Lexus drops price for revised ES


Following on from the launch of the much anticipated RC sports coupe two months ago, Lexus has afforded its mid-range ES sedan with a number of styling tweaks as well as a drop in price.

Incorporating a revised version of the marque’s spindle grille, aesthetic changes include projector type LED daytime running lights, relocated LED foglights, a redesigned rear facia, chrome tipped exhaust and a choice of 17-inch 20-spoke alloy wheels or rotary 10-spoke medium grey alloys.

Inside, the ES features a subtly updated interior with a 4.2-inch TFT instrument display, upgraded interior trim, new gear lever and steering wheel and colour matching upholstery on the centre console. A notable absentee has been dropping of the pre-facelift model’s standard satellite navigation system with Lexus attributing this to the growing popularity of smartphone based navigation apps.

Underneath the skin, the ES has also undergone a number of minimal changes with the standout being a stiffer chassis and additional sound denting around the dashboard to further clamp down on engine noise.

Again comprising of two models, the ES remains mechanically unchanged with the base 250 still making use of a naturally aspirated 2.5-litre petrol engine that produces 135 kW and 235 N.m of torque. A six-speed automatic gearbox sends driver to the front wheels with Lexus claiming a 0-100 km/h sprint of 9.8 secs and top speed of 200 km/h.

Capping off the range, the ES300h uses the same engine but backed up by a 105 kW electric motor for a combined output of 151 kW and 213 N.m of torque. A Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) drives the front wheels with 0-100 km/h taking 8.5 secs and top speed being limited to 180 km/h. Fuel consumption is rated at 5.5 L/100 km.

Dropping the satnav and juggling of features has also resulted in a significant price cut with the ES 250 now coming in at R464 200 (-R14 500), and the ES 300h at R549 100 (-R16 600). A four year / 100 000 km warranty is standard on the former with the hybrid extending that by a further four years over 195 000 km.