The Lexus ES 350 gets a sharp and aggressive make over.
Lexus ES is a model as old as the brand itself. Launched in1989, itwas oneof thefirst two car sever towear the L badge, the other being the flagship LS. While the full-size LS was area r-wheel drive car developed from scratch to establish Toyota’s premium division, the ES was a mid-size saloon based on the Camry’s front-wheel drive architecture.
This layout made the ES a unique player in the entry-level luxury saloon segment as it did not have many direct rivals except the Acura Legend in markets where Honda’ s luxury arm was present. Understandably, the ES also gained a reputation for catering to a certain demographic that regards driving as amundane daily routine, taking them from one point to another.
However, in line with Lexus’s recent push for performance and excitement, the sixth-generation ES received some cosmetic and mechanical fine-tuning three years ago.
For the 2016 model, whichwas launched here a few weeks ago, the ES gets are styled front end, which aligns it with the rest of the Lexus line-up. A larger, more aggressive version of the spindle grille dominates the fascia, flanked by redesigned LED projector headlights with integrated L-shaped daytime running lights.
While these elements add a hint of belligerence to the ES’s previously conservative face, the new fog lamps that have been relocated to the outer lower corners of the front bumper amplify the car’s wide stance. This being amid-life refresh, the side profile remains unchanged, which means there’ s still no crease or line to impart that weeny bit of character it could do with along its flanks. The rear gets a minor update too with the tail lamps also getting the L treatment and a pair of new rectangular exhaust tips. It looks much better now.
Inside, the 2016 Lexus ES350 remains the same, but for new colours and trims. Topaz Brown, Ivory, Moon Stone and Black are the newly available cabin colours, while the four interior trim options include Bamboo, Black Metallic, Bird’s-Eye Maple and Shimamoku, the last one only available