The Lexus ES was at one time one of Lexus Malaysia’s most popular models, until the model reached the end of its life cycle. Compared to its rear- or all-wheel drive German peers, the front-wheel drive ES stood out from the competition by offering superior, class-leading cabin space.
The all-new seventh generation ES has since been launched in Thailand and Singapore, and we expect Malaysia to follow suit soon. At the ongoing 2018 Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show, Lexus Malaysia has put on display the all-new ES 250.
Underpinned by an all-new GA-K platform (a Lexus iteration of Toyota’s TNGA), the all-new ES 250 promises to deliver a far more engaging drive and superior ride than before.
Powering the ES 250 is a 2.5-litre VVT-iE naturally aspirated petrol engine, paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Specifications for Malaysia have yet to be confirmed but in some markets, the four-cylinder engine is tuned to deliver 203 bhp at 6,600 rpm and 247 Nm at 5,000 rpm.
Highlights include a 10.2-inch full colour Heads-Up Display - the largest in its class, sunroof, and a 12.3-inch infotainment display (EMV, Electro Multi Vision).
But what sets the ES apart from its similarly priced peers are the rear seats, which comes with power adjustable reclining seat back. The centre arm rest also houses a control panel for the sunshade, audio system and air-conditioning.
Being imported from Japan, Lexus models will unfortunately carry a higher price tag than an equivalent locally-assembled BMW or Mercedes-Benz and the ES is no different. The previous generation ES was last sold at between RM 274,900 (ES 250 Premium) to RM 293,900 (ES 250 Luxury).