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Specification enhancements sharpen up existing range

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 Charismatic Two-tone

The stylish 1.8-litre Hybrid powered Lexus CT200h hatch receives an infusion of flair, with the availability of four new distinctive bi-tone (two-tone) colour schemes. Using the perfectly proportioned lines of the luxury hatchback as a base, the bi-tone colour scheme adds a dash of visual drama.

The bi-tone scheme is created by combining high gloss black treatment on the roof and pillars, with a choice of four stylish ‘body colours’ adorning the metal below the ‘waistline’. Customers can choose between White Quartz, Sonic Titanium, Mercury Grey and Morello Red – to create a look that matches their personality.

Mono-tone traditionalists are also catered for, with the addition of the striking hue aptly named Amber, radiating rich bronze tones, which replaces the previously offered earthy Fire Agate.

Audiophiles will appreciate the newly added digital media holder housed in the centre console, which provides secure storage for portable music devices and easy interface via the built-in USB, AUX and Bluetooth systems.

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Rear seat eXtras

Following the launch of the fourth-generation RX SUV earlier this year, the top of the range RX450h SE’s luxury credentials are further bolstered. The specification changes mainly centre on enhanced convenience.

Rear seat passengers will appreciate the addition of electric adjustment for the 2nd row seats, whilst the inclusion of seat heaters, now ensures that all occupants are kept warm and toasty.

Not to be excluded, the driver now has a Panoramic View Monitor at their disposal (which replaces the previous reverse camera), offering a wider field of vision, improving visibility and enhancing convenience.

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Luxurious eXcellence

The Lexus LX has established itself as a formidable Luxury SUV, with demand often exceeding supply. Befitting its status, the Lexus SUV flagship inherits a number of safety and technological upgrades.

At the forefront of the upgrades, is the addition of a Pre-Crash electronic safety system. This system scans the road ahead, constantly monitoring vehicle distance and warning the driver of potential obstacles impeding vehicle approach. The system is also capable of taking corrective action, increasing brake pressure, closing windows and adjusting vehicle dynamics to prevent a collision.

Integrated into the Pre-Crash system is Adaptive Cruise Control, which allows the vehicle to maintain a safe following distance – adjusting speed autonomously – to provide peace-of-mind cruising.

Further convenience is provided by the Lane Keep Assist and new Adaptive High-beam System (AHS). AHS automatically alters the field of light provided by the LED headlamps, to shield oncoming vehicles from the high-beam illumination without deactivating the high-beam function.

To complement the advanced AHS system, sequential turn signal illumination is included, creating a sophisticated visual effect.

The Lexus LX is available in two models, the petrol powered LX570 which features a silky smooth 5.7-litre V8 (serving up 270 kW and 530 Nm), and turbodiesel powered LX450d which delivers an effortless driving experience with 195 KW and 650 Nm of tractive effort.

 

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Lexus unleashes the Real Coupé with 2.0-litre Turbo Power

The term ‘GT’ is often thrown around in motoring circles when referencing svelte, two-door coupés. But what exactly is a ‘GT’? It originates from the Italian ‘Gran Turismo’ which, loosely translated, means ‘Grand Touring’. In other words, it’s a vehicle capable of covering inordinately long distances in great comfort and style – and at considerable pace.

This describes the new Lexus RC 200t  to a tee, epitomising what the original ‘GT’ concept is all about. Its latest iteration in 200t guise is the most recent addition to the RC range and this model adopts a keen focus on balance and overall driveability to deliver an accomplished Grand Tourer experience.

Glenn Crompton, Vice President of Marketing for Lexus is very candid about the role the new RC plays in the local Lexus line-up: “Cars like the RC exist not as volume cars, but as aspirational products designed to draw in the young and the young at heart. The 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo, provides an accessible point of entry for lifestyle buyers who want the statement of a luxury coupé balanced with the efficiencies afforded by a smaller capacity powerplant.

“In this context the new RC 200t fits the brief perfectly – it’s stylish, refined, frugal and generously stocked with a pleasing athleticism to it. It boasts an emotional draw too – key among them its striking looks – and some creditable dynamic skills. With a price tag of R699 100 it’s also certain to appeal to wallet-conscious buyers.”

