The seventh-generation luxury midsize sedan is built on the company's Global Architecture-K (GA-K) platform, and is slightly longer, wider and lower than before. The low hood results in a sleek and aerodynamic look. Up front is a redesigned version of the spindle grille. A fast roofline runs along the top, while the back features sharp wrap-around taillamps. Underneath are optional 18-inch wheels.
The interior, meanwhile, is based on the the Lexus Future Interior concept, which combines a spacious passenger area with a driver-centric cockpit. The instrument panel and heads-up display are kept firmly in the driver's line of sight, while the steering wheel and pedals are adjusted to provide a neutral position. The front and rear passengers are promised a spacious and relaxing space.
What about the F Sport models, you ask? They have a rear spoiler, and 19-inch wheels as standard. The F Sport also gets an exclusive Heat Blue paint job. The cabin has Hadori (aka metallic) trim, which is inspired by traditional Japanese sword making. Thus, the interior "features fluctuating wave patterns that give it a three-dimensional appearance that varies depending on the viewing angle." Interesting craftsmanship.
Adaptive variable suspension, which is also available in the LC coupe, will be offered in the ES F Sport. It adds adjustable dampers at each corner, featuring 650 levels of damping force. Sport+ mode is also another exclusive for "the most aggressive engine, transmission and suspension settings for maximum performance." This driving mode also comes with a new engine sound enhancement feature to elevate the um, sporty, experience.
“The ES has always been an elegant luxury sedan. For this generation, we have added daring design elements that challenge the traditional expectations of buyers," said project chief designer Yasuo Kajino.
All 350 variants of the all-new ES are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 capable of 300hp and 355Nm, a bit of a bump up from the previous generation. This is paired to an eight-speed Direct Shift automatic transmission.
Select markets will have the ES 250 variant and the more environment-friendly 300h variant. The former will have an all-new 2.5-liter four-cylinder aluminum-intensive engine, which features advanced Variable Valve Timing with intelligence. The latter has a 2.5-liter gasoline engine coupled with a self-charging and more compact hybrid system.
Are you guys excited to see this make its way to the Philippines?