When the seventh-generation 2019 Lexus ES was unveiled in China in April, the all-new premium sedan managed to draw attention from customers around the world. For customers in the United States who have been waiting for the next-gen ES sedan to arrive this September, Lexus has already released details over its pricing and fuel economy ratings.
At launch, the new 2019 Lexus ES will be available in three guises: the ES 350, the ES 300h and the ES 350 F Sport. For those who wanted to get the 2019 Lexus ES 350 for their garage, they have to shell out at least $39,500. This base price is around $550 pricier than the 2018 ES sedan. The customer will still have to pay $1,025 fee for delivery, processing and handling.
The new Lexus ES 350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine with an updated D4-S fuel injection. This mill can deliver 302 hp of max output and 267 lb.-ft. of peak torque – or 34 hp and 19 lb.-ft. more powerful than the V6 engine of the previous generation. This new V6 engine is paired to a new eight-speed Direct Shift automatic transmission with an ultra-thin torque converter and a multi-plate lock up clutch.
While the new Lexus ES 350 deliver more power output and torque, it is also more the fuel efficient than its predecessor, offering EPA-estimated fuel economy figures of 22 mpg city, 33 mpg highway and 26 mpg combined.
On the other hand, the all-new Lexus ES 350 is eclipsed in terms of efficiency by the 2019 Lexus ES 300h. This hybrid version of the luxury sedan is powered by a new, fourth-generation Hybrid Drive System that employs a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine, a more compact electric motor as well as a self-charging hybrid system. Delivering up to 215 hp of total system output, the 2019 Lexus ES 300h is EPA-rated at 43 mpg city, 45 mpg highway and 44 mpg combined. These numbers makes the ES 300h the most fuel-efficient luxury vehicle sans a plug.
The all-new 2019 Lexus ES 300h is around $510 less expensive than its predecessor. It will start at $41,310, plus $1,025 in delivery, processing and handling fee.
Meanwhile, the new 2019 Lexus ES 350 F SPORT is powered by the same 3.5-liter V6 engine in the ES 350 that delivers up to 302 hp of output and 267 lb.-ft. of torque as paired to a new eight-speed Direct Shift automatic transmission. However, it boasts of a number of upgrades like 19-inch wheels and tires, a retuned suspension and newly developed metallic cabin trim – dubbed as Hadori trim -- inspired by the making of a traditional Japanese sword.
The 2019 Lexus ES 350 F SPORT boasts of a starting price of $44,035, which exclude the $1,025 in delivery, processing and handling. This version of the ES sedan is EPA-rated at 22 mpg city, 31 mpg highway and 25 mpg combined.