Lexus reveals 7th generation ES and all-new RX SUV

By DASHVEENJIT KAUR / Pic By MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

TOYOTA Motor Corp’s luxury vehicle division, Lexus has unveiled its all-new seventh generation ES and RX luxury SUV, revealing evolutionary changes to the brand’s core models.

On-the-road price without insurance for the Lexus ES 250 premium is RM299,888, while the RX300 premium is RM399,888. Both models are covered with a five-year warranty with unlimited mileage.

Lexus Malaysia president Ravindran K said the arrival of the new Lexus ES and Lexus RX solidifies the brand’s promise of delivering finely crafted, imaginative, and luxurious performance-driven vehicles to today’s discerning drivers with the added benefit of an encompassing safety system that make these vehicles some of the most pleasurable and secure in their segment.

“Both models have been refreshed and updated with a number of innovative design tweaks and changes, as well as improvements in both comfort and safety.

“With advancements on all fronts, Lexus continues its promise of delivering amazing experiences to its customers whilst fulfilling their demands and anticipating their needs for the future,” Ravindran said during the launch of both models yesterday.

The seventh generation ES model has been made available for pre-booking whereas the RX SUV will be open for booking next week onwards.

The ES sedan, one of the oldest model lines in the Lexus range besides the LS, enters its seventh generation building on the strengths of past generation with an all-new chassis that allows for a more dynamic exterior design and even better driving performance.

While traditional buyers will find the new ES more spacious, quieter and safer than before, the new generation of customers will be introduced to a sedan with sharpened performance, class-leading safety technology and a level of craftsmanship rarely found in this segment.

The 2019 model of the ES exudes “smart sportiness”, courtesy of a rearward sloping roofline that cuts a coupe-like silhouette.

Lexus Malaysia deputy chairman Akio Takeyama said as a departure from previous generations, the new design is not just sporty in appearance but also boasts more efficient aerodynamics.

“Long-renowned for its comfort and refinement, the All-New ES builds on its established strengths with an all-new chassis that allows for a more dynamic exterior design and even better driving performance,” he said in a statement.

Inside, the latest generation ES arrives with an array of features and safety innovations that make this one of the safest and dynamic executive saloons in its class, as claimed by Lexus.

Space is enhanced for all occupants with 1,025mm couple distance, along with improved roominess and quietness within the cabin, both of which are long-established hallmarks of the ES.

As for the all-new Lexus RX, Takeyama said while it has been refreshed with new design and advanced safety technologies, the Japanese luxury carmaker maintained RX as one of the most popular SUVs in the market.

The new RX has been refreshed with new multimedia touchscreen system with smartphone connectivity.

The driver-focused cockpit is also further improved with a new multimedia touchscreen system with smartphone connectivity that includes Android Auto and Apple Carplay.

Upgrades include paddle shifters, a smartphone holder on the centre console as well as dual USB ports at the front and in the rear of the vehicle. For added convenience a wireless charger in the centre console enables portable devices to be charged without a cable.

In terms of safety, the new RX is equipped with the world’s first Blade-Scan type Adaptive High Beam System, which produces a wider illumination area allows driver to maintain the headlamps on high beam mode, without dazzling oncoming or preceding vehicles, and the latest generation of Lexus Safety System.

“Both the new ES and RX will no doubt add to the impressive sales figures each vehicle has notched up since their arrivals here and further solidify Lexus’ position as a trusted brand name in the luxury automotive segment,” Takeyama said.