Luxuriate in Lexus hybrid
In an interesting move, Lexus will import only hybrid versions of its Lexus ES 300.
Now in its seventh-generation, the Lexus ES is being offered in Luxury and Sports Luxury grades.
Compared with the outgoing gen-six Lexus ES, power has been increased by almost 6 per cent to 160kW, while fuel consumption has been reduced by 16.4 per cent, to 4.6 litres/100km as measured on the Australian combined cycle.
A new-generation 2.5-litre petrol engine is among the most thermally efficient engines in a production vehicle. It is linked to an electric hybrid system with components that are smaller, lighter and more efficient than before.
Oddly, the Japanese company that has made its name by providing near-silent running now offers drivers the chance to turn on an “active sound control”. This generates an audio feedback that gives the aural effect of up and downshifts like those experienced with a geared automatic transmission.
Alloy wheels are standard; 17inch for the ES Luxury and 18-inch for the Sports Luxury.
To counteract noise that can be generated by low-profile tyres, the 18-inch wheels have a hollow rim structure.
Infotainment is controlled through a 12.3-inch multimedia screen and there’s a wireless phone charger. Satellite navigation, Lexus Enform and DAB+ digital radio are standard.
ES Luxury features a 10-speaker Pioneer audio system. For Sports Luxury, the Lexus ES debuts a 17speaker Mark Levinson surroundsound system.
The Lexus Remote Touch Interface pad has been redesigned and gains vibration feedback.
Heated front seats in ES Luxury offer 10-way power adjustment. In Sports Luxury, they are also ventilated. There’s 14-way adjustment for the driver’s seat and 12-way for the passenger seat.
Rear headroom has been improved and luggage space benefits from the hybrid battery being relocated under the rear seat.
The LCD instrument panel incorporates a 7.0-inch multiinformation display.
Other ES Luxury equipment includes dual-zone air-conditioning, automatic, a moonroof, electronic park brake, premium trim and a power-adjustable steering column.
Sports Luxury expands the airconditioning to three zones with a humidity sensor.
It is also equipped with a handsfree boot opener, semi-aniline leather-accented seats, heated steering wheel and adjustable, heated rear seats that recline.
The New ES 300h is equipped with the latest active safety and driver assistance technologies from the Lexus Safety System+.
New features include daytime cyclist detection. The pre-collision system has also been enhanced to detect pedestrians at night.
The shape of the all-new Lexus ES sedan is almost coupe-like.
The LCD instrument panel incorporates a 7.0-inch display.