£35,150 Lexus ES to take on BMW 5 Series

More 'driver-focused' car replaces slow-selling GS.

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Prices for the new Lexus ES have been unveiled ahead of the car’s European debut at the Paris motor show in October.

First seen at the Beijing show in April, the seventh-generation ES will be the first version of the car to be sold in Europe when it arrives in showrooms in January 2019.

Prices for the ES start at £35,150, almost £1,000 cheaper than the slow-selling GS model that it replaces. The newcomer is charged with earning Lexus a larger slice of the market currently dominated by the BMW 5 Series.

Built on the new Lexus Global Architecture, known as the K platform, the ES is said to offer a strong package of dynamic design, engaging driving performance and efficient self-charging hybrid power. More impressive handling characteristics are seen as essential if it is to dent the BMW’s sales performance.

New Lexus ES saloon dashboard

All versions are powered by a hybrid drivetrain combining a 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor for a total power output of 215hp. Lexus quotes combined cycle fuel economy at 60mpg.

Three models will be offered to UK buyers – the ES at £35,150, ES F Sport at £38,150 and a new trim level, the Takumi, costing from £45,650. Takumi is a Japanese word associated with master craftsmanship.

Entry-level standard specifications will include the second generation of the Lexus Safety System+ suite of active safety and driver aids, 17-inch alloy wheels, navigation with an eight-inch display, DAB radio, parking sensors, heated electrically adjustable seats and a sunroof.

Those buying the top Takumi version will enjoy such luxuries as heated reclining rear seats, a Mark Levinson surround sound audio system, triple-on air conditioning, a 360-degree proximity camera viewed through the centre console’s 12.3-inch display, power bootlid with a hands-free kick sensor and triple-eye LED adaptive headlamps.

New Lexus ES saloon 04

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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