The New Lexus ES
Lexus has revealed to the world a redefined ES saloon
The New Lexus ES
Lexus has revealed to the world a redefined ES saloon, a vehicle that elevates the traditional strengths of the ES and makes it an even better, more attractive and more complete car for the modern free-thinking individual.
Quietness, ride comfort and space are the defining attributes of the ES, and they have remained so since its launch in 1989. Cumulative sales of 2.65 million units in more than 80 countries and regions have proved the accomplishment of the ES, and the latest generation model looks set to continue this success.
The luxury medium sedan segment is one where there is no room for mediocrity and where comfort, craftsmanship and technology are all-important. With the arrival of the new ES, due in South Africa in quarter four of 2021, these benchmarks will be reset.
In fact, the ES derives much of its new technologies as well as design from the impeccable Lexus flagship, the LS, all enveloped in a sleek coupe silhouette. 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."
This improved driver’s experience is based on what is termed the Lexus Driving Signature, a company dedication to enhanced ride comfort and agile dynamics. To this end, the rear suspension was significantly redesigned for improved torsional and lateral rigidity, which in turn delivers more linear and neutral handling faithful to a driver's intentions.
At this level of automotive design, it is the small details that set the greats apart from the pretenders. As an example of this, the high-resolution 12.3-inch widescreen display has been brought forward by more than 100mm compared with the current model, debuting touch-display functionality to increase usability options for the driver and front passenger. And, 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.
Other technology that has filtered down from the LS is the availability of BladeScan adaptive high-beam system (AHS), a lighting system that improves night-time illumination. More than this, it automatically shades portions of the road as well as broadens the range of the high-beam so that the driver can see pedestrians and road signs without blinding oncoming vehicles. The result is safer driving at night for both the ES driver and those of other cars and pedestrians.
An improved Lexus Safety System is fitted, which improves the response range of the Pre-Crash System (PCS). The PCS is able to detect pedestrians and bicycles, even in low-light conditions, and detects oncoming vehicles at intersections. Emergency Steering Assist, which assists steering within the vehicle's lane as cued by the driver, and Low Speed Acceleration Control, which supports the prevention of collisions caused by pedal misapplication at low speed, are also part of the Lexus Safety System, as are Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and Lane Tracing Assist.
The new ES range will comprise three model derivatives, which Lexus SA will announce together with spec details at launch in quarter four of this year.
Either on the images or perhaps here in the article, I think we may need to specify that “South African Specifications May Differ”