 

Rare Classic – Stylish Exterior

The RC coupé cuts a dashing figure with curvaceous lines and dramatic detail. The façade is headlined by the signature spindle grille incorporating a large Lexus insignia and elegant, chrome-plated vertical bars. Unique design cues include the LED foglamps which form part of the spindle-grille ‘border’.

Chiselled headlamps, utilising LED lighting elements, add a touch of aggression whilst effortlessly illuminating the road ahead. Independent Daytime Running Lights (DRL) recessed into the bumper add to the visual drama.

In profile, the RC flaunts a sweeping roofline with alternating surface treatments to accentuate the coupe lines. The rear design centres around the prominent, L-shaped tail lights, which extend toward the centre apron. Distinctive, aerodynamic fins located at the lower corners of the bumper create a bespoke look but also perform a necessary function, enabling smooth airflow over the body.

Other examples include air ducts integrated into the corners of the front bumper to control airflow to the sides of the body. Ditto for the aero stabilising guide mounted immediately behind the front bumper which diverts airflow entering through the front grille and stabilises it before it enters the radiator to enhance engine cooling efficiency. A front air deflector and groove-shaped front fender liner minimise airflow reaching the front wheels, contributing to aerodynamic efficiency on the side of the vehicle.

The rear air deflector performs the same task for the rear wheels, while a bead has been adopted for the rear fender liner to effectively divert airflow generated by the rotating wheel to the outside, which helps optimise airflow through to the rear.

Similarly, the rear bumper’s lower garnish in conjunction with the aforementioned aerofins are sculpted to direct airflow to the rear of the vehicle.  The RC’s rear combination lamps also feature vertical fins as does the tip of the door frame moulding to provide optimal straight-line stability and to suppress steering wobble.

The boot lid has a sculpted shape to stabilise airflow from the roof of the vehicle. Attention was also paid to the underbody aerodynamic design to enhance efficiency. There are engine, floor and rear floor undercovers to smooth airflow and stabilising fins help to reduce turbulence.

Rounding off the RC’s dynamic profile are EX-exclusive five-spoke 18-inch alloys with three-dimensional detail courtesy of the bi-tone finish.

 

Ravishing Cabin – Immersive Interior

 A fundamental component of a Grand Tourer is the occupant space. In this regard the RC 200t doesn’t disappoint with a cabin optimised for comfort, luxury and convenience. The interior layout delivers excellent ergonomics, ensuring that every journey is a relaxed affair. The now-familiar Lexus Remote Touch Interface device features touch-pad operation, allowing driver and passenger to navigate through the Infotainment system.

Adding a touch of techno-wizardry is electrostatic climate control switchgear (these allow adjustments to be made to the temperature by simply sliding your finder along the elegant metal strip) and gesture control in-cabin illumination.

Occupant comfort is ensured by plush power seats trimmed in luxurious leather, offering 8-way adjustability for the driver and 6-way adjustment for the front passenger. Completing the package is seat heating and ventilation for driver and passenger.

Scrabbling for keys is no concern, as the Smart Entry system allows convenient access to lock and unlock the vehicle. The engine start operation is likewise a mere press of a button away.

 

Racy Composure – Dynamic Handling

Forming the foundation of the RC200t is a tempered version of the Lexus GS platform. The highly acclaimed multi-link front-suspension and double wishbone rear suspension from the GS, has been fine-tuned to deliver excellent driving dynamics and enhanced agility befitting that of a Grand Tourer.

For example, the front suspension has a 15 per cent stiffer spring rate than the GS chassis and there is a new calibration for the bushings, springs and dampers, which is aimed at achieving less roll angle while maintaining ride comfort. In addition, numerous suspension components are new, including front upper support, coil spring, damper, stabiliser bar and bushing, and lower number two bushing. The rear coil springs, dampers, upper number one arm, lower number two arm, stabiliser bar and stabiliser bushings are also new. The toe control arm from the GS Line has been adapted to optimise rear grip.

Additional body strength was the decisive factor in achieving the high performance suspension upgrades. The RC 200t is considerably stiffer than the chassis that contributed platform technology, enabling higher damping forces and larger diameter front and rear stabiliser bars. These enhancements improve handling without affecting ride quality.

