Six generations later, and Lexus’ success in the midsize sedan category has given birth to the all-new seventh generation Lexus ES, combining comfort, refinement, and a new dynamic exterior design.
Built on the all-new GA-K (Global Architecture - K) platform, the new ES is now longer, lower, and wider than before with the wheels pushed closer to the corners because of the longer wheelbase. Built on the same platform as the Toyota Avalon (a vehicle we don’t get here), the new ES features a low hood and different take on the grille by departing from the usual spindle by offering different takes on vertical bars on the front fascia depending on the trim of ES. A more slanted and aggressive roofline, 18-inch wheels, as well as wrap around LED tail lights in the rear complete the new design.
On the inside, the new ES gets significant updates in terms of driving and passenger comfort. The cabin is driver-centric, with the center display screen, instruments, and heads up display prominently placed in a tight cluster in the driver’s field of view. Minor adjustments in steering wheel angle, brake pedal angle, and locations of these controls aim to provide a more natural driving position. Expect stitching, soft padding, supple materials, and improved sound insulation and absorption all around. Rear passengers get more headroom and legroom thanks to a redesigned headliner and extended wheelbase and lower hip point.
The ES will be powered by a 3.5L V6 that now develops 300 hp and 355 Nm of torque. Both of those numbers are significantly higher (+28 hp, +19 Nm) than the previous generation’s V6. The ES also benefits from a new eight-speed Direct Shift automatic transmission that has a wider spread of ratios, utilizing high torque gears on the low end for quick starts and tall gearing on the high end for optimum efficiency.
An F Sport trim is also on offer, with a different grille, rear spoiler, and new mettalic trim. Rumors are also abound saying that the new 12.3-inch interface will support smartphone mirroring.
Aimed at targeting a broader range of customers, the 2019 Lexus ES will go on sale later this year, and will be available in a wide range of colors for both the exterior and interior. No news on the official release date for the Philippines, but rest assured we will be on top of things for the all-new ES.