The seventh generation of the Lexus ES premium sedan (2019 model year) has just been unveiled at the 2018 Auto China (Beijing Motor Show), boasting a more dynamic performance, an all-new exterior design as well as a comfortable and luxurious interior.
Essentially, the 2019 Lexus ES owes its latest evolved character to the all-new Global Architecture-K (GA-K) platform. Compared to its predecessor, the all-new ES is longer by 2.6 inches, lower by 0.2 inches, and wider by 1.8 inches. Its wheelbase is longer by 2 inches while its tracks are wider both on the front (by 0.4 inches) and the rear (by 1.5 inches). The Global Architecture-K chassis is a rigid front-wheel drive chassis that makes use of various grades of high-tensile steel to save weight. It features enhancements like an all-new double wishbone suspension design, rack-mounted electric power steering and a V-brace mounted behind the rear seat.
This new platform allowed the new ES to feature a dynamic yet fluid shape, as well as a characteristic silhouette highlighted by an aggressive downward slant. Thanks to its lower height and its fast roofline, the new ES offers a coupe-like profile, a lower and wind-cheating aerodynamics. Up front, the ES features a larger spindle with vertical bars on the ES 350 and the ES 350h, or a blacked out cross-hatch pattern on the ES 350 F SPORT.
On the chiseled rear end, the new ES features LED tail lamps wrapping around the quarter panels, with F SPORT models donning a rear spoiler, extra rear badging and a dark lower valance. The new ES 350 and ES 300h ride on wheels with sizes 17 inches and 18 inches, while the ES 350 F SPORT has standard 19-inch rims.
Customers could choose from a dozen color finishes for the new ES, including two new shades, Sunlight Green and Moonbeam Beige Metallic. The F SPORT models are offered with an exclusive Heat Blue exterior color.
Inside, the new ES marries a driver-centric cockpit with a roomy and comfortable front passenger area, as inspired by the Lexus Future Interior. Rear seat passengers, meanwhile, still offers high levels of comfort and spaciousness despite its sleeker exterior roofline. Its headroom was preserved by implementing a lower hip point and a carefully configured headliner. Legroom, meanwhile, remains generous thanks to the longer wheelbase of the seventh-generation model.
The color palette for the ES cabin has been expanded, with Black, Chateau and Topaz Brown, now joined by a new Rich Cream interior. The new ES F-SPORT model, meanwhile, benefits from a newly developed metallic cabin trim inspired by the making of a traditional Japanese sword. Called Hadori trim, this features fluctuating wave patterns for a three-dimensional look.
Serving as the core of the new ES 350 is a 3.5-liter V6 engine – with an updated D4-S fuel injection – that delivers 300 hp and 262 lb.-ft. of torque – or 32 hp and 14 lb.-ft. more powerful than the previous generation V6 mill. This engine is mated to a new eight-speed Direct Shift automatic transmission with an ultra-thin torque converter and a multi-plate lock up clutch.
In some markets, the ES is offered as an ES 250, with an all-new 2.5-liter four-cylinder aluminum-intensive engine as its core. This engine comes with laser-clad intake valve seats and advanced Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT i) to offer higher levels of efficiency.
Meanwhile, the ES 300h hybrid midsize luxury sedan is powered by a new, fourth-generation Hybrid Drive System that makes use of an Atkinson cycle 2.5-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine; a lighter, more compact electric motor; and a self-charging hybrid system. This Hybrid Drive System provides up to 205 hp of total system output and a fuel economy rating of over 40 mpg (combined).
All versions of the new Lexus ES are loaded with the new Lexus Safety System + 2.0 as standard. LSS+ 2.0 boasts of new capabilities that allow for extra levels of safety, like daytime bicyclist detection as part of the Pre-Collision System (PCS), as well as two-stage adaptive high beam system (AHS).