All-new medium sedan arrives Down Under exclusively with hybrid power, priced from $59,888.
Lexus Australia has detailed pricing and specifications for the all new ES range, which hits dealerships this month.
Priced from $59,888 before on-road costs, the local ES range will only include the ES300h hybrid available in two trim levels – Luxury and Sports Luxury.
That's a smidgen under $4000 cheaper than the model it replaces, while also bringing an increased level of standard equipment and space.
From the base level the ES gets a 12.3-inch central infotainment display accompanied by a 7.0-inch LCD instrument panel for the driver, satellite navigation, DAB+ digital radio, 10-way power-adjustable front seats with heating, dual-zone climate control, LED headlights, automatic wipers, a power-adjustable steering column, a powered moonroof, and a wireless charging pad for compatible smartphones.
There's also the Lexus Safety System+ fitted as standard, meaning active safety features like autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, all-speed adaptive cruise control, 10 airbags, auto high-beam, a rear-view camera and hill-start assist.
Stepping up to the Sports Luxury grade ($74,888) brings 18-inch alloy wheels, ventilated front seats with 14-way power adjustment, a 17-speaker Mark Levinson surround sound system, three-zone climate control with humidity sensor, hands-free boot opening, semi-aniline leather-accented seat trim, a heated steering wheel, and adjustable heated rear seats with recline function.
The top grade also gets an adaptive high-beam system incorporating 24 LEDs which constantly adjust the light distribution pattern and brightness to "provide optimal illumination while reducing glare for oncoming drivers", along with blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.
Power across the range comes from the company's latest petrol-electric hybrid system, pairing a 2.5-litre Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor and nickel-metal hydride battery pack.
Outputs for the petrol and electric motors are rated at 131kW/221Nm and 88kW/202Nm respectively, with the combined system power output rated at 160kW.
Lexus claims the ES300h will accelerate from 0-100 in 8.9 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 180km/h.
In terms of fuel consumption the ES300h claims to use just 4.6L/100km on the combined cycle, offering a projected range of over 1000km from its 50L tank.
Dimensionally, the new ES measures 4975mm long, 1865mm wide and 1445mm tall. The wheelbase, more importantly for a luxury sedan, spans 2870mm. Under the bootlid is a 454L luggage area.
Pictured: Lexus ES300h Sports Luxury
2019 Lexus ES pricing
- ES300h Luxury – $59,888
- ES300h Sports Luxury – $74,888
- Premium paint – $1500
All prices exclude on-road costs