THE ALL-NEW LEXUS ES: A HIGHER LEVEL OF PERFORMANCE AND SOPHISTICATION
New dynamic capabilities reflected in an emotional design
Built on the new Global Architecture – K platform, giving excellent body rigidity and design freedom
First ES model to be offered in Western and Central Europe
Introduction of the first ES F SPORT model
Introduction of second generation Lexus Safety System +
ES 300h with new, fourth generation self-charging Lexus hybrid system available in Western and Central Europe from December 2018
The Future of Lexus Interiors
When designing the look and feel of the ES’s interior, Kajino’s team started with the Lexus Future Interior concept which blends a driver-centric cockpit with a spacious and comfortable area for the front passenger. In the ES, the driver’s focus is kept on the road ahead by placing the center display screen, instrument panel and heads up display in a tight cluster in the driver’s field of view. Additionally, adjustments were made to components such as the steering wheel angle and position and brake pedal angle and location to provide the driver with a natural driving position.
Front passengers, on the other hand, get a more open and spacious environment that promotes relaxation.
Rear seat passenger comfort has long been a hallmark of the ES and the seventh-generation model still prioritizes rear package capability despite the sleeker exterior roofline. A lower hip point and a carefully configured headliner preserve headroom while the longer wheelbase delivers uncharacteristically generous legroom.
In addition to the array of eye-catching paint colors available on the ES, there’s a new interior color combination that reflects the «provocative elegance» theme. Along with Black, Chateau and Topaz Brown, the ES will offer a new Rich Cream interior that blends cream upholstery with a brown headliner to give the cabin a modern, yet warm look and feel.
To create an entirely different appearance for the inside of new F-SPORT model, an all-new kind of metallic cabin trim was developed that is unlike anything else Lexus has done before. Inspired by the making of a traditional Japanese sword, Hadori trim features fluctuating wave patterns that give it a three-dimensional appearance that varies depending on the viewing angle. The effect is subtle yet indicative of the level of detail and craftsmanship that Kajino’s team put into giving the F-SPORT a unique place in the lineup. The standard ES 350 and ES 300h will continue to offer traditional materials like Bamboo and Shimamoku wood which give the ES a hand-crafted appearance that luxury buyers expect in this category.
Standard V6 Power and a New 8-Speed Direct-Shift Automatic Transmission
All ES 350s are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 that is designed to deliver commanding acceleration along with an invigorating sound. With an update to D4-S fuel injection, the impressively smooth engine now develops 300 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Both of those numbers are up significantly (+32 hp, +14 lb-ft) compared to the previous generation V6.
In addition to the boost in power, the ES 350 also benefits from a new eight-speed Direct Shift automatic transmission. This uses an ultra-thin torque converter and a multi-plate lock up clutch to more efficiently transfer power to the front wheels, and has been tuned to deliver crisp, precisely timed shifts with quick pedal responses. With a wider spread of ratios, the new eight speed is able to utilize high torque gears on the low end for quick starts and tall gearing on the high end for optimum efficiency.
In select global markets the ES will be offered as an ES 250, powered by an all-new, high-efficiency 2.5 L 4 cylinder engine. This aluminum-intensive engine features a long-stroke design, laser-clad intake valve seats and advanced Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT i) to achieve a new high-speed combustion process, and achieves an overall thermal efficiency of 38%.
A New Era of Performance
The engineering team led by Yasuhiro Sakakibara had one clear goal when it came to the ES: Transform the image of the ES. That meant turning a sedan known primarily for comfort and quietness into one that is equally capable of delivering class-leading handling and power that you can feel and hear.
According to Yasuhiro Sakakibara, Chief Engineer, this ES was built to deliver a fundamentally higher level of performance than any of its predecessors. «We knew that this ES had to feel responsive and easy to drive, no matter what kind of road it was on and that can only be achieved with a solid foundation.»
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