FeaturesLexus ES: Sixth Generation

Introducing the All-New 2019 Lexus ES 350 & ES 300h

Lexus ES Hero

The seventh-generation Lexus ES sedan has just been revealed at the Beijing Motor Show, and it’s time to dive into our coverage — let’s start off with the official press release.


  • Emotional Design Reflects New Dynamic Capabilities
  • Introduction of the First F SPORT Model in the ES Lineup
  • Hybrid Model Delivers Exceptional Mileage and Improved Performance

BEIJING – After six generations of unprecedented success in the entry-luxury sedan category, the next-generation Lexus ES is forging a new, more ambitious path. Long known for its unparalleled comfort, refinement and luxury appointments, the seventh-generation ES builds on its strengths with an all- new chassis that allows for a more dynamic exterior design and the introduction of the first ES F SPORT.

Lexus ES Interior

Representing the third vehicle in the Future Chapter of Lexus that started with the LC coupe and LS sedan, the new ES expands that vision of the brand’s future to a broader audience. Traditional buyers will find the new ES more spacious, quieter and safer than ever before while a new generation of customers will be introduced to a sedan with sharpened performance, class-leading active safety technology and a level of craftsmanship rarely found in this segment.

The New Dimension of ES Design

Built on the all-new Global Architecture – K (GA-K) platform, the new ES pushes the limits of design in the luxury sedan class. This ES is longer (+2.6 in), lower (-.2 in) and wider (+1.8 in.) than before with wheels that have been pushed closer to the corners thanks to a two-inch longer wheelbase and wider tracks front (+.4 in) and rear (+1.5 in). Its stance and proportions reflect its newfound performance capabilities and give the ES the kind of eye-catching appearance that will make owners take a second look as they walk away.

Lexus ES Side Profile

Project Chief Designer, Yasuo Kajino, describes the look of the ES as “provocative elegance”.

“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.”

To create a dynamic yet fluid shape, Kaijino’s team used the low hood enabled by the new ES platform to produce a distinctive silhouette emphasized by an aggressive downward slant. Up front, the ES offers two dramatically different grille designs. The standard ES 350 and the ES 300h use elegant vertical bars that radiate out from the center while the ES 350 F SPORT model adopts a blacked out pattern consisting of “L”-shaped clusters with corresponding cut outs at each corner of the fascia.

Lexus ES Front

In a break with ES models of the past, the seventh-generation design uses a fast roofline that emphasizes its lower stance and slippery aerodynamics. The rear end is clean and sharply chiseled, with LED taillamps that wrap around the quarter panels to provide a continuous styling line from any angle. F SPORT models add a rear spoiler, additional rear badging and a dark lower valance to further refine the look.

Lexus ES Rear

There are three different wheel designs (standard 17-inch, two 18-inch) for the ES 350 and ES 300h while the ES 350 F SPORT gets standard 19-inch wheels with a design similar to that found on the LC coupe.

Lexus ES Wheel

A dozen colors make up the exterior paint palette including two new shades, one green and one beige, that are anything but typical. Moonbeam Beige Metallic was designed to mimic light reflecting off fresh snow, while Sunlit Green replicates the color of ocean water brightened by the sun. F SPORT models get an exclusive Ultra Sonic Blue Mica 2.0 color that complements its high-energy design.

The Future of Lexus Interiors

When designing the look and feel of the ES’s interior, Kajino’s team started with the Lexus Future Interior concept which blends a driver-centric cockpit with a spacious and comfortable area for the front passenger. In the ES, the driver’s focus is kept on the road ahead by placing the center display screen, instrument panel and available heads up display in a tight cluster in the driver’s field of view. Front passengers, on the other hand, get a more open and spacious environment that promotes relaxation.

Lexus ES Interior Angle

Rear seat passenger comfort has long been a hallmark of the ES and the seventh-generation model still prioritizes rear package capability despite the sleeker exterior roofline. A lower hip point and a carefully configured headliner preserve headroom while the longer wheelbase delivers generous legroom.

Lexus ES Rear Seats

To create an entirely different appearance for the inside of new F SPORT model, an all-new kind of metallic cabin trim was developed that is unlike anything else Lexus has done before. Inspired by the making of a traditional Japanese sword, Hadori aluminum trim features fluctuating wave patterns that give it a three-dimensional appearance that varies depending on the viewing angle. The effect is subtle yet indicative of the level of detail and craftsmanship that Kajino’s team put into giving the F SPORT a unique place in the lineup.