 

Refined Creation – Driving Force

Powering the RC200t is Lexus’ proven 8AR-FTS 2.0-litre twin-scroll turbocharged petrol engine allied to an eight-speed Direct Shift automatic transmission with paddle shift, allowing manual intervention. (Drive Mode Select is a standard feature which acts on throttle response and engine performance characteristics, permitting the driver to toggle between Eco and Normal, while a more spirited driving style is facilitated in Sport mode.)

This ultra-refined, technology-laden power unit has been employed in various models across the Lexus range and paired with the composed RC chassis, produces a relaxed and effortless ‘tourer’.

Crammed with cutting-edge technology, this 2.0-litre powerhouse can operate on both the fuel-saving Atkinson cycle and the conventional Otto cycle.

Special attention was paid during the engine’s development to minimise turbo ‘lag’. This includes the use of a twin-scroll turbocharger and mounting the intercooler to the engine to minimise the intake volume downstream of the turbocharger to optimise response.

Key features of this powerplant include the world’s first cylinder head with integrated four-into-two exhaust manifold and twin-scroll turbocharger, and the latest iteration of the Lexus intelligent variable valve timing system, known as VVT-iW (‘W’ for wide).

The wider range of inlet timing variation in the VVT-iW system means the new RC 200t engine can – as mentioned – switch instantly from the Otto cycle to the high-expansion ratio, high-efficiency Atkinson cycle according to vehicle operating conditions.  Lexus has previously used the Atkinson combustion cycle exclusively in hybrid-model petrol engines.

The new 8AR-FTS engine also has the latest Lexus fuel injection system, known as ESTEC D-4ST (Economy with Superior Thermal Efficient Combustion) and an air-to-liquid intercooler. The D-4ST system splits injection between high-pressure direct and low-pressure port injection according to driving conditions, providing optimum combustion at all times.

The new turbocharged engine delivers 180kW of power at 5800rpm and 350Nm of torque (available from a low 1650 rpm to 4400 rpm) to offer the driver great flexibility and endowing the RC 200t with a 7,5 seconds sprint time in the obligatory 0-100km/h dash. Top speed is pegged at 230 km/h.

It has a combined-cycle fuel economy of 8 litres/100km and CO2 emissions of 186g/km.

The Lexus 8AR-FTS engine is cast with low nickel content, heat-resistant steel.  Cooling oil jets under the pistons improve durability and enhance warm-up performance. Twin balance shafts with resin gears minimise engine vibration to improve cabin comfort – a marked improvement in four-cylinder engine technology.

Further measures to reduce noise, vibration and harshness include an electric air bypass valve and a resonator in the intake system, to reduce the characteristic turbo noise when the throttle is closed (referred to as the ‘turbo sigh’).

The Lexus turbo-petrol engine was bench-tested for more than 10,000 hours before extensive on-road testing began, covering more than one million kilometres.

Lexus developed a new 0-20W viscosity lubricating oil without calcium content to remove the chance of engine knock at low engine revolutions.

 

 Right Specification – All the Bells & Whistles

The RC 200t comes with a shed load of standard equipment that many rivals charge a small fortune for.

Here’s a brief  summary of all the standard kit:

Exterior

  • Smart Entry
  • LED lights (headlights, tail lights, fog lights & DRLs)
  • Rear fog lights
  • Auto headlamp levelling
  • Headlamp cleaner
  • Heated and retractable side mirrors
  • Power Sun Roof (tilt & slide)

 

Interior

  • Leather upholstery
  • Front seat heater and ventilation
  • Power front seats
  • Two-way driver seat lumbar support
  • Electric Power Steering (EPS)
  • Steering switches (audio, voice command, info display, cruise control & telephone)
  • Power windows (auto-up and –down)
  • Cruise Control
  • Full-colour Multi Information Display
  • SatNav
  • Bluetooth
  • Auto Shift Lock
  • Illuminated Entry System

 

Safety

  • 4-sensor Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Brake Assist (BA) and Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD)
  • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)
  • Traction Control (TRC)
  • Hill Start Assist Control (HAC)
  • Variable Gear Ratio Steering
  • Tyre Pressure Monitor
  • Park Distance Control with Reverse Camera

8 airbags including front, rear, side, curtain & knee bags.

