Australian specifications for the Lexus ES, that will be on sale from 29 September have been announced.

The biggest news is the introduction of an ES 250 variant. It will have a new design 2.5-litre petrol four-cylinder engine 152kW of power and 243Nm of torque with combined-cycle fuel consumption of 6.6 litres per 100 kilometres.

The ES 250 Luxury has a new 12.3-inch screen with touch-display functionality complementing the 7.0-inch driver display and incorporating Apple CarPlay6, Android Auto, DAB+ digital radio, satellite navigation and a 10-speaker sound system.

The ES 250 Luxury offers for the first time on the ES hazel trim complemented by textured 3D Film ornamentation.

Lexus ES 250 Luxury has a moonroof, dual-zone climate control with cabin ionisation technology, and 10-way power-adjustable front seats with heating.

An optional Enhancement Pack for the ES 250 Luxury further adds a smart key card, a head-up display for the driver, wireless smartphone charging and two rear console-mounted USB chargers.

Luxury customers can further raise specification with an ES 300h unique Enhancement Pack with a power-operated bootlid with kick sensor and rear door sunshades. It has 12-way power adjustable driver’s seat with memory settings, front ventilated seats and power-operated rear sunshade.

The ES 250 has F Sport suspension, while the ES 300h adds Adaptive Variable Suspension that has been retuned for a more focused iteration of the Lexus Driving Signature.

The F Sport also features tri-beam LED headlamps and adaptive high beam incorporating BladeScan technology. This broadens the range of high beam illumination, enabling the driver to recognise pedestrians and road signs further ahead, without impeding the visibility of the proceeding driver or of drivers approaching from the opposite direction.

Further standard specification on F Sport includes a larger 8.0-inch driver display, panoramic view monitor, front ventilated seats, driver memory settings and power-operated rear sunshade.

The ES 300h F Sport is exclusively available with an Enhancement Pack adding a heated steering wheel and 17-speaker Mark Levinson10 audio system.

The flagship, hybrid-only Sports Luxury has 18-inch alloy wheels and suspension with a focus on plush ride comfort.

The ES 300h Sports Luxury has semi-aniline leather upholstery with six trim and ornamentation choices – including black, hazel, rich cream or mauve trim, with a choice of real bamboo, open finish brown walnut or open finish Sumi black walnut ornamentation. The powered outboard rear seats have a recline function and heating.

Lexus Australia Chief Executive Scott Thompson said the new ES will continue to further extend the craftsmanship, refinement and technology that have defined the appeal of the seventh-generation Lexus luxury medium sedan.

“The seventh-generation ES has progressed into its third year of sales growth and this strong showing reflects the Lexus appeal in the luxury medium sedan segment,” Mr Thompson said.

“The new Lexus ES delivers even more luxurious specification, even higher levels of technology, and even greater refinement that melds seamlessly with the lighter and agile new ES 250 and incredibly advanced ES 300h.”

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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