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New Lexus ES Prototype Spotted in California

Lexus ES Prototype

A Lexus ES prototype with new camouflage was spotted in California by Fast Lane Car, and the aggressive pattern could signal the next-generation sedan is in the final stages of testing.

Previous prototypes of the ES & ES F SPORT were spotted in August, and the photos were much more detailed — as a reminder:

Lexus ES F SPORT

Lexus ES Standard

The next-generation ES is a very significant model for Lexus, as rumors swirl that the car will become the default midsize sedan in the lineup.

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A few notes:

- The car is much curvier... the profile reminds me a bit of the Volkswagen Passat CC. Overall, it looks a lot like a mini-LS, which isn't shocking.

- Look how big the car looks compared to the A6. I know part of it is the angle, but the ES looks much chunkier than the A6... in a good way.



- The fact that there is clearly an F Sport model and the car is testing alongside the E Class and A6, to me, seems like bad news for the GS unless they have a complete change of strategy planned for that car.

- Overall, it really looks very nice. The car is so curvaceous that it's pretty easy to make out the shapes and details.
Wow, I called this! (said it will be late July to early August window, like RC, LC, and LS) Toyota Motor Co. favours introducing camouflaged vehicles to the public during the last week of July. I am going to expand on this in a little bit.
it would be interesting to learn about the type of engine and how the interior looks. To me this strongly suggests that the GS is going to go. However, I cannot see Lexus dropping the GS F since it is a critical part of the F performance line up that they are heavily promoting. Interesting nonetheless
Does anyone think this could actually be the GS and not the next ES?
its looking really good even with the camouflage. Am really hoping the GS don't get left out. that's my favorite Lexus model

supra93
Does anyone think this could actually be the GS and not the next ES?
I hope so.
I take back my earlier comment. It probably is the ES seeing how they also included the current ES in the test group. This is a sad day in Lexus history. Looks like Akio got want he wanted.
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supra93
Does anyone think this could actually be the GS and not the next ES?
This has FWD proportions when u look at the short distance from the door to front wheel. Definently not a RWD vehicle
I'm still hoping for a new GS. All they have to do is reskin the Crown.

https://lexusenthusiast.com/forums/threads/spied-possible-lexus-sedan-spotted-on-nuerburgring.3514/

Interesting but still very unclear as to what is going on sales of the IS and the GS most disappointing.
The waterfall grille must go and all cars should have a refined mesh grille and the ES in its current form does not look agile enough tending to be a barge. Work to be done Lexus.
supra93
Does anyone think this could actually be the GS and not the next ES?
Judging by the front overhang its ES. Front wheel drives usually have a longer front overhang, with rear wheel drive it can usually be made much shorter.
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I wish this is the new ES instead of new GS, I'd rather have GS died instead of live of misery of FWD... and I don't know about you guys, but the new ES seems to have lower window position than current ES, kinda reminds me of how the new Camry is compared to outgoing Camry, basically looks more sleek.
The ES is expected next year in Western Europe, finally. Possibly as a replacement of the GS?
Argh! I am getting mental whiplash from rumours of the GS being cancelled, then not cancelled, then this. Please Lexus, no ES F Sport. It's a horrible sell-out of the "F" brand and everything it stands for.
Since the current GS is more tuned for driving enthusiast than for comfort I can see why they would bench mark the E300 and the A5. As long as it's not an AMG or S5 there's still hope for the GS. Also since Toyota is trying to distance the Lexus brand. It's only fair to benchmark the entry level sedans of Mercedes and Audi since the ES is that to lexus also. So, IMO I don't think the GS is out. Comfort mode for new ES bench mark E300 sport mode benchmark Audi. That's what I think is going on in this picture
Bring an ES F-SPort all you want.. just continue to build the GS please.
Let's be honest - all the ES really needs is an active AWD system that can split the power delivery between the front and rear wheels for consumers who want either more power or better driving dynamics... and the case for building a GS becomes approximately zero. This is what Audi has done for years with every sedan in their lineup: you can buy the plebeian FWD model if you don't care and just want an appliance, or you have the option of AWD, sports packages, larger engines, etc. It works for them and it can work for Lexus, and this method would represent a major risk aversion for Lexus when sedan sales are tanking dramatically month by month.

Judging from the spy pics, this is a good looking car... much more svelte and interesting than any ES before. If they offer 300+hp ES F-Sport that looks this good, they probably will be able to keep ~50% or more of GS buyers, all of their current ES audience and eliminate significant cost and risk.