Lexus Interior Trim

The standard ES 350 and ES 300h will continue to offer traditional materials like Matte Bamboo, Linear Dark Mocha and Linear Espresso wood which give the ES a hand-crafted appearance that luxury buyers expect in this category.

A New Era of Performance

The engineering team led by Yasuhiro Sakakibara had one clear goal when it came to the ES: transform the image of the ES. That meant turning a sedan known primarily for comfort and quietness into one that is equally capable of delivering class-leading handling and power that you can feel and hear.

Lexus ES Driving

According to Sakakibara, this ES was built to deliver a fundamentally higher level of performance than any of its predecessors. “We knew that this ES had to feel responsive and easy to drive, no matter what kind of road it was on and that can only be achieved with a solid foundation.”

The starting point was the newly developed GA-K chassis. It’s an exceptionally rigid front-wheel drive chassis, rivalling the GA-L rear-wheel drive platform used for the LC coupe and LS sedan in terms of torsional stiffness. Various grades of high-tensile steel reduce weight versus previous platforms while additional enhancements like an all-new multi-link rear suspension design, rack-mounted electric power steering and a V-brace mounted behind the rear seat gave the engineers the flexibility to tune the ES with a newfound level of precision.

Lexus ES Driving Again

All of the upgrades to the chassis were designed to deliver a sense of comforting predictability coupled with a feeling of quick response to every movement. Yoshiaki Ito, chief test driver for Lexus, describes the ES’s heightened level and refined definition of comfort by saying: “We want every kind of driver to feel a sense of complete control when they are behind the wheel of the ES. It’s a level of comfort that goes beyond merely delivering a smooth ride.”

For an enhanced level of dynamic performance, F SPORT models offer an Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) similar to that found on the LC coupe. AVS adds adjustable dampers at each corner that feature 650 levels of damping force for the ultimate in control over any surface. Another F SPORT exclusive is a Sport+ mode for the Drive Mode Select system that selects the most aggressive engine, transmission and suspension settings for maximum performance. A new Engine Sound Enhancement feature is also activated in Sport+ mode that adds an additional layer of engine noise that enhances the natural rhythms of the spirited driving.

Standard V6 Power and a New 8-Speed Direct-Shift Automatic Transmission

All ES 350s are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 that is designed to deliver commanding acceleration along with an invigorating sound. With an update to D4-S fuel injection, the impressively smooth engine now develops 302 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque. Both of those numbers are up significantly (+34 hp, +19 lb-ft) compared to the previous generation V6.

Lexus ES Engine

In addition to the boost in power, the ES 350 also benefits from a new eight-speed Direct Shift automatic transmission. It uses an ultra-thin torque converter and a multi-plate lock up clutch to more efficiently transfer power to the front wheels, and has been tuned to deliver crisp, precisely timed shifts with quick responses. With a wider spread of ratios, the new eight speed is able to utilize high torque gears on the low end for quick starts and tall gearing on the high end for optimum efficiency.

Fourth Generation Hybrid Drive System

Not to be outdone by its gasoline siblings, the ES 300h is capable of delivering exceptional fuel efficiency, responsive performance and minimal emissions for an entry-level luxury sedan. A new, fourth-generation Hybrid Drive System couples an ultra-efficient, Atkinson cycle 2.5-liter, four-cylinder gas engine with a lighter, more compact, more power dense electric motor and self-charging hybrid system. Together they deliver a combined 215 total system horsepower and a preliminary estimate of 44 mpg in combined driving.

An all-new engine, the 2.5-liter four-cylinder incorporates fast-burn combustion technology that makes it one of the most thermally efficient engines ever offered in a Lexus. The result is more power without increasing emissions or fuel consumption. Various methods were used to achieve such impressive results including straight intake ports, increased valve angles and laser-clad valve seats. A variable capacity oil pump, multihole injectors, VVTi-E on the intake valves and a variable cooling system also contribute to the engine’s impressive heat and combustion management.

