Here’s Your 2016 Lexus ES Facelift, North America [49 Photos]

You may have seen the updated 2016 Lexus ES at its world premiere in China this past April, but this is the North American-spec version for the USA and Canada.

The cosmetic changes are common with the international model. These include an ever-so light exterior makeover with a new uninterrupted front spindle grille (that is, until you screw in the license plate), freshened up LED headlamps that are now standard across the range and a reprofiled front bumper with edgier looking fog lamps

Elsewhere on the outside, there are L-themed taillights and new chrome-tipped rectangular exhaust ports for the ES350 at the back, new optional 17-inch alloy wheels and four new exterior colors named Autumn Shimmer, Nightfall Mica, Caviar and Eminent White Pearl.

Pop open the door and if you’re really, really familiar with the ES, you might notice a few novelties like the redesigned steering wheel, a fresh assortment of color combos and trims that include Linear Dark Mocha, Illustrious Piano Black (replaces Piano Black) and Bamboo with a matte finish (replaces gloss finish), a 4.2-inch TFT screen between the instruments and a new IS-inspired shift knob with a leather boot.

Lexus says it has also improved the ES’ connectivity features with the Lexus Enform Remote and Lexus Enform Service Connect through mobile app or website for vehicle information and alerts.

Also new for 2016 is the optional Lexus Safety System+ Package that combines the Pre-Collision System (PCS), Lane Departure Alert (LDA) with Steering Assist, Intelligent High Beam (IHB) and High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. Finally, the Mark Levinson Premium Sound is now available with all option packages.

Unlike the China-market 2016 ES that gained a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the North American model sticks to the same powertrain lineup as last year and which includes the ES 350 with a 268-hp 3.5-liter V6 teamed to a 6-speed automatic, and the ES 300 h that combines a 2.5-liter four-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine with an electric motor to deliver a total of 200hp.

Pricing has not yet been announced.

2016 Lexus ES 350

2016 Lexus ES 300h

  • klowik

    This is an Extended IS.

    • Grumpy

      Actually its a Toyota Avalon suiting up to go out to an expensive restaurant. 🙂

      • Kash

        @disqus_Ppx8yb5teq:disqus Don’t forget the Camry is shares it platform with the Avalon and ES.

        @klowik:disqus You’re thinking of the GS because the ES and IS have never shared a platform.

    • Rich Money

      did you know that the IS is RWD and the ES is FWD? No?

  • Maricaibo

    Just can’t stand that gaping maw at the front- or is that the ‘grill’?. This design element is just ugly to me.

  • thisguyhere

    maybe i’ve gotten used to the new lexus design but that doesn’t look that bad. who would’ve thought…

  • ES

    EVEN uglier!

  • NG212

    Not bad at all, if someone wants a FWD premium sedan. The interior is a highlight — especially the materials and colors in the hybrid. That color contrast in picture 42 is really great.

    • Astonman

      You’re right. Simple and clean with a nice mixture materials. There’s an understated elegance to it.

  • Ayberk Yılmaz

    Pretty sure that the China market ES200 has a naturally aspirated petrol engine and not a turbo.

  • Rich Money

    The ES is Lexus’ most normal and best-looking model. I really like the little strip of plastic between the grille and hood. Just kidding, it looks like trash. Aside from the awful family face, here we have proof Lexus is capable of making an unoffensive sedan.

  • josip


  • I like this, it’s good looking

  • BlackDiamond

    Yikes…WTF happened?

  • Six_Tymes

    Love the interior, very nice details. The rest can go in the dump. I dislike the front and hate the rear, looks like a cheap toy ota.

  • Miroku

    Everything is nice apart from that cheap plastic black grill that looks like crap. These new Lexus cars won’t age well, especially the new RX300

  • Nordschleife

    I actually think that ES and the RC are the best looking Lexus Models.

  • TheBelltower

    It’s a fine car for those who want to step-up from a Camry or Avalon. Toyota must revel in the fact that they can make some thing this hideous and people still defend it and buy it.

  • MarketAndChurch

    Lexus almost sells as many of these rebadged Camry’s… as Jaguar sells cars.

    I mean, that’s just insane. As always, I love the interior, and have mixed feelings about the exterior.

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