The Lexus ES is back

By topgear ,

Lexus ES

The Lexus ES is back, after seven years. The ES was one of the first two Lexus models introduced during the brand’s inauguration in 1989. Now, the ES range includes a hybrid model, alongside the usual petrol offerings.

The new Lexus ES will be available in two models – ES 250 and ES Hybrid. The ES 250 is powered by a 184 bhp 2.5-litre petrol plant and the ES Hybrid has a 205 bhp a 2.5-litre Atkinson cycle engine which chugs 5.5 L/100km. CO2 emissions is rated at 130g/km, qualifying it for a S$10,000 CEVS rebate.

The petrol option comes with a six-speed sequential-shift automatic transmission. The hybrid is qeuipped with a 105kW electric motor and continuously variable transmission with sequential shift feature.

Inside is the usual Lexus luxurious hand-stiched beige with tons of tinker toys such as the Lexus Remote Touch Interface, automatic rear sunshade and a dial to set the driving mode: Eco, Normal or... hmm... Sport.

A sporty Lexus probably sounds as far-fetched as their only supercar, the LF-A, but Lexus insists that the new ES has an engaging drive, with more spot welds and beefed up reinforcements on the chassis.

Prices for the ES 250 start from S$235,000 to S$247,000 (inclusive of COE). For the hybrid, prices start from S$245,000 to S$257,000 (after CEVS rebate, inclusive of COE).