After six generations of success in the medium-size sedan category, the all-new, seventh-generation Lexus ES is forging a new and more ambitious path. Long renowned for its comfort, refinement and luxury appointments, the new ES builds on its strengths with an all-new chassis that allows for a more dynamic exterior design and even better driving performance.
The seventh-generation ES follows the new LS flagship sedan and LC coupe in carrying forward a new chapter in Lexus design that has a much stronger emotional quality. The eye-catching styling, made possible by the use of an all-new Global Architecture – GA-K platform, will have particular appeal to customers, together with a more engaging driving experience and even higher safety provisions. The range includes the ES 250 petrol engine model as well as ES 300h - both on sale from October 2018. The ES 300h is powered by a new self-charging hybrid system.
Because the new ES is built on the all-new Global Architecture – GA-K platform ¬– this gave Lexus the opportunity to explore the limits of mid-size luxury sedan design. The spindle grille has become a signature feature of Lexus vehicle design, but its purpose is not simply a brand signifier. On the new ES it provides a starting point for the car’s design theme, generating lines which flow through the body and converge at the rear.
Lexus call the interior concept “Seat in Control”, a simple idea that ensures all the controls you need are within easy reach and all the information you want is in plain view. The arm rest slides comfortably under your elbow and the buttons can be pushed without taking your hands off the wheel, including protruding horn-type activators for the Drive Mode Select function and traction control switches which are housed within the instrument nacelle.
The ES 250 is available with an all-new, high-efficiency, direct-injection 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and a new eight-speed Direct Shift automatic transmission. Outputs are pegged at 152 kW at 6600 rpm and 243 Nm at 4000-5000 rpm.
The ES 300h is equipped with a new, fourth-generation, self-charging hybrid drive system that can deliver exceptional fuel-efficient, responsive performance and minimal emissions for a mid-size luxury sedan. It couples the aforementioned ultra-efficient 2.5-litre Atkinson cycle four-cylinder petrol engine with a lighter, more compact and more power-dense electric motor. Total system power is 160 kW and combined cycle fuel economy is from 4.6 l/100km. The ES 300h sprints from 0-100 km/h in a laudable 8.9 seconds and is electronically-governed to a top speed of 180 km/h.