The new Lexus ES will lead the range in the introduction of Lexus Safety System +, a combination of advanced safety features and accident avoidance technologies.
For 2016 the executive sedan also benefits from a stiffened chassis for improved handling and road holding and additional luxury appointments further extending its comfort credentials.
A redesigned front sees the lower corners of the signature Lexus spindle grille widened by 140 mm and framed in a satin chrome to provide a sense of luxury and differentiation. The ES now features design elements similar to the most recent Lexus model releases, the RC coupe and NX sports utility.
“The new look ES range is quintessentially Lexus”, said Spencer Morris, Lexus New Zealand’s general manager of product. “The combination of elegant, progressive styling with improved design and now the addition of the new innovative safety sets the benchmark for the entire sedan series.”
The headlights now include LED projector technology and arrowhead shaped daytime running lights which extend outside the headlights for a more distinctive appearance. The LED fog lights have been relocated to the outer lower corners of the air dam to enhance the car’s wide stance, which is enhanced by the pronounced wheel arches.
At the rear, new tail lights adopt an L-shape to make them instantly recognisable along with rectangular chrome tipped exhaust pipes on the IS 350 models, providing a premium, dynamic touch with a more prominent diffuser.
The boot lid garnish has been integrated into the combination lamps to further reinforce the widened look.
ES 300h and ES 300h Limited models have 17” alloy wheels with a new 10-spoke design. The ES 350 Limited has a new 20-spoke wheel design.
All models now have self-restoring paint which allows the car’s clear coat to heal itself from minor damage. Four new colours are available, Sonic Quartz, Graphite Black, Deep Metallic Bronze and Deep Blue.
The Lexus Safety System + which is standard on all grades combines the Pre-crash safety system which can automatically brake the car in an emergency situation when it detects a hazard ahead; Lane departure alert warns when the car strays across lane markings or the centre line.
Automatic high beam headlights, which dip the lights when following or on-coming traffic comes into view and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, which can vary the vehicle speed to keep a constant following distance.
There are 10 airbags standard. The braking package includes an anti-lock system, electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist, and traction control.
In the cabin the appearance and quality feel of the shift lever surround and door switch panel have been enhanced. A sportier steering wheel has been fitted while the combination meter, and multi information display have been re-designed to improve visibility. The overhead lights and console now use LED technology and capacitive touch switches.