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Check out the newest Lexus sedan!

Motor Trend India logo Motor Trend India 10-09-2018 Motor Trend Staff
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Meet the newest Lexus which has been launched in India. Do remember the previous ES was one of the cars with which Lexus entered in our market. Now Lexus has launched the new ES. The ES is here in its hybrid form and christened in ES300h with a price-tag of Rs 59.13 lakh which is quite competitive and would gives Lexus a share in the competitive luxury saloon segment.

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There are quite a few changes from the earlier ES. Up front, the 2019 Lexus ES features wider headlamps with three light clusters instead of two. The hoodline is now 2 inches lower than before. Lexus' controversial spindle grille carries over to the new ES, but it's even bigger this time around and available in two versions on the new model. The standard ES has vertical slats that orient toward the central Lexus badge, a much more interesting look than the straight horizontal slats on the old model.

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Lexus says the car follows the design of a four-door coupe and has a "fast roofline." But we think it looks like a traditional sedan, even from the side profile. At this angle, you can really notice the new curved hood. The roofline is slightly more dramatic than before, we'll admit, and the side window tapers off near the rear wheel more sharply than before. The new ES is 2.6 inches longer and 1.8 inches wider, with a 2.0-inch longer wheelbase. But since the model looks more athletic, it's easy to see the new car as smaller than before, at least from the photos.

In the rear, the chunky taillights from the old model are gone, replaced by triangular lights that taper toward the center of the trunk lid. Character lines flow down from the taillights, adding visual interest. The cut lines for the trunk are now more rounded rather than boxy like on the old model.

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Big and bulky was the theme of the old ES interior. The embedded infotainment screen, center console, and audio and climate control sections, and even the entire dashboard, took up a lot of space. Now, the ES features a new display that sits atop the dash. Instead of the old mouse-like controller, there is a touchpad controlling the infotainment screen on the new model. Lexus rearranged the buttons in a more compact and cohesive pattern. If you're one of those people who loved the look of the classic dial clock on the old model, don't distress because it's still there. It has just been moved to the side of the infotainment screen rather than below the screen in between the air vents. But we're not noticing a CD player on this new model.

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Do you think the 2019 Lexus ES is refreshing or revolting? We really like its rakish lines and added swagger plus the new cabin brings it bang upto date with the Lexus design philosophy. With promise of exceptional customer service and a different experience, the ES has a lot to offer. Do remember it is the only hybrid in its class. It comes with a 2.5-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine along with an electric motor which means it makes a combined power of 215 hp and more importantly deliver 22.3 kmpl which is not matched by any other luxury sedan. In terms of luxury you have plenty of choice with wood trim finishes, leather plus a superb 17 speaker Mark Levinson audio system amongst others. This is easily the most desirable Lexus on sale in India right now.

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