Updated 2016 Lexus ES Debuts at Auto Shanghai

The 2016 Lexus ES debuted at Auto Shanghai just moments ago, here’s the full press release along with the first photos of updated model.

Lexus ES 200 Front

As the best-selling sedan model in Lexus’ impressive stable, the ES has come to define the very essence of near luxury sedan. It’s evident that this trend will continue as Lexus unveiled the exciting new 2016 ES at the Shanghai International Motor Show today, alongside the RX 200t luxury utility vehicle which is also making its world premiere.

The 2016 ES features an exciting, sportier attitude, highlighted by elegant yet progressive exterior styling, an enhanced luxurious interior and the new safety system, Lexus Safety System+.

Lexus ES Interior

There’s a new 2.0L, direct-injection powerplant that will broaden the new ES’s global appeal (not available in U.S. market), while enhanced dynamics and upgraded technology packages will keep it on the forefront, giving both drivers and passengers the confidence to traverse any distance in safety and utmost comfort.

“Our development concept was ‘Take the ES to the next level of elegance and progressive luxury,’” said Toshio Asahi, ES Chief Engineer. “The Lexus ES is renowned for its innovative exterior and interior design. We wanted to build on that and make it more elegant, and tailor the car with the latest technology Lexus has to offer. We’re confident that the new Lexus ES will be a leader in its class and attract a lot of attention.”

An Elegant, Dynamic New Look

Lexus ES 300h Front

For 2016, Lexus designers have cast a daring new form with the refreshed ES. A commanding front fascia that features Lexus’s trademark spindle grille, framed in combination with accentuated brilliant satin chrome, gives this new ES a new sense of luxury and instantly distinguishes it from the crowd.

Accompanying the grille is a pair of newly designed headlights, now equipped with LED projector technology, while iconic “L”-shaped arrowhead Daytime Running Lights (DRL) extend outside the headlight element for a distinctive look that links it with other Lexus models. Also, redesigned fog lamps areas have been relocated to the outer lower corners of the front fascia and amplify the vehicle’s wide stance.

Lexus ES Profile

A re-sculpted front fascia connects to the hood adding the sensation of motion even when the car is standing still. The sleek shape continues with the ES’ graceful roofline that flows effortlessly to the rear, where an improved, modern taillight design evokes the “L”-shaped theme furnishing an instantly recognizable nighttime glow.

Lexus ES 300h 2016 Rear

Spanning the rear is a re-stylized chrome license plate garnish that flows visually into the clear elements of the lamps to communicate the vehicle’s on-road stability. Adding a considerable amount of flair to the vehicle’s already sporty attitude are newly sculpted chrome-tipped rectangular exhaust ports.

Lexus ES 2016 Rear Quarter

To complement the impactful new form, two 17-inch wheels with directional spoke patterns have been developed. A branching dark gray metallic, multi-plane machined 20-spoke wheel is optional for non-hybrids, while hybrids are distinguished with a 10-spoke design with machine finish over medium gray.

Four new exterior colors join the ES palette: Amber, Nightfall Mica, Caviar, and Eminent White Pearl. Like the six existing choices, each features Lexus’ innovative cutting-edge paint technology designed to allow the paint’s clear coat to heal itself even from light damage. Each of the 10 colors were carefully selected to reflect the ES’ dynamic surface and is brought to life by the renowned, multi-stage paint process that gives Lexus models their deep, jewel-like luster.

A Luxuriously Updated Cabin with New Levels of Sophistication

Lexus ES 300h Interior Passenger

When it comes to luxury and refinement, Lexus has no equal. Engineered to provide driving confidence and the ultimate in comfort, the ES surrounds its occupants with a luxurious, contemporary cabin. From the sweeping dashboard reminiscent of modern architecture to highly intuitive ergonomics mated with the finest materials and surfaces, the ES cultivates a feeling of sheer quality with every touch.

The 2016 model takes luxury to the extreme with a collection of new interior color combinations, including exquisite multi-color themes that exemplify elegance. The seats are now offered in four different colors: Flaxen, Parchment, Stratus Gray and Black. Customers can choose from the three trim materials: semi-aniline leather, leather and Lexus NuLuxe.

In addition, four styles of interior trim have been carefully selected to harmonize with the color choice: Illustrious Piano Black, Linear Dark Mocha Wood, Espresso Bird’s Eye Maple with Shimamoku ornamentation, and new for 2016, Bamboo now has matte finish. First appearing in the GS and LS sedans, Shimamoku is a high-end finish of luxurious wood created through a multi-step manufacturing process by highly skilled craftsmen.

