We admire the confidence, especially when it comes to automotive design. So tip usour hats to Lexus, who went all in with the grid. Controversial as is, ribbed grille thetrademark does not appear to have turned off enough buyers to prevent its spread literally in all the Member States of the Lexus lineup. It has now reached the sedanare harmless.
To be fair, the current generation ES has dabbled in the scene of the ribbed grille to asmall extent with its redesign for 2013, but now the refreshed model shows that it isfully committed. The headlights and fog lamps became in turn blends jagged metaland glass, as well as those of the new RX 2016. For a sports coupe as the RC350, thecurrent appearance of the Lexus is perhaps more appropriate. For the ES, it is quiteradical.
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The changes are more subtle elsewhere on the car. The taillights adopts intrusiveviscera like the rest of the Lexus lineup, while the trim chrome covering the backseems a little better integrated than before. Wheel designs are fresh, measure 17 to 20 inches in diameter, and tailpipes on the ES350 are now are sitting down you? rectangular. Oh, and the badge of the hybrid gas electric model has changed. It still says ‘hybrid’, but this is different.
Inside, finishes and new color interior combos include Brown linen, parchment andsaddlery grey and black, as well as piano black wood, dark, bird’s eye maple, or matte finish bamboo trim. The central screen between the instruments became a unit of 4.2inch TFT display and interface Remote Touch of Lexus sprouts two buttons ‘Enter’ one ach side for easy, uh, enter things. Otherwise, there is no further change to thereport.
For the American market, the ES will not come with 2.5 litre four cylinder turbo Lexus at least not yet therefore the ES350 hybrid and ES300h remain the offerings of single model, though some markets (including China, where the car made its world debut atthe Shanghai auto show) will offer 2.0 or 2.5 liter engine four cylinder under the hood. Them are also now presents the new low price Lexus safety system +, which combines the adaptive cruise control, beams of high auto, forward collision warning, automatic braking with pedestrian detection and lane departure warning.
Given the benign nature of this fountain of youth, we do not expect prices to American versions change much today $38 625 for the ES350 and $41 505 for the hybrid. The grid will help or hurt sales for this traditionally strong selling sedan? Let’s see how its generally benign customer reacts once put up for sale, probably later this year.