My 2010 Lexus Prestige EMV

In Gadgets, General by John4 Comments

As I drove my four year old 2006 Lexus IS250 Sports Luxury into the Lexus of Brighton delivery area this afternoon, the odometer reached 6300 kms exactly.

My new car was awaiting me in the showroom.

That’s me with Bernard (accent on the second syllable, please, as he’s originally from France) in front of the new are. It’s Bernard who managed to convince me to make the changeover, only 12 days ago. I had taken my car to Lexus of Brighton for its annual service. When I returned in the early afternoon to collect my car after its service, I wandered over to the showroom to see the latest IS250 model. I said I was “just looking” but Bernard explained to me how I could upgrade to the latest IS250 for a relatively modest cost (far less than I expected).

The thing is that 2006 there were only 3 Lexus IS250 models, and the top model Sports Luxury was the only model with the features I most wanted – satnav, reversing camera with parking guides for all types of parking, and front and rear parking sensors. So I had to buy the Sports Luxury to get those features. It did of course come with a wealth of other luxury features, but they don’t aid driving from A to B. In 2010 the base Prestige model can be optioned up with various packages (EMV). I chose the EMV pack with the satnav, reversing camera and parking guides for all types of parking, and front and rear parking sensors.

Bernard and me. The lovely Jessica, the delivery co-ordinator, took the above photos with my Canon 5D MkII and L series 24-105mm lens.

Bernard took the photo above.  He chose an interesting angle to take the photo, which I like.

I’m trying to help Bernard create his own blog site, as he has many more interesting things to write about than I do.

For the record, part of  the delivery process included spending time with Mary who looks after the finance process (bank cheque in my case) and she arranged the car changeover to my motor car insurance.   I get a $148 refund from AAMI.

Then, young Josh spent about an hour with me explaining all the features of my new car, the differences between the new car and my previous car.

Finally, I was presented with a huge bouquet of flowers, and a bottle of Box Stallion 2008 Red Bar Pinot Noir.  So tonight I’m drinking the  bottle of Box Stallion 2003 The Enclosure Pinot Noir than I was presented with when I took delivery of my 2006 Lexus IS250.

You might be getting the message that owning a Lexus is an experience.  I now have another four years of Encore Privileges – theatre tickets, valet parking at the Arts Centre, sports events, dining events, magazine, free loan car when my car is serviced, and a monthly car detailing inside and out, by appointment. And I won’t have to pay for a car service until June 2012.

Now for some photos of the car taken next day – 30 June 2010.

The turn indicator lights on the side of the car near the front have now been moved to the door mirror housings.

At first glance the tail lamp assembly looks the same as the 2006 car, because it has the same overall outline, but in fact it’s a completely new assembly.

The interior colours are very different to those of my previous car, and the materials used are different to those in the Sport Luxury. Not a sign of polished wood veneer in the Prestige EMV.

The rear view camera has higher resolution. The parking guides shown above are for reverse parking into a kerb parking space. There is a choice of other parking guides for different situations. Some show where your car will end up based on your current position and the way you are turning the wheel, and will also show if your car will fit in the space.

This shows the satnav screen in night conditions, with a black screen background to make it easier to view at night. In daylight hours it has a white screen background suitable for daylight viewing.

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  1. WOW John,

    You actually bought THE car I was thinking of buying just last weekend, except for the EMV. Is that a white one too? I was worried that I had only ever seen silver Lexus IS250’s and maybe there was a law against white – stunning choice (if it is).

    In the end I decided that one needed to have certain “class” to be a Lexus owner … you have it as shown by your obvious enjoyment of every moment and aspect of your experience whereas I decided to continue my long search for a functional rear-wheel drive family six that had good enough looks to not make me say “yuk” every morning (or arvo’) as I left for work.

    Honda, Ford, Holden, Suburu, Toyota Nissan & Mazda have been passed over so far – the IS250 was bypassed “with thanks”. Now it’s on to BMW, Jaguar, Mercedes, Hyundai, Kia, Renault, Fiat and what’s that new Indian two cylinder make?

    Congratulations John, Ralph (in my ol’ 5 cylinder ford)

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      Thanks for your comments, Ralph. The IS 250 sedan comes in 8 colours. Silver metallic does seem to be the most popular. I liked it on my old car, and one of its great features is that the car body always looked clean (not so the front wheels after a while, because of the build up of black disk brake dust). I think the IS 250 looks beautiful in black (they call it Onyx), but it looks dirty after one drive on a wet road. The colour of my new car is called Blue Pearl and normally only comes with the convertible and the larger sedans. But it came with the EMV option pack. I chose it sight unseen, and to me it looks more white than it does blue. In fact the registration sticker says white, but I was told that is only because VicRoads (our Registrar) only provides for a few colours.

      The EMV Navigation pack includes satnav, rear view camera with parking guides, Bluetooth and so on, and I also got front and rear parking sensors.

      Ralph, believe me, you have more than enough “class” to be a Lexus owner. If you look at BMW, but sure to have a test drive – they are really special to drive. The thing that put me off BMW when looked 9 years ago, was that even the centre console, which I would take for granted, was an optional extra. Everything was an an extra. That’s what I liked about the Lexus IS250 Sports Luxury. It came with the works – no extras.

      My new car has all the important features I liked and actually used in the 2006 car. Plus of course, the really big feature of Lexus – the attention they give to building the car and making sure it’s right in every respect. The same happens at every car service.

      Anyway, Ralph, enjoy looking around for a new car. It’s great fun and a sort of hobby or entertainment that takes on drives and getting to meet people. I didn’t have any of that this year.

      1. I must admit when I’ve seen those Lexus pearl paint jobs, I’ve been very impressed. Unfortunately it’s impossible to represent in a photo 🙁

        The parking assistance with camera is very, very interesting. Since you took us for a drive in your “old” IS250, I’ve gradually become more anxious about reversing in my Golf, possibly partly due to the very wide C-pillars, possibly partly due to my aging rather quickly at the moment (I think someone destroyed my Dorian Gray painting I had hidden in my closet).

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          You’re right, Colin. The Lexus of Brighton website shows Blue Pearl as an option for the IS 250C convertible and it’s not like like the colour in the flesh. Bernard explained, when choosing the colour and trying to describe it to me, that it takes on some of the colours of the environment. I’ve yet to see it on a sunny day.

          I’ve never been good at reversing into a parking space, but the rear vision camera and parking guides, and the sensors front and rear, have made a huge difference. In the photo above, you can see a whitish bluish bar across the bottom of the screen. That’s the blue pearl rear bumper end of the car. If I reverse into a parking space with white lines marking out the space, I reverse until the white line reaches the bumper and just barely goes under it. The rear of the car will then be about 6 inches inside the space. The curved lines in the above photo tell me the point at which to start straightening the steering wheel.

          The front parking sensors on the new car are improved. In the first dashboard photo above, you can see it at the very top of the dash, very discreetly placed. It has a single light to tell you it’s turned on. Yes, you can turn it off when driving in the city or other places where you’re at traffic lights and people keep walking withing a couple of feet from the front of your car. It has 5 bar lights on each side of the centre light which progressively come on as you get nearer an obstacle – the last two lights are red are accompanied by an audible warning signal.

          I couldn’t go back to a car without all this. And in my case it would be a great help if I ever have to undergo a driving test for the aged, to renew my licence. By the way, your Dorian Gray comment was part of a question on Hot Seat Millionaire a few months ago (when I used to watch it).

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