Updated Lexus ES goes on sale in South Africa

Lexus ES receives chassis, design and technology updates

Reuben Van Niekerk
Lexus ES
Lexus ES 250

Long renowned for its comfort, refinement and luxury appointments, the new Lexus ES is set to build on its established strengths thanks to an all-new chassis that allows for a more dynamic exterior design and improved driving performance.


The latest ES is more spacious, quieter and safer than ever before while offering a level of craftsmanship rarely found in this market segment.


The ES has always been an elegant luxury sedan and this update has allowed designers to add daring design elements that challenge traditional expectations. Up front the face is slightly different with ES and Takumi versions displaying elegant bars that radiate from the centre of the updated grille. The single and three-eye LED headlights are now slimmer in design.


A rearward sloping roofline emphasises the lower stance and slippery aerodynamics while the rear is clean and sharply chiselled. LED tail lamps wrap around the quarter panels to generate a continuous styling line when viewed from any angle.


Two different 17 and 18-inch alloy wheel designs are available between the three ES models with the Hybrid SE boasting a new wheel design.


Inside story

When designing the look and feel of the ES’ cabin the design team took inspiration for the Lexus Future Interior concept that blends a driver-centric cockpit with a spacious and comfortable driving position. Lexus calls this concept Seat in Control, and it entails having all the controls you need within reach and all the necessary information in plain view. As such the display screen and instrument panel have been centralised. A new high-resolution, 12.3-inch now features touch-display functionality, which increases the user experience tremendously.


The driving position has been refined with a more natural steering angle, revised pedal positions and a 10-way adjustable seat on certain models. Rear passenger comfort has long been a trademark of the ES model and this trend continues. A lower hip point and carefully configured headlining preserve headroom, despite the new sloping roof, while the longer wheelbase ensures generous legroom.


A new mauve trim insert has been introduced for the hybrid SE grade, while the EX grades now feature Hazel and Rich Cream trim. Standard interior equipment includes keyless smart entry, a moonroof, twin-front and twin-rear USB-C ports, DAB+ digital radio, 10-speaker audio on EX grades, Mark Levinson 17 Speaker audio on SE grades as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality on all models.


Under the bonnet

The ES 250 is available with a highly efficient, direct-injection 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine paired with an eight-speed direct shift automatic transmission. This engine offers 152kW at 6600rpm and 243Nm at 4000rpm while using just 6,6 litres per 100km on the combined cycle.


ES 300h models are fitted with a fourth generation, self-charging hybrid drive system that couples the aforementioned 2.5-litre Atkinson cycle four-cylinder petrol engine with a lighter, more compact and more power dense electric motor resulting in a total system power of 160kW and a combined cycle fuel economy figure of 4,6 litres per 100km.


Class leading safety equipment

The seventh-generation ES features the advanced safety technology expected from a Lexus including a total of eight airbags. Safety technology comprises equipment such as a rear-view camera with park distance control and active cruise control. In addition, SE models are fitted with the Lexus safety system, which includes Lane Departure Alert, Pre-crash system, Lane Keep Assist and LED-Adaptive High-beam assist.


Pricing and availability

The Lexus ES is sold with a seven year/105 000km warranty and full maintenance plan.


Lexus ES 250 EX

R719 400

Lexus ES 300h EX

R774 400

Lexus ES 300h SE

R948 400


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