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Sharper, roomier Lexus ES arrives as hybrid-only offering

The new generation Lexus ES mid-size sedan arrives in Australian dealership this month priced from just under $60,000, bringing fresh elegant design and new safety tech as well as delivering sharper driving dynamics.

In a move that signals the brand’s on-going commitment to electrification of its line-up, Lexus Australia is offering the seventh-generation ES as an exclusively hybrid range in Luxury and Sports Luxury grades.

The latest ES builds on the car’s renowned comfort, refinement and luxury appointments while introducing a rigid new chassis that is claimed to offer better driving performance.

Power from the 2.5-litre petrol-electric hybrid drivetrain has been boosted by 9kW to 160kW while fuel consumption has been reduced by 16.4 per cent to a thrifty 4.6 litres/100km in the combined cycle. Lexus claims the new ES is the most fuel-efficient car in its class that does not require a plug.

Despite the new-generation enhancements and additional equipment, Lexus is encouraging greater uptake of its hybrid technology by launching the new range with a recommended retail price below $60,000 for the Luxury grade – a reduction of more than $3,800. Sports Luxury pricing has been increased by less than $3,000.

Typical of Lexus, the ES is comprehensively equipped, with standard equipment including head-up display, 12.3-inch multimedia screen, wireless phone charger and road-sign assist. The latest Lexus Safety System+ incorporates new features and expanded capabilities.

Heated front seats in ES Luxury offer 10-way power adjustment. In Sports Luxury, they are also ventilated with 14-way adjustment for the driver’s seat and 12-way for the passenger seat. Rear headroom has been improved while luggage space benefits from the hybrid battery being relocated under the rear seat.

ES Luxury features a 10-speaker Pioneer audio system. For Sports Luxury, the ES debuts a 17-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound system with world-first design architecture created to immerse occupants in the richest audio experience yet, no matter their seating position.

Other ES Luxury equipment includes dual-zone air-conditioning, automatic rain-sensing wipers, a moonroof, electronic park brake, premium trim and a power-adjustable steering column.

Sports Luxury expands the air-conditioning to three zones with a humidity sensor. It is also equipped with a hands-free boot opener, semi-aniline leather-accented seats, heated steering wheel and adjustable, heated rear seats that recline.

Lexus Australia chief executive Scott Thompson said the performance and sophistication of the hybrid-powered ES creates an entirely new feeling of amazing that will attract new customers to the brand as well as traditional Lexus buyers.

“The all-new ES 300h showcases craftsmanship and innovation in every detail from its coupe-like body to its premium interior,” Mr Thompson said.

“We are also delighted to introduce a luxury mid-size sedan with a fourth-generation self-charging hybrid powertrain that delivers enhanced performance with minimal emissions,” he said.

According to Lexus, the improved dynamics, performance and safety for the all-new ES begin with the advanced new platform that delivers rigidity close to the flagship LC and LS models.

The new-generation 2.5-litre petrol engine is said to be among the most thermally efficient engines in a production vehicle. It is combined with hybrid system components that are smaller, lighter and more efficient while ensuring smoother power delivery.

A newly designed suspension system – MacPherson struts at the front and a trailing-arm, multi-link set-up at the rear – adopt saturation-type shock absorbers to improve overall responsiveness.

The driving experience is further enhanced with active sound control, generating an audio feedback that gives the aural effect of up and downshifts like those experienced with a geared automatic transmission.

The styling of the new ES has been inspired by the Lexus LS flagship sedan. A refined sense of sportiness in the ES design comes from the longer, lower and wider silhouette, complemented by a larger footprint due to the longer wheelbase and wider tracks.

Alloy wheels are standard – 17-inch for Luxury while the 18-inch Sports Luxury wheels feature a hollow rim structure to help reduce tyre noise.

2019 Lexus ES 300h pricing (excluding on-roads)

Luxury$59,888
Sports Luxury$74,888
Premium paint$1,500

2019 Lexus ES 300h Technical Specification

ModelES 300h
OverallLength (mm)4975
Width (mm)1865
Height (mm)1445
Wheelbase (mm)2870
Effective head roomFront (mm)953
Rear (mm)949.5
Effective leg roomFront (mm)1077.5
Rear (mm)998.6
Shoulder roomFront (mm)1421
Rear (mm)1372.4
Hip roomFront (mm)1395.8
Rear (mm)1380
InteriorLength (mm)2168
Width (mm)1533
Height (mm)1145
Seating capacity (person)5
OverhangFront (mm)1005
Rear (mm)1100
Coefficient of drag0.26
Minimum running ground clearance (mm)150
Kerb weightFront (min. – max. kg)985-1020
Rear (min. – max. kg)695-720
Total (min. – max. kg)1680-1740
Gross vehicle weight (kg)2150
Cargo spaceVDA (litres)454
Fuel tankCapacity (litres)50
Engine
Number of cylinders, arrangement4 cylinders, inline
Valve mechanism16-Valve, DOHC,
VVT-iE (intake), VVT-i (exhaust)
Bore x stroke (mm)87.5 x 103.4
Displacement (cm3)2487
Compression ratio14.0:1
Fuel injection systemEFI, D-4S
Intake systemNatural Aspiration
Emission certificationEuro 6 with on-board diagnostics
Fuel TypePetrol
Research Octane Number (RON)95 or higher
Maximum output (kW @ rpm)131 @ 5700
Maximum torque (Nm @ rpm)221 @ 3600-5200
Fuel consumptionUrban (L/100km)5.1
Extra urban (L/100km)4.5
Combined (L/100km)4.6
Motor Generator
Motor typePermanent magnet
Maximum output (kW)88
Maximum torque (Nm)202
Battery typeNickel-metal hydride
Performance
Maximum speed (km/h)180
Acceleration0 to 100 km/h (sec)8.9
Chassis
TransmissionCode nameP710
TypeElectronic continuously variable
LayoutFront engine, front-wheel drive
Brake typeFrontVentilated disc
RearSolid disc
Brake sizeFront305/28
Rear281/12
Parking brake type of control and locationElectrical switch, instrument panel
SuspensionFrontMacPherson strut
RearTrailing wishbone
Lock to lock (turns)2.7 (Luxury), 2.6 (Sports Luxury)
Minimum turning radiusKerb to kerb5.8 (Luxury), 5.9 (Sports Luxury)
Wall to wall6.2 (Luxury), 6.3 (Sports Luxury)
Power steering typeEPS
Wheels17 x 7.5J alloy (Luxury)
18 x 8J alloy (Sports Luxury)
Tyres215/55R17 94V (Luxury)
235/45R18 94Y (Sports Luxury)
SpareT155/70D17 (temporary)

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