2019 Lexus ES teased ahead of 2018 Beijing auto show

Teaser for 2019 Lexus ES debuting at 2018 Beijing auto show

A redesigned Lexus ES is coming for the 2019 model year and Lexus on Wednesday released the first official photo and confirmed the debut for this month’s 2018 Beijing auto show.

The release follows the recent posting of a leaked shot of the new ES on Arabic website . Shown below, the leaked shot reveals a little more of the car, though still only a portion of its front end.

So far the design of the new ES looks to be a slightly sharper, more athletic take on the current model’s themes.

The size and proportions should match the latest Toyota Camry, whose platform the new ES shares, in this case a stretched version of Toyota’s TNGA modular design. Lighter and lower than the platform in the current ES, the adoption of the TNGA platform should result in better handling for the new model.

2019 Lexus ES leaked - Image via Almuraba

In the powertrain department, look for an ES 350 with a 301-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 and 8-speed automatic. An ES 300h hybrid should be offered as well, possibly with a rear axle electric motor-type setup similar to what Lexus is offering in the new UX subcompact crossover, as such a setup would mean all-wheel drive. An alternative could be the Camry’s hybrid setup which pairs a 2.5-liter inline-4 mated to an e-CVT at the front axle.

The new ES is due in showrooms in the second half of the year and production for the United States should continue at Toyota’s plant in Georgetown, Kentucky.

Despite falling demand for sedans, the ES remains an important nameplate for Lexus. After all, it’s the third most popular model after the after the RX and NX crossovers, with sales in the U.S. in 2017 totaling just over 50,000 units. In contrast, the similar-sized GS managed less than 8,000 units and thus might not be replaced once the current model’s run its course.

Check Also

Aston Martin plans new platform for SUV

Aston Martin will jump into the luxury SUV game when the DBX enters production in 2019. Until then, the British brand will continue to work hard on the SUV, including developing a new platform. Aston Martin chief engineer Matt Becker told Road and Track in an interview published Tuesday that the SUV's new platform takes learnings from the company's other...

2019 Acura MDX A-Spec priced from $55,795

Acura is boosting interest in its MDX with a new-for-2019 MDX A-Spec model, which is on sale now priced from $55,795. That's up on the 2019 MDX base model, which is priced from $45,295. Both figures include destination. Unveiled in March at the 2018 New York auto show, the A-Spec upgrade is essentially a sport appearance package that adds a touch of...