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2019 Lexus ES adds F sports model and Apple CarPlay technology



There's a brand new Lexus ES for the year 2019, and it's definitely better. It's not only nicer, the sixth generation ES gets a healthy tech upgrade. And with its longer, lower, wider dimensions – not to mention some chassis upgrades – it should also be a little nicer to drive.

The Lexus ES 2019 rides on Toyota's new global architecture, essentially sharing most of its underpinnings with the 2019 Avalon . Lexus says the ES is 2.6 inches longer, 0.2 inches lower and 1.8 inches wider than its predecessor, with a 2-inch longer wheelbase that improves legroom for passengers. Wrap it all in square sheet metal and give it a massive spindle grill, and you've got a modern ES that definitely looks like part of a new Lexus sedan.

Are you familiar? The ES gets the same sleek headlights and huge spindle grill as Lexus' other sedans.


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Thanks to the Avalon base, the Lexus ES also receives a well-known pair of powertrains. ES 350 models use a 3.5-liter V6 naturally aspirated engine with 302 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque, paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The ES 300h uses Toyota's fourth generation hybrid propulsion system with a 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle I4 engine paired with an electric motor. The overall performance of the system is rated 21

5 hp, and Lexus says the ES 300h should be good for about 44 mpg altogether. Both models use only front-wheel drive.

Also for 2019 there is a new F-Sport trim, which you can see in the accompanying pictures. It is only available on the ES 350, and while the powertrain remains unchanged, the F Sport Pack adds the Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) system, which was first introduced on the Lexus LC Coupe. F Sport models also get a Sport + drive setting with an engine sound enhancement that sounds unlikely, as in any other car with this technology.

The back end of the ES actually looks pretty good. The 2019 ES is a nice improvement over its predecessor.


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Speaking of technology: The ES 2019 gets a big upgrade, and it starts with the addition of Apple CarPlay. Yes, the ES is the first Lexus vehicle to receive Apple's smartphone mirroring technology, much as the parent company Toyota recently added CarPlay to their latest vehicles, including the Avalon and Corolla Hatchback . The ES also receives Amazon Alexa integration.

ES models equipped with navigation get a 12.3-inch infotainment display with an integrated Verizon Wi-Fi hotspot. If you decide to give up the Fabriknav, you will not receive this hotspot, and your infotainment experience will be limited to an 8-inch display. Both systems are controlled by the Lexus Remote Touch trackpad, which, if you have never used it before, is one of the worst infotainment interfaces in today's industry.

Models equipped with navigation get a 12.3-inch infotainment screen terrible trackpad interface. But hey, at least CarPlay is available now!


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Elsewhere inside, the ES is pure Lexus. Leather seats are standard, and a variety of wood and metal inlays are available. We have no reason to believe that the ES will be anything but super quiet and incredibly comfortable.

Following its debut at the Beijing Motor Show this week, as well as a concurrent unveiling in Los Angeles, the ES Lexus dealer will hit this September. Prices are being announced closer to this time, but do not expect it to start much higher than the $ 38,950 MSRP of the current model.


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