Here it is, the 2019 Lexus ES. Of course, Lexus chose to keep the spindle grille and doesn’t seem like it’s giving the look up anytime soon. What’s curious is that the ES is now more conservative in styling than the... Toyota Camry? What a time we live in.
As predicted, the ES will ride on a front-whee drive version of Toyota’s new TNGA platform, called the GA-K. The new model is longer by 2.6 inches, wider by 1.8 inches, has a longer wheelbase by two inches and a front track that’s wider by 0.4 inches.
And here I was thinking that past ESes were easy to drive; Lexus engineers made it a point to make the new ES “responsive and easy to drive,” while at the same time giving it a stiffer ride. The press release says that rigidity now rivals the rear-drive platform that underpins the LS sedan and LC coupe.
The ES 350s are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 that now makes 302 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque, all mated to an eight-speed automatic. You can also get it with an F Sport trim, which includes adaptive suspension and a Sport+ drive mode. I’m not holding my breath for an ES F, though.
There will also be a hybrid ES 300h that’s powered by a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder gas engine, a compact electric motor and a self-charging hybrid system. Total system output will come to an estimated 215 HP and 44 mpg.
No price was announced yet, but the new Lexus ES will go on sale starting in September. Alert your parents.