Refreshed Lexus ES Debuts at Shanghai Motor Show

Lexus‘ best-selling sedan is refreshed for the 2016 model year.

The Japanese automaker debuted the 2016 ES at the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show sporting a new front end and an upgraded interior. Bringing the design more in line with the rest of Lexus’ recent models, the ES receives the latest version of the Lexus spindle grille and gets a pair of newly-designed headlights with LED projector technology. In addition, the iconic “L”-shaped arrowhead Daytime Running Lights now extend outside the headlight element for a distinct look that is found in other Lexus models, like the IS.

Changes to the rear are more subtle, with an improved tail light design, re-stylized chrome license plate garnish and new chrome-tipped rectangular exhaust tips. The company has also given the ES a pair of new 17-inch wheel designs along with four new colors: Amber, Nightfall Mica, Caviar and Eminent White.

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The interior is upgraded with more color combinations and trim accents. Giving the interior a more upscale feel are trim enhancements to the cabin-facing door surfaces and the center console, while the new sporty steering wheel offers better driving engagement. The infotainment system gets an upgraded 4.2-inch TFT display with new “Enter” buttons added to the interface controller.

While it appears that Lexus merely gave the ES a facelift for the 2016 model year, it did improve the driving experience by adding structural reinforcements to make the body stiffer. According to the company, the technology is adapted from the IS and the company also added a sound-reducing layer behind the dash. Since it made its debut in China, the automaker is also showing off a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, but that won’t be offered int the U.S.

“Our development concept was ‘Take the ES to the next level of elegance and progressive luxury,'” said Toshio Asahi, ES Chief Engineer. “The Lexus ES is renowned for its innovative exterior and interior design. We wanted to build on that and make it more elegant, and tailor the car with the latest technology Lexus has to offer. We’re confident that the new Lexus ES will be a leader in its class and attract a lot of attention.”

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