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As New ES Looms, Lexus Isnít Giving Up on That Gigantic Grille

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It’s been enjoyable watching the Lexus ES’ face evolve over the previous couple of many years. Whereas the upscale midsizer all the time provided a extra reserved and staid physique than its brash IS and GS siblings, its grille slowly expanded over time. The grille creep sped up when the sixth-era mannequin arrived for 2013, with the transformation turning into full after a 2016 mid-cycle refresh.

The ES had turned absolutely spindle-ized.

With a subsequent-era ES arriving for the 2019 mannequin yr, it’s clear Lexus has no plans to swap out the mannequin’s gaping maw. It’s going to change its platform, nevertheless.

Revealed by the automaker forward of its April twenty fifth Beijing auto present debut, the subsequent-gen ES doesn’t break from current Lexus styling conventions. The spindle grille stays, although the horizontal slats seen within the earlier mannequin have given approach to bolder vertical slats, squeezed tighter within the middle. It’s an arguably subtler remedy than the collapsing-universe mesh seen on the brand new LS and different fashions within the Lexus secure. On the very least, it’s a approach to inform the fashions aside with a look on the nostril.

We’ll have to attend to see if the remainder of the car’s styling falls into the “evolutionary” class.

Lexus doesn’t have a lot to say concerning the new ES right now, solely that it’ll “radically rework the driving expertise for luxurious shoppers everywhere in the world.” Fairly a promise. Definitely, the mannequin’s driving dynamics stand to enhance ó for 2019, the ES strikes to the TNGA platform shared by the Toyota Camry. Anticipate a slight decreasing of the car’s experience peak and an upgraded suspension.

The platform swap will certainly result in a rise in physique stiffness, which Lexus engineers will capitalize on by growing the cocoon quotient, isolating occupants from extra noise and vibration. There’s a excessive bar to clear earlier than any transformation may be referred to as radical, although. Powertrains stay a thriller, however we’ll possible see a return of the three.5-liter V6 (ES 350) and eight-velocity automated, in addition to a hybrid variant (ES 300h).

Although on no account an endangered mannequin, the declining midsize passenger car market and ascent of premium SUVs means the ES not holds the identical degree of significance as in years previous. Final yr’s U.S. gross sales tally of fifty one,398 models was down considerably from a submit-recession excessive of†seventy two,581 automobiles in 2013. In March, the ES posted a 14.9 % gross sales decline. Quantity loss over the primary three months of 2018 is much less extreme, nevertheless†ó in comparison with the identical interval in 2017, gross sales are off by 2.7 %.

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