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Toyota Motor Corporation’s Middle East and North Africa Representative Office has launched the all-new 2013 Lexus ES lineup including the ES 350 and ES 250. Featuring a progressive new design and enhanced handling, the 2013 ES sedan range is set to continue as a favourite of luxury car buyers in the region.
The ES 350 is powered by a 2GR-FE V6 DOHC VVT-i engine, featuring advanced technologies and providing excellent acceleration feeling and sporty driving. The six-speed automatic Electronically Controlled Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i) provides enhanced performance, fuel efficiency and smooth shifts. Low friction materials further improve efficiency. In addition to ES350, Lexus newly introduces ES 250 which is powered by a 2AR-FE I4 DOHC 4-Valve Dual VVT-i engine and has adopted various features such as roller rocker arm system which help achieve advanced engine performance and low fuel consumption.
The new ES features a lower, progressive profile, and clean, continuous styling lines from front to rear. All four corners are pulled tightly inward to the wheel arches, creating distinctive proportions. The wheelbase of the new ES has been lengthened by 45mm, while the overall length of the vehicle has grown by just 25mm, resulting in a more spacious interior.
The new ES unmistakably bears the new face of Lexus with its distinctive, spindle grille. Oversized grille molding with a chrome plated finish and a grille with a dark gray metallic finish have been adopted, creating a sense of luxury. High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps have been adopted, effectively ensuring nighttime visibility. LED daytime running lights which enhance product appeal while effectively ensuring visibility, and combination rear lamps which enhance appearance and fuel economy, reflect the “L” design motif.
The modern interior of the 2013 ES has been designed to provide both a sense of openness and security. Sightlines and visibility are improved, controls are logically placed, and new cabin materials express a high level of craftsmanship.
A newly sculptured seat enhances driver comfort. A power tilt & telescopic steering column has been adopted. The steering wheel position can be adjusted in the up/down and forward/rearward directions, ensuring an optimum driving posture. Fluid-filled engine mounts, new sound absorbing materials and a tuned engine intake minimize the intrusion of outside noise.
Greater rear seat legroom and knee room are the hallmark of the redesigned, more spacious cabin. The seat backboards have been made thinner to expand knee space for rear seat occupants. Knee room is increased by 70mm and legroom is increased by 104mm. The new design also offers additional foot room below the front seats.
Available comfort and convenience features include manual door window shades, a power rear shade, and a one-touch power trunk closer. Optional ambient lighting, discretely placed under the wood trim, softly illuminates the surfaces of the instrument panel and all four doors.
The new ES will feature enhanced NuLuxe seating surfaces, developed to reduce environmental impact. Embossed leather is also available, as is semi-aniline leather for an even more refined look and feel. In addition to the Black, Light Gray and Ivory color schemes from the current generation semi-aniline interior colors, Criollo has been newly added to the lineup for a total of four available color schemes.