The 2019 Lexus ES has made its official debut, ushering a new, sportier-looking era for the front-wheel drive luxury sedan.
The 2019 Lexus ES rides on Toyota’s Global Architecture which will enable a smoother, quieter ride and has also allowed the ES to grow a bit in size. The sedan is now 2.6-inches longer than before, and also 1.8 inches wider and a 0.2-inches lower.
Powering ES350 models will be Toyota’s 302 horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine, which is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. A hybrid ES300h model will also be available from launch, which is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor and self-charging battery pack. It will offer 215 total system horsepower and, more importantly, up to 44 MPG combined.
An ES350 F Sport model is also offered, which features Adaptive Variable Suspension, a Sport+ mode and Engine Sound Enhancement that’s piped in through the stereo system. All F Sport models will also receive a small rear spoiler, F Sport badging standard 19-inch wheels and special aluminum interior trim inspired by Japanese sword making.
Inside, the new ES features an available 12.3-inch widescreen display, which is joined by other tech such as an Apple CarPlay, an Amazon Alexa AI assistant and onboard wi-fi. Lesser models not equipped with navigation will receive an eight-inch display screen. Active safety systems are also on offer through the Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 suite of technologies. This includes a new pedestrian-detecting Pre-Collision System, in addition to more common tech such as lane departure assist and adaptive cruise control.
The 2019 Lexus ES is slated to go on sale in September 2018.
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