Future Cars: 2019 Lexus ES Kicks GS Sibling To The Curb

There is change on the horizon for the Lexus range. Buyers are flocking to SUV’s and two of their mid-size luxury saloons are fighting against each other in the showroom. Unfortunately for RWD fans, the sportier GS is getting trounced in sales by the front wheel drive ES.

As a result, the GS is poised to meet the chopping block, with the ES taking over as the luxury automaker’s sole mid-size sedan. So what will the next-generation ES look like? Let’s investigate further.

L-finesse Styling

The outgoing ES was never really much of a looker; its general appearance is rather subdued in comparison to other models in the Lexus lineup – or perhaps that’s why it sells so well?

2019 sharpens the pencil, with sleeker lines, aggressive grilles and better proportions. Headlights have interesting jagged outlines, whilst the grille will be offered in waterfall or mesh patterns for sporting versions. Thick chrome makes the belt-line stand out near the c-pillar and sleek, horizontal taillights finish off the rear.

Under The Skin With TNGA

No, TNGA is not some miss-abbreviated Mexican dish; it’s Toyota’s new global architecture that underpins almost everything from C-HR, Prius, Camry, plus upcoming Avalon and Corolla models – just to name a few.

For the ES, this means it’ll share the same platform that sits beneath the upcoming Avalon, something that bodes well with significant strides in rear occupant space, dynamic prowess, ride quality and safety.

Familiar Powertrains

The 3.5-liter V-6 is expected to continue as an entry point into the ES range, with 300hp mated to an eight-speed automatic. Power will still be fed to the front wheels; although with the GS said to disappear, an AWD option should appease those who’ll miss the latter’s RWD setup

Hybrid fans will also be pleased that the petrol-electric powertrain will make a return, most likely with the same output and fuel economy range specs as the 2018 Camry.

Luxury Rivals:

The 2019 ES will be the freshest kid on the block until the next-generation Audi A6 makes an appearance. Until then its sleek new attire may just win over some buyers cross-shopping between Volvo S90, BMW 5-Series, Lincoln Continental, Jaguar XF and Mercedes-Benz E Class.

An official launch date is still up for speculation, but don’t be surprised if it makes a debut next year, possibly at the New York Motor Show.

Lastly, what luxury sedan would you choose? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

By Josh Byrnes

Photo Renderings Copyright Carscoops / Josh Byrnes

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  • Andrewthecarguy

    Terrible decision, but I get it.
    The ES has always been a tarted up Camry, so naturally the ES will won over the GS since the Camry is not going away anytime soon.
    The praises journos were heaping on the GS-F was not enough to save it I guess, Lexus was on to something and now they will destroy it.
    That said, Lexus better adopt AUDI’s fwd/awd ideology, otherwise the fwd only ES will NOT compete well with the Mercs and Bimmers of the mid-size world.

    • Rocket

      Actually, the current ES is a tarted up Avalon, which puts it right on top of the GS in terms of size. But you’re right … they’ll lose some performance cred for sure if the GS goes away.

      • PhilMcGraw

        I wish they would keep the GS-F, maybe have it as a performance car instead of offering other trims. Manufacturers can cut down on costs by only offering certain trims and features. So, they could do like they did with the CH-R in the U.S.: offer two grades of the same model with the same engine. One would be the cheaper “base” and the other would be fully loaded. Could even throw a middle third one in there.

        • Rocket

          It’s always sad to see a RWD model discontinued, but the simple fact is the GS doesn’t sell. Year to date thru August, they haven’t even sold 5,000 units here in the U.S. Even at the end of the product cycle, the ES sells at 7 times that rate. It’s my personal opinion that the controversial styling hurts them more in this segment. For the most part, I don’t think ES owners buy their cars for the looks, so the Predator face is less of a turnoff. But enthusiast, especially the kind that are shopping against an E-Class, A6 or 5-Series, absolutely care about styling. Car guys/gals take pride in our rides.

          • gshemant

            Agree 100 percent with the styling. Prob the ugliest design in their lineup other than the NX. Shame too since the pre-refresh one was very handsome.

          • Dee T

            Your absolutely right, the Pre-facelited model was a good looking car, but they totally fucked it up with the refresh.

      • Darnell Council

        You’re right GS means performance

  • Six_Tymes

    great design work, this style finally looks more integrated. Hello Lexus, make it look this way and you’ll sell more.

  • Rocket

    I love a good rendering, but why do you insist on exaggerating the details? The ES has already been spotted in camo, and the stance is not this aggressive. No ES is ever going to have the rear fender riding tight against the tire, or with such a wide rear track. Observe:



    • baofe

      You do know these renders are fake almost 100% of the time. They are to showcase a rough estimate of what the shapes and styling elements will look like albiet making it look more concept like. No one here is picking off every detail like the rear wheel gap and expecting that to be in the final product.

      • Rocket

        Of course I realize they’re fake. That’s what a rendering is. In this case the artist obviously started with an existing spy shot – probably the one above – then deliberately exaggerated the stance. But those little details make a big difference in the finished product.

