Lexus, the luxury sub-brand of Japanese car behemoth Toyota Motors is revamping its car lineup for 2018 and 2019. The ES sedan has been one of its popular and long-serving contenders- as it is. It has been on the scene since 1989 and six generations have been launched since then. The last refresh came in 2015. However, Lexus is planning to launch a totally spruced up model for 2019. The spy shots of a prototype 2019 Lexus ES being tested have been unloaded in the web already.
It was being tested in desert areas of Arizona. It will lock horns with the likes of Audi A6 and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
2019 Lexus ES Design Changes and Colors
The spy shots reveal some design changes in the 2019 Lexus ES- the layer of camouflage notwithstanding. It is possible the new version of the luxury sedan is based on the architecture used to build an updated model of Toyota Camry. The new ES model will be a tad shorter in size compared to the existing model. It will still be sold in two variants- the ES 300h and ES350.
The exterior color choices include Nebula Gray Pearl, Silver Lining Metallic, Matador Red Mica, Satin Cashmere Metallic, Nightfall Mica and Eminent White Pearl etc. You can expect a few alloy wheel options too. Overall, the 2019 Lexus ES appears more athletic with a sharper roofline and svelte body. At the front the huge trademark ‘spindle grille’ is present.
|Length, Overall||193.3 inch|
|Width, Max w/o mirrors||71.7 inch|
|Height, Overall||57.1 inch|
|Track Width, Front||62.6 inch|
|Track Width, Rear||62 inch|
|Min Ground Clearance||6.1 inch|
The cabin of upcoming Lexus ES will also receive some refinements. You will get a lot of upholstery choices including the likes of flaxen and black leather with contrast stitching. The cabin will feature deadening technologies.
Standard and Optional Equipment
The standard features in this model will include dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, a moonroof, auto-dimming rearview mirror and a HomeLink garage-door opener. However, the Lexus Safety System package is also in the standard equipment. This package will bring Lane Departure Alert, Steering AssistPre-Collision System, High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and Intelligent High Beam. The newest Bluetooth version, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, heated outside mirrors and a rearview camera are standard. As for the standard safety, the Automatic Collision Notification will be there.
The optional package that will be available in the models 2019 Lexus ES 350 and hybrid ES 300h are a big navigation system, leather seats, heated and ventilated seats, panorama glass roof and also Mark Levinson premium sound system. This package will also offer radar cruise control, parking assist, blind-spot monitoring and lane-departure warning system.
Laden with Advanced Safety Features
Like the existing ES, the 2019 model will also be laden with a plethora of advanced safety features, amenity wise, expect a big boost and a revamped infotainment setup. Features like a panoramic sunroof, Led lamps, ambient lighting in cabin and multi-zone automated climate control are likely. You may also get premium audio setup upgrade options. Safety wise, multiple airbags, traction control, automated emergency braking, rear vision camera, lane keep assist and forward collision alert are expected.
2019 Lexus ES Powertrain Options
Since the new Lexus ES will be based on Toyota’s much-touted TNGA platform, the same platform on which popular Prius model is built- it may use familiar engines too. So, you can expect the well known hybrid powertrain setup and the ES 350 will be powered by a 3.5-liter V6 unit but the output may not be same. FWD will be there by default and AWD will be optional. The city/highway fuel economy is 21/30 mpg. This is very good fuel economy for this type of engine.
2019 Lexus ES 300h Engine
The other one engine is hybrid. The model 2019 Lexus ES 300h will come with 2.5-liter inline-4 + hybrid electric motor. This model will also posses nickel-metal hydride battery module. The gasoline engine alone will make 156 horsepower at 5,700 rpm, while the electric motor produces around 44 hp. This paired combination will give us total system output of 200 hp with 156 lb-ft of torque at 4,500 rpm. As for the EPA rating or fuel economy for this model is 40/39 mpg.
2019 Lexus ES Release Date and Cost
The exact release date of 2019 Lexus ES is unknown but the company may release it in late 2018. The expected price for the Lexus ES 350 should be around $40.000. If you go for the 2019 Lexus ES 300h model you must pay $43.000. This is the starting price for the base model if you add some features the price will easily mark $50,000.
Summing it up
The 2019 Lexus ES gets styling updates and the cabin has also changed. While the powertrain is likely to remain the same, a realistic price tag will help it stave off competition well. As we mentioned at the beginning main opponents will be BMW 5 Series, Audi A6 and Cadillac CTS and many others.