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New saloon is due on sale in Britain at the end of this year, replacing the GS as Lexus's BMW 5 Series rival
Sam Sheehan
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18 April 2018

The new Lexus ES has been revealed ahead of the car's debut at the Beijing motor show.

Autocar understands that the ES will come to the UK as the replacement for the GS, which is to be discontinued this month.

The ES has been around since the Lexus brand's inception in 1989, but the seventh-generation model will be the first sold here. The car is 4.8 metres long, the same as the GS, and will serve as a rival to the BMW 5 Series.

The single image posted online today follows the confirmation of the new model earlier this month, when Lexus released a preview image of the car's nose and large front grille.

The ES's angular body panels and sharp lighting features mimic styling applied to the larger LS.

More details on the car are expected at Beijing show next week. The image was only accompanied by the words: "Engaging design, athletic performance, and renowned refinement transform Lexus’s most popular saloon."

Built on the underpinnings of parent company Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA), the model will be offered with a range of hybrid powertrains, possibly taken from the GS. That car features hybrid systems containing four and six-cylinder petrol engines.

The new ES is expected to arrive on roads at the end of 2018. It will be tasked with drastically improving on the sales performance of the GS, which has been a leftfield choice against its predominantly German rivals.

Just 428 examples were sold in Britain last year, meaning the model achieved just 10% of the success of Lexus’s best-selling model here, the NX SUV.

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mpls 18 April 2018

The 2nd gen IS didn't have

The 2nd gen IS didn't have much leg room (rather like a BMW 3 series) at the rear, hence when the curent IS (3rd Gen) was released back in 2013 is was made on the same  GS platform. It's a great chassis and gives great handling...I have one..

Mikey C 18 April 2018

It's hard to see this selling

It's hard to see this selling well in Europe, but then it's cheaper for them than developing a separate RWD GS.

mpls 18 April 2018

Mikey C wrote:

Mikey C wrote:

It's hard to see this selling well in Europe, but then it's cheaper for them than developing a separate RWD GS.

 

Interesting, but the truth is that the current  IS  is actually based on the current GS platform

buntybunty 11 April 2018

Reliability/Durabilty

This is the most important feature for me so I chose a RC coupe 300has I lie coupes. It's a really nice looking car and I'm averaging 53 mpg (set on eco mode).  I think that in North America it's the second best-selling premium brand.