The New Lexus ES's F Sport Trim Adds a Sportier Look, Adaptive Suspension
The most athletic ES ever also gets a Sport+ driving mode.
Lexus officially unveiled its redesigned ES at the Beijing Motor Show on Wednesday, and for the first time, the midsize luxury sedan will be available in a sportier F Sport trim. As per other F Sports in the company's lineup, the most athletic ES gets a barrage of cosmetic tweaks as well as a couple of under-the-skin enhancements.
On the outside, the F Sport ES gets a different grille, darker metal accents, a rear lip spoiler, 19-inch wheels designed to emulate the wheels found on the LC, and some obligatory "F Sport" badging. That fancy Ultra Sonic Blue Mica 2.0 paint job you see in the photos is also an F Sport-exclusive option.
Climbing inside, we find metallic trim apparently inspired by traditional Japanese swords. Regular, non-F models make do with wood on their dashboards.
In terms of additions that alter the ES's driving experience, the F Sport gets Adaptive Variable Suspension all around, similar to that fitted to the LC. Lexus says the car's adjustable dampers boast 650 different levels of damping force. Now that's a lotta levels. F Sport drivers also get a Sport+ driving mode that stiffens up the suspension, optimizes the engine and transmission for spirited driving, and turns up the "enhanced" engine noise.
All 2019 Lexus ES 350's are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 producing 302 horsepower. The ES 300h hybrid, meanwhile, uses a 2.5-liter four-cylinder working in tandem with an electric motor for 215 combined horsepower.
Pricing and availability for the ES F Sport have yet to be announced, but we've reached out to the company for further comment and will update this story if we hear back.
UPDATE: In an email to The Drive, a Lexus spokesperson says the ES F Sport will be available in September while pricing will be announced closer to that time.
- RELATED2019 Lexus ES Unveiled at the Beijing Motor ShowWith the future of the GS uncertain, an all-new ES is stepping up to the plate.READ NOW
- RELATED2019 Lexus ES: A Peek Before Its Debut at the Beijing Auto ShowThe new ES looks a lot like its LS big brother, for better or worse.READ NOW
- RELATEDLexus ES Drivers Get The Most Speeding TicketsBut why? Thoughts, musings, and vexations.READ NOW
- RELATEDLexus Buyers Rank Spindle Grille as Second Most Appealing FeatureThe number one most appealing feature? Exterior color.READ NOW
- RELATEDLexus Fields Complaints From Longtime Owners Over Spindle Grille'Some owners will spend 45 minutes to an hour on the phone with me just expressing how disappointed they are,' said Lexus GM Jeff Bracken.READ NOW