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Lexus To Debut New ES At Shanghai Motor Show, Promises To Be More Evolutionary Than Revolutionary

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On: Thu, Apr 16, 2015 at 9:23AM | By: Carl Malek

Lexus To Debut New ES At Shanghai Motor Show, Promises To Be More Evolutionary Than Revolutionary

With the current generation Lexus ES slowly becoming due for its four-year mid-cycle update, Lexus has revealed that it will debut the newest iteration of the ES at the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show later this month; the Japanese luxury brand has released a lone teaser image of the car ahead of its official unveiling.

Based on that image, we expect the car to be more of an update versus an all-out reshake which is most evident in the headlight design which largely retains the current gen's basic shape but with a subtle tweak at the bottom to accommodate a new swoosh accent that features LED daytime running lights. The grille also embodies this aura of familiarity though it does appear to be a bit more angled and expressively pronounced than before. This could mean that the ES will possibly get an F-Sport trim to finally inject the model with some much needed muscle and enthusiast-themed style (something that the ES has been sorely needing for a number of years).

Look for the ES to also maintain its status as the only Lexus model to not be built on a rear-wheel-drive exclusive platform—the ES uses a tweaked Toyota Avalon platform. Despite this limitation, the ES will still play a very prominent role in Lexus's sales plans; the car sold over 1.7 million units globally during its 25-year production run. In addition to these impressive numbers, the ES also goes toe-to-toe with rivals such as the redesigned Buick Lacrosse and Ford Taurus, as well as the Infiniti Q50. It is unknown what engines will be nestled under the updated ES's hood; we think the car will carry over the engines that currently power its predecessor, which is consistent with the company's plans for it being a refresh versus an outright update that would have featured brand new engines.

More information will be revealed when the next-generation ES makes its debut later this month in Shanghai, but we here at AutoShopper are hoping to see interior photos of the next generation ES to see if Lexus engineers have improved ergonomics in the cabin while upping its luxury game at the same time.



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