The sixth-generation of the ES luxury sedan arrived in 2012 as a more luxurious variant of the Toyota Camry. Although the model is still relatively fresh, some of the most recent reports reveal that company is already working on its successor. However, the Lexus ES redesign is likely to take place sometime in 2018 or 2019. Until that happens, the 2018 Lexus ES is due to bring a number of technological and visual enhancements. These mild changes will help the model maintain its appeal until the next-generation Lexus ES makes its debut.
2018 Lexus ES 350 Redesign
With the 2016 facelift, the ES adopted a more aggressive exterior design. Apart from the brand’s trademark spindle grille, it now features a number of styling cues that make it more athletic. The ES has grown more akin to the rest of the Lexus lineup such as the IS and RC models. Expect the 2018 Lexus ES to offer several new body paints as well as a few styling tweaks. The front end will get revised headlights with L-shaped LED daytime running lights. At the back, expect to see a slew of chrome accents including rectangular exhaust pipes and license plate garnish.
Inside, the alterations will be mostly subtle. Just like its predecessor, the 2018 Lexus ES will offer three leather trims. It will also have a dashboard available in four types of accents. As of recently, the ES boasts an impressive list of standard safety features. For instance, all ES models come standard with the Lexus Safety System+ package. The system includes lane departure alert with steering assist, pre-collision warning, intelligent high-beam, etc.
There will be no major changes when it comes to the engine department. The 2018 Lexus ES will once again be available in 350 and 300h variants. The gasoline-powered ES 350 will use a 3.5-liter V6 that gives 268 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. As for the ES 300h, it will get a 2.5-liter inline-4 mated with an electric motor and battery pack. This hybrid drivetrain delivers 200 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of twist. While the conventional powertrain uses a six-speed automatic transmission, the gas-electric system gets a CVT.
Pricing and Competition
The 2018 Lexus ES 350 is likely to start at around $40,000, with the hybrid ES 300h starting just under $43,000. These price tags will put the ES somewhere in the middle of the segment. Its key rivals will come in the form of Cadillac CTS, BMW 5 Series, Buick LaCrosse and Hyundai Genesis.