Lexus launches Lexus AR Play to virtually unveil the new 2021 IS

Lexus AR Play app allows users to preview the vehicle in an interactive way

To virtually unveil the new 2021 IS, luxury car brand, Lexus has launched Lexus AR Play, an immersive augmented reality app designed to allow users to explore the vehicle through their smartphone or tablet – the first app of its kind for Lexus.

With social distancing the new normal across the globe, Lexus was inspired to develop the technology to showcase the newest design and performance features of this luxury sports sedan, a category favourite since the model’s debut nearly 20 years ago.

The Lexus AR Play app allows users to preview the vehicle in an interactive way, enabling users to virtually walk around the vehicle for up-close 360-degree exterior and interior views, engage the gamification function to virtually drive the IS in augmented reality like a remote-control car, personalize the vehicle exterior with eight custom colour offerings for the 2021 IS, and open and close the doors and trunk.

As well as explore the vehicle’s design, performance, and safety features with high-level audio narration, view 3D cutaways of key technical features, the engine and chassis, and capture photos for sharing with friends or on your favourite social media channels.

“This app is a modern-day expression of a longstanding Lexus core value: ‘genchi genbutsu’ or ‘go & see’- a practise employed by Lexus engineers to go on-site to ensure a true understanding of a situation by experiencing it firsthand,” said Lisa Materazzo, vice president of marketing at Lexus.

“Now our guests can experience the next best thing to genchi genbutsu with the new IS 350, seeing it for themselves in a way previously unavailable, and long before the vehicles arrive in showrooms in late fall.”

The Lexus AR Play app is now available for download for iOS and Android devices in the App Store and Google Play. Additional information about the 2021 IS can be found here.

Lexus’ passion for brave design, imaginative technology, and exhilarating performance enables the luxury lifestyle brand to create amazing experiences for its guests. Lexus began its journey in 1989 with two luxury sedans and a commitment to pursue perfection. Since then, Lexus has developed its lineup to meet the needs of global luxury customers in more than 90 countries.

In the United States, Lexus vehicles are sold through 242 dealers offering a full lineup of luxury vehicles. With six models incorporating Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus also offers eight F SPORT models and two F performance models. Lexus is committed to being a visionary brand that anticipates the future for luxury customers.

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