Leaked Image Highlights New Lexus ES

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, Automotive Editor - April 11, 2018

The new design appears to be a mid-cycle refresh.

Lexus is teasing a new model for the Beijing Motor Show and the leading candidate is a new version of the ES sedan.

The ES sedan's front-end takes several cues from the latest LS and LC models, updating the look of automaker's spindle grille with a more sculpted appearance. However, the photo only shows a small portion of the ES's front end. The stylish headlights continue to include their signature “swoosh,” and it's clear the grille uses vertical slates as opposed to the horizontal slates that are on the current model.

The Lexus ES will ride on a stretched version Toyota's New Global Architecture, which underpins several Lexus and Toyota models, including the Toyota Camry and Avalon. Both the Avalon and ES should share similar size and proportions, as they do currently.

Under the hood, there should be a 3.5-liter V6 producing 301 horsepower and an eight-speed automatic for the ES 350 model. There could also be an ES 300h hybrid using a rear axle electric motor similar to what Lexus offers in its UX crossover. However, the more likely move would see the company use the Camry's hybrid powertrain.

Lexus will likely debut new the ES at this month's Beijing auto show that starts April 25. A US on-sale date, pricing, and technical details should all arrive later this year.

, Automotive Editor

Anthony Alaniz is an award-winning journalist living in southeast Michigan. His professional writing career spans nearly a decade, ranging from writing for the local newspaper to Autoweek and Motor1. When he's not writing about cars, he covers the horror film genre at Modernhorrors.com.

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