Together with the LS, the ES is now the longest-serving nameplate in Lexus’ line-up. The ES mid-sized sedan was introduced at the start of the Lexus model back in 1989 and has now advanced by 7 generations… every single design has presented its own styling, material, and mechanical configuration inspite of owning near architectural ties with its up to date Toyota Camry cousin.
The XZ10-series ES – which was up-to-date late previous yr adhering to its preliminary launch in 2018 – is no distinctive. Based mostly on TMC’s GA-K system, this ES is carefully linked to the XV70-collection Toyota Camry and (discontinued) XX50-sequence Toyota Avalon, and shares chassis fundamentals with the XU70-collection Toyota Kluger, XA50-sequence Toyota RAV4 and AZ20-sequence Lexus NX, to title a number of.
By way of comparison, the ES measures 4975mm in duration, 1865mm in width and 1445mm in peak, which makes it 70mm for a longer time and 25mm broader than the present-day-technology Camry. It is the exact height, but rides on a a little bit for a longer period wheelbase than its Toyota counterpart (2870 v 2825mm) and recommendations the scale at 1740kg, some 85kg additional than the best-spec Camry SL hybrid.
The ES also has the smaller sized boot of the two at 473 litres (-51 litres).
Lexus claims the freshly updated ES is lighter and far more remarkably specified than just before, replete with more basic safety and driver support systems that are now incorporated as common. For 2022, the ES includes intersection guide with flip aid, unexpected emergency steering aid – part of an expanded suite of AEB technologies – and Lexus’ entire suite of on-board connected solutions.
Automatic superior-beam guide, radar-guided cruise manage, road-indication aid, parking assist brake (including an intelligent sonar-dependent clearance technique) and a 360-diploma camera are also obtainable (they are included as typical on the Athletics Luxury quality, nevertheless).
The ES array is presented with two powertrain choices – a 2.5-litre 4-cylinder petrol motor or a petrol-electrical hybrid – and in three grade variants. Pricing begins from $61,620 (furthermore on-road expenditures), which represents an maximize of $1930 above the pre-facelift design.
Inspite of the introduction of a devoted petrol engine to the variety, Lexus states it expects the hybrid versions to garner the lion’s share of product sales. The ES300h (the “h” signifies hybrid) selection is run by a combination of a 160kW/221Nm multipoint injected 2.5-litre petrol engine and an electrical motor (paired to a consistently variable transmission) that drives the front wheels.
Gasoline financial system for the hybridised ES is outlined at 4.8 litres for every 100km (on the ADR merged cycle), with Lexus quoting a blended CO2 emissions determine of 109g/km. The ES300h is said to speed up from standstill to 100km/h in 8.9 seconds.
On exam, the ES300h Athletics Luxurious brings what Lexus states is an “expanded decision for consumers shelling out over and above $70,000”.
Priced from $78,180 (additionally on-highway expenditures) it will come with semi-aniline leather-based-accented upholstery, rear seat heating and tri-zone local weather handle, while a Bamboo trim bundle is optional.
Hybrid derivatives are further more outfitted with adaptive dampers with two driver-selectable settings, a heated steering wheel, 17-speaker Mark Levinson audio program, unique 18-inch alloy wheels, facet blinds, rear ability sunshade and a 14-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat.
The ES slots amongst the IS and LS in Lexus’ luxurious sedan variety. With the GS now long gone from the Lexus line-up, the ES is remaining to rival competitors this kind of as the Alfa Romeo Giulia (from $60,900, as well as on-highway charges), Audi A4 ($57,700), BMW 3 Collection ($71,900), Genesis G80 ($84,776), Jaguar XE ($68,679), Mercedes-Benz C-Course ($66,900) and Volvo S60 ($62,490).