The facelifted 2022 Lexus ES was officially launched in the Philippines last September. However, it is only this month that the midsize luxury sedan has officially arrived on Philippine shores. You can see its virtual launch at the Lexus Manila Facebook page on December 10.
The 2022 Lexus ES is a model renowned for its quiet, smooth performance and high levels of cabin comfort and spaciousness. The latest iteration of the ES focuses on strengthening these qualities, refreshing the car’s styling, improving ride and responsiveness, and introducing new, technology-led equipment features. Since it was first unveiled in 1989, 2.65 million Lexus ES units have been sold worldwide. It remains one of Lexus’s core models and accounts for 1/4th of its vehicle sales in 2020.
Notable improvements can be found inside of the cabin as all Lexus interiors are designed to blend a driver-centric cockpit with spacious and comfortable areas for the passengers. Lexus calls this concept “Seat in Control,” a simple idea that says, from the moment you get in, all the controls you need are within reach and all the information you want is in plain view.
In true Lexus fashion, the new ES embraces continuous improvement wherein the Lexus Remote Touch infotainment has been moved closer to accommodate its new touch screen interface. Additional interior updates include a streamlined instrument panel design that is an example of seamless cabin integration.
Improvements were also made from behind the wheel. The ultimate goal is to deliver a new generation of Lexus vehicles that is more balanced, refined in control, and more confident than ever before.
The ES continues the so-called Lexus Driving Signature philosophy with additional performance updates, such as an enhanced suspension and brake system for both improved handling and comfort. The brake pedal shape has also been enlarged on all ES models to improve foot stability and confidence when the pedal is depressed.
As for its exterior enhancements, the facelifted 2022 Lexus ES improves on the quality and elegance that has been well received by its customers. The exterior has evolved into a more modern look by way of a newly designed front grille and newly designed headlamps, while the interior has adopted new interior colors.
Two variants have been launched locally: the ES 300h and ES 350 Premier
Lexus ES 350 Premier (P4,728,000)
The 2022 Lexus ES 350 delivers strong and efficient performance from a 3.5-liter V6 engine that offers 302ps and 356Nm of torque. Mated to this is an 8-speed automatic transmission. Power is put to the ground through 235/45 R18 tires.
Other features unique to the ES 350 Premier variant are rain-sensing wipers; automatic trunk operation with a kick sensor; semi-aniline leather seats, driver and front passenger 10-way power seats, and front-seat ventilation systems.
Front and center is a 12.3-inch touch screen that has Apple Carplay, Android Auto, Smartphone Linking, and Miracast. Audiophiles will appreciate the high-end 17-Speaker Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound, while wireless charging comes standard as well.
The ES 350 Premier is equipped with Lexus’s most advanced safety technology. The Lexus Safety System (LSS) addresses the three most common accident types: frontal collisions, lane departures, and nighttime accidents. Dynamic radar cruise control; adaptive high beams; lane-tracing assist with lane-departure alert; blind-spot monitor (BSM); and rear cross-traffic alert (RCTA) work in conjunction with an entire suite of standard luxury safety features.
Lexus ES300h (P3,758,000)
With significantly enhanced supple ride quality that has been an integral part of the ES DNA, the new ES also exhibits a newfound sportiness that thoroughly captures the ideals of the new generation of Lexus. At the heart of the car’s more athletic nature is the brand’s latest driving technology, namely, the GA-K platform and new-generation hybrid-electric system.
The ES hybrid’s electric system achieves excellent fuel efficiency and powerful acceleration due to the new hybrid transaxle with improved efficient internal power flow and a higher-efficiency power control unit. A new, more compact hybrid battery is located beneath the rear seats, contributing to ideal weight balance and low center of gravity, while maintaining cargo space. Combined with the new 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine, it has a total system output of 215 horsepower and it rides on 215/55 R17 tires.
The interior features synthetic leather; 8-way power adjustment for driver and front passenger; HEV indicator; 8-inch touch screen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Smartphone Linking, and Miracast; plus, a 10-speaker premium sound system.
On the safety front, ABS, EBD, and traction control come standard alongside a host of safety features expected on a Lexus luxury sedan.
The new Lexus ES was designed for the luxury-car buyer looking for a comfortable executive sedan with European characteristics and nimble handling. The new ES family builds upon this recipe for success with numerous multimedia, safety, and style updates.