New Lexus ES lobs

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The 2019 Lexus ES has been revealed at the Beijing Motor Show, and it is heading for the United Kingdom as a replacement for the Lexus GS and will be on sale in early 2019. It's all but identical to the Toyota New Generation Architecture, or TNGA, platform used for models ranging from the gen-4 Prius hybrid to the big Toyota Avalon.

The front-drive chassis uses more high-strength steel to reduce weight, while the redesigned multilink rear suspension, rack-mounted power steering and a body-stiffening V-brace behind the rear seat all point to enhanced dynamics. The auto has also grown in most dimensions. The wheels have pushed closer to the corners to extend the wheelbase by 50mm, while the front track sits 10mm wider and the rear one 37mm. This 2019 ES is 2.6-inches longer, it's lower by 0.2 inches and 1.8-inches wider than the last generation. It receives a number of enhancements from the regular model, including a special grille with a blacked-out pattern, a rear spoiler, a dark lower valence, and an exclusive Ultra Sonic Blue Mica 2.0 exterior paint.

With that as a foundation, the F Sport ES adds Adaptive Variable Suspension, which Lexus says is similar to that found on the LC Coupe, with adjustable dampers all around that offer a claimed 650 different levels of damping.

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Lexus Australia chief executive Scott Thompson said offering a hybrid as the sole powertrain aligned with the brand's aim to "recast the traditional image of the ES into one that is new and unexpected". The range will include the ES 300h hybrid, ES 200, ES 250 and ES 350 petrol engine models. (26 Nm) to 267 lb. -ft. The engine will be paired with an eight-speed automatic.

The launch model in the United Kingdom will be the ES 300h, mating a 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine to a nickel metal hydride battery mounted underneath the backseat. The current model tops out at a combined 40 mpg. At the center of the cockpit is an 8.0-inch display, although buyers can upgrade to a 12.3-inch display with navigation. The ES is also Amazon Alexa-enabled, so drivers can use natural language commands to control a variety of functions. Lexus also says the new engine boasts better driveability thanks to an improved hybrid system. There's also the theatrical digital display in the instrument cluster that changes its appearance depending on the selected drive mode.

"In Australia, hybrid accounts for 30 per cent of Lexus sales, so offering the latest generation ES exclusively with an advanced self-charging hybrid system represents another significant milestone towards greater electrification of our line-up", he said. Driver assist features include a pre-collision detection system that can spot cyclists and pedestrians, as well as a two-stage high-beam system with 24 LEDs that can automatically switch beams off to avoid dazzling oncoming drivers. Amazon's Alexa is installed in the US model; no word on whether Canada will see it.

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