services subscription, which offers features including Automatic Collision Notification (which contacts an agent automatically after a crash, who can call emergency services), a roof-mounted SOS button, and a vehicle tracker (should the car be stolen).

The 2022 Lexus NX range is on sale in Australia now.

Alex Misoyannis

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he started his own website, Redline. He contributed for Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019, becoming a regular contributing journalist within the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from flicking through car magazines as a young age, to growing up around performance vehicles in a car-loving family.

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