The marque’s design direction manifests a commitment to crafting vehicles with more excitement and emotional connection. Over decades, Lexus gained valuable insights by listening to the opinions of luxury car buyers and subsequently applying the intelligence gathered to extensive testing of the ES on different types of roads globally. Today, the ES is an extremely popular sedan that has amassed more than 2.3 million cumulative global sales since introduction.

 

 

 

 

Craftsmanship and luxury are standard, plus a second generation Lexus safety system available in top spec grade. The original ES launched the Lexus brand in 1989, alongside the LS flagship sedan. Since then, its popularity has evolved through class-leading comfort, engineering and design expressed through intuitive driving and a driver-focused cockpit.

This represents three decades of success in the mid-size sedan category where ES is now forging an ever more ambitious path with its seventh-generation model. The 2022 model builds on its established strengths with an all-new chassis that allows for a more dynamic exterior design and even better driving performance.

 

 

 

 

 

The ES is more spacious, quieter and safer, offering a new generation of customers a sedan with sharpened performance, class-leading safety technology and a level of craftsmanship rarely found in this market segment.

South Africa launches the 2022 ES range with three model grades, ES 250 petrol EX, ES 300 hybrid SE and SE grades. These are the same model grades as previously, via launching the entry-level EX grade for hybrid in 2020. The ES is powered by a new, fourth-generation self-charging hybrid system.

The eye-catching styling, made possible by the use of an all-new Global Architecture-K (GA-K) platform, has particular appeal. The long wheelbase (2870mm) allows the wheels to be pushed closer to the car’s corners, with wide front and rear tracks. Its stance and proportions reflect new-found performance capabilities.

 

 

 

 

Yasuo Kajino, the ES Chief Designer says: ‘The ES has always been an elegant luxury sedan. For this minor change generation, we’ve added daring design elements that challenge buyers’ traditional expectations.’

The GA-K platform allowed for a lower bonnet line, which gave Kajino’s team the freedom to produce a distinctive silhouette with a strong downward slant, creating a dynamic yet fluid shape. Up front, the ES’ face is slightly different, with variations according to model grade. In a break with past generations, the design features a rearward-sloping fast roofline that emphasises the vehicle’s lower stance and slippery aerodynamics. The rear end is clean and sharply chiselled, with LED lamps that wrap around the quarter panels to generate a continuous styling line when viewed from any angle.

Two different 17- and 18-inch alloy wheel designs are available between the three ES models- with the Hybrid SE boasting a new wheel design that creates a sporty and high-grade image. Even in the EX grades, the wheels have been redesigned and now feature V-shaped twin spokes that create an even sportier image than the outgoing model.

Interiors of the Future

When designing the look and feel of the ES’ cabin, the design team’s starting point was the Lexus Future Interior concept, which blends a driver-centric cockpit with a spacious and comfortable area for the front passenger. The driver’s focus is kept on the road ahead by strategically locating the centre display screen and instrument panel. Lexus calls this concept ‘Seat in Control,’ a simple idea that reveals all the controls required to be within easy reach, together with all the information in plain view.

 

 

 

 

A new high-resolution 12.3-inch widescreen display has been brought forward by more than 100mm compared with the current model, debuting touch-display functionality to increase usability options for the driver and front passenger.

The driving position in the ES has been refined with a more natural steering wheel angle, revised pedal positions and a 10-way adjustable seat as standard for the hybrid SE grade. The steering wheel itself is borrowed directly from the LS and features an ergonomically shaped rim and wood trim, plus integral heating elements for the SE. Heated front seats are also standard for the driver and front passenger in the SE grade.

 

 

 

 

The hybrid models are equipped with Lexus Navigation EMV. Rear passenger comfort has long been a hallmark of the ES and the new model upholds this quality with a sleeker, sloping exterior roof line. A lower hip point and carefully configured headlining preserve headroom while the longer wheelbase ensures generous legroom.

In the cabin, a new Mauve trim insert option has been introduced for the new hybrid SE grade, while the EX-grades have Hazel and Rich Cream trims as new. There are also two new exterior colours for the range, namely – Sonic Iridium, Sonic Chrome and Graphite Black across the whole range.

 

 

 

 

Also standard on the 2022 ES range are keyless smart entry, a moon-roof, twin-front and twin-rear USB-C ports, DAB+ digital radio, 10-speaker audio (EX grades), Mark Levinson 17 Speaker audio (SE) and both with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility.

 

 

 

 

Power & Performance

The ES 250 is available with a high-efficiency direct-injection 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine coupled to an eight-speed Direct Shift automatic transmission. Output is 152 kW at 6600 rpm and 243 Nm at 4000-5000 rpm, providing a 0-100 km/h sprint in 9.1 seconds and a max speed of 210 km/h. The fuel consumption on the ES 250 is 6.6 litres/100km

The ES 300h grades are equipped with Lexus’ fourth-generation, self-charging hybrid drive system that delivers exceptional fuel-efficiency. It’s also impressively responsive and has minimal emissions for a mid-size luxury sedan. It couples the aforementioned ultra-efficient 2.5-litre Atkinson cycle four-cylinder petrol engine with a lighter, more compact and more power-dense electric motor.

Total system power is 160kW and combined cycle fuel economy is from 4.6l/100km. The ES 300h sprints from 0-100km/h in 8.9 seconds and is electronically-governed to a top speed of 180km/h.

The seventh-generation ES features advanced Lexus safety technology. It’s equipped with a full suite of passive safety equipment comprising driver and front passenger airbags; two driver and front passenger knee airbags; two driver and front passenger seat-mounted side impact airbags and two front-to-rear side curtain airbags. Standard safety technology further includes a rear-view camera with park distance control and all-speed active cruise control. The EX-grade now also comes standard with blind spot monitor while the SE grade boasts the Lexus Safety System which further includes Lane Departure Alert, Pre-crash System, Lane Keep Assist and LED-Adaptive High-beam System (AHS).

The 2022 Lexus ES comes standard with a best-in-class 7-year/105 000km Warranty and Full Maintenance Plan. This approach illustrates the belief Lexus has in its vehicles’ master craftsmanship and outstanding build quality. Vehicle service intervals are pegged at every 15 000km, alternatively once a year.

 

 

 

Prices: Lexus ES 250 EX R719 400, ES 300h EX R774 400 and the top of the range retailing at R948 400

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