Lexus expands technology of ES range

Lexus ES endowed with a host of technology upgrades

Reuben Van Niekerk
Lexus ES

Lexus is continuing to build on the success of the seventh-generation ES medium luxury sedan by expanding the level of innovative interior design changes and some minor under-the-skin upgrades. Reaffirming the Lexus commitment to world leading safety, the ES specification change, across the range, now includes Intelligent Clearance Sonar and Rear Cross Traffic Alert + Brake (RCTA-B). The ICS integrates the functionality of the alert by camera function and auto brake by sonar function.

The technology utilises both front and rear mounted sensors to detect static objects ahead and behind the vehicle, and for the first time on the ES, crossing vehicles that may be approaching from behind. Working during the vehicle’s initial forward or reverse acceleration from standstill and when the vehicle is moving at up to 15km/h, the RCTA-B, ICS and PKSB systems can firstly help warn the driver of an imminent parking or pedestrian collision.

The ES range systems can now apply braking in reverse if a driver fails to respond or provide adequate braking response to a collision. A Blind-Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, now becomes standard on the ES 300 EX and ES 300h EX grades for the first time. This technology was previously only available in the top spec SE hybrid grade.


Interior design upgrades

The Lexus ES spec changes introduce some innovative interior upgrades with this spec change. These include a new power window switch featuring typical Lexus satin plating ornamentation. On the steering wheel, the frequently used OK and cancel buttons are slightly raised by 0.8mm, all in the aim of enhancing distinctiveness and operability for the driver.

On the centre consul area, a cut-out is provided for small item storage in consideration of usability for when taking out cards etcetera. The power Aux/USB port lid has also been changed from horizontal to vertical opening type. In addition, the lid can stay open so that the driver or passenger can easily connect or disconnect from the ports.


ES Hybrid top spec

These additions further build on the comprehensive list of the latest active safety and driver assist technologies that the SE grade boasts. As part of the Lexus safety system, which helps prevent an accident from happening among other things, includes; All-speed radar Active Cruise Control, a Pre-Collision Safety system with pedestrian detection and Lane Tracing Assist.

The Lexus Safety system joins safety technology that also continue the standard for the ES 300h SE grade, including a panoramic view monitoring reversing camera, 10 airbags, LED low-beam headlights with automatic high beam and a tyre pressure warning system.


Hybrid system

Every ES 300h is powered by a highly advanced and refined Lexus self-charging hybrid electric powertrain with combined output of 160kW and incredible fuel efficiency from as low as 4.6 litres per 100 kilometres.

The 2.5-litre petrol, four-cylinder engine also produces 221Nm in addition to the 202Nm from the electric motor to deliver spirited performance. This enables the ES 300h to achieve a 0-100km/h sprint time of 8.9 seconds on its way to an electronically governed top-speed of 180km/h.



There are three model grades in the ES range, starting with the entry level EX petrol grade which retails for R663 000. The hybrid EX grade retails for R799 600 while the flagship hybrid SE retails for R931 400.