A redesigned Lexus ES arrives for the 2019 model year and Lexus released the first full-size photo of the car on Wednesday and confirmed its debut at the Beijing Auto Show in 2018.
So far, the design of the new ES seems to be a little sharper and more athletic on the themes of the current model. There are also some clues borrowed from the last lighthouse LS.
The size and proportions should match the latest Toyota Camry, whose platform the new ES shares, in this case a stretched version of Toyota\’s modular TNGA design. Lighter and lower than the platform in the current ES, the adoption of the TNGA platform should result in better management of the new model.
In the powertrain department, look for an ES 350 with a 3.5 liter 301 horsepower V6 and an 8 speed automatic transmission. An ES 300h hybrid should also be offered, possibly with a rear axle electric motor configuration similar to what Lexus is offering in the new UX compact crossover, as such a configuration would mean AWD. The most likely scenario is that the car will simply use the configuration of the Camry Hybrid that combines a 2.5-liter line-4 with an e-CVT on the front axle.
The new SE is expected to be delivered to showrooms in the second half of the year and production for the US is expected to continue at the Toyota plant in Georgetown, Kentucky, where the current ES is stocked.
Despite declining demand for sedans, the ES remains an important nameplate for Lexus. After all, it\’s the third most popular model after the RX and NX crossovers, with sales in the United States in 2017 totaling just over 50,000 units. On the other hand, the GS of similar size managed less than 8000 units and could therefore not be replaced once the current model has run its course.
The Beijing Auto Show starts on April 25th. To learn more about the other vehicles that will appear, head to our dedicated hub.
Good thing the ES’ bold new face looks ready for a stare down.