Mystery Lexus ES Controller Explained

When Lexus released a video tour of the 2013 ES, some eagle-eyed Lexus Enthusiast readers spotted a mysterious knob in the centre console:

2013 Lexus ES Display Audio Controller

I reached out to my friends at Lexus College to get the scoop, and was told that this is the Display Audio controller, which will take the place of the Remote Touch controller on all ES vehicles without the navigation package. One other point that was mentioned — without navigation, the display screen goes from eight inches to seven inches.

At this point, it’s unknown how common the non-navigation package will be, how the controller will work, or what functionality the display will have, but at least it’s one mystery solved!

Update: Turns out the 2013 RX will also be offered with the Display Audio controller, and includes this description of the seven inch LED display:

An LED readout on the instrument panel that can communicate a wide range of messages. It shows data from the drive computer, such as average vehicle speed, fuel consumption and cruising range. It can also flash many warning messages, such as low oil pressure, excessive brake wear or an unlatched door.

(Thanks James!)