(TORONTO, ON – October 26, 2015) Maintaining luxury leadership requires relentless pursuit. After significant enhancements for 2015, The ES maintains its momentum by endowing the 2016 ES 350 and ES 300h with a redesign to the front, rear and wheels; plus a host of new safety, connectivity and multimedia technology.
The Lexus ES 350 serves as part of the brand’s strategy in the entry-luxury segment, combining flagship-type comfort - including 40 inches of rear seat legroom - with front-wheel drive traction. The ES 350 delivers strong and efficient performance from a standard 268-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine teamed to an ultra-smooth six-speed automatic transmission, while offering competitive fuel economy ratings: 11.4 / 7.6 / 9.7 L/100km (city / highway / combined).
On the Lexus ES 300h, the beauty of the Lexus Hybrid Drive system comes through in its seamless operation. The system combines a 2.5-liter four-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine with an electric motor to generate 200 total system horsepower. The ES 300h is capable of running strictly on the electric motor, the gas engine alone, or a combination of both, based on the driving situation. The electronic continuously variable transmission is a further contributor to the vehicle’s smooth demeanor. The ES 300h also has an excellent fuel economy rating of just 5.8 / 6.1 / 5.9 L/100 km (city / highway / combined), along with the convenience of refuel at any gas station.
The current-generation ES was already wearing the Lexus spindle grille, the brand’s signature design feature, and for 2016 it receives an even bolder, one-piece version, framed by elegant satin chrome trim. New standard LED headlights give the 2016 ES an elegant stare at night. A fully redesigned front fascia puts the LED fog lights at the corners accentuating the wide stance.
The 2016 ES 350 expresses a more sophisticated look from the rear with distinctive L-shaped taillights and new chrome-tipped rectangular exhaust ports peeking through the restyled rear fascia, as on the flagship LS. The refreshed design extends to new standard 17-inch alloy wheels and three new exterior colours.
As before, the ES 300h conveys its hybrid identity through subtle cues, including a trunk lip spoiler, hidden exhaust pipe and blue hybrid badges.
New Lexus Safety System+
Starting with 10 standard airbags, the 2016 Lexus ES 350 offers exemplary safety through its robust structure and a wide array of driver-assist technologies. For 2016, the newly available Lexus Safety System+ Package combines Pre-Collision System (PCS), Lane Departure Alert (LDA) with Steering Assist, Intelligent High Beam (IHB) and High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.
High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control works at speeds over 40 km/h. The system tracks the speed of the vehicle traveling ahead and adjusts the speed setting accordingly to help maintain a preset distance. Should a vehicle enter or exit your lane, the system responds with smooth deceleration and acceleration control.
PCS can detect vehicles – and in certain conditions, pedestrians – by using a combination of millimeter-wave radar and a front-facing camera. The system warns the driver of a possible collision and initiates automatic braking with Brake Assist if necessary.
Using a camera to detect visible lane markings, Lane Departure Alert will convey audio-visual alerts and vibrate the steering wheel if the systems determine that the driver unintentionally deviated from the lane. Lane Departure Alert, with Steering Assist enabled, helps the vehicle stay centered in its lane by smoothly increasing steering torque a small amount to assist in maintaining course.
Also available on the 2016 ES is Intelligent High Beam technology that senses headlights from oncoming traffic, and also the taillights of the vehicle traveling in front, and automatically adjusts high- and low-beam illumination.
The optional Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) helps detect vehicles in side blind spots and alert the driver to rear cross traffic when reversing out of a parking space.
Entry Luxury Defined – and Defied
Always in pursuit of optimal luxury, Lexus has made numerous upgrades to the 2016 ES 350’s already comfortable cabin. New interior colours and colour coordination, soft-touch materials added to the console and silver-trimmed piano black door switch plates are among the details that give the interior a richer appearance.
The 2016 Lexus ES 350 defies the “entry” part of entry luxury, thanks to standard 10-way adjustable power front seats; automatic climate control; NuLuxe perforated upholstery; a power tilt-and-slide moonroof; power-adjustable outside mirrors with turn signals and defoggers; remote-linked power window and moonroof opening and Lexus Personalized Settings to customize select electronic functions.
The 2016 Lexus ES may be enhanced with two available upgrade packages:
Premium Sound, a Lexus Tradition
Whether you’ve gone all digital with an iPod® or smartphone for music, or still tote around your CD collection, the standard eight-speaker Lexus Premium Sound System plays along. It gives you the choice of using an in-dash CD player, USB/iPod connectivity, Bluetooth® audio streaming, HD Radio™ with iTunes tagging, and an integrated SiriusXM® Satellite Radio receiver.
Once again, pinnacle audio performance in the Lexus ES 350 comes from the available Mark Levinson® Premium Sound system. Powering 15 speakers with 835-watts, the system turns the car into a private listening room. Borrowing from high-end home audio, Clari-Fi technology can enhance the sound of compressed digital audio (satellite radio, mobile streaming, mp3, etc.).
The 2016 Lexus ES 350 and Lexus ES 300h are now on sale at Lexus Dealers across Canada.
For more information on features and specifications, visit www.lexus.ca/es.
About Lexus Canada
Lexus Canada is the exclusive Canadian distributor of Lexus luxury cars and sport utility vehicles through a sales and service network of 38 dealers across Canada. There are 11 Lexus nameplates on the road today, allowing guests many choices in a range of luxury vehicle segments. Six of these 11 offer hybrid models, giving Lexus Canada’s largest luxury hybrid lineup. In the 2014 J.D. Power and Associates Vehicle Dependability StudySM (VDS), Lexus ranked highest in vehicle dependability among all nameplates for the third consecutive year. Additionally, the Lexus RX and RXh are built at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada’s (TMMC) Cambridge South plant, the recipient of J.D. Power’s 2014 Platinum Plant Quality Award, Worldwide. For more information about Lexus products, and Lexus’ pursuit of perfection, visit: www.lexus.ca.
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