Let’s talk design first. The changes aren’t drastic, but they are tasteful. The headlamps are as aggressive-looking as ever, but the signature Lexus grille up front now features a more sophisticated pattern. Out back, the ES now gets a sportier bumper. The interior doesn’t get any big changes, either, but it is now available with a new mauve colorway.
Okay, enough about aesthetics—the tech department is the important bit for the new ES. Lexus has given its popular luxury midsize sedan a new touchscreen display inside the cabin, and at the same time, has moved it 100mm closer to the driver for better ergonomics.
The ES now also gets the latest Lexus Safety System+ 2.5, which includes safety functions such as lane-tracing assist, dynamic radar cruise control with curve speed control, road sign assist, automatic high beam, and emergency driving stop system.
The new ES’s digital side-view and digital rear-view mirrors have also received minor improvements for improved visibility. The sedan can also be operated using a digital key accessible through an app. This feature, however, will only be made available in China.
Lexus also says it has made some slight mechanical tweaks as well. Brake controllability has been improved, and torsional and lateral rigidity has been increased for improved ride comfort. The engine remains untouched, but overall, the ES is now more quiet and comfortable than ever.
Meanwhile, the F Sport version—apart from its slightly more athletic look—also gets improved adaptive variable suspension that uses a new actuator for sharper steering and enhanced comfort.
“Our goal was to deepen the high quality of the ES and to add new value. In addition to further improving quietness and ride comfort, we pursued linearity in vehicle movement, in response to steering wheel operation, that is faithful to the driver's intentions. When it comes to styling, we refined the elegance that is characteristic of the ES, and we have created a new modernity,” said Lexus international chief engineer Tetsuya Aoki.
“In development, to exceed customer expectations, we identified elements that could be improved, and we thoroughly raised every detail to the highest levels of completion,” added Aoki. “I would like people to experience by ride in the ES the thoughts of the development team, which closely adhered to the idea of ‘Always On’ with the aim of making ever-better cars.”
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Lexus ES Photos