Lexus is showing off its next generation ES Sedan, the automaker’s best-selling vehicle, at this year’s Shanghai Auto Show. The 2016 ES gets quite a few updates, and no surprise here, they include the bold hourglass-shaped grill in the front, a feature you’ll see on the automaker’s other recently debuted models.
“Our development concept was ‘Take the ES to the next level of elegance and progressive luxury,’” said Toshio Asahi, ES Chief Engineer. “The Lexus ES is renowned for its innovative exterior and interior design. We wanted to build on that and make it more elegant, and tailor the car with the latest technology Lexus has to offer. We’re confident that the new Lexus ES will be a leader in its class and attract a lot of attention.”
Accompanying the grill comes a pair of newly designed headlights, now equipped with LED projector technology, while iconic “L”-shaped arrowhead Daytime Running Lights extend outside the headlight element for that distinctive Lexus look. Lexus also redesigned and moved its fog lamps to the outer lower corners of the front fascia.
Inside, drivers get a new, sportier, steering wheel, embossed pattern seats, a leather boot for the gearshift and a larger touchscreen in the center console.
Lexus says it’s given the car a stiffer body by applying structural reinforcements. Adapted from the Lexus IS sports sedan, this form of chassis tuning arms the ES with enhanced ride quality and handling. It also added more sound-deadening material behind the dashboard to make things quieter in the cabin.
“With improved performance, an expanded engine lineup and a quieter and thoroughly luxurious interior wrapped in a freshened chiseled body, the new ES builds efficiently on what has made it one of the most popular luxury sedans in the world, and we are confident that this latest version of the ES will build upon its past successes,” said Asahi.
Engine wise, the U.S. version will continue to be equipped with 3.5-liter V-6 engine and a gas-electric hybrid model.
The ES also comes with Toyota’s new Lexus Safety System +, which combines key innovative safety technologies into a single, networked package. Among them are the Pre-Collision System, which can detect vehicles and pedestrians, in some circumstances, by a combination of millimeter-wave radar and front-facing camera. It dispatches a warning as Brake Assist and emergency braking are activated. Other features are Lane Departure Alert, Automatic High Beam and Radar Cruise Control which uses millimeter-wave radar to detect the speed of the vehicle ahead in order to adjust the cruise control speed setting accordingly. This system also uses a combination of millimeter-wave radar and camera to detect a lane change by the vehicle in front for smooth acceleration and deceleration control.