Take one look at the photo above and you'll immediately see that this isn't the Lexus ES of old. The past six generations of the ES have been more about delivering a quiet sort of luxury, a strategy that has been very successful for the brand as it has been their best selling sedan in the lineup. For their seventh generation model, the design language takes a dramatic turn with a bolder look that's longer, lower, and wider than previous models.
The end result is a look that's sporty yet refined with the presence of a full-size luxury sedan but is also nimble and responsive like its two-doored counterparts. In our time with the vehicle, we took the car around the bends of Tennessee's backcountry where the ES took the corners with poise and confidence and when pushed hard, the cabin remained serene and silent.
Under the hood is one of two engines: a 3.5L V6 with 302 hp and an inline 4-cylinder, 2.5L hybrid engine with 215 hp. The 2019 model will also mark the first time that the ES will have an F SPORT model that switches it up with a mesh-patterned, black-finish grille that's borrowed from the LS, an Adaptive Variable Suspension with adjustable dampers and has a whopping 650 levels of adjustment to further enhance the car's ride quality.
The interior is as comfortable and spacious as you would expect a Lexus to be and is also a showcase for what the brand is calling their "Future Interior Concept." The cabin was designed to be more driver-focused with details like a more natural steering wheel angle while the instrument panel and the optional heads-up display are kept in the driver's field of view.
The interior is also chock full of the latest in Lexus infotainment technology including an LCD-based instrument panel that features a movable center ring that slides across the display to reveal more data from the multi-information display. This can also be complemented by a full-color heads-up display that has the largest viewable area in its segment.
A large 8-inch display comes standard and an even bigger 12.3 display can be equipped with their Navigation package. It will also be the first Lexus to feature CarPlay and Android Auto and Alexa support has also been announced. A 10-speaker Pioneer audio system comes standard and for serious audiophiles, a 17-speaker, 1,800 watt Mark Levinson system can also be optioned.
While automotive tastes are leaning more toward crossovers than sedans, we think the ES will offer an enticing option to new customers as well as previous owners. It's definitely an exciting new chapter for the brand and we think it'll continue the ES' success story for years to come.
Look for the new Lexus ES to arrive later this year.