FeaturesLexus ES: Fifth Generation

Teased: The Next-Generation Lexus ES Sedan

Lexus ES Teaser Image

Lexus has released the first teaser image of the upcoming next-generation ES sedan, here it is in full-resolution:

Whether by coincidence or strategy, the released image is from nearly the same angle as the photo of the ES that leaked on Monday. The vertical slat grille is a departure from recent patterns used by Lexus, and is likely meant to soften the ES’ overall resemblance to the LS sedan.

The press release reads more like a tweet, but contains some valuable information:

More than just a pretty face, this all-new Lexus vehicle aims to radically transform the concept of comfort for luxury consumers all over the world. Witness its global debut in Beijing on April 25, 2018. #ExperienceAmazing

There we have it — not only will the new Lexus ES debut in two weeks at the Beijing Motor Show, it will be available in all markets globally. Big news indeed.

So, what do you think of this spindle grille intrepretation? Are you ready for an ES with a design similar to the LS flagship?

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spwolf
but it is already shown to be true though. We already are certain that there will be ES F-Sport , and there are strong, substantial rumors of AWD too. Those two new additions are the proof that bigger expected sales and worldwide availability will expand ES lineup.

I am also pretty sure that worldwide Lexus ES will be available with many powertrains such as 2.0l 4cly, 2.5l 4cly, 2.0t and 3.5l V6... Together with 300h, thats 5 different powertrains.
But that is also the reason why ES does not need to be RWD-based to have a V8, otherwise there would be a new gen GS. LS still has a business case unlike the GS.
Levi
But that is also the reason why ES does not need to be RWD-based to have a V8, otherwise there would be a new gen GS. LS still has a business case unlike the GS.
I dont quite understand what you are saying. I did not write anything about V8 or replacing GS, just more powertrains and options will be available for ES since it is a worldwide car. Simply, more money is being put into its development.

It does not need an V8 ever, and it is not replacing GS-F. GS is quite likely to continue from the stories posted here by well informed sources, just will have different market - sport coupe sedan one.
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As to the question of overhangs ... this is an overhang! ... arguably as large as the trunk!?!!

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But, a shark needs room for a large mouth to be able to eat your children! :worried:

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The overhang/mouth of the new ES looks comparatively tame!
I never knew what front overhangs are until now, and now that I know, I don't understand why it's so hated on. Sure, some cars would look better with the wheels stretched out to the front, but it doesn't really look that bad without doing so. For the sporty type of car, then I would agree that the overhangs should be short, but for a FWD family sedan like the ES, I don't think it's a big deal. For the GS, which is more about performance, it will have shorter front overhangs when it is (hopefully :tired_face::tired_face:) debuted.
I guess I am the only one skeptic of this new ES. However if they don't address a few things immediately that people usually will gripe about in regards to this car then I don't think this should be any more special than the past ES cars. I do hope Lexus proves me wrong, because at the end I would want them to knock this thing out of the park. If I'm honest, I just am not feeling it. Sorry guys.

Madi
It's stunning, now I can't wait to see the ALL-NEW GS >> No one comes and throw that rumor of discontinuing it, as I mentioned before the GS has a new generation on its way, but its not the global mid-size sedan anymore.

And there is no way the ES would come with an AWD system . It will be available only as FWD mid-size sedan .
From an engineering point of view, it's not impossible to r
emove the torque steer from a +300 hp FWD car, here is an elaboration on this :



No torque steer at all in the fastest FWD car in the market .
You see, that's the kind of engineering I want Lexus to put into the new ES. I will be much more content if they address this issue. I am usually not a pessimistic person and am always a person who looks forward to everything being better in the future. However, knowing Lexus' history with the ES, I am setting the bar real low.
Overall I like the design a lot, the front end works very well for me. I do have to say it is interesting to see what looks to be a rear spoiler and its a hybrid model. Surely the F-Sport (if it comes) will have the usual mesh grill and different facia/rear etc. To me its the first ES in photos that looks "dynamic" and not "dowdy" or "meh".

I am VERY curious did the ES lose rear headroom like the LS did going for a sportier look. Or was some magic done.
THe Avalon really looks quite Lexus Like in detail sans that front end.

The minimal gap between the front wheel and door cutout still screams FWD to me. Not a fan.
mikeavelli
Overall I like the design a lot, the front end works very well for me. I do have to say it is interesting to see what looks to be a rear spoiler and its a hybrid model. Surely the F-Sport (if it comes) will have the usual mesh grill and different facia/rear etc. To me its the first ES in photos that looks "dynamic" and now "dowdy" or "meh".

I am VERY curious did the ES lose rear headroom like the LS did going for a sportier look. Or was some magic done.
THe Avalon really looks quite Lexus Like in detail sans that front end.

The minimal gap between the front wheel and door cutout still screams FWD to me. Not a fan.
I share the exact same thoughts as you @mikeavelli. Great summary.
F1 Silver Arrows
I guess I am the only one skeptic of this new ES. However if they don't address a few things immediately that people usually will gripe about in regards to this car then I don't think this should be any more special than the past ES cars. I do hope Lexus proves me wrong, because at the end I would want them to knock this thing out of the park. If I'm honest, I just am not feeling it. Sorry guys.



You see, that's the kind of engineering I want Lexus to put into the new ES. I will be much more content if they address this issue. I am usually not a pessimistic person and am always a person who looks forward to everything being better in the future. However, knowing Lexus' history with the ES, I am setting the bar real low.
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