Seventh Generation Lexus ES bows in Beijing
The 2019 Lexus ES 350 F Sport (foreground) and ES 350 launch the brand’s seventh-generation mid-size luxury sedan the goes on sale in September.
LOS ANGELES, CA: The seventh generation Lexus ES mid-size luxury sedan was shown to the world Tuesday (April 24) with simultaneous events in Beijing and Los Angeles.
Lexus is now sold in 90 countries around the world, but behind the U.S., China and Japan, Canada is the largest market for the brand.
Longer (+65 mm), wider (+45 mm) and lower (-5 mm), the 2019 ES is the third new Lexus after the LC Coupe and LS Sedan to join what the brand calls the Future Chapter of Lexus.
Built on the all-new K (GA-K) global platform, a 50 mm longer wheelbase compared to the outgoing model allowed the engineers to take advantage of the wider front (+10 mm) and rear (+37 mm) tracks to really push the wheels out to the four corners.
To highlight the new shape there are two grille treatments – one for the ES 350 and ES 300h with vertical bars and a blacked out version for the ES 350 F Sport.
Also 17- and 18-inch alloy wheels will be offered on the ES 350 and ES 300h with a 19-inch alloy on the ES 350 F Sport that are similar in appearance to the ones found on the LC Coupe.
All ES models are front-drive with an eight-speed automatic transmission and both ES 350s are powered by a 3.5-litre direct injection naturally aspirated V6 producing 302 hp and 267 lb/ft of torque up by 34 hp and 19 lb/ft in the outgoing model.
The ES 300h, as the name implies, is a hybrid with the fourth generation Lexus Hybrid Drive System that combine a 2.5-litre, Atkinson Cycle gasoline engine and nickel metal hydride battery for a combined 215 hp. Lexus does not give out torque ratings.
With a more efficient electric motor driving the front wheels, Lexus estimates a fuel rating of 5.3L/100 km combined.
Because the battery is now smaller, it fits under the back seat with no sacrifice of cargo volume which is the same for all three ES versions.
The comprehensive Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 is standard equipment and features new technology like daytime bicyclist detection which is part of the comprehensive Pre-Collision System (PCS).
PCS has also been enhanced to help better detect a pedestrian at night by increasing the radar’s sensitivity and dynamic range.
On the outside, 12 colours are available while the inside is driver centric with centre display screen, instrument panel and heads up display in a tight cluster in the driver’s field of view.
The ES 350 is the first Lexus to incorporate Apple CarPlay.
The F-Sport takes it up a notch with a first its kind for Lexus metallic interior trim inspired by a traditional Japanese sword.
The ES350 and ES300h continue to offer traditional materials like Linear Dark Mocha and Linear Espresso wood which gives the ES a handcrafted appearance buyers in this segment have come to expect.
The 2019 Lexus ES goes on sale in September and pricing will be released closer to the launch date.
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