    • enthusia

      I think its an accurate rendering overall. They obviously used that spy shot for the base of the rendering. I think whoever made this had in mind a sporty ES that could take the GS’ place in this segment, an ES-F. Wishful thinking I guess.

      • TTT

        I was told recently by a Lexus Dealer salesman, a ES350 F sport will be coming out later this year.

    • Darnell Council

      GS means performance rear wheel drive performance. Not an front wheel drive ES. You’re right the ES will never be an GS. SMH

  • Mike Moshevich

    No self respecting auto enthusiast will go for a beautified Camry or Avalon. So Lexus will no longer compete in mid size sport sedan category. IS is really too small and too heavy to successfully compete with C class MB and 3 series Bummer, so it only leaves LS in sedans. Too bad…

    • no25

      The IS competes fine within its class and has outperformed the 3 Series in many tests, but you’re probably “too good” to do actual research, right? lmao

      • SteersUright

        No, it does not. The IS was great when it came out, how many year ago though? Its long in the tooth, has a dated interior and an inferior powertrain and at its best equipment levels can’t touch a M340i, C43, A4. And there is no version of it that offers any kind of an answer to a C63, M3, S4, etc. I like the IS350, but I would never suggest it is class-leading nor even all that competitive anymore.

        • no25

          I never said it was class leading sweetheart. I said it competes fine with its competitors. Yes, it is old now, but so is the BMW 3 series. Have you seen its interior? Same as any old or current BMW’s. Once again, if you do actual research you would learn that it does fine against the competition. But people like you speak out of your ass with nonsense. Now stop trolling.

          • SteersUright

            Listen babycakes, “competes fine” according to who? The poor sales figures or comparison reviews it keeps losing nowadays? Shall we go by a sad little commentor who thinks he will be taken more seriously by using the T-word? BMW has nothing to prove with the 3-series, they’ve won the sport sedan argument decades ago. Sure its bigger than some prefer, older, and due for replacement. Yet it still offers enough versions to suit many different buyers and from the base 320i/328i to the 340i to the top level M3/M4, it utterly destroys nearly all of its competition, despite hardly being my personal favorite. I admire Lexus quality and at the same time will call them out when they rest on their laurels.

      • Nikolovski Nikolce Nidžo

        Yes and no. There isn’t any car in the segment that has better ride quality than IS and better design. But it’s 4-5 years to old by now.

        • SteersUright

          Not arguing with you since its so subjective, but the IS350 F-sport I was given for a week when my GS350 was in service, rode like crap. It crashed over bumps and had excessive road noise. It caught me by surprise, since I thought the 335i I had before was rough, but the IS350 was probably just about the same.

    • gor134

      Lexus ES isn’t supposed to appeal to Auto enthusiasts anyways.

      • SteersUright

        They just suggested that an AWD version might fill the gap left by the departing GS. The GS was an enthusiast’s sedan with rear drive, rear steering, 4piston calipers with 2 piece rotor brakes, etc. Therefore, yes, some variant of the all new ES might actually now begin to target enthusiast’s (sadly) when Lexus should actually offer another rear-drive chassis rather than being cheap and lazy.

    • LWOAP

      As if you are an authority on the behavior and/or preferences of auto enthusiasts. They’ll go with whatever appeals to them. Just because it’s not up to your standards doesn’t mean they don’t have any self respect. Come on now.

      • SteersUright

        Why are you attacking him when his point is very valid? Are you the authority on auto enthusiasts who has done extensive research and can thus empirically confirm that “they’ll go with whatever appeals to them”? Enthusiasts are a well studied, albeit small, group of automotive fans who veer more towards the sporty spectrum. Making cars that appeal to enthusiasts (as most journalists are), is a marketing move used tactically by the major brands in order to generate excitement, garner good publicity, and get eyeballs in the showroom. Cars like Vipers only sell in very small numbers but they get curious “enthusiasts” into showrooms upon which they might stumble into a much more humble Dodge Charger lease. Lexus is abandoning the small, sport sedan segment and in doing so its also abandoning many enthusiasts. It may prove to be a smart move, but certainly not an exciting one for us, ahem, “enthusiasts”.

        • LWOAP

          Am I an authority? No, I am not but the fact remains the same, saying “no self respecting car enthusiast” would do that just stinks of the no true Scotsman fallacy. And furthermore, his point isn’t valid, it’s just fallacious reasoning.

        • gor134

          Lexus hasn’t abandoned the small sports sedan segment at all. They have the IS. The GS is far from being small.

          • SteersUright

            I never meant “small”. I personally like the looks of the IS but think it drives just awful. I had one for a week as a loaner when the GS was in service and it was loud, rough, felt like a cheap interior, cramped, slow, terrible infotainment system, cramped back seat, etc. Other than a cheap lease or for Lexus reliability, I don’t see how anyone would choose it over the competition. The GS, on the other hand, was awesome and I preferred to all the other midsizers I test drove (A6c 535i, Eclass) despite its power disadvantage.

        • no25

          lol you’re the one who is attacking everyone because you hate Lexus so much, so you feel the need to troll on every comment.

