2019 Lexus ES debuts as all-new model
The seventh-generation Lexus ES is debuting for the 2019 model year, following styling cues set by the LS flagship sedan. The range will include the ES 300h hybrid, ES 200, ES 250 and ES 350 petrol engine models.
The new ES is built on the all-new Global Architecture “K (GA-K)” platform, so it’s not just a facelift even though it looks like one. The new car is longer (+65 mm), lower (-5 mm) and wider (+45 mm) than its predecessor. The longer wheelbase (+50 mm) is combined with wider front and rear treads (+10 and +37 mm).
Inside, the optional navigation comes with a 12.3-inch multimedia display and second generation Remote Touch touchpad control, with voice recognition that also extends to a mobile assistant allowing a contactless driver’s smartphone control. The ES can also be had with all the active-safety driving aids found in the higher-priced Lexus models.
For those looking for a front-wheel-drive sports sedan, an F SPORT package will be available with Adaptive Variable Suspension, similar to that found in the LC coupe.
The ES 300h is equipped with a new, fourth generation self-charging hybrid drive system. It couples a 2.5-litre Atkinson cycle four-cylinder petrol engine with a more compact electric motor and battery. Total system power is 215 hp and claimed fuel economy is 4.7 litres/100 km.
The ES 250’s regular 2.5-litre VVT-i engine is apparently all-new and likely the same 200 hp one found in the new KSA-spec Toyota Camry (since the UAE gets the old 178 hp one). It will be mated to an 8-speed automatic.
The Lexus ES 350 powered by an upgraded 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine is said to have 247 hp for European European markets, but we in the GCC will likely get the 298 hp version found in the new Camry. It is mated to an 8-speed automatic.
The 2019 Lexus ES seems to be a better car in every way than its predecessor, and we can’t wait to get a ride in it when it comes to the UAE by the end of the year.