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2013-10-02 08:07

FRESH FROM LEXUS FOR SA: Lexus took its latest ES models to Vergelegen estate in Somerset West for dinner and a show-off to the motoring media. The range includes a hybrid and will be in showrooms in November 2013. Image: Quickpic


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Cape Town - Lexus South Africa has confirmed that it will expand its 2013 model range with the all-new ES 250 in November. Here's the pictures - see the cars in the metal at the upcoming Johannesburg International Motor Show.

The first ES was introduced in 1989; this the latest model of the Japanese super-sedans is the sixth generation of what is now becoming an icon in the world of luxury automobiles. It is the best-selling Lexus sedan.

Lexus ES250 gallery

Glenn Crompton, vice-president of marketing for Lexus SA, said the addition of the new ES served to reinforce Lexus' ongoing commitment to customers and innovation.


"Its introduction to the local market is a direct result of customer demand for a more accessible, value-orientated luxury offering from Lexus and we are pleased to have secured two options while expanding our innovative hybrid vehicle portfolio (the ES 300h will be available to order).

“Price-wise, the new ES will slot in in just below the IS range but spatially it offers accommodation closer to that of the GS – think of it as the spacious and comfortable alternative to the more dynamically focused IS and GS ranges. It is elegantly styled yet suitably bold, underpinned by a chassis that offers satisfying driving qualities and an incredibly smooth ride.

"This is matched by unprecedented levels of standard equipment, leading technology and a high-quality interior bristling with all the latest luxury and modcon features."

ES at a glance

The new ES, shown to a selected number of journalists ahead of the Jozi show at functions first in Cape Town and then in Johannesburg but without a drive and in floodlit darkness, is the latest model to wear the bold new 'spindle grille' face of Lexus: the dramatically sculpted spindle grille. Other striking L-Finesse-inspired features, the automaker says, include a strong shoulderline, daytime running lights and a broad, ground-hugging stance.

Short front and rear overhangs and dramatic 17" alloy wheel rims accentuate the sense of purposeful composure. Here's how Lexus describes its latest products:

• The interior offers class-leading spaciousness along with an enhanced driving position. In comparison to the outgoing model (not available in SA) the latest ES comes with a reduced steering-wheel angle to improve the feeling of control at the wheel, the front seats can now be lowered by a further 15mm for better headroom. Rear headroom is increased by 20mm and rear knee space is up by a remarkable 60mm.

• The ES interior is a harmonious balance of engaging warmth, ergonomic intelligence and leading-edge technology. Stand-out features include the second-generation 'Remote Touch' interface working with a 20cm deep-set color monitor, satnav, leather everywhere in the cabin with high-quality stitching, and ambient lighting.

It also shares many features with the new GS such as the signature analogue clock and the Nano-e aircon. Additional standard niceties include a moonroof, smart-entry, power seats with seat heaters, electro-chromatic rear-view mirror, reversing camera and parking radar. Cabin finishes include piano black and 'Champagne silver' console trim.


• The new ES provides a wealth of highly advanced passive and active safety features. Among them: lane-change cameras with a blind-spot monitor, vehicle stablity sontrol, anti-lock brakes and a crash-prevention system. There are also 10 airbags as standard.

• The rotary drive mode selector allows the driver to access Eco Normal or Sport settings. This enables a wide spectrum of experience in the ES, from highly economical and relaxed driving in Eco – where features such as throttle responses and aircon are moderated to the far more sporty and direct Sport mode. Instrument cluster illumination reflects the mood: blue for Eco and red for Sport.

• The ES 250 is powered by a new 2.5 litre dual VVT-i twin-cam four-cylinder engine that produces 135kW at 6000rpm and 235Nm at 4100rpm. With the aid of the standard six-speed auto, the Lexus ES 250 does the century sprint in less than 10 seconds and can exceed 200km/h.

• The Lexus ES 300h (order only) sees a 2.5-litre single VVT-i twin-cam Atkinson cycle four-cylinder unit (118kW at 5700 pm and 213Nm of torque at 4500rpm) joining hands with a 105kW electric motor that’s fed by a 650V nickel-metal hydride battery for a combined 151kW output.

Equipped with an eCVT system, the Lexus ES 300h does 0-100 km/h in 8.5 seconds before maxing out at 180km/h.

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