- The Lexus ES is now in its seventh generation
- Introduction of the First F SPORT Model in the ES Lineup
- Hybrid Model Delivers Exceptional Mileage and Improved Performance
Lexus launches the seventh generation of its popular entry level sedan, the ES at the Beijing Motor Show. Featuring an all-new chassis that allows for a more dynamic exterior design and the introduction of the first ES F SPORT.
Design of the new ES uses a fast roofline that emphasizes its lower stance and slippery aerodynamics. The rear end is clean and sharply chiseled, with LED taillamps that wrap around the quarter panels to provide a continuous styling line from any angle.
Built on the all-new Global Architecture – K (GA-K) platform, the new ES is longer (+2.6 in), lower (-.2 in) and wider (+1.8 in.) than before. These dimensions are also indicative of bridging the gap to accommodate for its (now discontinued) GS sedan customers.
Interiors of the new ES appear driver focused by placing the center display screen, instrument panel and available heads up display in a tight cluster in the driver’s field of view.
All ES 350s are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 with an updated to D4-S fuel injection, the impressively smooth engine now develops 302 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque. Both of those numbers are up significantly (+34 hp, +19 lb-ft) compared to the previous generation V6. In addition to the boost in power, the ES 350 also benefits from a new eight-speed Direct Shift automatic transmission. It uses an ultra-thin torque converter and a multi-plate lock up clutch to more efficiently transfer power to the front wheels. With a wider spread of ratios, the new eight speed is able to utilize high torque gears on the low end for quick starts and tall gearing on the high end for optimum efficiency.
Adding to the mix is the ES300h with a new, fourth-generation Hybrid Drive System that couples an ultra-efficient, Atkinson cycle 2.5-liter, four-cylinder gas engine with a lighter, more compact, more power dense electric motor and self-charging hybrid system. Together they deliver a combined 215 total system horsepower and a preliminary estimate of 44 mpg in combined driving.
Bolder styling, more dynamic performance, unique cabin materials and the latest technology add a chapter to the ES story that hasn’t been told. We look forward to seeing it on our shores in the near future helping heat up an already strongly contested segment.