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NEW LEXUS ES RESETS LUXURY BENCHMARKS

Lexus will reset the benchmarks for comfort, craftsmanship and technology in the luxury medium sedan segment when the new ES arrives in Australia during the second half of 2021.

As the first major update for the highly successful seventh-generation Lexus ES, the luxury lifestyle brand has focused on leveraging the qualities of the highly acclaimed Lexus LS to create an even more luxurious experience.

This alignment with the flagship LS sedan also extends to the styling and technology of the new ES, which harmonises key design elements to complement its sleek coupe-style silhouette.

This includes the adoption of geometric square bezels within the headlamp cluster for a more structured and formal appearance, while incorporating new BladeScan adaptive high-beam technology (grade dependent).

Lexus' new luxury medium sedan can be further distinguished by a redesigned trademark-Lexus 'spindle' grille (grade dependent) incorporating an L-shaped mesh pattern that emphasises lateral flow, machined-surface 17- and 18-inch wheels - and gloss-black 19-inch wheels on the ES F Sport grade for a sportier look.

To enhance its renowned ride comfort and deliver agile dynamics befitting the new Lexus Driving Signature, the rear suspension braces of the new Lexus ES have switched from a single-sheet structure to a stronger dual-sheet structure.

As well as continuing to balance the soothing reaction to bumps demanded by ES customers, improved torsional and lateral rigidity of the rear suspension enhances control and achieves more linear and neutral handling faithful to a driver's intentions.

Key targets of the Lexus Driving Signature are further maximised in ES 300h F Sport grades with updated linear-solenoid adaptive variable suspension (AVS).

Adopting a new actuator for the AVS, the flow path of the hydraulic control solenoid's oil flow control valve has been expanded for a wider variable range of damping force.

The ES 300h F Sport is now more responsive to low damping forces, achieving high-quality ride comfort while advancing steering response and stability.

To improve the interaction with the renowned Lexus hybrid-electric system and brake controllability, an improved mounting method for the internal bushing of the brake pedal link configuration joins revised control constants for the electronic systems.

Lexus International Chief Engineer Tetsuya Aoki said: "Our goal was to deepen the high quality of the ES and to add new value. In addition to further improving quietness and ride comfort, we pursued linearity in vehicle movement, in response to steering wheel operation, that is faithful to the driver's intentions."

More comfortable and engaging driving characteristics are complemented by new cabin design features, ornamentation options and imaginative technology that add sophistication to the sumptuous seating and expansive space inside the Lexus ES.

The high-resolution 12.3-inch widescreen display has been brought forward by more than 100mm compared with the previous model, debuting touch-display functionality to increase usability options for the driver and front passenger.

Based on the Lexus human-centred approach, the optimum distance and angle has been achieved including tilting the screen by approximately five degrees to place even the outlying corners of the screen within easy reach.

Luxurious soft-touch dashboard and door materials, finely detailed stitching and impeccable fit and finish are now further extended by the availability of new Walnut material ornamentation.

Befitting uncompromising Lexus craftsmanship standards, hairline ornamentation includes hairlines etched in one at a time using a laser process to create a more delicate and modern ambience.

A newly applied Hazel interior colour follows the existing availability in the flagship Lexus LS, while a newly developed Mauve blends brown and grey tones.

F Sport grades are further distinguished by the new addition of F Sport White or F Sport Flare Red colour schemes, in addition to black.

New interior colours complement two new exterior colours - Sonic Iridium, a silver that takes advantage of strong shadows to further accentuate the shape of the vehicle, and Sonic Chrome, which exhibits a metallic quality in grey.

The new Lexus ES follows the flagship LS with technology including the availability of BladeScan adaptive high-beam system (AHS), Lexus Connected Services and the latest Lexus Safety System+1.

The availability of BladeScan AHS improves illumination of the road at night.

Compared with existing technology that uses LEDs directed at the road and switch on and off as individual chips that can shade fixed portions of the road, BladeScan AHS directs the LEDs back towards a spinning blade mirror - which synchronise to provide a more delicate shielding of light than in the case of conventional AHS.

BladeScan AHS also broadens the range of high beam illumination, enabling the driver to recognise pedestrians and road signs without impeding the visibility of the proceeding driver or of drivers approaching from the opposite direction.

Lexus Connected Services debuts for the first time on ES, including SOS call1, automated collision notification2 and stolen vehicle tracking3.

Lexus Connected Services employs a Data Control Module (DCM) that is able to automatically generate an SOS emergency call to a 24/7 Lexus Emergency Call Centre and relay the location of the vehicle in the event of a collision that requires intervention, or if an airbag deploys.

The driver can also request emergency assistance via an SOS button on the overhead console and if the vehicle is reported stolen3, Lexus Connected Services can assist authorities to help track the vehicle's location via the Stolen Vehicle Tracking (SVT) service.

For the improved Lexus Safety System+4, the performance of the single-lens camera and millimetre-wave radar has been improved to expand the response range of the Pre-Collision System (PCS).

