In few weeks the doors will be opened by the International motor show in Beijing. Probably, exactly there Lexus will hold the official presentation of the ES sedan of the seventh generation. There is no official information yet, but to hide from the automobile public something interesting about this model at Japanese will hardly turn out.
Judging by the published photos which in fact act as an informal teaser, ES of new generation has received a front grille with vertical edges, new headlights in the spirit of the LS sedan and also a new bumper.
Relevant Lexus ES is under construction on the basis of the front-wheel Toyota K platform. The same platform has formed a basis for wide scale of the Toyota cars, since old Highlander of generation XU20, and finishing with the RX crossover. However new ES, together with the Camry and Avalon sedans of new generation presented earlier, will move to the TNGA-K platform (Toyota New Global Architecture). On the published photos it is difficult to draw conclusions about length of a body and wheel base, but “fresh” Camry has received 50 mm to “cart”, it is quite probable that new ES will receive not less in the asset. With transition to TNGA-K, new ES will receive the lowered center of gravity and also higher structural rigidity thanks to broad use of high-strength steel.
On motors: new generation of Lexus ES can receive the same engines, as new Camry with Avalon. Outdated line atmospheric “four” 2AR-FE on 2,5 liters will be gradually forced out by newer A25A-FKS. It means that the power of such modification will grow up from 178 to 203 horsepowers, and it means that 6-speed “automatic machine” also can go to “exit”, and he will be succeeded by the 8-speed UA80E transmission which is installed on the “fresh” soplatformenny Toyota models. In the top version the mighty atmospheric V6 with the index 2GR-FKS working on Atkinson’s cycle and developing about 300 horsepowers will be available to buyers. For fans of hybrids will offer cars with A25A-FXS “four” on 208 horsepowers and a variator. For some markets where taxes significantly depend on engine displacement and its power, Lexus can submit the version with two-liter “atmosfernik” and 6-speed “automatic machine”.
The model will be guided, first of all, on the market of China, than and leakage of photos before opening of the Beijing motor show is caused. In January the company has sold 5 764 copies of this model there that more than it is twice more, than in the market of the USA and in general it should be noted that ES is the most popular Lexus model in the Chinese market: there it is on sale even better, than the NX and RX crossovers. Last year the company has sold 132 900 cars in China, having recorded growth of sales by 22%.