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Jun 08, 2018 Hit: 285 Written by 
The seventh-generation Lexus ES debuts for the 2019 model year
The seventh-generation Lexus ES debuts for the 2019 model year Photo courtesy of Lexus

Lexus is upping the stakes in the luxury sedan segment, with the unveiling of their  seventh-generation Lexus ES sedan, which features an an all-new chassis, updated exterior design, and the introduction of the first ES F SPORT.

Lexus says the vehicle is more spacious and quieter than previous iterations, and also features sharpened performance, plus advanced safety and tech features.

Here are some key highlights:


Design

-- All-new Global Architecture–K (GA-K) platform which is longer (+2.6 inches), lower (-

0.2 inches) and wider (+1.8 inches) than before
-- Wheels that have been pushed closer to the corners thanks to a two-inch longer wheelbase
-- Project Chief Designer, Yasuo Kajino, describes the look of the ES as “provocative elegance”

Noise reduction
-- To address noise and vibrations, sound deadening insulation now covers 93% of the floor pan (up from 68%)
-- Underbody covers and front fender liners further reduce road noise
-- Performance dampeners are used to reduce vibrations on all Ultra Luxury and F SPORT models

Suspension
-- The angle of the strut has been revised to improve ride quality
-- An increase in caster angle (+2 degrees) and caster trail (+0.3 in) help improve straight-line stability
-- Dynamic Control Shocks are capable of responding to small movements thanks to a non-overlapping auxiliary valve that allows damper oil to flow in either direction before entering the main valve.

-- Higher placement of the trailing arm mounting point and a larger bushing size results in better ability to help dampen road irregularities
-- Wider spacing of the stabilizer bushing mounts also contributes to overall roll reduction.


Steering

-- A new rack-assist type Electric Power Steering (EPS) system is used to deliver a more precise steering feel.

-- The new layout also allows for additional adjustability of the steering wheel, with 1.2 inches of additional tilt and 1.6 inches of additional telescoping range.


F Sport

-- Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) replaces the Dynamic Control Shocks with adjustable dampers.

-- Adjustments are based on information from sensors that measure both linear and vertical g loads, vehicle speed, steering angle, yaw rate and master cylinder pressure in addition to information from the engine control computer and skid control computer.

-- Drive Mode Selct: Eco, Normal, Sport S, Sport S+ and Custom.

 

Powerplant

-- All ES 350s are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 with 302 horsepower at 6,600 rpm and 267 lb-ft of torque at 4,700 rpm. (Up 34 HP and 19 lb.-ft.)
-- 22 mpg city, 33 mpg highway and 26 mpg in combined driving

Tech

-- Lexus Multimedia System (8-inch and 12.3-inch versions)

-- The optional navigation system blends on-board information with cloud-based data
-- Updated Remote Touch Interface (RTI) pad has more usable surface area and vibration feedback to make it easier to use.

-- A 10-speaker Pioneer audio system comes standard on all models while a 17-speaker Mark Levinson system with 1,800 watts is available as an option.

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