The all-new 2019 Lexus ES Hybrid has already been revealed at the Beijing Motor Show this April. And it is expected to go on sale this September. The carmaker has improved it in almost every segment starting from the new platform which has made it larger and better to handle. The cabin has also grown in size which has provided more space and more comfort. Visually, the Lexus now looks more aggressive and but sleeker at the same time.
Engine and performance of the 2019 Lexus ES Hybrid
Under the hood of the 2019 Lexus ES 300h will be placed a hybrid engine. This powertrain will combine a 2.5-liter inline-4 unit with an electric motor, and a nickel-metal hydride battery pack which will be placed under the rear seat. The total output of this engine will be 215 horsepower and 163 pound-feet of torque. The engine will be linked to a continuously variable transmission. As the standard model, the hybrid will come with the front-wheel drive system. As for the fuel efficiency, it is estimated to be around 44 mpg combined.
Design of exterior and interior
The 2019 Lexus ES Hybrid will ride on the version of the front-wheel drive GA-K architecture which also underpins the current Camry model. However, the ES model will be longer for an inch and will be wider for around three inches. So, because of the new platform, the newest Lexus will feature lower roofline and overall center of the gravity which will improve handling and driving dynamics.
As for the external appearance, the changes of the 2019 Lexus ES Hybrid are seen from the instant with the new, more aggressive styling. The front end now wears more aggressive grille and a pair of revised angular headlights. The new Lexus come with 17-inch and 18-inch wheels while the new F Sport model rides in larger 19-inch wheels.
The space inside the cabin of the 2019 Lexus ES Hybrid is now significantly improved because of the larger platform. And it is most noticeable in the rear seats which are now wider and offer generous legroom. The headroom is also very good despite the lower roofline. Furthermore, the interior is also revised with the new, more quality materials and some new color combinations. It offers several combinations of leather upholstery and wood trim. At the center of the dashboard, there will be placed a 12.3-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system, navigation, and CarPlay connectivity.
Equipment of the 2019 Lexus ES Hybrid
The 2019 Lexus ES Hybrid will be available in standard, Premium, Luxury, and Ultra Luxury trim levels. The standard equipment will include 10-way power adjustable front seats, dual-zone climate control, three USB ports, a power moonroof, Lexus Safety System+ 2.0, audio with 10 speakers, a pushbutton start, and so on. The higher trim levels will add wood trim, heated side mirrors, semi-aniline leather seats, heated and cooled seats, rain sensing wipers, etc.
Release date and price
The 2019 Lexus ES Hybrid will go on sale this fall. As for the price, we expect that it will start at around $42,350 for the hybrid.