 

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Everything about the Lexus LC 500 has been as dramatic and captivating as its looks right from conception. Having started life as an LF-LC concept back in 2012, although there were no plans to produce it at the time, Lexus had to change its collective mind after the overwhelmingly positive response.

Britain will have its first sight of the new Lexus LC coupe this weekend when it goes on show and takes to the track at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The story behind the car’s development is as intriguing as its award-winning design, revealed by the men who led its development from a show-stopping concept car into an equally radical road-going machine.

The production version is hardly less dramatic than the concept, with supercar-like proportions and a V8 engine driving the rear wheels through a ten-speed automatic gearbox. An arched body line and oversized wheels give the LC 500 an athletic look, while the massive Lexus spindle grille dominates the front.

Beyond its styling and impactful performance, the new LC 500 serves as a symbol of the achievement that can result from heightened collaboration between design and engineering groups and their commitment to help overcome each other’s hurdles.

Chief Engineer Koji Sato and Chief Designer Tadao Mori headed up their teams in an unprecedented collaboration, embracing new technologies and advanced materials alongside established Lexus manufacturing traditions such as the hand-and-eye skills of the Takumi craftspeople.

So, when President of Toyota Motor Corp Akio Toyoda challenged these development groups to produce this special car, it meant surpassing many manufacturing, design, material, and dynamic obstacles that could typically compromise a vehicle’s targets or design vision.

The engineering and design teams have given their personal insights into the project in a series of interview features that cover the key development challenges, including how they succeeded in translating the stand-out styling of the original LF-LC concept car into the packaging of a viable production model.

The fruits of their labour will given a high-profile platform this weekend at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, where the V8-powered LC 500 will be making runs on the famous hill climb course and will be on public display as the centrepiece of the Lexus stand.

The Lexus LC 500 will be launched in South Africa in the first quarter of 2017. Further details will be released closer to the date.

 

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2015 LEXUS DEALER AWARDS– THE BEST OF THE BEST
Our Dealership recognised for its relentless pursuit of perfection

When you are part of a world class dealer network recognised globally and in South Africa for its relentless Pursuit of Perfection, it is truly impressive to be awarded the Lexus Dealer of the Year award. This award proves your dedication to the vision and your commitment to strive for perfection.

Lexus Centurion has been awarded Lexus Dealer of the Year for 2015 for their consistent sales performance month after month, excellent customer service, commitment to the brand and the overall vision. This win marks the first for this dealership as well as the first female winner for the Lexus Brand.

“The Lexus Dealer of the Year Award is awarded to the dealer that performs exceptionally in all aspects of the business. This year’s winner truly understands and identifies with the Lexus brand and it shows. With the most consistent performance month after month, through committed and focussed leadership, this award is well deserved,” says Calvyn Hamman, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Toyota South Africa Motors.

“The Dealer Principal of Lexus Centurion, Vivian Mohohlo, showed that focussed leadership, clear strategy and passion for the brand pipped her above her competitors by a considerable margin. This dealership has been a very close second for the past two years and this year their consistency and long term vision proved to be added push to take top honours,” adds Hamman.

“Lexus dealers understand that customers who buy a Lexus do not simply purchase a car but become become part of the Lexus family. Critical to maintaining this customer enthusiasm is the delivery of the “Lexus Experience”. This customer centric philosophy is a core value to Lexus South Africa​.

 

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  • Turbocharged motivation for Lexus IS
  • Added features include rear side airbags and electrically-adjustable steering column

Lexus has combined its newly launched turbocharged engine with a traditional sports sedan configuration to provide a blend of performance, dynamics and economy to create the IS 200t. Available exclusively on the E and EX grades, the new IS 200t is the perfect accompaniment to the top-end IS 350 F Sport, which is still propelled by the sonorous 233 kW V6.

Following its unveiling in the NX 200t compact SUV, Lexus has turned its high-technology 2.0-litre four cylinder engine 90 degrees for its debut in IS’s north-south, rear-wheel drive layout. The smaller displacement turbocharged engine provides improved fuel efficiency and lower emissions whilst still delivering a stout 350Nm.

Changes to the exhaust layout and engine management system bring power levels five kilowatts above the NX 200t – to 180kW.

