The time has come for Lexus to update the look of its sixth generation ES model range for 2016; a look that is both fresh and sleek, mirroring its siblings with better tech and equipment as well.
What we have here is the ES300h hybrid model of the range, and one thing that’s carried forward is the brand’s signature spindle grille. However, a pair of LED head lights gives the range a more grown up look to compliment the other styling features, such as the new fog lights.
Going around the side, you will come across a set of new 17-inch alloy wheels which are exclusive to the ES range and comes wrapped with low-resistance tyres. The rear end gets the familiar L-shaped tail lamps. Fans of the Toyota Camry will definitely spot the resemblance here. As before, the ES 300h conveys its hybrid identity through subtle cues, including a trunk lip spoiler, hidden exhaust pipe and blue hybrid badges.
Drive is provided via the rather familiar powertrain from the current model (also powering our Camry Hybrid) – 2AR-FXE 2.5-litre single VVT-i twin-cam Atkinson cycle four-cylinder unit that makes out 158 hp at 5,700 rpm and 213 Nm at 4,500 rpm and is coupled to a 650V nickel-metal hydride battery pack that packs a total combined punch of about 200 hp.
Fuel consumption is rated by the manufacturers at a healthy 7.1 litres per 100 km on the combined cycle. It has also been designed to run without an accessory belt, meaning that the water pump and steering are electric driven.
This ES 300h has a knack for safety in mind, with 10 airbags as standard to boot. The facelift gets the optional Lexus’ Safety System+ Package that combines Pre-Collision System (PCS), Lane Departure Alert (LDA) with Steering Assist, Intelligent High Beam (IHB) and High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.
The outgoing ES300h was introduced at the end of 2013 and retails for RM353,000 on-the-road (excluding insurance), and comes with a three-year warranty.