Lexus ES: Seventh Generation

Introducing the Updated 2022 Lexus ES Sedan

Lexus ES 2022

The Lexus ES sedan is getting a refresh for the 2022 model year, with an upgrade to the multimedia system being the headline feature. The interior infotainment display has been moved forward, and now features touch-screen functionality in addition to the remote touch interface. All controls have been tweaked for a more seamless driving experience.

All ES models will also get an upgrade to Lexus Safety System+ 2.5, which will now include Intersection Turning Assist:

At intersections, the system has the capability under certain conditions to recognize an oncoming vehicle when performing a left-hand turn, or a pedestrian when performing left and right-hand turns, and is designed to activate typical Pre-Collision System functions if needed.

It will also be easier to pass slower vehicles on the road when using cruise control:

If traveling behind a vehicle going slower than the preset speed, once the driver engages the turn signal, the system will provide an initial increase in acceleration in preparation for changing lanes and; after the driver changes lanes, the vehicle will continue acceleration until it reaches the original preset driving speed.

Exterior changes are minimal, with a refreshed standard grille, redesigned headlights, and new wheel options being the only notable changes. Perhaps the biggest difference will be in the color department, with Two new exterior colors, Iridium and Cloudburst Gray, replacing Silver Lining, Atomic Silver, and Nebula Gray.

There are more details to the updated 2022 Lexus ES, including adjustments to the F SPORT package — here’s the full press release with all the nitty-gritty.

  • New touch-screen functionality and positioning of the Lexus Multimedia Display
  • Standard Lexus Safety System+ 2.5 and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Newly designed bi-LED headlights with standard dynamic headlight auto-leveling
  • Dynamic Handling Package available on F SPORT gas models
  • First-ever ES 300h F SPORT available in select regions

PLANO, Texas (April 18, 2021) – In 2018, the all-new seventh-generation Lexus ES redefined its status among entry-level luxury sedans with a striking exterior design and transformative performance made possible by the Global Architecture–K (GA-K) platform. For the 2022 model year, the new ES family builds upon this recipe for success with numerous multimedia, safety, style, and color updates. Additional enhancements to F SPORT models include a new Dynamic Handling Package and the introduction of a new ES 300h F SPORT trim available in select regions. With the added variety, the ES Family continues to offer Lexus guests choices to fit their diverse interests and lifestyles.

Human-Centered Craftsmanship

All Lexus interiors are designed to blend a driver-centric cockpit with spacious and comfortable areas for the passengers. This concept was introduced in the LC coupe, refined in the flagship LS sedan and was expanded to the seventh-generation ES. Lexus calls this concept “Seat in Control,” a simple idea that says, from the moment you get in, all the controls you need are within reach and all the information you want is in plain view.

In true Lexus fashion, the 2022 ES embraces continuous improvement with human-centered updates to the Lexus Multimedia System and available Navigation System. The standard 8.0-inch and available 12.3-inch color multimedia displays have been moved forward 4.3-inches and now feature touch-screen functionality, in addition to the remote touch interface, for intuitive driver and front passenger interaction. Additional interior updates for 2022 include a streamlined instrument panel design that embraces seamless cabin integration.

Commitment to Safety

The 2022 ES continues the brand’s commitment to safety with an upgrade to Lexus Safety System+ 2.5 (LSS+ 2.5) as standard equipment on all trim levels. Already one of the most sophisticated systems of its kind, LSS+ 2.5 adds new capabilities over LSS+ 2.0 that help provide additional safety to the driver and passengers.

For starters, the Pre-Collision System (PCS), which include Frontal Collision Warning (FCW), Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), Pedestrian Detection and Bicyclist Detection, features an enhancement to the lens camera and millimeter-wave radar elements to expand the response range. A new update to the PCS on LSS+ 2.5 includes Intersection Turning Assist. At intersections, the system has the capability under certain conditions to recognize an oncoming vehicle when performing a left-hand turn, or a pedestrian when performing left and right-hand turns, and is designed to activate typical PCS functions if needed. Additional new PCS functions include Emergency Steering Assist (ESA), which is designed to enhance vehicle stability and help prevent lane departure as cued by the driver during an emergency evasive steering maneuver.

All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) can be activated above 30 mph and is designed to perform vehicle-to-vehicle distance controls down to 0 mph and can resume from a stop. DRCC also includes a new feature that allows for smooth overtaking of slower vehicles. If traveling behind a vehicle going slower than the preset speed, once the driver engages the turn signal, the system will provide an initial increase in acceleration in preparation for changing lanes and; after the driver changes lanes, the vehicle will continue acceleration until it reaches the original preset driving speed. LSS 2.5+ adds Curve Speed Reduction, which can automatically reduce vehicle speed, if needed, through certain types of curves.

Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/ SA) is designed to help notify the driver if it senses an inadvertent lane departure at speeds above 32 miles per hour via steering wheel vibrations or audible alert. It can also take slight corrective measures to help keep the driver within the visibly marked lane. When DRCC is set and engaged, Lane Tracing Assist (LTA) is designed to provide slight steering force to help steer to the center of the lane to assist the driver with staying in the lane using visible lane markers or a preceding vehicle. LTA alerts the driver with a visual warning and either an audible alert or steering wheel vibration. In the new ES, the lane recognition performance, which makes LTA possible, has been improved with enhanced recognition of line and road edge, lateral G performance, and enhanced control and stability after lane change. With LSS+ 2.5, LTA receives improved course recognition and can track the paths of nearby vehicles in adjacent lanes for greater lane centering capability.

Additional carryover features include Intelligent High Beams, which detect preceding or oncoming vehicles and automatically switches between high beam and low beam headlights to help provide greater visibility. Road Sign Assist (RSA) is designed to acquire certain road sign information using a camera and navigation maps when data is available and displays them on the multi-information display (MID).

Provocative Elegance, Refined

The 2022 ES receives various exterior design updates, including a new grille pattern on all trims, excluding ES F SPORT. The new mesh pattern emphasizes the vehicle’s elegant design with a series of concentric “L” shapes that radiate from the front Lexus emblem, all finished in a new Graphite paint. This new grille design offers a refreshed look, while still preserving ES’s provocative elegance. Tying the frontend design together are redesigned standard bi-LED headlamps with dynamic auto-leveling.

A wide array of wheel designs adds the finishing touch to the ES exterior. For 2022, the all-new standard 17-inch wheel features thicker spoke ends that are layered in “V” formations to produce a sporty impression. A larger 18-inch wheel, which is available on Base and Luxury trims, has also received an update, and features a split-10-spoke design with two-tone Black and machined finish for a clean and sophisticated look. An additional 18-inch five-spoke alloy noise reduction wheel is available with the Luxury and Ultra Luxury trims. ES F SPORT models get exclusive 19-inch split-five-spoke alloy wheels with a new Black finish that accentuates the model’s sporty exterior.

Lexus Driving Signature

The new 2021 Lexus IS launched an era of vehicles developed at Toyota Technical Center Shimoyama with a shared Lexus Driving Signature. Since Lexus launched, the tactile feel, behavior, and execution for each model has been driven by the vision and efforts of the Chief Engineer. Moving forward, the efforts of the CE will be focused on elevating the vehicles to a new standard of performance and handling as developed by Lexus International President and Chief Branding Officer Koji Sato and Master Driver and Brand Holder Akio Toyoda. The ultimate goal is to deliver a new generation of Lexus vehicles that is more balanced, refined in control, and confident than ever before. Linear steering, brake responses, and optimized handling with exceptional ride quality is the result of heightened focus on tuning of the chassis and its interactions with the control surfaces through diligent evaluation at a test facility unlike any other.

The 2022 ES builds on the strides made with Lexus Driving Signature on IS and IS 500 with additional performance updates, including a new rear suspension member brace to further enhance torsional rigidity, handling stability, and ride comfort. The ES brake system has also received updates on both gas and hybrid models. The brake pedal shape has been enlarged on all ES models to improve foot stability and confidence when the pedal is depressed. On ES gas models, the vacuum brake system master cylinder and booster have been optimized to provide a more linear brake pedal feeling and response. The regenerative and hydraulic brake control characteristics of the Electronically Controlled Brake System (ECB) on ES hybrid models have also been optimized to improve pedal feeling when the brake pedal is released.

F SPORT Options for Style and Handling

The seventh-generation ES built on the GA-K platform allowed for a more dynamic exterior design and the introduction of the first-ever ES F SPORT. Since its introduction, it has attracted a younger and more diverse buyer interested in race-inspired styling and F SPORT control honed on the track. For 2022, the ES F SPORT will offer luxury sedan enthusiasts more choice with a revised grade strategy that separates style and performance enhancements. The ES 250 AWD and ES 350 will continue to be offered in F SPORT trim. However, 2022 adds a new ES 300h F SPORT variant available in select regions. These models will focus on exterior and interior styling with features like exclusive F SPORT badging, mesh grille with dark surround, truck lid spoiler, unique 19-inch wheels with new Black finish, steering wheel, front seats, pedals, shift lever and knob, and gauges with removable display ring.

