The mid-size Japanese luxury model has seen a number of small updates, set to arrive before the end of 2021.
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The 2022 Lexus ES has been unveiled with minor styling tweaks, updated materials, and improved ride quality.

Lexus unveiled the ES at the 2021 Shanghai Auto Show, with the vehicle appearing with a slightly revised front grille, LED headlights for higher-spec variants, and with some tech gadgetry upgrades.

The updated model will be distinguishable by a revised 'spindle' grille with an L-shaped mesh pattern, new alloy wheel designs, and geometric square bezels in variants with updated BladeScan high-beam technology.

Lexus has reinforced the rear chassis to improve both ride and handling, while suspension on the F Sport is now more responsive to low damping forces.

"Our goal was to deepen the high quality of the ES and to add new value," Lexus Chief Engineer Tetsuya Aoki said at the launch.

"In addition to further improving quietness and ride comfort, we pursued linearity in vehicle movement, in response to steering wheel operation, that is faithful to the driver's intentions."

On the inside, Lexus has pulled the 12.3-inch high-resolution screen forward over 100mm for ease of access and added touchscreen functionality the supplement the console-mounted touchpad controller.

Buyers now get added Hazel and Mauve interior colour schemes, while F Sport variants can be optioned with a new white and Flare Red combination.

The vehicle's radar cruise control and lane-recognition systems have also been updated, while Emergency Steering Assist adds to the car's safety systems.

Lexus Connected Services also debuts on the new ES, which can put in an automated call to a customer service centre, which can contact emergency services on the occupants' behalf. The system can also track a stolen vehicle.

While details of any engine changes have yet to be revealed, Lexus currently offers a single mode in the Australian market – the hybrid ES300h, available in three variants: the Luxury, F Sport, and Sport Luxury.

The current 2021 Lexus ES300h is powered by a 2.5-litre non-turbo four-cylinder petrol engine, assisted by an electric motor to offer a total of 160kW. Fuel consumption is claimed at 4.8 litres per 100 kilometres.

The 2022 Lexus ES is due to launch locally in the second half of 2021, with pricing and specifications set to be unveiled closer to its arrival.