The full reveal will take place at the Beijing Auto Show on April 25.
Lexus recently teased the all-new ES with a close-up shot of its gaping Spindle Grille, but now the covers are off. Lexus is keeping details under wraps until the car’s official debut at the Beijing Auto Show next week, but this revealing photo released by the automaker shows the new midsize sedan in all its glory. It looks a lot like the LS, which is no bad thing if you’re looking for a smaller version of Lexus’s flagship sedan. At the front, the new ES sports the same massive Spindle Grille as its larger LS sibling, which is, shall we say, an acquired taste.
It's flanked by LS-sourced headlights and daytime running lights. A new teaser video also gives us a look at the new ES from other angles. The side profile doesn’t appear to look very different from the outgoing model, while a close-up of the rear shows a taillight, three slim L-shaped LED bars, a trunk lid spoiler, and chrome accents.
So far, we know the new Lexus LS will ride on the new Toyota New Global Architecture, so expect improvements in safety, practicality and handling. Lexus is promising the midsize sedan will boast an “engaging design, athletic performance, and renowned refinement." As for powertrains, the new ES will most likely pack a revised 3.5-liter V6 engine delivering 301 horsepower mated to a eight-speed automatic transmission. There will also likely be an ES 300h with a 2.5-liter hybrid drivetrain lifted from the Toyota Camry Hybrid. Overall, the new Lexus ES looks sharper and sportier than its predecessor. We’ll find out more about the midsize sedan at the Beijing Auto Show next week on April 25.