Overall drivability of the ES 300h has been improved thanks to a more sophisticated hybrid system control computer that is better able to mimic the feel and power delivery of a standard gas engine. An all- new nickel metal hydride battery is smaller than before which allows it to be mounted underneath the back seat so it doesn’t infringe on trunk space.

Unparalleled Safety Comes Standard

One element of the ES that hasn’t been radically transformed is its dedication to safety. All versions of the seventh-generation ES feature the new Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 as standard equipment. Already one of the most sophisticated systems of its kind, LSS+ 2.0 adds new features that further expand its capabilities.

Lexus ES Headlight

One such feature is daytime bicyclist detection which is part of the comprehensive Pre-Collision System (PCS). Already designed to detect an oncoming vehicle or pedestrian, the PCS system’s ability to potentially detect a bicyclist addresses a common accident scenario. PCS has also been enhanced to help better detect a pedestrian at night by increasing the radar’s sensitivity and dynamic range.

Technology That Connects and Simplifies

Staying connected has never been so important to ES owners, so there are now multiple ways to engage with technology in a safe and convenient manner. For example, the seventh-generation ES is the first Lexus product to offer Apple CarPlayTM phone functionality, enabling drivers to control their iPhones® through the dashboard display screen or with Siri Eyes Free® voice control.

Lexus ES Carplay

The ES is also Amazon Alexa®-enabled, so drivers can use natural language commands to control a variety of functions. That functionality includes car-to-home and home-to-car commands, so owners who have Alexa enabled devices in their home can interact with their ES before they ever get behind the wheel.

On board Wi-fi powered by Verizon is also available on the ES as part of an optional navigation system that includes an easy-to-read 12.3-inch wide dashboard display. Along with its on-board data set, the navigation system is also capable of receiving over-the-air updates for improved routing and the latest Points of Interest (POIs). Models without navigation will use an 8-inch display and all interactions will be controlled through the Remote Touch Interface (RTI) trackpad.

The Next Chapter of ES

When it goes on sale in September, the 2019 Lexus ES will usher in a new era for one of the brand’s most popular models. Much like the flagship LS, the new ES sedan addresses the need to engage a broader range of customers. It delivers everything that traditional Lexus buyers expect along with elements that will draw in those who haven’t considered the brand before. Bolder styling, more dynamic performance, unique cabin materials and the latest technology add a chapter to the ES story that hasn’t been told, but that all changes in 2018.

Lexus ES Specs

Comments
KOHIPEET
I honestly don't know why Lexus even bothers to launch this in Europe. It will be available with one (!) single, 215 hp hybrid powertrain with NO AWD option and NO estate version, in a segment, where all of its rivals (My local dealer said this is indeed, to replace the GS), the 5 series, E-class and the A6 are all offering: Estate version, AWD along with more powerful engine options. Come on. I know it doesn't make too much sense to have a 350 hp daily driver, and it's ok if you don't want to play along the rules of the playing field, but then it's also ok not expect significant sales numbers. This thing is DOA in Europe.
Did you really think they will make a wagon ES? To sell like 500 of them?

Lexus EU sells only hybrids, it is 98% of their sales... thats how good IS 2.0t and NX 2.0t are selling, they are in 2%.
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  • April 25, 2018
A good looking sedan. I suppose it will eventually come with a more powerful hybrid version too. A wagon version, I wouldn't mind but highly doubt Lexus would do it, since sales figures for Lexus ES wagon would be very, very small. Yes BMW, MB, Volvo have them, but they are BMW, MB and Volvo, and have wagon versions since decades, difficult to find a spot in that market.
First drives from media are coming in June.

I think exterior looks great. Interior hopefully looks good in real life, I am not that sure about big piece of plastic going down under media controls, but it might look novel and better than regular plastic going on HVAC. Lets see.

Big screens from LS of course look good, so do seats.

It seems ES has active stabilizator system? I dont see what else these "blue" things can be front and back.

p.s. did anyone catch that new AFS with LED headlights individually controls 24 LEDs in each headlight?
The ES clearly is GS replacement, interior is way more luxurious than GS, it is on par with the German 5 Series, A6 and E Class. The Lexus is better, it looks more functional, whereas the Germans are more bling.

But am I the only one that prefers 3 box sedans, than the new trend of sportback/coupe sedans?


spwolf
Did you really think they will make a wagon ES? To sell like 500 of them?

