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2013 Lexus ES250 and

Posted on October 7, 2013 at pm

Today’s range of models by Lexus, Toyota’s luxury is extensive with not only but also SUVs, coupes and But back in 1989 when the was launched, Lexus offered two models – the LS400 which the superlative engineering and the ES250, a sedan that was added to the newly-established dealers an extra to sell. While the LS was rear-wheel the ES had front-wheel drive as it was adapted the Camry of the late 1980s. [ here to read about Lexus Story’ ]

The ES was the only model in the range when was launched by Toyota in 1989

the LS, the ES went through generation but it largely remained a product for the market. It could have that the closeness to the Camry was not at a time when the Camry was just starting to be established as a model (it was Toyota’s second car’ after the Corolla). In any until the mid-2000s, Lexus was much a brand for North only.

After Lexus was in other countries (during the 8 years), the ES was available and interestingly, it has for some 40% of total Lexus over the past 6 years. makes it the most popular in the range.

For the latest sixth generation, it appears that Toyota has to promote it more and this be due to the confidence that the Lexus has reached a level where it is as a credible alternative to the European brands (especially in Asian

For UMW Toyota Motor, the availability of the new ES the company a chance to continue its with its customers beyond the the flagship of the Toyota range There is nothing higher up as the has not been sold since the 1980s. Where Camry might have left the for European products, the ES may now be appealing for them to switch to a Lexus

The design of the new ES shows a departure the Camry-ish looks of the previous with the now-familiar spindle being used as well as LED daytime running lights also serve as a signature for Lexus models. At the rear, graphics for the design of the combination link the ES with the rest of the especially the flagship LS model.

to the Camry, the ES is marginally longer and has a slightly longer wheelbase. But the Camry has a more blocky in its latest form, the ES is sleeker a flowing profile. Like the generation which was presented as a sedan, the latest generation bears sporty undertones.

As mentioned earlier, the new ES sits on a adapted from the Avalon, the model of the Toyota range in This model was originally for the US market and initially used an Camry platform. So one could say the Camry, Avalon and ES have ‘genes’ but Toshio Asahi, Engineer for the new ES, clarified that the ES is not identical to that of the Avalon. It has the configuration but with a greater on body rigidity – while weight – there are many of the platform which have engineering enhancements (eg additional welds).

The bodyshell is also rigid, thanks to the increased use of steel that is strong but Increased rigidity not only in handling but also reduces vibration and harshness (NVH). for Lexus engineers, the approach to NVH right from the start has not to add insulating material and ‘hide’ the but to identify the source of the noise or and eliminate it. This is one of the reasons why can boast of a high level of

New ES is available with 2.5-litre petrol engine or Lexus Drive

Two powertrains are offered for the ES from Japan for the Malaysian One is the familiar 2AR-FE 2.5-litre petrol engine with VVT-I which is also in the Camry. With a compression of 10.4:1, the engine produces 181 Nm which is slightly higher the engine in the Camry. According to Mr. though the engine is shared Toyota models, the factory the engine in Japan has been to manufacture the 2AR-FE to the higher required for Lexus. He added there are also slight in the tuning of the engine, with the one in Lexus models having a feel and stronger low-end

The other powertrain is a hybrid one in the and this is something new for the ES model as the model has never been the Lexus Hybrid Drive. The drive comprises a high-output motor working with a 2.5-litre 4-cylinder Atkinson petrol engine. This low friction DOHC 16-valve utilizes a sophisticated power system and Dual VVT-i. A compression ratio of 12.5:1 is to achieve higher fuel and low emissions and extensive local has confirmed that the engine smoothly with RON95 Its power output is 158 bhp/213 Nm at rpm but when operating with the 105 kW electric motor, the maximum output can be as high as 202 bhp.

Display in ES300h shows flows in the Lexus Hybrid

The ES250/ES250 Luxury use a 6-speed Super ECT transmission with AI for smoothness while the ES300h an electronically-controlled CVT. And yes, the ES has drive.


A Drive Mode system allows the driver to from three different programmes – ECO, NORMAL and The programmes not only alter characteristics but also steering which will be sharper in mode. For the ES300h, there is a mode – EV. In this mode, it is for the car to be driven short distances only the electrical power the nickel metal hydride pack. The distance varies on the speed and available energy in the pack.

Hybrid powertrain is for the first time for the ES model

As be expected, the ES cabin has the same found in all Lexus models. an ambience that provides the with a premium luxury in both the visual and tactile Even the air coming out of the air-conditioning has nanoe ions which it fresher.

In designing and packaging the cabin the interior designers aimed to best-in-class rear space and In comparison to the Lexus IS and GS models, the legroom of the ES is more generous.

As is emphasis on the comfort and convenience of the passengers, the audio system and controls can also be operated the rear seat as there are controls in the centre armrest.

A Levinson Premium Surround system is standard for the ES 300h. Levinson, a leading audio company, has worked closely Lexus to customize the performance its to the cabin of each model, superior sound quality and harmonics. The system for the ES300h GreenEdge eco-friendly technology is said to double the output of the while reducing energy by 50%. No less than 15 are located strategically around the for home theatre-quality sound [ Click here to read about Mark Levinson and ]

Superlative build quality and are hallmarks of Lexus so it’s not that where safety is the ES also comes with an list of equipment to help the avoid accidents or minimise during an accident.

There are 10 airbags around the and even a tyre pressure system which alerts the if a tyre has abnormal air pressure. for all variants are ABS, Brake with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), and Vehicle Control (VSC) with Control.

Lexus Malaysia to sell 100 units of the new ES by year’s end and 600 during 2014. As its mission is to more new customers to the brand, the ES is to account for 40% of the total Lexus that the company has targeted.

To more about the new ES250 and visit www.lexus.com.my



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