The latest-generation Lexus ES has been launched at Rs 59.13 lakh (ex-showroom). First shown at the Beijing Motor Show, the ES wowed with its modern styling along the lines of the larger LS, save for the more pronounced sloping roof and compact proportions. The LED headlamps and spindle grille look very contemporary. Being based on the new Global Architecture-K (GA-K) platform, the car was able to incorporate striking design language as well as improved driveability. Compared to the outgoing car, the new ES is 65 mm longer, 45 mm wider, and five mm lower.
Behind the sharp-dressed suit is the company’s fourth-generation hybrid powertrain, combining a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine and an electric motor and battery pack, which delivers a peak 160-kW or 218 PS. An electronically-controlled continuously variable transmission (CVT) sends drive to the front wheels. The claimed efficiency is over 22 km/l.
Inside, the ES packs a 7.0-inch LCD information console. The Electro Multi Vision 12.3-inch full-size display incorporates a navigation system. A 17-speaker Mark Levinson audio system is present, too. The ES also includes vehicle stability control, hill-start assist and 10 airbags, apart from an anti-theft system with break-in and tilt sensors. The auto-open boot volume is 454 litres.