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7 Things You Need to Know About the New Lexus ES

Here's what you need to know about the facelifted Lexus ES.
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Lexus held the virtual world premiere of the new ES model on Friday (September 24) and it included a video where Lexus Chief Engineer Tetsuya Aoki describes how the ES has progressed through the years and what makes the new ES an amazing sedan. Since its introduction in 1989, over 2.65 million Lexus ES units have been sold worldwide. It is the brand’s most popular sedan and accounted for about 25 percent of its total sales in 2020. 

Here are seven things to know about the new Lexus ES:

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1| The ES is known for its quiet, smooth performance high levels of cabin comfort and tactile luxury finish

The latest iteration of the ES focuses on strengthening these qualities, refreshing the car’s styling, improving ride and responsiveness, and introducing new, technology-led equipment features. Each Lexus car is created with the help of Takumi masters. A Takumi master is the Japanese term for “artisan,” and, according Lexus, it takes about 10,000 hours to become an expert but 60,000 hours to become a Takumi master.

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2| The new ES has a newly designed front grille and newly designed headlamps, while the interior has adopted new interior colors

It’s not easy to improve on something that’s close to perfection, but the other challenge is to keep it at a reasonable price for a luxury sedan. Thanks to JPEPA (Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement), Japanese imports with large displacement engines over three liters have a big tax advantage, which is good news for Lexus customers.

The Lexus ES 350 Premier with a 3.5L engine is priced at P4.728 million and the Lexus ES300h hybrid variant is priced at P3.758 million. While the hybrid variant has an engine displacement of 2.5L only, the new tax reform law more commonly known as TRAIN allows hybrid cars to pay only 50% of the applicable excise tax. These two variants will be available sometime 4th quarter of 2021.

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3| The 7th generation ES was first unveiled in 2018 and the new 2021 facelifted ES has a number of new features

These improvements are designed to blend a driver-centric cockpit with spacious and comfortable areas for the passengers. Lexus calls this concept “Seat in Control,” a simple idea that says, from the moment you get in, all the controls you need are within reach and all the information you want is in plain view. The layout of the switches are well-designed and highly intuitive which will be specially appreciated by the owner-driven luxury sedan market.  

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4| The new ES embraces continuous improvement with human-centered updates to the Lexus Multimedia System.

Additional interior updates include a streamlined instrument panel design that is an example of seamless cabin integration. The ES 350 Premier will have a 12.3-inch Electro Multi Vision Touch Display which has Apple Carplay, Android Auto, Smartphone Linking and Miracast and exclusive to this variant will be the audiophile-grade 17-speaker Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound System. The hybrid variant will have an eight-inch Touch Display and a 10-speaker premium sound system.

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5| The ES continues to enhance the ownership experience with what it calls the Lexus Driving Signature philosophy

This means additional performance updates, including an enhanced rear suspension member brace to give further torsional rigidity, handling stability, and ride comfort. The ES brake system has also received updates on both variants. For the ES350 variant, the vacuum brake system master cylinder and booster have been optimized to provide a more linear brake pedal feeling and response while the regenerative and hydraulic brake control characteristics of the Electronically Controlled Brake System (ECB) on the hybrid variant have also been optimized to improve pedal feeling when the brake pedal is released. 

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6| The new ES 350 still uses the 3.5-liter V6 engine that is rated at 302ps and 356Nm of torque and is mated to an 8-speed Direct-Shift Automatic transmission.

The 300h hybrid variant, on the other hand, uses a 2.5-liter inline-4 engine that Lexus claims to have world-leading thermal efficiency, combining robust power delivery with excellent response to deliver superb fuel efficiency. Power and torque are rated at 178ps and 221Nm, respectively. 

The ES hybrid electric system has excellent fuel efficiency and powerful acceleration thanks to the new hybrid transaxle with improved efficient internal power flow and a higher-efficiency power control unit. Its new, more compact hybrid battery is located beneath the rear seats, giving better weight balance and low center of gravity, while maintaining cargo space. Total system output of the gasoline engine and electric motor is rated at 218ps. 

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7| The ES 350 Premier comes more equipped with Lexus’s most advanced safety technology

The Lexus Safety System (LSS) addresses the three most common accident types: frontal collisions, lane departures, and nighttime accidents. It features Dynamic radar cruise control, adaptive high beams, lane-tracing assist with lane-departure alert, blind-spot monitor (BSM) and rear cross-traffic alert (RCTA) that work in conjunction with an entire suite of standard luxury safety features.

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For more information, visit lexus.com.ph or visit their social media pages on Facebook and Instagram @lexusmanila

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