Debuts in Shanghai with a fresh new look.
Withmany of Lexus' models newly introduced, redesigned or refreshed over the lastcouple of years, the fifth generation ES, originally introduced as a 2013model, is beginning to show its age. Now, the company chose the Shanghai AutoShow to pull the covers off of the 2016 ES, an updated model that should hitdealerships later this year. Still based on the Camry, the most noticeable change is anupdated exterior featuring a new grille and headlights that will fit in wellwith the rest of the Lexus family.
Furtherexterior updates include an L shaped LED daytime running light configuration upfront, revised rear lights, new chrome finishes and new exhaust tips. The 2016will also gain an array of new colors, each featuring Lexus'"self-healing" exterior paint coat, perfect for shallow scratches.Interior updates include new color choices and a larger variety of leatherselections. A new matte-finish Bamboo trim will also be available for thedashboard. The steering wheel has also been modified, and the digital displayhas been enlarged to 4.2-inches. The 2016 model gains no new powertrains in theUS, keeping the ES350's 268 horsepower 3.5-liter V6 and the ES300h's 2.5-literfour-pot.
Lexus promises structural reinforcements under the skin that shouldenhance ride quality and handling while improving the unibody's stiffness.There are also enhancements to the car's insulation, and the addition of theLexus Safety System+ driver assistance technologies.