New Lexus ES offers a magic carpet ride
The new Lexus promises a drive as smooth as silk – thanks to engineering innovation.
The Lexus ES is setting a new benchmark in smooth and refined driving thanks to a detailed and innovative approach to suspension design and packaging.
The all-new model was launched in October. Followers of the brand will be delighted to learn that it can be seen and experienced for real at Lexus George.
Since its introduction at the premises of Halfway Toyota George, the dealership has excelled in terms of customer and service satisfaction.
In the ES model, Lexus introduced a new shock absorber with a world-first ultra-low velocity valve. This innovation makes sure an appropriate damping force is provided when the slightest movement is experienced in the car’s wheels and suspension, securing a comfortable and unruffled ride with a stable feel. This applies even when pulling away slowly, or driving at speed on the highway.
The ES’s shock absorbers have an additional ultra-low velocity valve, which allows for very low oil speed operation. At low to high oil speeds, the main valve opens to suppress the damping force, giving supple ride comfort.
Delivering superior standards of handling stability and ride comfort is a big challenge, but Lexus was ready to meet this by drawing up a new double wishbone rear suspension design. The system’s trailing arms have been located with pinpoint accuracy to give the set-up the rigidity it needs to ensure true, linear steering response to the driver’s use of the wheel and excellent handling stability.
Much of the testing to evaluate the new ES’s ride and handling was done on winding routes as well as urban streets with rough surfaces. Further testing was carried out on track, including at the famous Nürburgring, and in California.
When Lexus’s engineers determined the optimum suspension performance, they also took care to produce a design that doesn’t compromise the size or convenient shape of the boot. To this end, they placed the shock absorbers closer to the back of the rear seats and mounted them separately from the coil springs.
The all-new Lexus is available in two model grades; ES 250 EX and ES 300h SE. The ES 250 EX retails for R593 300 and the ES 300h SE model for R843 800.
Both models come standard with a best-inclass, seven year or 105 000km warranty and full maintenance plan.