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).