Lexus is gearing up to introduce the BS-VI ES in India. The company will continue selling the luxury executive sedan in the 300h engine variant post the leap from BS-IV to BS-VI.
The seventh-gen Lexus ES features a sharply-styled front-end with the newest iteration of the Lexus signature spindle grille. The styling up-front is set in-line with the LC coupe and LS flagship. At the back, it gets a sharply chiselled facade with wraparound LED taillamps comprising a distinctive three-dimensional, L- shaped design.
The seventh-gen Lexus ES 300h is based on the company's Global Architecture – K (GA-K). It sources its power from a 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine which is offered with the fourth-gen Lexus Hybrid Drive System. The engine alone generates about 131 kW (178 PS) of maximum power, while the combined system output stands at 160 kW (218 PS) at 5,700 rpm, and 221 Nm at 3,600 - 5,200 rpm. The engine comes mated to the E-CVT (Electronic - Continuously Variable Transmission). The luxury compact sedan accelerates from standstill to 100 km/hr in close to 8.5 seconds and can reach up to a top speed of 180 km/hr. In terms of dimensions, it measures 4,975 mm in length, 1,865 mm in width, and 1,445 mm in height. It has a wheelbase of 2,870 mm.
The safety features of the Lexus ES 300h include 10 airbags, ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution), Vehicle Stability Control, Hill Start Assist, Tyre Inflation Pressure Warning with Auto Location, Anti Theft System with siren, intrusion (break-in) sensor and tilt sensor, impact sensing fuel cut, power doorlock with speed lock function, power windows with jam protection and speed control and emergency brake signal.
The Lexus ES 300h retails at INR 59.95 lakh (ex-showroom). With the BS-VI update, the price is expected to go up marginally. In other updates, the Lexus LC is now available for pre-bookings in India and will be launched soon.