2019 Lexus ES revealed

Words: Nile Bijoux
27 Apr 2018

Lexus has overhauled its mid-sized ES sedan, ahead of an August arrival.

The new ES will ride on a variant of the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), called the Lexus Global Architecture-K (GA-K) platform. The new ES is 65mm longer, 45mm wider, and has a 10mm wider front track and 37mm wider rear track. Its wheelbase has grown by 50mm and the body sits 5mm lower than before.

Lexus isn’t discussing weight, but given the platform uses more high-tensile steel than previously, mass should drop by a few kilos. New multi-link suspension, electric steering and a stiffer base structure should also ensure the drive is sharper than before.

Overseas, the car will be offered with a V6 engine, but will only be available in hybrid form here, dubbed the ES300h. Thanks to a 2.5-litre Atkinson-cycle petrol engine working together with an electric motor, system power of 153kW is on tap, and a combined fuel figure of 6.0L/100km is claimed.

Standard equipment includes the Lexus Safety Sense+ 2.0 package. Along with the current functions, including autonomous emergency braking and lane-keeping assist, the system will add daytime cyclist detection and enhanced radar at night, for more accurate pedestrian detection in the wee hours. Two-stage adaptive LED headlights will also be fitted, which can adapt their pattern around oncoming traffic.

Inside, the ES is a similar in layout to the LS and LC, sans some glamour. There’s Lexus’ digital driver display along with the mouse-based infotainment system.

The car pictured had a beige leather/wood trim combination, but expect other options to be available too.

“The new platform on the ES has really sharpened the driving feel and with class-leading safety technology and a level of craftsmanship rarely found in this segment, it’s a car we are really looking forward to," said Paul Carroll, Lexus New Zealand’s senior general manager.

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