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Popular ride-sharing service rolls out 2 luxury options in Austin

Popular ride-sharing service rolls out 2 luxury options in Austin

Lyft Lux
Lyft Lux has arrived.  Photo courtesy of Lyft

Itching to hitch a ride in a Bentley? Eager to travel in a Tesla? Ride-hailing service Lyft now enables you to hop in a stylish car and feel like a million bucks.

In Austin, Lyft just rolled out two new options — Lyft Lux and Lyft Lux SUV — for luxury transportation to get from, say, Tarrytown to downtown. Lyft Lux and Lyft Lux SUV compete directly with Uber’s existing high-end alternative, Uber Black.

“Passengers can count on Lyft Lux for a luxury ride every time. Lyft Lux is the perfect ride for the business traveler who wants arrive to a meeting in a black car, take his or her client to dinner, or any special occasion where you want to spend a little more to make it memorable,” Lyft says in announcing the new offerings.

Aside from Bentley and Tesla, eligible vehicle brands in the Lyft Lux and Lyft Lux SUV fleet include Acura, Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Infiniti, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lexus, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, and Rolls-Royce. Each vehicle will be a 2011 model or later and feature a black exterior.

“For drivers, this is a great way to get the most of your high-end vehicle and earn even higher fares,” Lyft says.

Indeed, the fares are considerably higher for Lyft’s luxury service compared with its standard service. A standard Lyft trip from Tarrytown to downtown Austin costs an estimated $6 to $12. The same ride via Lyft Luxury goes for an estimated $22 to $31, while it’s an estimated $31 to $43 for Lyft Lux SUV.

Along with Austin, Lyft Lux and Lyft Lux SUV are available in more than 80 cities in the U.S.