IT’S BIG. IT’S LUXURIOUS. IT’S BEEN STYLED WITH A TACK SHARP CALLIGRAPHER’S PEN. MEET THE MIGHTY 2018 LEXUS ES
The Lexus ES is exceptional!
Recently unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show, the new seventhgeneration ES wowed us with its lethal crease lines and an emboldened visage. You’ll remember the car it replaces for being the front-wheel-powered saloon in a family famous for its dynamic IS, GS and LS saloons and their coupé derivatives. And if the new grille’s any indication, it seems Lexus has ditched the sensible-pants approach and given its affordable, midsized limo some serious pizzazz. Instead of its aforementioned siblings’ GA-L
(where GA stands for “global architecture”) rear-wheel drive platform, it once again gets a front-driven powertrain via its new GA-K underpinnings. So it’s still somewhat sensible, but just as quick and rigid. This time around, though, performance has been engineered into its DNA, which is already teeming with new-found ambition.
LEXUS HAS DITCHED THE SENSIBLE-PANTS APPROACH AND GIVEN ITS AFFORDABLE, MID-SIZED LIMO SOME SERIOUS PIZZAZZ.
Standing glinting in the afternoon sun, the ES looks forged, rather than formed – the way a sword is forged, perhaps: wieldy and athletic, especially in silver, so you can truly appreciate every surface. It’s 65mm longer than the model which precedes it, 5mm lower and 45mm wider, with an extended track, thanks to a wheelbase that’s also grown. As a result, those staccato alloys (17” on the petrol model and 18” on the hybrid) are now placed further away from each other than ever before – eliminating the long overhangs for which its predecessor was criticised. So instead of the overhang, the ES gets a wicked stance and an aggressive road demeanour which brings it right in line with the performance coupés that share its stable. The result is dramatic – “provocative elegance”, as its Chief Designer, Yasuo Kajino, proclaims.
Its lamp clusters are nothing less than automotive jewellery and the ornate treatment continues once you drop down into a leathery pew. Here you’re rewarded with an opulent (and empirically capacious) cabin littered with technology and safety accoutrements, multimedia connectivity and more. The cockpit’s focused on the person at the helm –
and not just the screen, mind you, but everything from the pedals to the steering wheel. As for every other occupant, they’re blessed with the comfortable ambience in which they’re driven. That’s fair.
WE’RE HAPPY TO WELCOME THE NEW MODELS TO OUR SHORES. EXPECT BOTH AN INLINE FOUR-CYLINDER AND A PETROL-HYBRID VARIANT.
Lexus South Africa will offer the ES in two distinct variants – the ES 250 and a hybridised ES 300h. You can expect both an inline four-cylinder petrol and hybrid variant. Naturally, outright performance will receive an upgrade that endows it with enough bite to match its newly-obtained bark – this on a car that’s already stiffer and lighter than the old model, and with further enhancements, such as an all-new multi-link suspension at the rear, plus rack-mounted electric power steering. This will translate into more engaging driving dynamics and a supple ride for all to enjoy, not just the lucky driver.
In fact, with all these improvements,
I’ll confidently put my neck on the block and declare that this latest ES will not only become the most desirable one yet, but will also go a long way towards enticing new buyers who’d previously shop from more Teutonic locales.
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