With the Japanese luxury automaker’s midsize sedan first coming out in 2018 for the 2019 model year, a refresh was pretty much inevitable. Say hello to the 2022 Lexus ES, which features very subtle exterior changes and a new infotainment system.
While the exterior changes are minor, they do help make the ES’ design age pretty well. The signature spindle grille has been slightly reshaped and it now features L-shaped patterns. Lexus has also updated the car’s LED headlights, which now has three projectors for the adaptive LED lighting. The side and rear remain unchanged, though Lexus gave the ES a new selection of wheel designs ranging from 17- to 19-inches in the case of the F Sport variant.
The interior design largely remains unchanged. The main highlight, however, is the new Lexus Remote Touch infotainment system, wherein it now features an 8- or 12.3-inch screen that now responds to touch as opposed to being solely controlled via the touchpad. Elsewhere, interior materials and quality remain largely the same, which isn’t exactly a bad thing since the Lexus ES always had an impressively luxurious interior.
Powertrain options for the 2022 Lexus ES are carried over from the previous model. This means it still gets a 2.5-liter hybrid powertrain (ES 300h) that produces 215 hp or a 3.5-liter V6 (ES 350) that produces 302 hp. Transmission options are also unchanged, with the ES 300h using an eCVT while the ES 350 uses an 8-speed automatic.
Lexus has also updated the ES 350 F Sport variant with a new Dynamic Handling Package, which adds additional drive modes and an adaptive variable suspension. Lexus says this new suspension system provides 650 levels of adjustments based on factors such as speed, steering angle, linear and vertical g loads, and yaw rate.
Other improvements made to the ES include a new rear suspension member brace for improved torsional rigidity, ride comfort, and handling, along with a new braking system with an enlarged pedal for a more linear feel.
The 2022 Lexus ES like most new modern cars nowadays, comes with a suite of advanced driver-assist systems. Lexus Safety System+ 2.5 features an improved automatic emergency braking thanks to a new camera lens and millimeter-wave radar. It also features a new Intersection Turning Assist, Emergency Steering Assist, and an improved full-speed adaptive cruise control with a new overtaking function. Unlike usual adaptive cruise control systems wherein the car will only speed up after the overtake, Lexus’ improved system will begin accelerating the vehicle the moment you tap the turn signal and perform the lane change.
Lexus Safety System+ 2.5 also features a new Curve Speed Reduction Function, which slows down the vehicle when going through curves. In addition, the Lane Tracing Assist feature does not only monitor lane markings but also surrounding vehicles for better lane-centering capability.
The 2022 Lexus ES will go on sale in the U.S. this fall, while a Philippine launch should happen in Q4 2021 or early 2022.