PCS is now designed to detect daytime cyclists and pedestrians in low-light conditions and, at intersections, to detect oncoming vehicles before right turns - as well as pedestrians crossing the street from the direction toward which the vehicle was traveling before it started to make a right or left turn.

Newly adopted functions also include Emergency Steering Assist, which assists steering within the vehicle's lane as cued by the driver.

Controllability has also improved for the Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) and the lane-recognition functions of Lane Tracing Assist (LTA), which is an advanced driving support function that supports steering to keep the vehicle in the centre of the lane.

When DRCC and LTA are activated, AI technologies are applied to camera-actuated, white-line recognition for advanced deceleration of the vehicle in line with the size of the curve.

Keeping lateral G-forces constant while driving through curves contributes to stable and comfortable driving and makes driving assistance more continuous even throughout smaller-radius curves and in tunnels.

In Australia, the highly successful seventh-generation ES is currently available in Luxury, F Sport and Sports Luxury grades.

The currently available ES 300h utilises the renowned Lexus hybrid-electric system combining a 2.5-litre normally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor - producing a combined 160kW of power and delivering combined-cycle fuel consumption from just 4.8 litres per 100 kilometres.

Compared with the preceding calendar period, the Lexus ES has improved its sales performance in Australia across full-year 2019 (+183.3%), full-year 2020 (+4.4%) and during the first quarter of 2021 (+23.7%).

Local specifications of the new Lexus ES will be confirmed ahead of its arrival.

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1 Driver assist feature only. Not a substitute for safe driving practices. Not available outside Australia or if service is disabled or terminated. Only operates if vehicle's SOS button is pressed. Dependent on 4G enabled DCM, GPS signal strength, mobile network coverage, operational related components and other factors outside Lexus's control which can limit the ability or functionality of the system. Check your Owner's Manual for explanation of limitations. Please drive safely.
2 Driver assist feature only. Not a substitute for safe driving practices. Not available outside Australia or if service is disabled or terminated. Only activates if vehicle's DCM detects airbag deployment or an impact sensor notification. Dependent on 4G enabled DCM, GPS signal strength, mobile network coverage, operational related components and other factors outside Lexus's control which can limit the ability or functionality of the system. Check your Owner's Manual for explanation of limitations. Please drive safely.
3 Not available outside Australia or if service is disabled or terminated. Dependent on sufficient battery power, 4G enabled DCM, GPS signal strength, mobile network coverage, operational related components & other factors outside Lexus's control which can limit the ability or functionality of the system. Guest required to obtain Police report. Vehicle location information, if available, only provided to Police. Vehicle recovery not guaranteed.
4 Driver assist feature. Only operates under certain conditions. Check your Owner's Manual for explanation of limitations. Please drive safely.



For more information, please contact:

Dan DeGasperi
Lexus Australia public relations
E: dan.degasperi@lexus.com.au
M: +61 466 612 742



 
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2021 Lexus ES. (Overseas model shown. Australian specifications & features may differ. See your Lexus dealer for details.)
2021 Lexus ES. (Overseas model shown. Australian specifications & features may differ. See your Lexus dealer for details.)
2021 Lexus ES. (Overseas model shown. Australian specifications & features may differ. See your Lexus dealer for details.)
2021 Lexus ES. (Overseas model shown. Australian specifications & features may differ. See your Lexus dealer for details.)
2021 Lexus ES. (Overseas model shown. Australian specifications & features may differ. See your Lexus dealer for details.)
2021 Lexus ES. (Overseas model shown. Australian specifications & features may differ. See your Lexus dealer for details.)
2021 Lexus ES. (Overseas model shown. Australian specifications & features may differ. See your Lexus dealer for details.)
2021 Lexus ES. (Overseas model shown. Australian specifications & features may differ. See your Lexus dealer for details.)
2021 Lexus ES. (Overseas model shown. Australian specifications & features may differ. See your Lexus dealer for details.)
2021 Lexus ES. (Overseas model shown. Australian specifications & features may differ. See your Lexus dealer for details.)
2021 Lexus ES. (Overseas model shown. Australian specifications & features may differ. See your Lexus dealer for details.)
2021 Lexus ES. (Overseas model shown. Australian specifications & features may differ. See your Lexus dealer for details.)
2021 Lexus ES. (Overseas model shown. Australian specifications & features may differ. See your Lexus dealer for details.)
2021 Lexus ES. (Overseas model shown. Australian specifications & features may differ. See your Lexus dealer for details.)
2021 Lexus ES. (Driver assist feature. Only operates under certain conditions. Check your Owner's Manual for explanation of limitations. Please drive safely. All images indicative only and not to scale.)
2021 Lexus ES. (Driver assist feature. Only operates under certain conditions. Check your Owner's Manual for explanation of limitations. Please drive safely. All images indicative only and not to scale.)
2021 Lexus ES. (Driver assist feature. Only operates under certain conditions. Check your Owner's Manual for explanation of limitations. Please drive safely. All images indicative only and not to scale.)