Lexus follows more ambitious path

2018-10-24 06:03

After six generations of success in the medium-size sedan category, the all-new, seventh-generation Lexus ES is forging a new and more ambitious path.

Long renowned for its comfort, refinement and luxury appointments, the new ES builds on its strengths with an all-new chassis that allows for a more dynamic exterior design and even better driving performance.

It is a further expression of Lexus’ design direction and commitment to crafting vehicles that provide more excitement, emotional connection and passion, helping to bring the brand’s vision for its future to a wider audience. Traditional buyers will find the new ES more spacious, quieter and safer than ever before, while a new generation of customers will be introduced to a sedan with sharpened performance, safety technology and a level of craftsmanship rarely found in this market segment.

The seventh-generation ES follows the new LS flagship sedan and LC coupe in carrying forward a new chapter in Lexus’ design that has a much stronger emotional quality.

The eye-catching styling made possible using an all-new Global Architecture – GA-K platform, will have appeal to customers, together with a more engaging driving experience and even higher safety provisions. The range includes the ES 250 petrol engine model as well as ES 300h – both on sale from October.

The ES 300h is powered by a new self-charging hybrid system.

  • All-new D-4s power train:

The ES 250 is available with an all-new, high-efficiency, direct-injection 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and a new eight-speed direct shift automatic transmission. Outputs are pegged at 152 kW at 6 600 rpm and 243 Nm at 4 000-50 00 rpm.

  • Unparalleled safety provisions:

The seventh-generation ES features the advanced safety technology expected of a Lexus. ES models are equipped with ten airbags: two driver and front passenger airbags; two driver and front passenger knee airbags; two driver and front passenger seat-mounted side impact airbags; two front to rear-side curtain airbags; and two rear cushion airbags.

  • The world’s most immersive audio experience with Mark Levinson:

The 17-speaker Mark Levinson was created to immerse everyone in a powerful, precise and pure audio experience. Only available in the Hybrid mode, the Mark Levinson sound system comes with multiple unique approaches to deliver outstanding in-vehicle performance: precision staging, world-class speaker design and placement, and unparalleled tuning and decompression technology.

Speakers are placed at shoulder level around the cabin, enhancing acoustics and creating a tonal synergy. These perfectly timbre-matched locations deliver a consistent tonal colour between all mid-range speakers and all tweeters, effectively creating two identical sound stages for the front and rear passengers. As a result, each individual is enveloped in sound, creating a listening experience that is consistent in every seating location.

The ES 250 EX model comes standard with Lexus Premium Audio. Both audio systems come standard with Digital Audio Broadcaster (DAB) which allows the broadcaster signals to change without interruption when the signal needs to be switched.

  • Lexus ES prices and service information:

The Lexus ES 250 EX cost R593 300 and the ES 300h SE model retails for R843 800.

Furthermore, Lexus has expanded the customer care experience for which it is renowned – announcing a best-in-class 7-year/105 000 km warranty and full maintenance plan. Vehicle service intervals are at every 15 000 km, alternatively once a year.

  • New dynamic capabilities reflected in an emotional design.) Built on the new Global Architecture platform, giving excellent body rigidity and design freedom.) Introduction of second-generation Lexus Safety System+.) ES 300h with new, fourth-generation, self-charging Lexus hybrid system.

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