Lexus EU sells only hybrids, it is 98% of their sales... thats how good IS 2.0t and NX 2.0t are selling, they are in 2%.
Exactly. And the Lexus buyer will not carry cargo in their car, but comfort, something a wagon compromises, because the cargo compartment is not separate from the passenger compartment. The hybrid power train is enough, this car will be used as taxi, uber or waht ever, where fuel efficiency is important. Again, many forget that most sold German 'dream' cars are 4 cylinder diesels.
I fully respect opinions of other people and won't try to (I've given up) argue anymore that Lexus is doing what makes the most financial sense. I do believe the ES launch is not a strong one. No I'm not talking about ES-F or AWD, I'm talking about the lack of EV or PHEV-not even a concept-to catch all the buzz, no fancier rear seat options like a recliner with lumbar and leg support, that bin part steering wheel that appears on a UX all the way up to a LS, along with some questionable work done by their PR department. But it's not a weak launch either, it just makes too much sense.

I guess most of the media criticism will be about the obvious lack of EV or PHEV variant when every other competitor will be offering one. I don't think any them will scream "OH NO TWIN-TURBO AWD WAGON IT SUCKS BRING BACK THE V8 GS!".
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Is this the Sunlight Green grandiosely described as "replicating the color of ocean water brightened by the sun"? Looks more like the Ginger Ale Metallic recently offered on a number of Fords in North America or, worse, the widely derided Desert Sage (6U3) hue offered on the Lexus IS for the 2006-08 model years.
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KOHIPEET
I honestly don't know why Lexus even bothers to launch this in Europe. It will be available with one (!) single, 215 hp hybrid powertrain with NO AWD option and NO estate version, in a segment, where all of its rivals (My local dealer said this is indeed, to replace the GS), the 5 series, E-class and the A6 are all offering: Estate version, AWD along with more powerful engine options. Come on. I know it doesn't make too much sense to have a 350 hp daily driver, and it's ok if you don't want to play along the rules of the playing field, but then it's also ok not expect significant sales numbers. This thing is DOA in Europe.
I have very same feelings. RWD model with a great engine (450h) is replaced by FWD 300h. No way that 350 would come to Europe. So selling this car is impossible. Of course, Lexus will put some price tag that will kill this model whatsoever. By the way, if ES comes to Europe, that means that Camry will come too (to replace Avensis). That will be the last nail to ES's coffin.
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Is this the Sunlight Green grandiosely described as "replicating the color of ocean water brightened by the sun"? Looks more like the Ginger Ale Metallic recently offered on a number of Fords in North America or, worse, the widely derided Desert Sage (6U3) hue offered on the Lexus IS for the 2006-08 model years.
I parked once next to an IS with this color. On a "proper" sunlight it occured to me as green as an olive.
Sooo, I had an idea. It just came to me looking at the back seat of the new ES. Why can't they make it where the area I circled folds down like captains chairs?? The bench seat would remain but remove the inner armrest.
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  • April 25, 2018
California reveal ... base model ... no rear spoiler

TroyHoward
Sooo, I had an idea. It just came to me looking at the back seat of the new ES. Why can't they make it where the area I circled folds down like captains chairs?? The bench seat would remain but remove the inner armrest.
Captain chairs with full recline and optional massage would be a step too far and cannabalize LS sales. They can do a limited recliner with lumbar and leg support without removing the inner armrest and it will be much more desirable for me at least.
krew

Videos: The 2019 Lexus ES & ES F SPORT
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Three videos showing the sedan from all angles.
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ssun30
I fully respect opinions of other people and won't try to (I've given up) argue anymore that Lexus is doing what makes the most financial sense. I do believe the ES launch is not a strong one. No I'm not talking about ES-F or AWD, I'm talking about the lack of EV or PHEV-not even a concept-to catch all the buzz, no fancier rear seat options like a recliner with lumbar and leg support, that bin part steering wheel that appears on a UX all the way up to a LS, along with some questionable work done by their PR department. But it's not a weak launch either, it just makes too much sense.

I guess most of the media criticism will be about the obvious lack of EV or PHEV variant when every other competitor will be offering one. I don't think any them will scream "OH NO TWIN-TURBO RWD WAGON IT SUCKS BRING BACK THE V8 GS!".
Very well stated. Adding a few other things...

