The ES has been one of the leftover models in Lexus’ lineup that has yet to receive an update. That all ends in the 2016 model year, as the Japanese luxury automaker has unveiled the refreshed ES at the Shanghai Auto Show.
The silhouette of the new ES is unchanged, but the front and rear fascias underwent some heavy revisions. Up front, the ES receives the now-signature spindle grille, completely redesigned LED projector headlights, L-shaped daytime running lights, redesigned fog lights and surrounds, new front and rear bumper designs, and new taillights graphics.
On top of the new look, the ES now has four new exterior colors to choose from, including Amber, Nightfall Mica, Caviar, and Eminent White Pearl.
The ES’ cabin also receives a mild update for the new model year. While most of its structure is identical to the 2015 model, the 2016 model has new color combos and elegant multi-color options, an embossed pattern on the seatbacks, a revised steering wheel, a larger (4.2-inch) color multi-information display, and new “enter” buttons on either side of the Remote Touch Interface control.
The 2016 ES’s seats are available in four colors: Flaxen, Parchment, Stratus Gray and black. The seat options also include three materials: semi-aniline leather, leather and Lexus NuLuxe.
Under the hood, the U.S.-spec ES will carry on with the 3.5-liter V-6 engine and a hybrid option. In other markets, like China, Russia and Taiwan, the ES will also have a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder available. Lexus will also offer a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine in the global market.
The 2016 ES should also handle better, thanks to additional reinforcements on the unibody to make it more rigid. Additionally, it should have a quieter cabin, thanks to enhanced sound-deadening material.
Lexus didn’t mention an approximate release date, nor did it make any light of pricing for the 2016 ES. Stay tuned and we’ll bring you this information once it’s available.