Al-Futtaim Motors, exclusive distributor of Lexus in the UAE, have launched the new 2016 Lexus ES luxury sedan in the UAE market offering motorists a fresh approach to luxury.
Thanks to the amazing team at Lexus, I had the opportunity of test driving the sleek new vehicle over a month. Let’s just say, it wasn’t easy giving it back after my incredible experience. Everything from how smooth it drives to the fact it is an incredible fuel efficient car, it was perfect for my everyday business-style life. Here is a deep rundown into all the specifications!
The 2016 ES features an exciting, sportier attitude, highlighted by elegant yet progressive exterior styling, an enhanced luxurious interior and Lexus Safety System +, a new safety system.
Enhanced dynamics and upgraded technology packages of the 2016 Lexus ES will give both drivers and passengers the confidence to traverse any distance in safety and utmost comfort.
An elegant, dynamic new look
For 2016, Lexus designers have cast a daring new form with the refreshed ES. A commanding front fascia that features Lexus’ trademark spindle grille, framed in combination with accentuated brilliant satin chrome, gives this new ES a new sense of luxury and instantly distinguishes it from the crowd. Accompanying the grille is a pair of newly designed headlights, now equipped with LED projector technology, while iconic “L”-shaped arrowhead Daytime Running Lights (DRL) extend outside the headlight element for a distinctive look that links it with other Lexus models. Also, redesigned fog lamps areas have been relocated to the outer lower corners of the front fascia and amplify the vehicle’s wide stance.
A re-sculpted front fascia connects to the hood adding the sensation of motion even when the car is standing still. The sleek shape continues with the ES’ graceful roofline that flows effortlessly to the rear, where an improved, modern taillight design evokes the “L”-shaped theme furnishing an instantly recognizable nighttime glow. Adding a considerable amount of flair to the vehicle’s already sporty attitude are newly sculpted chrome-tipped rectangular exhaust ports.
To complement the impactful new form, a 17-inch wheels with directional spoke patterns have been developed.
Four new exterior colors join the ES palette: Amber, Sonic Quartz, Graphite Black, and Deep Blue. Like the six existing choices, each features Lexus’ innovative cutting-edge paint technology designed to allow the paint’s clear coat to heal itself even from light damage. Each of the 10 colors were carefully selected to reflect the ES’ dynamic surface and is brought to life by the renowned, multi-stage paint process that gives Lexus models their deep, jewel-like luster.
A luxuriously updated cabin with new levels of sophistication
When it comes to luxury and refinement, Lexus has no equal. Engineered to provide driving confidence and the ultimate in comfort, the ES surrounds its occupants with a luxurious, contemporary cabin. From the sweeping dashboard reminiscent of modern architecture to highly intuitive ergonomics mated with the finest materials and surfaces, the ES cultivates a feeling of sheer quality with every touch.
The 2016 model takes luxury to another level with a collection of new interior color combinations, including exquisite multi-color themes that exemplify elegance. The seats are now offered in four different colors: Topaz Brown, Ivory, Moon Stone, and Black.
In addition, four styles of interior trim have been carefully selected to harmonize with the color choice: Bamboo, Black Metallic, Bird’s Eye Maple, and Shimamoku. First appearing in the GS and LS sedans, Shimamoku is a high-end finish of luxurious wood created through a 67 steps manufacturing process by highly skilled craftsmen over the course of 38 days.
A new, sporty steering wheel provides better driving engagement. A large 4.2-inch Thin Film Transistor (TFT) color multi-information display conveniently places vital vehicle and route information as well as multimedia information front and center. To further enhance Remote Touch Interface (RTI) control, the 2016 ES adds “Enter” buttons on either side of the interface controller.
Comfort taken to a new level
Since its inception, Lexus has offered quiet and smooth driving vehicles. The 2016 ES upholds that tradition with a host of improvements to provide the driver with an exciting experience.
For the new 2016 ES, Lexus engineers applied structural reinforcements to foster stiffness in the vehicle’s unibody construction. Adapted from the Lexus IS sports sedan, this form of chassis tuning arms the ES with enhanced ride quality and handling. Moreover, this ES adds a sound-reducing layer behind the dashboard to better isolate engine noise from the cabin.
Lexus Safety System +
The ES offers Lexus Safety System +, which combines key innovative safety technologies into a single, package. Among them are the Pre-Crash System (PCS), which can detect vehicles and pedestrians, in some circumstances, by a combination of millimeter-wave radar and front-facing camera. It dispatches a warning as Brake Assist (BA) and emergency braking are activated. The Lane Departure Alert (LDA) employs a camera to keep track of visible lane marking lines on the road. If the vehicle begins to unintentionally deviate from the lane, the system will notify the driver with an audio-visual alert and vibration to the steering wheel. The Automatic High Beam (AHB) senses headlights from oncoming traffic and the taillight of the car in front, automatically adjusting hi-beam and low-beam illumination to help ensure optimal forward visibility during nighttime driving. The Adaptive Cruise Control uses millimeter-wave radar to detect the speed of the vehicle ahead in order to adjust the cruise control speed setting accordingly, helping maintain a preset distance. This system also uses a combination of millimeter-wave radar and camera to detect a lane change by the vehicle in front for smooth acceleration and deceleration control.
The new ES is available for sale in the UAE across all Lexus showrooms starting from AED 160,000.