Lack of comment on product or portfolio placement with this new ES is actually not a good thing. Of course, Lexus doesn't want to blatantly say they're pulling the plug on the GS - even if just temporarily - but until they issue some type of statement that the ES is becoming Lexus' de facto midsize sedan, people are going to assume it's replacing the GS and then the first drives will probably be a free-for-all talking about torque steer and everything else. Lexus needs to clarify this car's position so that the media will evaluate it for what it is instead of railing it against what it isn't.

Second, the omission of AWD is glaring. This is significantly worse than the lack of CarPlay on the LS when it debuted on the Avalon 2 months later. This ES is replacing the GS in most of the world, and many of those markets demand AWD. I hear AWD will come later, but for now - at launch - when there is critical mass and all eyes/ears are tuned in - this is a huge blunder for Lexus.

Third, why did Lexus bother to blow smoke about all new hybrid powertrains when every single 2019 ES engine option is just a carryover from the Camry and Avalon? Same exact 2.5L I4 and 3.5L V6 from the Camry and the same exact hybrid powertrain from the Avalon. None of this is new. No 2.0T, no 2.5TT... nothing.

I don't want to understate the fact that I think this ES is a very nice car, because it really is. They did a great job and it's probably going to be a category killer. It will print money for them, without a doubt.

However, Lexus' inability to clearly define this car's place in the lineup, the absence of new globally-minded powertrain options and the omission of AWD paint a picture of another half-baked Lexus product that they're sheepishly hiding behind.
Gecko
Very well stated. Adding a few other things...

Lack of comment on product or portfolio placement with this new ES is actually not a good thing. Of course, Lexus doesn't want to blatantly say they're pulling the plug on the GS - even if just temporarily - but until they issue some type of statement that the ES is becoming Lexus' de facto midsize sedan, people are going to assume it's replacing the GS and then the first drives will probably be a free-for-all talking about torque steer and everything else. Lexus needs to clarify this car's position so that the media will evaluate it for what it is instead of railing it against what it isn't.

Second, the omission of AWD is glaring. This is significantly worse than the lack of CarPlay on the LS when it debuted on the Avalon 2 months later. This ES is replacing the GS in most of the world, and many of those markets demand AWD. I hear AWD will come later, but for now - at launch - when there is critical mass and all eyes/ears are tuned in - this is a huge blunder for Lexus.

Third, why did Lexus bother to blow smoke about all new hybrid powertrains when every single 2019 ES engine option is just a carryover from the Camry and Avalon? Same exact 2.5L I4 and 3.5L V6 from the Camry and the same exact hybrid powertrain from the Avalon. None of this is new. No 2.0T, no 2.5TT... nothing.

I don't want to understate the fact that I think this ES is a very nice car, because it really is. They did a great job and it's probably going to be a category killer. It will print money for them, without a doubt.

However, Lexus' inability to clearly define this car's place in the lineup, the absence of new globally-minded powertrain options and the omission of AWD paint a picture of another half-baked Lexus product that they're sheepishly hiding behind.
- GS be it RWD or AWD sold really poorly worldwide. Only real market was US and that dropped too. So nobody cared about GS in Europe (well I had one). It sold poorly even in Russia. So to replace GS, they dont really need to do much. It was never a contender in first place.

- Worldwide buyers and media did not care about torque steer in best selling NX and RX 2.0t or Hybrids so why would they care about it in ES?

- Engines carryover? I dont understand. Hybrid is improved over Camry one for Avalon and ES. All these engines are less than a year old. Do you really think that Toyota should do all new engine for every car they make? 2.0 TDI is in every VW, Skoda, Audi product that exists. I dont understand the argument.


I completely agree that they should have done crazy 2.5tt 350hp AWD F version that every media outlet in the world would show... but you know what? That does not sell cars. We have a proof with GS and RC that F versions will not sell other cars in the lineup.

