Lexus has revamped its ES mid-size sedan line-up, just a year after it was launched in Australia.
The range-opening ES 300h Luxury will be provided with greater choice, thanks to a newly added ES 300h Luxury with Enhancement Pack that delivers expanded and indulgent features previously reserved for the flagship grade.
Available for the first time in Australia, the new ES 300h F Sport offers select style and suspension upgrades, and the ES 300h F Sport with Enhancement Pack adding further specification.
The trio of new grades fit neatly between the existing ES 300h Luxury and flagship ES 300h Sports Luxury, growing the number of available variants from two to five.
The ES 300h Luxury – priced from $60,488 – now benefits from the standard adoption of clearance sonar with four sensors mounted across the front bumper, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility as standard.
The range-wide fitment of smartphone integration complements the expansive 12.3-inch centre display, wireless smartphone charging, satellite navigation, voice control and DAB+ included on every ES 300h.
Also standard on the ES 300h Luxury are bi-LED headlamps with cornering lamps, 17-inch alloy wheels, a smart key card, moonroof, head-up display, power adjustable steering column, and 10-way power adjustable and heated front seats.
Standard safety technology includes 10 airbags, a rear-view camera with back-guide monitor and Lexus Safety System+ (LSS+) – incorporating a pre-collision safety system that can detect pedestrians as well as vehicles, autonomous emergency braking, all-speed active cruise control and lane tracing assist.
The ES 300h Luxury with Enhancement Pack – priced from $68,875 – builds on this comprehensive list with a panoramic-view monitor, blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert and parking support brake system that can automatically brake to avoid a collision with an object or pedestrian ahead, or an object or moving vehicle behind.
Signified by larger 18-inch alloy wheels on the outside, the ES 300h Luxury with Enhancement Pack increases the premium ambience of the cabin with leather-accented seats, ventilated front seats, driver memory settings, 14-way power adjustable driver seat with 4-way lumbar adjustment, and an electric rear sunshade.
The ES 300h Luxury with Enhancement Pack can also be distinguished inside by the addition of special Shimamoku ornamentation on the steering wheel, instrument panel and door trims.
The ES 300h F Sport – priced from $69,755 – is distinguishable by the mesh grille featuring jet black plating across the sharper bumper profile and rear garnish, 19-inch F Sport alloy wheels and F Sport fender badging.
Triple-beam LED headlamps with sequential turn indicators and adaptive high beam rounds out the sporty styling changes for the ES 300h F Sport.
Special F Sport tuning incorporates, for the first time in Australia on an ES 300h, Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) featuring five Drive Modes including Eco, Normal, Sport S, Sport S+ and Custom.
Inside, F Sport-embossed front seats retain the Luxury’s 10-way power adjustable driver seat and Nulux interior trim, but incorporates a perforated-leather F Sport steering wheel and Lexus-first Hadori aluminium ornamentation.
Providing greater choice for F Sport customers, the ES 300h F Sport with Enhancement Pack – priced from $73,755 – offers a 17-speaker Mark Levinson audio system, heated steering wheel, and power back door with kick sensor.
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These features continue as standard on the flagship ES 300h Sports Luxury – priced from $75,488 – that maximises opulence with semi-aniline leather-accented seats, tri-zone climate control air-conditioning, rear door sunshades, and a heated rear seat with power recline function.
For maximum ride refinement, the ES 300h Sports Luxury retains standard suspension and includes unique-design multi-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels.
The ES’s hybrid system combines an Atkinson cycle 2.5-litre four-cylinder direct-injection petrol engine with a battery pack and an electric motor. With the engine rated at 131kW and the electric motor producing 88kW, the system outputs a combined total of 160kW of power and 221Nm of torque. Normal, Eco and Sport driving modes can be engaged even in electric-only (EV) operation.
2019 Lexus ES 300h pricing (excluding on-roads)
|ES 300h Luxury|
ES 300h Luxury + EP
ES 300h F Sport
ES 300h F Sport + EP
ES 300h Sports Luxury