New Lexus ES OFFICIALLY revealed - and it IS coming to the UK

A 302-hp V-6 powers all ES 350 models

As we saw in the initial design reveal last week, the new ES takes on Lexus's latest styling language.

The 2019 Lexus ES has been revealed at the Beijing Motor Show, and it is heading for the United Kingdom as a replacement for the Lexus GS and will be on sale in early 2019.

The platform the new ES is built on is Toyota's New Global Architecture-K (TNGA-K), meaning the new version of the sedan is 2.6 inches longer, 1.8 inches wider and at the same time a fraction of an inch lower than the outgoing model.

Inside, more space has been created through a longer wheelbase (+50mm).

The new-generation hybrid ES still doesn't have a power plug allowing owners to fully charge the on-board battery, and the battery technology used is the more bulky and heavier nickel-hydrogen one that can't store as much energy as a more expensive, lighter and smaller lithium-ion one, but can carry more charge cycles.

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A free-standing infotainment display (available in 12.3-inch or 8-inch) with Apple CarPlay connectivity sits atop the air conditioning vents, with Shimamoku wood trim placed alongside it. There's also more interior room thanks to the longer wheelbase and a lower hip point makes sure that head room doesn't suffer, even with the sleeker roofline. Lexus says it's "an exceptionally rigid front-wheel-drive chassis rivaling the GA-L rear-wheel drive platform used for the LC Coupe and LS Sedan". The ES 350 comes with a 3.5-liter V-6 like the previous model.

That output is routed to a new eight-speed Direct Shift automatic with what Lexus calls "an ultra-thin torque converter" and multiplate lockup clutch for greater efficiency and "crisp, precisely timed shifts".

Coming to the powertrain options, there is a new fourth-gen self-charging hybrid drive system on the ES 300h. The system provides 215 total horsepower with a manufacturer-estimated 44 combined mpg. The electric motors deliver up to 120 hp of power. "Chief engineer Yasuhiro Sakakibara said he had one clear goal: "... to transform the image of the ES, turning a sedan known for comfort and quietness into one that is equally capable of delivering class-leading handling and power ..."

No official weight figure has been quoted, but the new platform uses a higher percentage of high-tensile steel than before to help shed unwanted kilograms. LED taillamps are integrated and the F SPORT version gets a rear spoiler, dark lower valance, and badging to set it apart. Adaptive Variable Suspension that automatically adjust to 650 levels of damping force is also exclusively paired with the F Sport model. The F Sport gets unique Hadori aluminum trim, inspired by the traditional Japanese sword, that features fluctuating wave patterns for a three-dimensional appearance. The ES sedan offers Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 as standard equipment. Driver assist features include a pre-collision detection system that can spot cyclists and pedestrians, as well as a two-stage high-beam system with 24 LEDs that can automatically switch beams off to avoid dazzling oncoming drivers.

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