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2019 Lexus ES: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Automotive Editor - April 26, 2018

Model Preview

After a ho-hum redesign in 2013, the 2016 Lexus ES received a refresh that brought it a bit more in line with the evolving Lexus design language, but it still looked dated through 2018. This dated appearance is on borrowed time, as Lexus just officially unveiled the completely redesigned 2019 ES.

Visually, the ES will be almost unrecognizable, with sharper body lines, a reworked spindle grille, sportier headlights, a more rounded front end, a new rear end, and more. Down the side, the 2019 ES will inherit the swoopier roofline of its donor car, the Avalon. Like the Avalon, the new ES will be longer, lower and wider than the previous generation.

Inside, the 2019 ES will remain distinctly Lexus with a revised center console incorporating leatherwork that gives the interior a more flowing aesthetic. It’ll also retain the brand's often-maligned Remote Touch Interface. New bits include the steering wheel, lower driving position, enhanced rear leg room, available 12.3-inch display (8-inches standard), Apple CarPlay support, Amazon Alexa, Siri Eyes Free, and more.

2019 Lexus ES

The new ES will sit atop a brand-new platform (for Lexus, at least) that will offer rigidity that so many front-wheel-drive platforms lack. Under its hood, the ES 350 will gain a revised 3.5-liter V6 with 302 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque, which are gains of 34 hp and 19 lb-ft. A new eight-speed automatic transmission will pair with this V6.

The ES 300h hybrid model will continue with a 2.5-liter engine and an electric motor, but the total power will increase 15 ponies to 215 hp. Lexus expects the ES 300h to deliver 44 miles per gallon combined, which would be a 4 mpg increase over the 2018 model.

Lexus will continue its focus on safety by giving the 2019 ES standard Lexus Safety System+ 2.0. This is similar to last year’s Safety System+, but with select enhancements to its systems, like the automatic emergency braking system can now recognize bicyclists too. It also better recognizes pedestrians in the dark. Barring a catastrophic failure in structure, we expect at least an IIHS Top Safety Pick rating, maybe even a Top Safety Pick+.

Pricing and Release Date

Lexus plans to have the 2019 ES in showrooms in September 2018.

There are no pricing details yet, but we expect at least a small price hike relative to the 2018 ES, which ranges from $39,945 to $42,815 (destination fees included).

Rivals will include the Genesis G80, Acura TLX, and the Lincoln MKZ.

Learn about the current ES on sale now »

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2019 Lexus ES

2019 Lexus ES

2019 Lexus ES

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