Lexus Australia has revealed local pricing and specifications for the new generation of ES sedan, with the 2019 Lexus ES now on sale locally. Priced from $59,888 plus on-road costs, the new ES is $3,800 less expensive than the car, yet better equipped, more technologically advanced and larger as well.
Based on the same platform as the new Toyota Camry, and using its new 2.5-litre petrol hybrid drivetrain, the new ES will eventually replace the more expensive GS sedan as the brand’s large sedan. In Australia, it’s also to be offered solely as a hybrid-only proposition and is one of the most fuel efficient sedans on the market rated at just 4.6L/100km on a combined cycle.
Lexus Australia chief executive Scott Thompson said the performance and sophistication of the hybrid-powered ES creates an entirely new feeling of amazing that will attract new customers to the brand as well as traditional Lexus buyers.
“The all-new ES 300h showcases craftsmanship and innovation in every detail from its coupe-like body to its premium interior,” Mr Thompson said.
“We are also delighted to introduce a luxury mid-size sedan with a fourth-generation self-charging hybrid powertrain that delivers enhanced performance with minimal emissions,” he said.
Priced from $59,888 plus on-road costs, the 2019 Lexus ES is $3,800 less expensive than the car it replaces. Yet thanks to the adoption of Toyota’s new TNGA platform, the ES is also larger, more structurally rigid, more efficient yet quicker, and more technologically advanced than the car it replaces. Measuring 4,975mm long, 1,865mm wide, 1,445mm tall and with a 2,870mm-long wheelbase, the new ES is 60mm longer, 45mm wider, 5mm taller than the old car, and with a 50mm-longer wheelbase. Its 454-litre boot is 29-litres larger than before, too.
Under the bonnet of the 2019 Lexus ES is a 2.5-litre Atkinson Cycle four-cylinder petrol engine, which is mated to an electric motor and a nickel-metal hydride battery pack. It produces a maximum system output of 160kW, and separately the petrol engine produces 131kW/221Nm and the electric motor 88kW/202Nm. This is matched to a single-speed gearbox, and uses just 4.6L/100km on a combined cycle, giving the ES300h a range of more than 1,000km, thanks to its 50-litre fuel tank.
For now, two specification points will be offered on the 2019 Lexus ES range, with the only option being premium paint. At the entry point to the range is the ES300h Luxury, which is priced from $59,888 plus on-road costs, and above that sits the ES300h Sports Luxury, which is priced at $74,888 plus on-road costs. Both models are very well equipped, with leather upholstery with 10-way electrically adjustable heated front seats, a 12.3-inch central infotainment system with satellite navigation and DAB+ digital radio, LED headlights, automatic lights and wipers, a power-adjustable steering column, an electric sunroof and wireless phone charging featuring.
Lexus’ Safety System+ is also fitted as standard across the range, with autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, all-speed adaptive cruise control, 10 airbags, automatic high beam, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring and rear traffic alert.
The ES300h Sports Luxury then adds 18-inch alloy wheels, 14-way electrically adjustable front seats with ventilation, a 17-speaker Mark Levinson sound system, tri-zone climate control, a heated steering wheel, reclining rear seats with heating and a hands-free boot opening.
2019 Lexus ES pricing (plus on-road costs):
ES300h Luxury: $59,888
ES300h Sports Luxury: $74,888
Premium paint: $1,500
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