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Lexus UX to get Apple CarPlay, Android Auto this year as brand-wide rollout begins

The Lexus UX will be the next to get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Lexus' rollout of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto technology will ramp up this year, with the UX SUV the next model to get the phone-mirroring technology as standard.

We know already that the RX SUV, which will arrive in Australia before the end of 2019, will get both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as part of that vehicle's standard features list. And we knew that the technology would then rollout on other new models as they arrived in Australia.

But it appears Lexus has at last settled on a retro-fit solution, with the popular UX understood to also be receiving the technology this year. The news confirms comments made by the brand last year, when executives pledged to introduce true phone-mirroring in 2019.

"It'll be 2019. What we're doing now is validation testing, and we'll release a schedule in terms of which cars get it first and the rollout plan, but 2019 is the plan for go live," Lexus Australia's CEO Scott Thompson told CarsGuide at the international launch of the UX last year.

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