If there is a small displacement turbo V6 put into an ES F Sport with active AWD and it produces, say, 350hp, very few people will care about the death of the GS.
RAL
ES spindle grille appears toned down if cross bar is real ... even on F-Sport model. I wonder if bottom corners of base model spindle have been shaped like the spindle on the coming LX refresh? ... picture courtesy of UZJ100GXR ...
Another LX facelift?
Two other notes about these mules:

The F Sport car has the Lexus signature triple LED headlights and the standard one seems to have traditional projectors:





Note that the headlight design for ES seems to have an integrated DRL like RX. This is kind of surprising to me because if any car was going to have an integrated DRL, I'd have thought for sure it would be the LS. Not sure why they seem to be stepping back to safer territory with this new ES.
ES spindle grille appears toned down if cross bar is real ... even on F-Sport model. I wonder if bottom corners of base model spindle have been shaped like the spindle on the coming LX refresh? ...

oh, I like this grille! n fact, the massive grille on the recent LX didn't impress me. I like this one though.
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Which is which? ... is it the F-Sport that has the triple LEDs or the base model? F-Sport appears to have exposed rear reflectors and exhaust tips. I was thinking the F-Sport had the spindle with the vertical-ish elements and the cross bar that looks more like camouflage ... although it makes sense the F-Sport would be more likely to have the triple LEDs.
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Which is which? ... is it the F-Sport that has the triple LEDs or the base model? F-Sport appears to have exposed rear reflectors and exhaust tips. I was thinking the F-Sport had the spindle with the vertical-ish elements and the cross bar that looks more like camouflage ... although it makes sense the F-Sport would be more likely to have the triple LEDs.
F Sport has triple LEDs, exposed exhaust tips, mesh grill, split 5 spoke wheels.

The other car - standard, or maybe a luxury package - has the multi spoke wheels, seemingly vertical slats in the spindle grill, traditional projector headlights.

The lack of exhaust outlets actually makes me wonder if the "standard" car could be a hybrid? ES300h, ES 350h?
Well we could say it's now definite ES will be the Lexus sole midsize bread and butter since for the first time its going to be available world wide. We can only hope GS is going upscale to grab CLS/A7/6GT piece of the market
Gecko
Note that the headlight design for ES seems to have an integrated DRL like RX. This is kind of surprising to me because if any car was going to have an integrated DRL, I'd have thought for sure it would be the LS. Not sure why they seem to be stepping back to safer territory with this new ES.
It's single piece like on LS, DRL brow separates from the cluster as it approaches the wheel arch. It's not as exaggerated as on LS but its the same design principle.
I don't know that I agree. To me, at least on these mules, it looks pretty clearly like a simple check integrated into the main headlight housing. LS has the unique bottom portion that stands alone and then leads into the main headlight.

I see more of this:
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Not this:

I see what you mean now! A mix of both really!
supra93
Does anyone think this could actually be the GS and not the next ES?
I dont think so...If you look at the original article, the 3rd picture (profile shot) shows a long front overhang and a very close front door edge to the wheel well suggesting this is FWD.

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I think the GS is going bye bye. Sucks. My first lexus was a 1998 GS400. That thing was a beast for its time.

Edit: I saw this though at Top Speed and see the wider gap from the door edge to the wheel well? The GS may live on!

PeterF
it would be interesting to learn about the type of engine and how the interior looks. To me this strongly suggests that the GS is going to go. However, I cannot see Lexus dropping the GS F since it is a critical part of the F performance line up that they are heavily promoting. Interesting nonetheless
Unless there is a new IS-F in the works that may be larger than the 3IS...I hope not though. I was hoping for a new GS as my next car.
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Gecko
F Sport has triple LEDs, exposed exhaust tips, mesh grill, split 5 spoke wheels.

The other car - standard, or maybe a luxury package - has the multi spoke wheels, seemingly vertical slats in the spindle grill, traditional projector headlights.

The lack of exhaust outlets actually makes me wonder if the "standard" car could be a hybrid? ES300h, ES 350h?

Agree with the exhaust-tip-less ES - it's likely an ESh. It also has the rear spoiler much like today's ESh. Powertrain though I'd be disappointed but not surprised if it's borrowed from the 2018 Camry 's 208 combined net hp powertrain, making it still a "300h" in my book. Hoping power is bumped to 225-240 hp range at the expense of some MPG, and called "350h".

With the 2018 Camry's improved interior quality and style, I'm anxious to to see the ES' interior shed some of the minor cheap plastics of the lower doors, dash, and console for nicer richer materials.
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Agreed ... the one without exhaust tips could be a hybrid, but how do we know the other one is an F-Sport? (The new non-F-Sport LS and LC have a mesh grille.)

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