The 2019 Lexus ES is redefining midsize luxuryMay 25th, 2018
Lexus’ new identity has been focused on increased driver involvement, modern style and refined luxury. This approach gave birth to masterpieces like the RC F, the new GS as well as the LFA supercar, which offered much in the way of performance while remaining true to the brand’s heritage of manufacturing comfortable and quiet vehicles. The latest Lexus to carry this torch is the new 2019 Lexus ES, which was recently unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show.
The history of the ES dates back to Lexus’ very origins—the ES 250 was one of two vehicles in the introductory lineup, alongside the LS. Today, the ES sedan is Lexus’ best-selling car in the US (not including SUVs), so a light redesign wouldn’t do. To keep this car relevant in its segment, the time had come for a full overhaul.
The underpinnings have been completely revamped. Thanks to multi-link rear suspension and a rack-mounted electric power steering, the ES is more capable than ever at the track. More importantly, this technology makes the car’s ride one of the most comfortable on the market.
Under the hood, there are now two options: the 3.5-litre V6 is back, but now makes 302 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque. Replacing the ageing six-speed transmission, we now find an eight-speed gearbox behind the engine.
And if you prefer to go hybrid, the 2019 ES has you covered. Thanks to a nickel metal hydride battery and a 2.5-litre four-cylinder gas engine, total output is now announced at 215 horsepower. This powertrain has been estimated to hit 5.3 L/100km in combined city and highway driving.
This new ES will also combine sportiness and comfort by introducing an F Sport variant. With a blacked-out grille, a rear spoiler, a dark lower valence and an exclusive Ultra Sonic Blue Mica 2.0 exterior paint, the ES F Sport looks the part. And with an adaptive suspension featuring a Sport+ mode, it can corner like it’s on a string. The talk and the walk.
Regardless of the model you choose, the 2019 ES now packs advanced interior technologies. The standard touchscreen has a diameter of 8 inches, but buyers can opt to swap it for a 12.3-inch unit. The dashboard cluster has been entirely renovated, and the car now has Apple CarPlay capabilities. For even more convenience, Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant is now recognized by the infotainment system.
Look for the all-new 2019 Lexus ES in our showroom this October.