LEXUS is continuing to build on the success of the seventh-generation ES medium luxury sedan by expanding the level of innovative driver assistance technology included as standard.
Reaffirming the Lexus commitment to world-leading safety, the ES 300h Luxury now includes rear cross traffic alert + brake, which joins intelligent clearance sonar and parking support brake, which were already standard.
This technology utilises both front and rear-mounted sensors to detect static objects ahead and behind the vehicle, and for the first time on the ES 300h Luxury, crossing vehicles that may be approaching behind.
Working during the vehicle’s initial forward or reverse acceleration from standstill and when the vehicle is moving at up to 15km/h, the trio of safety systems can firstly help warn the driver of an imminent parking or pedestrian collision.
The systems can for then apply braking in reverse if a driver fails to respond or provide adequate braking response to a collision. A blind spot monitor also now becomes standard on the ES 300h Luxury for the first time.
These additions further build on the comprehensive list of the latest active safety and driver assistance technologies as part of the Lexus Safety System+, which can help prevent an accident from happening and continue as standard.
This includes all-speed radar cruise control with road sign assist, a pre-collision safety system with pedestrian detection, and lane tracing assist.
The ES 300h Luxury also comes with a reversing camera with rear guide assist, 10 SRS airbags, LED low-beam headlights with automatic high beam, and a tyre pressure warning system.
This technology adds to the segment-leading style, luxury and convenience features offered across the Lexus ES 300h luxury medium sedan line-up.
Every ES 300h is powered by a highly advanced and refined Lexus self-charging hybrid electric power train with a combined 160kW of power and incredible fuel efficiency from as low as 4.8-litres/100km.
The 2.5-litre petrol four-cylinder engine also produces 221Nm in addition to 202Nm from the electric motor to deliver spirited performance.
“Lexus wants to ensure all ES customers experience the highest level of active safety and driver assistance technology,” CEO Scott Thompson said.
“This update also means the ES will best complement the forthcoming new Lexus IS and together provide even more desirable segment options for luxury customers.”
The 2020 Lexus ES 300h range starts with the Luxury variant at $62,535 plus on-roads, with an optional Enhancement Pack also available for a combined price of $68,875 plus on-roads. The ES 300h F Sport is $71,500 plus on-roads.
The Enhancement Pack version is priced at $75,500 plus on-roads, while the range topping Sport Luxury is $77,000 plus on-roads.