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Refreshed 2016 Lexus ES Teased Ahead of Shanghai Auto Show Debut

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/10/2015 Jake Holmes

Lexus will introduce a refreshed version of its ES entry-luxury sedan at the 2015 Shanghai auto show on April 20. As this teaser photo shows, the 2016 Lexus ES will receive visual update that includes a new grille in line with the design of other Lexus models.

This photo shows that the 2016 Lexus ES has a restyled spindle grille, with a larger aperture and more prominent chrome trim. Reshaped headlights are now narrower and more angular, with the same Nike swoosh-like running light design that is present on most other new Lexus models.

2016 Lexus ES Headlight Teaser© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Lexus ES Headlight Teaser

This version of the Lexus ES, the luxury sedan's sixth generation, was introduced at the 2012 New York auto show. The front-wheel-drive car is based on the Toyota Avalon, which likewise received a mild facelift at the 2015 Chicago auto show in February. Along with a visual freshening, the 2016 Toyota Avalon benefitted from a retuned suspension, a new Touring trim level, and a revised touchscreen infotainment system.

Powertrains for the 2016 Lexus ES aren't expected to change from the current model. Today's ES350 has a 3.5-liter V-6 engine rated for 268 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque, with a six-speed automatic transmission. The ES300h hybrid combines a 156-hp, 2.5-liter inline-four gas engine with an electric motor-generator to produce a total of 200 hp. The hybrid sedan returns 40/39/40 mpg (city/highway/combined) in EPA testing.

Look for more details on the 2016 Lexus ES when the updated sedan debuts later this month.

Source: Lexus

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