Previewed at today's opening of Auto Shanghai 2015, the new 2016 Lexus ES made its global debut alongside the Lexus RX200t.
Also new in the updated ES is a new 2.0-litre direct injection engine for the ES200, a new variant to the ES range. Lexus did not reveal which engine is this but we believe that it should be the new 2.0-litre 6AR-FSE VVT-iW engine that features port and direct injection, as well as a very sophisticated valvetrain that is able to switch between Atkinson and Otto cycle combustion on the fly.
The new engine will only be available in certain markets. Lexus has confirmed that China, Russia and Taiwan will be getting the new engine but not USA.
The new front-design features a more distinctive daytime running light pattern, new LED projector headlights, as well a more prominent Lexus spindle grille.
Inside, Lexus' signature Shimamoku steering wheel, which was first introduced in the Lexus LS, and later the GS, now graces the ES' interior. In the Lexus LS, the Shimamoku steering wheel takes 38 days to create, using Japanese craftmanship techniques.
Interior trimmings have also been updated, with a new leather boot-enclosed gear selector. The car's Remote Touch Interface (RTI) control has also been improved and now adds “Enter” buttons on either side of the interface controller.