If you are looking for a cozy, spacious, nicely-looking luxury sedan which provides smooth and pleasant ride, then you should check out the upcoming 2018 Lexus ES. This model is one of the brand’s best-selling and traditional vehicles in the lineup. During the years, it has been modernized with brand’s well-known spindle grille and of course more refined cabin and latest features. The last year’s version has been upgraded with a few safety features so the changes considering safety will be minor this time.
However, what we will love the most about the future ES is its roomy and silent cabin, great engine options, especially the hybrid version which will arrive with excellent fuel efficiency. The new Lexus will be available as the standard ES 250 and the hybrid ES 300h. Both models will be available in standard, Premier and Ultra Luxury trims. The Premier package will replace the last year’s Premium trim.
The main competitors of the ES will be Buick Lacrosse, Acura RLX, Volvo S90, Lincoln MKZ and Kia Cadenza.
2018 Lexus ES types of engines and performances
The 2018 Lexus ES will come with two types of engines under its hood. There will be a choice between a traditional and a hybrid version.
So the base will be a 3.5-liter V-6 engine which will be able to develop 268 horsepower. The engine pairs to a six-speed automatic and the front-wheel drive system will be standard.
The next one will be a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder Atkinson-cycle engine in combination with two-motor hybrid system which will provide it to go all-electric in short periods of time. This hybrid powertrain will have the total output of around 200 horses. Furthermore, while the base engine will provide excellent acceleration, the hybrid unit will show great fuel efficiency.
The fuel economy of the base model is 21 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway and 24 mpg combined. The hybrid gets 40/39/40 mpg which is excellent.
Design of exterior and interior
The 2018 Lexus ES will keep with the same design as the current model which has already undergone a refresh last year and in 2014. The front end now looks more aggressive because of the spindle grille received a few years ago. Generally, there won’t be any changes this time since the Lexus ES already looks very elegant and attractive.
Inside, the 2018 Lexus ES is very spacious, quiet and comfortable. The materials used in its design are high-quality and the technology is on the high level. The Lexus ES can welcome five adults comfortably with plenty of head and leg room for all. The seats are upholstered in synthetic leather and the driver seat is 10-way power adjustable.
All the ES will come standard with a power moonroof, a 7.0-inch touchscreen with infotainment system, dual-zone climate control etc. The top trims will add a Mark Levinson audio system, larger panoramic moonroof, navigation, ambient lighting and so on.
As for the safety, last year the Lexus added the Safety System+ package as standard which included adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, active lane control and automatic emergency braking.
Release date and price
The 2018 Lexus ES should make its debut sometime during 2018. Speaking of the price, it will most likely start at around $39,000.