The 2.0-litre turbo engines strength lies in its broad spread of torque, with the aforementioned 350Nm being available from as low as 1650 rpm all the way up to 4400 rpm. This flexibility makes for effortless cruising and acceleration.
IS 200t also combines an eight-speed Sports Direct Shift automatic transmission (featuring paddle shift) with the 2.0-litre turbo engine, providing levels of driveability expected of a Lexus compact sports sedan.

The 8-speed SDS transmission has proven itself in the IS 350 F Sport and RC 350, and the latest iteration in the IS 200t has added electronic-control technology, including a Lexus-first; Downshift Lock-up Control.

The transmission also features auto-blip downshifts for added driver involvement. This all culminates in a driving experience that delivers a great balance between linear acceleration, optimum fuel economy and driveability under all conditions.

In keeping with the refined character of the IS, the transmission swaps cogs smoothly and efficiently – with the driver being able to monitor gear selection via a unique bar graph in the multi-information display.
The eight internal ratios have been chosen to balance the needs of sports driving and fuel economy, with a low first gear ratio for initial acceleration, closely spaced ratios in the intermediate gears for performance and urban-driving economy, and a tall eighth-gear ratio for freeway economy.


The now familiar Drive Mode Select rotary switch allows the driver to choose between Eco, Normal and Sport modes depending on their preference or the road ahead.

Selecting Sport mode tailors the throttle response and power steering assistance to provide a more dynamic drive. Eco mode optimises fuel economy by reducing throttle sensitivity, tweaking transmission control logic and optimising climate control operation. A dedicated Eco display mode can also be called up to relay the state of eco operation to the driver.
The ‘200t’ retains Lexus IS’s elegantly executed interior and sharp exterior styling while gaining additional features.

The 200t E and EX grade are distinguished by multi-spoke 17-inch wheels. In terms of interior accoutrements, both models are extremely well endowed. Even the E grade gets niceties such as seat heating and ventilation, 7-inch central colour display, full leather trim, electric front seats, front and rear PDC (a new addition) to name just a few of the standard items on offer. The EX grade chips in with SatNav, electrochromatic mirror and reverse camera.

The already comprehensive safety specification is bolstered by the addition of rear side airbags, taking the tally up to 10 across the range. An electrically-adjustable steering column for both rake and reach, which retracts automatically when the vehicle is turned off, further accentuates the sense of convenience and luxury on E and EX models.
On the handling front, the IS’ proven dynamics are further enhanced by the fitment of a performance damper developed by Yamaha, to counteract body roll and increase torsional rigidity.

The result is a supremely comfortably and balanced vehicle, which simply soaks up road imperfections, whilst still rewarding the driver with great dynamics and taut handling. Overall the IS 200t projects a feeling of solidity and confidence befitting that of a luxury sports sedan.

Customers have the choice of six stylish exterior colours, including a new vivid shade of red (Madder Red) and highly pearlescent Sonic  Quartz white. The exterior hue of choice can be combined with either rich Ivory or classic Black leather interior. Piano Black and Titanium accents lend an air of sophistication to the cabin.

Lexus South Africa’s Glenn Crompton (Vice President of Marketing) said the new engine brings “more of the performance that customers are coming to expect from Lexus, along with quality and luxury.”
“The 2.0-litre engine gained a lot of praise from customers and critics when fitted to the NX 200t, and its addition to the IS Line has made it an even stronger proposition for customers who want a blend of performance, economy and driveability.
“The Lexus turbo engine is a high-technology affair which sits well alongside  3.5-litre V6 quad-cam powerplant.

“It’s a sensational fit for a vehicle already known for its high levels of standard specification and outstanding drive experience,” Crompton said.

New IS Turbo Engine In Detail

The new IS 200t is the first Lexus sedan to adopt the innovative turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol 8AR-FTS engine. It’s crammed with cutting-edge technology and can operate on both the fuel-saving Atkinson cycle and the conventional Otto cycle. The late intake-valve closing of the Atkinson cycle reduces pumping losses and boosts fuel economy.
Special attention was paid during the engine’s development to minimise turbo ‘lag’. This includes the use of a twin-scroll turbocharger and mounting the intercooler to the engine to minimise the intake volume downstream of the turbocharger to optimise response.
Key features of this powerplant include the world’s first cylinder head with integrated four-into-two exhaust manifold and twin-scroll turbocharger, and the latest iteration of the Lexus intelligent variable valve timing system, known as VVT-iW (‘W’ for wide).
The wider range of inlet timing variation in the VVT-iW system means the new IS 200t engine can switch instantly from the Otto cycle to the high-expansion ratio, high-efficiency Atkinson cycle according to vehicle operating conditions.  Lexus has previously used the Atkinson combustion cycle exclusively in hybrid-model petrol engines.

