MAINTAINING luxury leadership requires a relentless pursuit. Lexus, after giving the ES significant enhancements for 2015, maintains its momentum by endowing the 2016 Lexus ES with a makeover for the front, rear and wheels, as well as new safety, connectivity and multimedia technology. We have details here.
The current-generation Lexus ES was already wearing the Lexus spindle grille, the brand's signature design feature, and for 2016 it receives a more strongly styled, even bolder, one-piece version, framed by elegant satin chrome trim. New standard LED headlights give the ES a steely stare at night. A fully redesigned front fascia puts the fog lights at the corners to accentuate the wide stance.
The 2016 Lexus ES shows a more sophisticated look from the rear, too, with distinctive L-themed taillights and new chrome-tipped rectangular exhaust ports peeking through a restyled rear fascia, as on the flagship LS. The freshened design extends to new optional 17-inch alloy wheels and four new exterior colours.
Always in pursuit of optimal luxury, Lexus made numerous upgrades to the 2016 ES’s already comfortable cabin. New interior colours and colour coordination, soft-touch materials added to the console and silver-trimmed piano-black door switch plates, are among the details that give the interior a richer appearance. New trims for 2016 include: Linear dark mocha, illustrious piano black (replaces piano black) and bamboo, with a matte finish (replaces gloss finish).
The new steering wheel has a sportier look and feel and allows the driver to easily view the large multi-information display that links to multimedia functions. A new shift knob with a leather boot echoes the shifter design in the Lexus IS.
Smartphones and Tablets have made getting information and entertainment from the same source a given. The standard display audio system in the 2016 Lexus ES follows suit, reinforced by the brand's expanded Lexus Enform family of information and connectivity services for 2016.
Display audio features a seven-inch screen and includes HD radio, Bluetooth audio, automatic phone book transfer, a vehicle information display and complimentary traffic and weather data provided via HD radio. You never need miss an old favourite on the radio with the cache feature - just pause it for up to 15 minutes, say, when you need to discuss the next destination with your rear passengers, then replay, again.
The Lexus ES 350 serves as part of the brand's strategy in the entry-luxury segment, combining flagship-type comfort with front-wheel-drive traction. The Lexus ES delivers strong and efficient performance from its 3.5-litre V6 engine, which has been teamed to an ultra-smooth six-speed automatic transmission.