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New and improved Lexus ES unveiled


The Lexus ES is not only the best-selling model in the Lexus line-up, it was also a nominated candidate for the South African Car of The Year awards. We spent time with the Lexus ES last year and it impressed us when it came to ride comfort as well as the amount of interior space. Lexus has recently unveiled the latest rendition of the ES model at the Shanghai International Motor Show. We have the details here.

The 2016 ES features an exciting, sportier attitude, highlighted by elegant yet progressive exterior styling, an enhanced luxurious interior and the new safety system, Lexus Safety System+, but more on that later. Let’s focus on the styling first.

The Lexus design team has enhanced the trademark spindle grille which is framed in satin chrome. This gives the new ES a new sense of luxury and instantly distinguishes it from the crowd. Accompanying the grille is a pair of newly designed headlights, now equipped with LED projector technology, while iconic "L"-shaped arrowhead Daytime Running Lights. They have also redesigned the front fog lamp area which has now been relocated to the outer lower corners of the front fascia. This amplifies the vehicle's wide stance. The sleek shape continues with the ES' graceful roofline that flows effortlessly to the rear, where an improved, modern taillight design evokes the "L"-shaped theme furnishing an instantly recognizable night-time glow.

The Lexus ES surrounds its occupants with a luxurious, contemporary cabin. From the sweeping dashboard reminiscent of modern architecture to highly intuitive ergonomics mated with quality materials and surfaces. The 2016 model takes luxury up a notch with a collection of new interior colour combinations, including attractive multi-colour themes that exemplify elegance. A new, sporty steering wheel provides better driving engagement. A larger 4.2-inch TFT colour multi-information display places vital vehicle and route information as well as multimedia information front and centre.

The ES offers Lexus Safety System +, which combines key innovative safety technologies into a single, networked package. Among them are the Pre-Collision System (PCS), which can detect vehicles and pedestrians as well as Lane Departure Alert (LDA) which uses a camera to keep track of visible lane marking lines on the road. The Automatic High Beam (AHB) senses headlights from oncoming traffic and the taillight of the car in front and automatically adjusting hi-beam and low-beam illumination.

New for 2016 in specific markets is a 2.0-litre direct-injection four-cylinder engine which has been engineered to meet China's fuel economy regulations. Lexus will still offer their smooth 2.5-liter L4 engine as well. The ES now offers a range of powertrain options prioritized for fuel efficiency and power delivery, with enhanced sensitivity to the environment.

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