Revealed 2019 Lexus ES At Beijing Motor Show
Lexus, the luxury brand of Toyota has finally revealed the much awaited ES sedan at the ongoing Beijing Motor Show. However, the premium sedan had already been leaked ahead of its official unveiling at the international auto show. The automaker also showcased a new hybrid version of the ES sedan in the form of Lexus ES F Sport. The 2019 Lexus ES is the third vehicle in the 'Future Chapter of Lexus' that started with the LC coupe and LS sedan and as claimed by the automaker, the new platform has helped the designers to put in extra space on the inside for a comfortable drive for the passengers and a more dynamic exterior design.
Talking about the 2019 Lexus ES, Project Chief Designer, Yasuo Kajino said, "The ES has always been an elegant luxury sedan. For this generation, we have added daring design elements that challenge the traditional expectations of buyers."
Also, speaking about the car, Scott Thompson- chief executive, Lexus Australia said, "The move to a hybrid-only line-up reflected the brand’s global direction. In Australia, hybrid accounts for 30 per cent of Lexus sales, so offering the latest generation ES solely with an advanced self-charging hybrid system represents another significant milestone towards greater electrification of our line-up.”
Built on the all-new Toyota Global Architecture, K (GA-K) platform, the highlights of the upcoming luxurious sedan includes fresher looking front grille with an aggressive downward slant. While the standard Lexus ES 350 and Lexus ES 300h use vertical bars that radiate out from the center while the ES 350 F Sport model adopts a blacked out pattern consisting of "L"-shaped clusters with corresponding cut outs at each corner of the fascia. This is because of the new platform it is built on that has resulted in two dramatically different grille designs. The 2019 Lexus ES also sports three different wheel designs, standard 17-inch and two 18 inch for the ES 350 and ES 300h while the ES 350 F Sport gets standard 19-inch wheels with a design similar to that found on the LC coupe. Apart from this the sedan sports a fast roofline helping in a lower stance and slicker aerodynamics. While the rear is neat with LED tail lamps wrapped around the quarter panels at the standard sedan, the F Sport add a rear spoiler, additional rear badging and a dark lower valance.
In terms of dimension, the seventh generation Lexus ES is 66mm longer, 5mm lower and 45mm wider than the outgoing model, while the wheels have been pushed closer to the corners thanks to a 50mm longer wheelbase and wider tracks front and rear. At the inside, the newly revealed Lexus ES gets the Lexus Future Interior concept which consists of a driver-centric cockpit with a generous space for the front passengers, center display screen, instrument panel and heads up display (HUD) placed at a tight cluster in the driver's field of view, headliner preserve headroom for the rear passengers while the longer wheelbase delivers generous legroom and extra space as well.
Mechanically, the all-new Lexus ES will come powered by a 3.5-litre V6 with an update to D4-S fuel-injection that develops 302 bhp and 362 NM of torque, which has been improved by 34 bhp and 25 NM compared to the previous generation V6. However, all the versions of the Lexus ES get mated to a new 8-speed Direct Shift automatic transmission. Though the sport version also gets a new fourth-generation hybrid drive system couples an efficient Atkinson cycle 2.5-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor and self-charging hybrid system developing a combined output of 215 bhp.
Currently, the automaker sells the sixth generation of the ES sedan in the Indian market and we can expect the seventh generation ES to make its way to the Indian market soon. Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates on the 2019 Lexus ES.
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