- New dynamic capabilities, emotional design
- K platform = excellent rigidity, design freedom
- Longer shell means more rear legroojm
AFTER SIX six generations of success in the mid-sized sedan category this the seventh-generation Lexus ES., its maker says, is ”forging a new and more ambitious path”.
The car has an all-new chassis that allows more dynamic exterior design and even better driving performance and is, the automaker says, a further expression of the brand’s design direction and commitment to providing more excitement, emotional connection and passion.
”Traditional buyers,” Audi says, ”will find the new ES more spacious, quieter and safer than ever while a new generation of customers will be introduced to a sedan with sharpened performance, class-leading safety techno, and a level of craftsmanship rarely found in its segment.”
The model range includes an ES 300h (the hybrid has a new self-charging system), ES 200, ES 250 and ES 350 petrol engine. This new model, the ES, will arrive in South Africa later in 2018.
The new chassis/body is longer by 65mm), lower by half a centimetre, and 45mm wider and its wheels are closer to the corners (thanks to a 50mm longer wheelbase) and have wider tracks (front by 10mm, rear by 37mm).
Its stance and proportions, Audi saysj, ”reflect new-found performance capabilities and give the ES the kind of eye-catching appeal that will make owners and admirers take a second look”.
Project chief designer Yasuo Kajino described the ES as having “provocative elegance”: “The ES has always been an elegant luxury sedan – now we’ve added daring design elements that will challenge buyers’ expectations.”
To create a dynamic, yet fluid, shape Kajino’s team used the low bonnet enabled by the new ES platform to produce a distinctive silhouette with an assertive downward slant – the overall effect, The Corner thinks, is one helluva stunning car.
In a break with previous ES models this the seventh-generation design uses a fast roofline that emphasises its lower stance and aerodynamics; read diode light clusters are wraparound.
Three 17 and 18” wheel designs are available for the standard ES models; the F Sport has 19” rims similar to those found on the Lexus LC coupe. Lexus South Africa will confirm closer to launch time what derivatives it will introduce to the market.
‘FOCUS ON THE ROAD”
When designing the look and feel of the ES’cabin Kajino’s team started with the Lexus Future Interior concept which blends a driver-centric cockpit with a spacious and comfortable area for the front passenger. The driver’s focus is kept on the road ahead by placing the display screen, instrument panel and head-up display in a tight cluster in the driver’s field of view.
Adjustments to the steering wheel angle and position and to the brake pedal angle and location provide the driver with a natural driving position. Front passengers get more space.
Rear comfort has long been a hallmark: for this car there’s a lower hip-point and the headlining has been curved. Some of the car’s extra length has been spent more legroom.
The next chapter in the ES story…
The new ES, Audi says, will usher in an era by ”delivering qualities that will draw in those who may not have considered the brand”. Stronger styling, more dynamic performance, high-quality interior and the latest safety tech,the automaker says, ”will help recast the image of the ES into one that is new and unexpected”.
*Specification details may vary according to market; confirmed details of the South African model range and specifications will be announced nearer the ES’ launch date later this year.