For buyers looking for additional performance, ES 350 F SPORT will offer an all-new Dynamic Handling Package (DHP) that includes Sport+ and Custom Drive modes, Intuitive Parking Assist, and Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS). The AVS system on ES 350 F SPORT with DHP is capable of 650 levels of adjustment to deliver optimal ride quality and precise control. Adjustments are based on information from sensors that measure both linear and vertical g loads, vehicle speed, steering angle, yaw rate and master cylinder pressure in addition to information from the engine control computer and skid control computer.

“Our goal was to deepen the high quality of the ES and to add new value. In addition to further improving quietness and ride comfort, we pursued linearity in vehicle movement, in response to steering wheel operation, that is faithful to the driver’s intentions,” says Lexus International Chief Engineer Tetsuya Aoki.

Refreshed Color Palette

The ES offers a vibrant exterior color palette, with nine colors returning for 2022, including Eminent White Pearl, Obsidian, Caviar, Matador Red Mica, Moonbeam Beige Metallic, Sunlit Green, and Nightfall Mica, as well as F SPORT exclusive Ultra White and Ultrasonic Blue 2.0. Two new exterior colors, Iridium and Cloudburst Gray, replace Silver Lining, Atomic Silver, and Nebula Gray.

Premium charges for Ultra White (083), Eminent White Pearl (085) Iridium (1L2), and Cloudburst Gray (1L1), and specialty
charge for Ultra Blue Mica 2.0 (8X1) on MY22 ES models.

The plentiful interior options for the ES family exude craftsmanship and vary by grade. Base ES models are available with NuLuxe®-trimmed options that include Black, Acorn, and Palomino interiors paired with Black striated wood trim accents. The ES Luxury and Ultra Luxury grades will offer semi-aniline leather-trimmed options that include Black, Acorn, and Rich Cream, paired with new Black Open Pore wood trim accents. The Palomino interior will be paired with Matte Walnut Open Pore wood trim accents. F SPORT models offer NuLuxe®-trimmed interior color options that include Black, Circuit Red, and White, all of which are paired with Hadori Aluminum trim accents.

More information regarding MSRP, options, and exterior and interior color choices will be made available closer to launch. The 2022 ES is expected to arrive in dealerships later this Fall.

Comments
The next episode of the Lexus Enthusiast Podcast is going live today and Kevin and I talk a lot about the new ES, and some of these very points are made.

I think it's important to remember Lexus' announcement a few years ago that they were going to focus on vehicles and segments where they are successful, and not bother to compete in segments where they struggle. That is a smart business decision, and GS/ES is a good example of this. 5 Series and E Class are dominant in the midsize luxury sedan class, so the only way for Lexus to be in that segment is to be different.

Let's take off our enthusiast hats and consider this as a business case. ES is based on the midsize Toyota architecture and it can be 80% of what you get in an E Class or 5 Series for 40% less money: wood, leather, quality, luxury buying experience, brand prestige, safety tech, NVH, smoothness, etc. The people who really want RWD and are going to drive it as such are already going to buy German. That leaves the rest of the class wide open for the ES and A6, which we already see working in Lexus' favor.

ES is a value play, but it's also well executed and it works, and attracts a different type of consumer in that segment. As much as I love the GS and lament it's demise, Lexus keeping the ES true to form and iterating on that winning formula is the smartest thing they can do. If we come to a point where it doesn't work, I'm sure they will re-evaluate, but being based on a Toyota platform and sharing almost all of its parts with the Avalon and Camry means that Lexus can continue to exist in this segment with little risk -- even while it declines. It's brilliant.
Even for the Germans, some buyers don't even know it's RWD... BMW came to this realization with the 1 series ( https://www.automobilemag.com/news/...dont-know-they-have-rearwheeldrive-cars-3558/ ).

Let’s be honest, and this isn’t such a big "issue" for NA, but does it really need to be RWD on a 2L diesel engine? What difference does it makes being FWD or RWD with engines producing around 200hp (or even less sometimes) on a big sedan?

ES300h is a pretty decent well priced car, with an excellent build quality, standard equipment and pretty good fuel economy.
But I was expecting a bit more from this facelift to be honest, at least a hybrid AWD like what’s offered in the UX250h.

PS: Thankfully Lexus is also bringing Enthusiasm back so we’re getting a bit of both worlds 😎
Let’s be honest, and this isn’t such a big "issue" for NA, but does it really need to be RWD on a 2L diesel engine? What difference does it makes being FWD or RWD with engines producing around 200hp (or even less sometimes) on a big sedan?
most are not even RWD, but AWD. and high powered version are slowly not even available as RWD, but only AWD. so an AWD ES with Direct4 and turbocharged I4 will be a worthy competitor. See Polestar 1 and new C AMG.
You should purchase what your heart desires. Just be sure you get your pocket book ready for depreciation and/or maintenance costs past the warranty period. It's a very fast tank for sure. Not sure how good the handling is with the curb weight and lack of torque vectoring, compared to a RCF or even a Taycan 4S.

