LOCAL specifications for the new Lexus ES have been confirmed, with the latest luxury medium sedan delivering even higher standards of meticulous craftsmanship, an expansion of intuitive luxury features and broader advanced safety technologies.
Available in local showrooms on September 29, the new ES leverages the values of the Lexus Driving Signature with enhanced body rigidity and more controlled adaptive variable suspension (AVS) in the ES 300h F Sport grade.
An alluring blend of comfort, with a higher focus on driver engagement and enjoyable dynamics, culminated in the introduction of a lighter and more agile ES 250 model.
Combining instant response and high thermal efficiency, the advanced new 2.5-litre petrol four-cylinder engine delivers 152kW of power and 243Nm of torque with combined-cycle fuel consumption of 6.6-litres/100km (ES 250 Luxury).
The updated ES 300h will continue to be the most popular of the Lexus luxury sedan pair with its advanced 160kW petrol-electric hybrid powertrain combining a 2.5-litre petrol engine with 131kW and 221Nm, and an electric motor with 88kW and 202Nm.
The flagship ES 300h delivers 0-100km/h performance that is two-tenths quicker than the ES 250 (at 8.9 seconds) along with amazingly low combined-cycle fuel consumption of just 4.8-litres/100km.
The ES 250 Luxury introduces advanced safety and security technology to the seventh-generation ES for the first time – with Lexus Connected Services, Intersection turn assist and emergency steering assist are standard across the range.
Lexus Connected Services can also notify emergency services in the event of an accident and track the vehicle if it is stolen.
Further standard safety features on the ES 250 Luxury includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian and daytime cyclist detection, parking support brake with obstacle and vehicle detection, automatic high-beam, and blind-spot monitor.
In addition, dynamic radar cruise control, lane tracing assist, road sign assist and tyre pressure warning monitor are also included.
The ES 250 Luxury further welcomes a new 12.3-inch screen with touch-display functionality – complementing the 7.0-inch driver display and incorporating Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, DAB+ digital radio, satellite navigation and a 10-speaker sound system.
It also pursues higher craftsmanship standards with black or – for the first time on ES – hazel trim complemented by textured 3D film ornamentation.
Impressive opulence comes standard and includes a moonroof, dual-zone climate control with ES-debut Nanoe X cabin ionisation technology, and 10-way power-adjustable front seats with heating.
An optional Enhancement Pack adds a smart key card, driver colour head-up display, wireless smartphone charging and two rear console-mounted USB chargers.
These features are standard on the ES 300h Luxury, which above the ES 250 Luxury with Enhancement Pack further adds a standard rear spoiler, power adjustable steering column and active noise control.
Luxury customers can further raise the specification with an ES 300h-unique Enhancement Pack which adds a power-operated boot lid with kick sensor, and rear door sunshades.
It also includes one-inch-larger 18-inch alloy wheels, panoramic view monitor, 12-way power adjustable driver’s seat with memory settings, front ventilated seats and power-operated rear sunshade.
Lexus ES customers can then select from sharper ES 250 F Sport and ES 300h F Sport grades that leverage the highest degree of driver enjoyment within the rigid and sophisticated Global Architecture-K (GA-K) platform.
Both F Sport grades add front and rear performance dampers (bracing), complementing the stronger rear structure newly introduced with the ES.
The ES 250 further features newly introduced F Sport suspension, while the ES 300h adds adaptive variable suspension that has been retuned for a more focused iteration of the renowned Lexus Driving Signature.
The F Sport also features tri-beam LED headlamps and adaptive high beam, incorporating BladeScan technology – another ES first. Further F Sport exclusives include 19-inch F Sport alloy wheels, F Sport grille and F Sport body kit.
Both the ES 250 F Sport and ES 300h F Sport introduce a power boot lid and F Sport White leather-accented trim, in each case for the first time on an F Sport grade.
Also available are F Sport Black and F Sport Flare Red alternatives, all with Hadori aluminium ornamentation.
Further standard specification on F Sport includes a larger 8.0-inch driver display, panoramic view monitor, front ventilated seats, driver memory settings and power-operated rear sunshade.
The ES 300h F Sport is exclusively available with an Enhancement Pack adding a heated steering wheel and 17-speaker Mark Levinson audio system. The flagship, hybrid-only Sports Luxury grade also gains the items of the ES 300h F Sport with Enhancement Pack.
The ES 300h Sports Luxury moves to 18-inch alloy wheels and standard suspension for a focus on plush ride comfort – while maintaining the front and rear performance dampers (bracing) of the F Sport that helps further reduce noise and body vibration.
The ES 300h Sports Luxury channels the opulence of the LS 500h Sports Luxury with the luxury of semi-aniline leather upholstery and the impeccable craftsmanship of six trim and ornamentation choices – including black, hazel, rich cream or mauve trim.
A choice of real bamboo, open finish brown walnut or open finish Sumi black walnut ornamentation is also offered. Supporting this craftsmanship standard are tri-zone climate control and powered outboard rear seats with recline function and heating.
Pricing for the new Lexus ES will be announced closer to its September 29 on-sale date.