SHANGHAI, China - Lexus unveiled its new ES sedan at the 2015 Shanghai auto show in China.
The new ES has new interior and exterior styling, a new engine and the automaker's latest safety technology - Lexus Safety System+.
The new ES will arrive in South Africa towards the end of 2015. Local specs and details will be revealed closer to the launch.
SPRUCED ES SEDAN
Lexus' ES chief engineer Toshio Asahi, said: "Our development concept was ‘Take the ES to the next level of elegance and progressive luxury.
“The Lexus ES is renowned for its innovative exterior and interior design. We wanted to build on that and make it more elegant and tailor the car with the latest technology Lexus has to offer.
"We’re confident that the new Lexus ES will be a leader in its class and attract a lot of attention.”
The new sedan sports new LED headlights, 17" alloy rims tweaks to its front and rear and redesigned taillights. New 20" alloy rims are available as an option for non-hybrid variants. Inside it gains new colour combinations and trim enhancements throughout.
The new ES boasts a sports steering wheels and a larger 10.6cm colour screen.
IMPROVED HANDLING, RIDE
Lexus engineers applied structural reinforcements, adapted from the Lexus IS sports sedan, to stiffen the ES chassis. for improved ride quality and handling. The ES has a sound-reducing layer behind the dashboard to better isolate engine noise from the cabin.
New for 2016 (depending on market) is a two-litre four-cylinder engine. In South Africa, the luxury sedan will continue to be powered by a 2.5-litre petrol as well as a petrol-electric hybrid badged as the 300h.
The ES is equipped with Lexus Safety System+, which combines key innovative safety technologies into a single package. Among its new tech is automaker's pre-collision system, which can detect vehicles and pedestrians, in some circumstances, by a combination of millimeter-wave radar and front-facing camera. It dispatches a warning as brake assist and activates emergency braking.
Other safety technologies include lane departure alert and auto high-beam.
Its radar cruise control uses millimeter-wave radar to detect the speed of the vehicle ahead in order to adjust the cruise control speed setting accordingly, helping to maintain a preset distance. This system also uses a combination of millimeter-wave radar and camera to detect a lane change by the vehicle in front for smooth acceleration and deceleration control.
Asahi said: “With improved performance, an expanded engine lineup and a quieter and thoroughly luxurious interior wrapped in a freshened chiseled body, the new ES builds efficiently on what has made it one of the most popular luxury sedans in the world and we are confident that this latest version of the ES will build upon its past successes.”
DRIVER COMFORT: The new Lexus ES sports an improved interior with trim enhancements throughout. Image: Quickpic