The new 8AR-FTS engine also has the latest Lexus fuel injection system, known as ESTEC D-4ST (Economy with Superior Thermal Efficient Combustion) and an air-to-liquid intercooler. The D-4ST system splits injection between high-pressure direct and low-pressure port injection according to driving conditions, providing optimum combustion at all times.
The new turbocharged engine delivers 180kW of power at 5800rpm and 350Nm of torque from 1650 to 4400rpm endowing the IS 200t with a 7-second sprint time in the obligatory 0-100km/h dash.
It has a combined-cycle fuel economy of 7.5 litres/100km and CO2 emissions of 175g/km.

The Lexus 8AR-FTS engine is cast with low nickel content, heat-resistant steel.  Cooling oil jets under the pistons improve durability and enhance warm-up performance. Twin balance shafts with resin gears minimise engine vibration to improve cabin comfort – a marked improvement in four-cylinder engine technology.
Further measures to reduce noise, vibration and harshness include an electric air bypass valve and a resonator in the intake system, to reduce the characteristic turbo noise when the throttle is closed (referred to as the ‘turbo sigh’).
The Lexus turbo-petrol engine was bench-tested for more than 10,000 hours before extensive on-road testing began, covering more than one million kilometres.
The Lexus turbo spins to 180,000rpm.
Lexus developed a new 0-20W viscosity lubricating oil without calcium content to remove the chance of engine knock at low engine revolutions.

 

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Lexus has taken a good car and made it a great one…

A bold statement indeed but with the latest revisions, ES which is the very epitome of attainable luxury, takes premium to the next level. Boasting a sportier visage, bolder rear styling, refined interior décor, updated finishes and enhanced dynamics, the new ES really is a package that lives up to its ‘more is more’ billing.

According to Glenn Crompton, Vice President of Marketing for Lexus, “the ES has established an enviable reputation for space, ease of driving, value for money and sheer comfort. The designers have now successfully built on that by making the latest incarnation more elegant, and endowing it with an altogether sportier, fresher attitude. We’re confident that the new Lexus ES will remain the leader in its class while attracting considerably more driveway attention. The fact that it’s offered at an even more attractive starting price, is just a bonus.”

 “Rejuvenated Facial Features”

The rejuvenated facial features of the new ES comprise Lexus’s trademark spindle grille framed in brilliant satin chrome and a pair of newly designed headlights, now equipped with LED projector technology. Iconic “L”-shaped arrowhead Daytime Running Lights (DRL) extend outside the headlight element for a distinctive look that links it with other Lexus models. In addition, redesigned LED fog lamps areas have been relocated to the outer lower corners of the front fascia and amplify the vehicle’s wide stance, while emphasising the fluidity of design.
The sleek shape continues with the ES’ graceful roofline that flows effortlessly to the rear, where a modernised taillight design evokes the “L”-shaped theme, furnishing an instantly recognisable glow. Spanning the rear is a re-worked, stylised chrome license plate garnish that flows visually into the clear elements of the lamps to communicate the vehicle’s newfound muscularity. Lending a considerable amount of flair to the vehicle’s already sporty attitude are newly sculpted chrome-tipped rectangular exhaust ports on the ES 250.

To complement the impactful new form, two new 17-inch wheels with directional spoke patterns have been developed. A branching dark grey metallic, multi-plane machined 20-spoke wheel is standard on the ES 250, while the ES 350 is distinguished by a 10-spoke rotary design with machine finish over medium grey.
New exterior colours join the ES palette: Sonic Quartz (white), Black and Deep Blue, each featuring Lexus’ innovative cutting-edge paint technology designed to allow the paint’s clear coat to heal itself even from light damage. Each of the eight colours were carefully selected to reflect the ES’ dynamic surface and is brought to life by the renowned, multi-stage paint process that gives Lexus models their deep, jewel-like lustre.
“Sheer Quality with Every Touch”

