ES is a model that, along with a large LS sedan, has launched Lexus in the luxury automotive segment in the first place back in 1989 – almost 30 years ago. But it wasn’t until 2005 that Toyota launched the brand in its home Japanese domestic market.
Now in its seventh generation, Lexus ES have all grown-and decidedly more appealing than the six iterations that came before.
The basic parameters are essentially the same as the model we have already seen in other markets. It is based on the latest version of Toyota’s new global architecture, GA-K platform, which also reinforces the new Camry, Avalon, and RAV4. But in this case, it reinforces a higher-class luxury sedan. The motivation (for the JDM version) comes exclusively in the form of a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder hybrid power unit, and there is even a sporty F version of sport.
The biggest difference with the Japanese version, however, is the digital side view of the monitor system, which replaces the wing mirrors with digital cameras that display images on 5-inch monitors inside A-pillars. This is a technology that has been going on for a long time and has recently been approved for use in Japan.
Buyers in the local market will be able to get their hands on the new ES 300h (with or without a camera stunt system) for ¥5 800 000 (about $51.5 K), including taxes, F Sport version for ¥6 290 000 (~ $55k), and the top-of-the-line version of L for ¥6 980 000 ($ 62k).