Lexus ES (2018–)

Model History

April 2018

Lexus ES revealed

The ES 300h is equipped with a new, fourth generation self-charging hybrid drive system. It couples an ultra-efficient 2.5-litre Atkinson cycle four-cylinder petrol engine with a lighter, more compact and more power-dense electric motor. Total system power is 215bhp/160kW and combined cycle fuel economy is from 60.1mpg.

The car is longer (+65 mm), lower (-5 mm) and wider (+45 mm) than its predecessor. The longer wheelbase (+50 mm) allows the wheels to be pushed closer to the car’s corners, with wider front and rear tracks (+10 and +37 mm).

F Sport models add a rear spoiler, badging and dark lower valance to add emphasis to the look. Three different 17 and 18-inch wheel designs are available for the standard ES models, with the F Sport versions running on 19-inch wheels1 that are similar in appearance to those found on the Lexus LC coupe.

The 17-inch wheels have 215/55 R17 tyres; 18-inch wheels have 235/45 ZR18 tyres and 19-inch wheels of the F-Sport have 235/40 ZR 19 tyres.

A palette of 12 colours includes new beige and green shades. Ice Ecru is designer to mimic light reflected off fresh snow, while Sunlight Green is inspired by ocean water in sunlight. Two exclusive colours – Heat Blue and F White – are available for F Sport models, complementing their high-energy design.

Starting point of cabin design was the Lexus Future Interior concept, which blends a driver-centric cockpit with a spacious and comfortable area for the front passenger. The driver’s focus is kept on the road ahead by locating the centre display screen, instrument panel and head-up display in a tight cluster within the field of view. Front passengers, on the other hand, have a more open, spacious and relaxing environment.

It is a "connected" space, with the availability of an optional navigation system with a range of connected services. This system also provides a 12.3-inch multimedia display and second generation Remote Touch touchpad control. Its voice recognition function includes a mobile assistant, enabling contactless control of the driver’s smartphone.

Rear passenger comfort is enhanced by a lower hip point and carefully configured headlining preserve headroom while the longer wheelbase ensures generous legroom.

The interior colour options include a new combination that reflects the “provocative elegance” design theme. The Rich Cream option matches cream upholstery with a brown headlining to give the cabin a modern, yet warm look and feel. Other choices include Black, Chateau and Topaz Brown.

For a higher level of dynamic performance, F Sport models are available with Adaptive Variable Suspension, similar to that found in the LC coupe. This adds adjustable dampers at each wheel with 650 levels of damping force to provide ultimate control on any road surface. Another element exclusive to F Sport is a Sport+ mode for the Drive Mode Select system, which engages the most responsive engine, transmission and suspension settings.

The 17-speaker Mark Levinson PurePlay system makes its debut in the new ES. Its world-first design architecture was created to immerse each individual in the most powerful, precise and pure audio experience yet.

September 2018

Lexus ES prices announced

The ES 300h makes its debut in a range of three versions: the entry-level ES, the ES F Sport and the top-of-the-range ES Takumi, a new grade which takes its name from the Japanese master craftsmanship that is applied to every Lexus vehicle.

The on-the-road prices are:

Lexus ES: £35,150

Lexus ES F Sport: £38,150

Lexus ES Takumi: £45,650

The Lexus ES can be specified with a Premium Pack, OTR price £3500. This adds smooth leather seat upholstery, front seat ventilation, power rear screen sunshade, Triple-eye LED multi-weather headlights with Adaptive High-beam System, 18-inch alloys, Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert with automatic braking.

The Lexus ES F Sport is available with a Tech and Safety Pack, OTR price £700. This adds Triple-eye LED multi-weather headlights with Adaptive High-beam System, wireless device charger and a heated steering wheel.

The Lexus ES F Sport can also be specified with a Takumi Pack, OTR price £4000, which includes all the elements of the Tech and Safety Pack plus a Mark Levinson surround sound audio, head-up display, Lexus Premium Navigation with 12.3-inch screen, power rear screen sunshade and a power bootlid with hands-free kick sensor.

Metallic or mica paint can be specified for £670, with more sophisticated Sonic White, Sonic Titanium and Azure Blue finishes available for £920 (both prices OTR).

What does a Lexus ES (2018) cost?

Contract hire from £341.27 per month