Lexus frankly has no equal when it comes to fit and finish. Sweeping dashboard architecture, intuitive ergonomics mated with the finest materials and a suite of standard spec, the ES cultivates a feeling of sheer quality with every touch.
New trim enhancements to cabin-facing door surfaces and the centre console unite the interior in upscale feel and design cohesion. Colour-matched upholstery appears along the centre console as well, coupled with a new leather boot-enclosed gear selector.
A new, smaller-diameter sporty steering wheel provides better driving engagement. A larger 4.2-inch Thin Film Transistor (TFT) colour multi-information display conveniently places vital vehicle information as well as multimedia information front and centre.

Other stand-out features include wall-to-wall leather with high quality stitching and new embossed pattern. The ES also shares many features with the GS such as the analogue clock, ambient lighting and the Nano-e climate system. Additional standard niceties include a moonroof, remote keyless entry, power seats with seat heaters (driver’s seat memory), electrochromatic mirror, back guide monitor with smart camera (new) and PDC.

“Magic Carpet Ride with a Refreshing Dynamic Twist”
The ES is the benchmark in its class for ride comfort and overall driving composure. In fact the words most often bandied around are sublime, magic carpet ride, hushed and relaxing. The new 2016 ES upholds that tradition – dare we say it, even enhancing comfort – but provides a refreshing twist in the form of enhanced dynamics.
Lexus engineers have applied structural reinforcements to foster stiffness in the vehicle’s unibody construction. Adapted from the Lexus IS sports sedan, this form of chassis tuning arms the ES with enhanced ride quality and interactive handling.

Additionally, this ES adds a sound-reducing layer behind the dashboard to better isolate engine noise from the cabin.

Under the Skin

Under the skin it’s business as usual, which means you’re getting a finely fettled machine adhering to the very highest standards of quality and performance.

  • The ES 250 is powered by Lexus’ velvety smooth 2.5 litre Dual VVT-i twin-cam four-cylinder engine that produces 135 kW at 6,000 rpm and 235 Nm of torque at 4,100 rpm. With the aid of the standard six-speed auto, the Lexus ES 250 dispatches the obligatory 0-100 sprint in under ten seconds (9,8 seconds to be precise) and can exceed 200 km/h. The rotary drive mode selector allows the driver to access ECO, NORMAL, or SPORT settings. This enables a wide spectrum of driving experiences in the ES, from highly economical and relaxed driving in ECO – where features such as throttle responses and air conditioning are moderated for optimum efficiency – to the far more sporty and direct SPORT mode. Instrument cluster illumination reflects the mood: blue for ECO and red for SPORT. Fuel consumption is pegged at a very laudable 8 L/100km in the combined cycle.

 

  • The Lexus ES 300h sees a 2.5 litre single VVT-i twin-cam Atkinson cycle four-cylinder unit (118 kW at 5,700 rpm and 213 Nm of twist at 4,500 rpm) joining hands with a 105 kW electric motor that’s fed by a 650V nickel-metal hydride battery for a combined 151 kW output. Equipped with an ECVT system, the Lexus ES 300h clocks the 0-100 km/h in 8.5 seconds before being electronically reigned in at 180 km/h. Naturally fuel economy is superb – it sips a mere 5,5 L / 100km in the combined cycle. And, of course, something to bear in mind with the hybrid is that the more traffic-congested the roads, the lower your consumption as this allows the electric motor to really do its thing.
  • On the safety front, the new ES provides a wealth of advanced passive and active safety features, such as 10 airbags, Blind Spot Monitoring with Lane Change Assist, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), ABS with EBD and Brake Assist and Isofix child-seat anchorages. A significant feature that was recently added to the standard menu is Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA). This feature is particularly useful when reversing, for instance, in a busy car park. The RCTA function uses the Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) radar to detect vehicles approaching the difficult-to-see area behind the vehicle. When a vehicle is detected, RCTA alerts you with a visual display in the door mirrors and a buzzer. Another new feature is Hill Assist Control – standard on both models.

What???? It’s actually more affordable!

Believe it or not yes. The new ES does actually carry a smaller price tag than the outgoing model. This was made possible by some clever editing of features. Well, one feature only… in-car navigation.

 

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