I am pretty sure how it drives since i drove it... several times. And that is the whole idea, i understand what M3P is and what it is not - it is vehicle faster than Taycan 4S but less luxurious, at half the price (here). It is more technologically advanced, by far and less luxurious.

Same as ES, people are not dumb, they know what they are buying. If you cant understand why people buy ES instead of Camry, you are missing the whole ball game. But that is fine too.
Even for the Germans, some buyers don't even know it's RWD... BMW came to this realization with the 1 series ( https://www.automobilemag.com/news/...dont-know-they-have-rearwheeldrive-cars-3558/ ).

Let’s be honest, and this isn’t such a big "issue" for NA, but does it really need to be RWD on a 2L diesel engine? What difference does it makes being FWD or RWD with engines producing around 200hp (or even less sometimes) on a big sedan?

ES300h is a pretty decent well priced car, with an excellent build quality, standard equipment and pretty good fuel economy.
But I was expecting a bit more from this facelift to be honest, at least a hybrid AWD like what’s offered in the UX250h.

PS: Thankfully Lexus is also bringing Enthusiasm back so we’re getting a bit of both worlds 😎

A6 is very popular vehicle in Europe, and most are FWD these days with very boring 2.0 TDI.
In real world conditions I would be amazed if a M3P could keep up with a Taycan 4S. Probably end up in limp mode before long.
In real world conditions I would be amazed if a M3P could keep up with a Taycan 4S. Probably end up in limp mode before long.

in real world conditions, it is faster, handles well and has longer range. Porsche is more luxurious by far, and probably overall has nicer drive but M3P drives really tight and its technology is at much higher end than 2x more expensive Porsche.

In any case, back to ES. Large, luxurious, comfortable and fast enough. That is why most people buy ES.
I am pretty sure how it drives since i drove it... several times. And that is the whole idea, i understand what M3P is and what it is not - it is vehicle faster than Taycan 4S but less luxurious, at half the price (here). It is more technologically advanced, by far and less luxurious.

Same as ES, people are not dumb, they know what they are buying. If you cant understand why people buy ES instead of Camry, you are missing the whole ball game. But that is fine too.

Taycan 4S starts at $120k CAD here. Going for CT4S for same price includes bigger battery, PASM and a few others as standard.

The TM3P is $75k here. Surprised the Porsche is pricier in Europe, where it is made and where residents may get some form of rebate.

I think any Tesla is great for acceleration but reviews of handling /nimbleness even on the TM3P are mixed from my recollection when it first debuted. Of course they are comparing it to lighter sport sedans, some of which have torque vectoring differentials. Maybe tweaks have made it significantly better.

It has a spartan interior to save cost and weight to extend driving range. To be honest, to me the interior really looks ugly but even the 918 interior isn't something I dig, and a lot has to do with the shape of the air vents. Good Tesla went with double wishbone suspensions upfront.

It think by the time solid state batteries / next gen batteries are a thing, electric torque vectoring on a $85k CAD car like the A6 etron ($65k here for the A6 AWD) will be more ubiquitous. It's already on the Taycan and etron RS GT and likely will be available to the Macan EV. Then I will flip the buy switch. I really don't think these Li-ion batteries will go over 12 years. Each cell has about 1500 full charge cycles to them.

I don't change cars often (nothing to me is that compelling and if there's a few that I dig, they are too expensive for my budget, cost a lot to fill up and the potential maintenance nightmare down the road...) and we don't have the autobahn here (did get to drive on some segments when I visited Germany in 2019 driving a Ford Mondeo wagon lol) and I sure have no time to track a car so I prefer nimbleness over 0-100 below 4 seconds. TV also helps when the two sides of the car are travelling on very different mu/coefficient of friction so it's also a safety component for me.
Gentleman's, you are making good and valid points about Tesla vs. Taycan may I suggest keep it here?


Don't know what he says, but it does look good!
in real world conditions, it is faster, handles well and has longer range.
Lol.
Gentleman's, you are making good and valid points about Tesla vs. Taycan may I suggest keep it here?


Don't know what he says, but it does look good!
The headlight uses the Bladescan technology on the RX. That's basically it...
The rear turn signal is still no LED sigh
The rear turn signal is still no LED sigh
As the podcast was discussing, Lexus is keeping the ES generally $20,000 below a similar BMW or Audi, so there will be compromises. I think turn signals are a perfectly reasonable place to do that - as long as they light up, most customers don't care how.

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