Lexus has announced the appearance of the refreshed ES at the Shanghai International Auto Show, which will open to the press on April 19. Taking into account the cancellation and postponement of car exhibitions, the motor show in the PRC promises to be the largest and most striking event in the auto world over the past year.
The seventh-generation front-wheel-drive ES sedan (codename XZ10) has been on sale since 2018. That is, the update will be carried out three years after the launch of the model. So far, the only photo has been published, it shows a headlight. At first glance, it may seem that it has not changed, but in fact it is not. The lightning bolt of the DRL has been slightly shortened, and the three LED spotlights have got more square lenses.
You can look at the rear of the business sedan in a short promo video. On it, the car quickly slipped past the camera, so it is impossible to study the nature of the changes.
The Lexus ES is based on the GA-K platform, which is similar to that of the new generation Toyota Camry. It is part of the overall modular architecture of TNGA. The sedan has front-wheel drive, and from 2020 an all-wheel drive version has appeared in the lineup.
Along with the updated ES, the LF-Z Electrified concept car will be shown at the Shanghai Auto Show, a harbinger of the premium brand’s first mass-produced electric vehicle. It is built on the promising Direct4 electromobile platform, with two motors (one per axle) providing four-wheel drive. The total power of the engines is 394 kW (536 hp), the torque is 700 Nm. Acceleration from standstill to 100 km / h takes 3 seconds, top speed is 200 km / h.
So far, the only electric Lexus model is the UX300e with one 204-horsepower electric motor and a battery with a capacity of 54.3 kWh. It is sold in small quantities.