Taking centre stage at Lexus Malaysia’s booth at the 2018 Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show (KLIMS) is the seventh-generation Lexus ES. Displayed against an elegant backdrop, here are things you need to know about the new luxury limousine before it makes its local debut in 2019:
On display is the ES 250 which is powered by a 2.5-litre naturally aspirated VVT-i petrol engine that makes 206 hp and 247 Nm of twist. Drive is channelled to the front wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission allowing the ES 250 to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 9.1 seconds onwards to a top speed of 210 km/h.
The Lexus ES is essentially a shrunken LS – Lexus’ flagship limousine, from the exterior design down to the rear passenger comfort amenities. The latter put the ES ahead of its rivals such as the W213 Mercedes-Benz E-Class and G30 BMW 5 Series. Except, the fully imported origins of the ES will mean that it won’t be able to command the same pricing strategy as its locally assembled German rivals.
Lexus ES 250 Previewed at KLIMS