What they needed to do is good base version, with good base engines and good interior/exteriors.
I will keep it simple. As Levi, Gecko and one or two others stated. I hate to bust anyone's bubble. No More GS, for the immediate future. The Sportier, more powerful ES , & ES F sport is suppose to fill that void. Unfortunately. This Is Not an Opinion BTW. ;)
Sander
They made a mistake not making it AWD or RWD
That would be the GS. I don't get why people want the ES to be RWD, have the fit and finish of the LS and to have a lower entry price. It cost $$$ to make a RWD platform with the proper components. If the ES were to be RWD and to have the quality that it has now, it would be priced closed to the GS.
Exterior is beautiful but interior big disappointment.
spwolf
- GS be it RWD or AWD sold really poorly worldwide. Only real market was US and that dropped too. So nobody cared about GS in Europe (well I had one). It sold poorly even in Russia. So to replace GS, they dont really need to do much. It was never a contender in first place.

- Worldwide buyers and media did not care about torque steer in best selling NX and RX 2.0t or Hybrids so why would they care about it in ES?

- Engines carryover? I dont understand. Hybrid is improved over Camry one for Avalon and ES. All these engines are less than a year old. Do you really think that Toyota should do all new engine for every car they make? 2.0 TDI is in every VW, Skoda, Audi product that exists. I dont understand the argument.


I completely agree that they should have done crazy 2.5tt 350hp AWD F version that every media outlet in the world would show... but you know what? That does not sell cars. We have a proof with GS and RC that F versions will not sell other cars in the lineup.

What they needed to do is good base version, with good base engines and good interior/exteriors.
I am well aware of the business case for replacing the GS with the ES - we have beaten that horse to death.

Watch/read reviews of Camry V6 or Avalon. Lots of complaints of torque steer and sensitive throttle that sends the front wheels spinning. American media will jump on this fact and complain that it is FWD.

Regardless of age, every engine in this ES comes from Toyota's mainstream products. It seems odd that they bothered to make a point in the teasers about next gen hybrid powertrains when we already had all the details and info from the Camry and Avalon. Toyota leading here, and Lexus following. 2.oT would have been a great engine for Europe but it is nowhere to be seen. So, Lexus is just going to offer 215hp hybrid in Europe? Aren't most of the other german hybrids based on 2.0L I4s for tax reasons? Seems like Lexus is straddling a weird line here.

"Good base version with good base engines and good interior/exterior." Man, we are really settling here. How sad.
The interior is a big disappointment. To me it looks like a cross with the last generation RX and the current generation RX. It doesn't scream luxury with all the "white space" in certain area. The GS has a amazing interior.
emptystreets130
The interior is a big disappointment. To me it looks like a cross with the last generation RX and the current generation RX. It doesn't scream luxury with all the "white space" in certain area. The GS has a amazing interior.
Well it kinda, sorta, is an entry level Luxury Car (if you will). They have to keep the cost down also, It should start at around $39,000.
I feel like there haven't been enough good photos released of the non F-Sport car to gauge what the interior really looks like. I saw a few of the tan/brown, but what about gray, or Noble Brown? More angles, more colors and more details, please.

I do not care for the swoosh that runs across the center stack and don't quite understand why it's there. Also, the door panels seem really flat and rather shapeless.
RichieRich
Well it kinda, sorta, is an entry level Luxury Car (if you will). They have to keep the cost down also, It should start at around $39,000.
That where the IS comes in. The IS is an entry level luxury car. If the ES is supposed to now compete with the E class, 5 series, etc, the interior needs a major overhaul. It's just cheap looking.
K
spwolf
Did you really think they will make a wagon ES? To sell like 500 of them?

Lexus EU sells only hybrids, it is 98% of their sales... thats how good IS 2.0t and NX 2.0t are selling, they are in 2%.
Well, to be honest, I'll give you that. I truly wasn't expecting a wagon, but I was expecting two hybrid powertrains, one around 210 HP and another around 310 HP and also two petrol engines. The 2.0 litre turbo with around 230 HP and a turbocharged engine developing around 330 HP and AWD offering, but no.

I wouldn't necessarily compare the NX to a large business sedan, but from what I see on the roads here, the NX200t is quite popular.