Lexus ES Interior Second Color

Furthermore, an embossed pattern has been added to the comfortable-yet-supportive seats. Additional trim enhancements to cabin-facing door surfaces and the center console unite the interior in upscale feel and design cohesion. Color-matched upholstery appears along the center console as well, coupled with a new leather boot-enclosed gear selector.

A new, sporty steering wheel provides better driving engagement. A larger 4.2-inchThin Film Transistor (TFT) color multi-information display conveniently places vital vehicle and route information as well as multimedia information front and center. To further enhance Remote Touch Interface (RTI) control, the 2016 ES adds “Enter” buttons on either side of the interface controller.

Refinement Taken to a New Level and an Expanded Engine Lineup

Since its inception, Lexus has offered quiet and smooth driving vehicles. The 2016 ES upholds that tradition with a host of improvements to provide the driver with an exciting experience.

For the new 2016 ES, Lexus engineers applied structural reinforcements to foster stiffness in the vehicle’s unibody construction. Adapted from the Lexus IS sports sedan, this form of chassis tuning arms the ES with enhanced ride quality and handling. Moreover, this ES adds a sound-reducing layer behind the dashboard to better isolate engine noise from the cabin.

New for 2016 in specific markets is a 2.0-liter direct-injection four-cylinder engine. Engineered to meet China’s fuel economy regulations, the D4 engine will be offered in China, Russia and Taiwan. In the U.S., the luxury sedan will continue with its exceptionally smooth 3.5-liter V-6 engine and a gasoline-electric hybrid powerplant, while other markets also have a 2.5-liter L4 version.

The ES now offers a range of powertrain options prioritized for fuel efficiency and power delivery, with enhanced sensitivity to the environment.

FeaturesLexus ES: Sixth Generation
  • N
  • April 19, 2015
No 2.0 turbo from the NX for US?
  • N
  • April 19, 2015
Is the 3.5L V6 updated like the new RX or the same old one?
  • C
  • April 20, 2015
Little touches like the new steering wheel (like the new RX's), padded trim along the console, new gauges, new shifter, window switch plates seem to address the current ES' cheap elements. Interior looks upscale. Bravo Lexus!
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    Adrian de Leon
  • April 20, 2015
I really was hoping for the 2.0l turbo to be part of the engine lineup in the refresh. But maybe it will come when the whole redesign happens. A couple of things: The front is something I like but don't like at the same time. The way the spindle grille is structured, it reminds me of the way the HS looks. But I like the change in the headlights and the tail lights. I was looking at an ES during a stop and I couldn't help but notice that the ES is the only model (sedan wise) in the lexus line up that doesn't have a L-shaped style taillights. Back to the 2.0l turbo, I think when or if the 2.0l turbo is available on the ES, that is the time when the ES will have a available F-sport as an option which would really open the model up to more buyers I believe
  • E
  • April 20, 2015
How many HP for that 2.0L engine? 167? I wish for turbo too.
The ES DESPERATELY needed that finish around the window switches! The taillights FINALLY show form in the dark with those L-shapes. The DRLs FINALLY have a distinguishable L-shape that should be visible from wide angles and FINALLY do not look like they're hanging far below the main bulbs at night.
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    William A
  • April 20, 2015
Hmm. They ever-so-slightly managed to make the exterior look more like the Avalon, especially that rear chrome strip. Interior is a whole lotta win though.
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    Black Dynamite
  • April 20, 2015
Looks like the first sedan to get the new turbo will be the Lexus IS200T next year. BD
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    Black Dynamite
  • April 20, 2015
Lexus noticed that too, and has added more sound deadening to the 2016 front end. BD
  • R
  • April 20, 2015
With 2.0-litre , it should get more market share in tax-guided country .
Looks like a good evolutionary update to bring the ES in line with the design cues of the rest of the line up .....still tho, that rear end looks too similar to the new Camry rear end imo
  • D
  • April 20, 2015
I think it looks excellent! If I was to be disappointing in anything it would be with Toyota. I do not understand why they felt the need to slap a spindle like grille on the Camry and give it ES like taillights. It just makes Lexus look bad when they're trying to distance themselves from Toyota looking products. Oh well. The ES looks good either way. I love that new steering wheel like the RX's.
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  • April 20, 2015
Looks like Canada will get the V6, Hybrid, and a new 2.5 4 Cylinder option for the 2016 ES.
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  • April 24, 2015
I guess the turbo would be too similar in power and price to the v6.