Lexus ES previewed in first official picture

Lexus has previewed its upcoming ES

New saloon is due on sale in Britain at the end of this year, replacing the GS as Lexus’s BMW 5 Series rival

The first official image of the new Lexus ES has been released ahead of the car’s reveal at the Beijing motor show.

The picture, which shows the car’s nose and large front grille, follows a leaked image that was posted online yesterday (below) offering a slightly different angle of view.

The ES’s angular body panels and sharp lighting features mimic styling applied to the larger LS.

Autocar understands that the ES will come to the UK as the replacement for the GS, which is to be discontinued this month.

The ES has been around since the Lexus brand’s inception in 1989, but the seventh-generation model will be the first sold here. The car is 4.8 metres long, the same as the GS, and will serve as a rival to the BMW 5 Series.

Built on the underpinnings of parent company Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA), the model will be offered with a range of hybrid powertrains, possibly taken from the GS. That car features hybrid systems containing four and six-cylinder petrol engines.

The new ES is expected to arrive on roads at the end of 2018. It will be tasked with drastically improving on the sales performance of the GS, which has been a leftfield choice against its predominantly German rivals.

Just 428 examples were sold in Britain last year, meaning the model achieved just 10% of the success of Lexus’s best-selling model here, the NX SUV.

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Source:: Autocar