The new 2016 Lexus ES debuted at 2015 Shanghai Motor Show with two versions, a stronger ES 350 and ES 300h hybrid.
The dimensions of the redesigned 2016 Lexus ES have not been changed. The update mostly refers to new “spindle grille” to the front fascia, which is now bolder and in one piece, surrounded by satin chrome trim. On both sides it has received slimmer LED headlights. The bumper has also been reworked with chrome surrounds for the fog lamps.
At the rear, the old taillights have been replaced with new ones featuring L-shaped clusters. There are also rectangular exhaust outlets, revised chrome trim, and a new trunk lid spoiler.
Some other changes include new optional 17” alloy wheels and four new available exterior colors: Autumn Shimmer, Nightfall Mica, Caviar, and Eminent White Pearl.
In a nutshell, the 2016 ES has received a refresh rather than a total makeover. New grille and headlamps make it look much more aggressive than the previous model.
2016 Lexus ES Interior
The interior of the 2016 Lexus ES was more than satisfying, however some upgrades were necessary in order for the vehicle to look fresh. The design remain unchanged, but Lexus did add some new features and finishes: Linear Dark Mocha wood, Illustrious Piano Black wood (instead of the Piano Black), and Bamboo with a matt instead of a gloss finish. A Flaxen interior that combines light brown upholstery with a black dashboard and two-tone door panels is also available.
When it comes to infotainment, both the ES 350 and ES 300h have received new connectivity with Lexus Enform Remote and Lexus Safety System+, accompanied by a Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Intelligent High Beam and High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. Also, the Mark Levinson premium sound system and the panoramic roof are now available with all option packages.
Engine Specs and performance
The ES’s powertrain remains completely unaltered, so both the ES 350 and the ES 300h continue with last year’s engines and transmissions.
Let’s just recall the drivetrain of the 2016 ES. The ES 350 uses Toyota’s venerable 3.5-liter V-6 engine delivering 268 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. The VVT-i variable valve timing system is the same and coupled to the same 6-speed automatic transmission. EPA ratings are 21 mpg city, 31 mpg highway, and 24 mpg combined. Acceleration 0-60 mph sprint in 6.5 seconds, while top speed is about 130 mph.
The 2016 Lexus ES 300h, uses the hybrid combo 2.5-liter, four-cylinder, Atkinson-cycle gasoline engine and an electric motor, and an electronically controlled CVT. It delivers 200 horsepower. it offers three modes to choose from. Combined EPA fuel economy is 40 mpg. Performance is of course unaltered as well. The ES 300h accelerates 0-60 mph in 8.1 seconds and reaches a top speed of 112 mph.
Price and release date
Based on the prices of the 2015 ES 350 ($37,700) and ES 300h ($40,580), next year’s models are expected to be only slightly more expensive: the 2016 Lexsus ES 350 starting at $38,000 and the 2016 ES 300h little above $41,000.