The 2021 Lexus ES Facelift gets minor cosmetic tweaks notably the new spindle grille & slimmer headlamps
Lexus India has introduced the updated ES 300h facelift in the country priced from ₹ 56.65 lakh. The 2021 Lexus ES 300h facelift is offered in two trims – Exquisite and Luxury – with the latter priced at ₹ 61.85 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom). Compared to the pre-facelift version, the ES facelift has seen a hike of ₹ 10,000 and gets minor cosmetic upgrades and more features added to the list. Most notably, the 2021 ES now gets the latest Lexus spindle grille along with revised LED headlamps that are now slimmer and new 18-inch alloy wheels. There are new paint options as well – Sonic Chrome and Sonic Iridium.
Commenting on the announcement, P.B. Venugopal, President, Lexus India said, “We are proud to say that the ES 300h has been the most successful model in our portfolio and we believe the new ES 300h will continue to captivate more guests with its incomparable quietness, hybrid technology, elegant design and unmatched craftsmanship. Being a brand that aims to provide amazing experiences to its guests, we are committed to offer new products with advanced technologies that will benefit our guests and create a delightful Lexus ownership experience. We are confident, with the technology and feature enrichment, the ES 300h will continue to be the favourite choice of our discerning guests and extend its lead in the luxury executive sedan segment.”
Upgrades to the cabin include the revised centre console with the new free-standing 12.3-inch infotainment display. It’s also a touchscreen system now and is placed closer to the driver by more than 100 mm and tilted by 5-degrees. The other controls have been revised as well below the touchscreen display. The cream upholstery has been replaced with a new black and brown cabin and comes with walnut brown trim inserts. Other features have been carried over including reclining rear seats, three-zone climate control, sunroof, head-up display, 17-speaker Mark Levinson audio system, 360-degree camera, electrically adjustable front seats with memory function, air purifier, and hands-free boot lid opening.
Power comes from the same 2.5-litre petrol-hybrid engine that is paired with an 88 kW permanent magnet motor. The combined output stands at 215 bhp. Lexus says there have been upgrades to the brakes and suspension for better ride and handling. The engine is paired with an E-CVT automatic unit. The tasteful upgrades should make the Lexus ES more equipped to take on its rivals including the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Volvo S90, Audi A6, BMW 5 Series and the Jaguar XF.