With the engine options I've mentioned above the would at LEAST be somewhat competitive against the germans, as from what I see, in Europe, people who buy premium cars, also expect premium performance and yes I know the bulk of the cars sold in this segment are indeed 2.0 turbocharged diesels, but even those are handily outclass -in acceleration- this 300h hybrid, especially on highway, where large business sedans are used the most.
(I mean have you seen the new A6? I practically hate every Audi, but even I wouldn't consider this ES over an A6 with, say a 2.0 tfsi)

All in all, I like the exterior, they've nailed it, but aside from aggressive pricing, I can't see how Lexus plans to make this model successful in Europe.
Noe may some folks will stop the GS discontinuation non-sense after realizing that - as I said before -
- No AWD ES
- New GS is on development
:):)
Gecko
I am well aware of the business case for replacing the GS with the ES - we have beaten that horse to death.

Watch/read reviews of Camry V6 or Avalon. Lots of complaints of torque steer and sensitive throttle that sends the front wheels spinning. American media will jump on this fact and complain that it is FWD.

Regardless of age, every engine in this ES comes from Toyota's mainstream products. It seems odd that they bothered to make a point in the teasers about next gen hybrid powertrains when we already had all the details and info from the Camry and Avalon. Toyota leading here, and Lexus following. 2.0T would have been a great engine for Europe but it is nowhere to be seen. So, Lexus is just going to offer 215hp hybrid in Europe? Aren't most of the other german hybrids based on 2.0L I4s for tax reasons? Seems like Lexus is straddling a weird line here.

"Good base version with good base engines and good interior/exterior." Are we talking about Toyota or Lexus here...?
- I have seen every Avalon review there is, almost every single one says it is class leading vehicle. So it has some torque steer with 300hp engine, so what? So do NX and RX and rest of the best selling Toyota/Lexus lineup - obviously customers dont think it is a big deal, and Avalon/ES are supposedly much better than those vehicles dynamically.

- 2.0t does not sell in Europe at all. 98% of Lexus EU sales is hybrid. 2% is all these 2.0t and V8, F engines together in IS, GS, RC, RX, NX, LC, LS. There is no displacement tax, just fuel consumption tax. Obviously for us the customers it is much better for Lexus using 300h and not 250h, that would be a downer.

So engine introduced few days earlier in Avalon than in ES means that Toyota is leading and Lexus is following? Cmn, be realistic. Porsche uses VW engines. Audi uses VW engines that cheap Skoda uses. 3 and 5 and 7 series share engines. Mercedes uses Renault engines that Renault puts in $10k Clio.

That 2.5l is state of the art engine, it does not matter if it got shown 2 days before in Avalon. Heck I am surprised that they made it different from engine in Camry but I guess that does not matter anymore? It has to be all new engine? I mean thats funny.
Gecko
I feel like there haven't been enough good photos released of the non F-Sport car to gauge what the interior really looks like. I saw a few of the tan/brown, but what about gray, or Noble Brown? More angles, more colors and more details, please.

I do not care for the swoosh that runs across the center stack and don't quite understand why it's there. Also, the door panels seem really flat and rather shapeless.
Indeed... I dont like that swoosh either. I think they wanted to make it different from usual center stack for HVAC. It might actually look good in real life if quality of plastic is good, but I wish they stiched it with leather there :).

Something that I noticed in great video that krew has added from lexus... it seems they use different panels for seat heater controls, so if you have a model that does not have steering heater or rear shades or whatnot, you wont get blank buttons there... also that video shows seats, steering and rest of the interior as high quality really:

C-pillar is very RC like, I will give 'em that.
K
Madi
Now may some folks will stop the GS discontinuation non-sense after realizing that - as I said before -
- No AWD ES
- New GS is on development
:):)
You see, I doubt that. If a new GS is in development, then why release the ES in Europe? Only to have the IS, the ES and the new GS in a few years time, on a shrinking, extremely competitive market.

Unless Lexus wants to establish a brand new segment between the GS and the IS but this, I think is even less likely. (perhaps they'll price it just slightly above the IS but that would cannibalize IS' sales)

If they want to succeed in this segment (success meaning sales at least in ballpark with the other manufacturer's) they need to have another, more powerfull híbrid.
MT has by far the best pics, but keep in mind that colors seem to be off in many of them. Still very high res and show a lot of detail.
Doors look a bit plain from afar but they are also 80% leather and have handles from LC. I like it... also in close up shot, HVAC looks fine that swoosh seems like very nice plastic.

http://www.motortrend.com/cars/lexu...k-review/?utm_source=t.co&utm_medium=referral















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