Lexus chose the ongoing Shanghai International Motor Show for the world premiere of its new 2016 ES as well as its RX 200t luxury utility vehicle. The ES is Lexus’ top-selling sedan and has been regarded by many as the epitome of the near luxury sedan. The 2016 ES is sportier and its exterior styling can be described as elegant and progressive.
Its interior is even more luxurious and the car occupants can feel more secure with the new Lexus Safety System+. Lexus designed the refreshed ES for 2016 with a new bold form. This new ES stands out from the crowd with its heightened luxury and a prominent and striking front fascia that has Lexus’s trademark spindle grille and comes with accentuated brilliant satin chrome.
The ES is fitted with headlights in a new design. They feature LED projector technology while iconic “L”-shaped arrowhead Daytime Running Lights (DRL) are observed to reach outside the headlight element for a unique look that makes it easily recognizable as a Lexus.
In addition, Lexus moved the redesigned fog lamps areas to the outer lower corners of the front fascia, making the vehicle’s wide stance even more obvious. Even if the car stands still, it gives off a sense of motion from a re-sculpted front fascia that links to the hood.
Its sleek form continues with the smooth roofline that easily flows to the rear where an enhanced taillight look makes use of the “L”-shaped theme to give an instantly identifiable nighttime glow. At the rear, there is a re-stylized chrome license plate trimming that is a visual match with the clearness of the lamps to signify the car’s on-road stability.
Adding to the vehicle’s sporty attitude are the recently sculpted chrome-tipped rectangular exhaust ports. The ES is equipped with two 17-inch wheels with directional spoke patterns. For non-hybrids, Lexus offers a branching dark gray metallic, multi-plane machined 20-spoke wheel as optional.
Meanwhile, the hybrids can be recognized with their use of a 10-spoke design with machine finish over medium gray. The ES is available in four new exterior colors: Amber, Nightfall Mica, Caviar, and Eminent White Pearl.
In each of these, Lexus used innovative paint technology that enables the paint’s clear coat to heal itself from minimal damage. Lexus selected all of the 10 colors to demonstrate the dynamic surface of the ES. Lexus uses a famous, multi-stage paint process on the models that gives them a deep luster similar to that of a jewel.
Lexus built the new 2016 ES sedan to give the occupants the best in comfort with its well-appointed, contemporary cabin as well as to give a boost to driving confidence. Absolute quality with each touch – that’s what Lexus wants to cultivate with anyone who enters the cabin whether you’re admiring its modern sweeping dashboard reminiscent, its ergonomics, or its use of the best materials and surfaces.
The new 2016 ES takes luxury to the highest level with a range of new interior colors, which include beautiful multi-color themes that exude elegance. Customers may choose from four colors (Flaxen, Parchment, Stratus Gray and Black) for its seats. There are also three trim materials available, namely: semi-aniline leather, leather and Lexus NuLuxe.
Furthermore, Lexus designers prepared four interior trim styles to go with the color choice. These are: Illustrious Piano Black, Linear Dark Mocha Wood, Espresso Bird’s Eye Maple with Shimamoku ornamentation. For 2016, there’s now a matte finish offered for Bamboo. Shimamoku, which debuted in the GS and LS sedans, is created by skilled craftsmen as they process wood to create a high-end finish.
For some markets, a 2.0-liter direct-injection four-cylinder engine is new for the 2016 model. The D4 engine was built to comply with the fuel economy regulations in China. This engine will be available in Russia, China, and Taiwan.
The 2016 ES offered in the U.S. market will be available with the very smooth 3.5-liter V-6 engine and a gasoline-electric hybrid powerplant. The other markets will also be getting a 2.5-liter L4 version.
The lineup of powertrain options offered with the ES has been optimized for fuel economy and power, with the additional aspect of heightened sensitivity to the environment. [source: Lexus]