          • SteersUright

            Can you read well? Did Daddy just take away your Xbox and make you mad at everyone? I concluded my last comment with, “The GS, on the other hand, was awesome and I preferred to all the other midsizers I test drove (A6c 535i, Eclass) despite its power disadvantage.” I love Lexus and admire Toyota for many reason I dont see fit to explain to you. I also find the ES to be a phenomenal vehicle for most, just not enthusiasts, which is who the GS targeted. Toyota/Lexus reliability/quality is admirable and unmatched by all except Honda/Acura. That doesn’t mean they do not take missteps from time to time and us enthusiasts won’t grumble about them in the comments section when they do. Now calm down, have a cocoa, and get back to your Xbox.

    • Research Janitor

      I see a lot of “auto enthusiasts” next to me, when we are doing 10 mph on the highway on our way to work.

  • Aquaflex

    The only thing Lexus makes good is the LC 500 but it still lacks apple CarPlay and android auto!

    • Honda NSX-R

      The lack of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in the LC 500 doesn’t bother me personally.

      • alexxx

        Nobody is bothered🙂

    • SteersUright

      Agreed. Lexus’ delay in implementing those far superior infotainment platforms is exceptionally frustrating for fans of this brand. Infotainment is huge and a system that works well with crisp resolution and minimal frustration helps sell the car. Anyone who has used Lexus Entune knows its a giant pile of…

      • spyderman3012

        Absolutely correct. Lexus’s infotainment system is one of the worst in the luxury market. I work at a Lexus dealership and while they do a lot of things right, their UI and technology are terrible. The Dodge Charger that I rented was far easier to use and much more stable than the stuff I deal with every day.

  • Lasse J. Nordvik

    Are you sure about this? Lexus themselves recently stated that the GS will continue with the next one getting a liftback-esque profile like the new LS.


    So, ES 350 F Sport and ES F when? Two to three years or never happening?

  • Mark S

    The beginning of the end of Lexus being taken seriously.

  • Craig

    I would rather own an ES than GS. [Other than the top GS F-Sport version]

    • SteersUright

      Beautiful interior and extremely comfy while being about as exciting as reading in the library. The GS was a genuinely exciting drive. Apples to oranges.

      • Craig

        One apple please.

        • SteersUright

          Apple coming right up! lol. You’ve got a huge variety of apples to choose from in the snooze-mobile dept. Cars like the GS (my “orange” to your “apple”) are becoming more rare. Today’s few truly exciting sedans are priced in the stratosphere.

  • SteersUright

    Horrendous strategy. The ES always was and will be a geriatric-mobile, and a damn good one too I might add. The GS was special. Its handling was excellent for its size and it was just a better engine/transmission shy away from the absolute best in class. I test drove the A6, 535i, and E350 before settling on my prior GS350 F sport with rear steering, because not one of the others felt anywhere near as sporty, accurate, or fun to drive. Lexus would like you to think they produce cars on par with MB, Audi, and BMW. They have way too many holes in their lineup to ever be a serious challenge. And now, with the GS gone, they have no answer to an A6/S6, 5-series, E-class, XF, Q50 or Q70, etc. Lexus will slowly fade into becoming another Acura when it should be headed in the other direction.

    • Сафиуллина-Мохамед Рамазанов

      The GS not gone
      The GS shifted to be CLS / A7 competitor that’s it nothing more

      • SteersUright

        Wait, so you’re saying the GS will be updated and remain in the lineup? I hope you’re right. I loved that owning that car.

        • Сафиуллина-Мохамед Рамазанов

          That’s what every magazine in Japan as at least to lexus executives said

  • rc

    This is such short-sighted thinking. The only reason the GS [as well as the rest of the midsize luxury sedan segment] is not doing well is because everybody is flocking to attractive and cheap lease deals on crossovers and why is that? Because gas is cheap. Gas isn’t going to be cheap for that long, much less-forever and what happens when that trend dwindles? Keeping the GS is very important to Lexus’s brand.

  • Darnell Council

    If lexus get rid of the GS I will never buy another lexus especially an ES. Lexus lost me when they made an front wheel drive car. That took lexus out of the High End Import category. Lexus supposed to be high performance at the rear wheels. Imagine putting a nice set of staggered wheels on a FWD ES, it doesn’t work. Only on an GS

    • pjl35

      If Lexus lost you when they made a FWD car, they lost you in 1989 when the first ES debuted…LONG before the GS even existed.

    • Tumbi Mtika


      You never really got on the train, then.

    • SteersUright

      Agreed. Look how well being all front wheel drive worked out for Acura. Anyone looking to compete properly in the luxury segment and challenge BMW and MB, must have a rear drive setup on some of their models. Only Audi has managed to have a primarily FWD chassis lineup but their halo cars like the R8 are still AWD and RWD, when it matters most. Also, nobody has made an AWD setup handle better than Audi with their quattro setup destroying racing competitors when first introduced and earning the brand much due respect. Lexus does not have this storied past, nor will they likely be able to tune an AWD version of the ES to handle in any way satisfying to a real enthusiast.

  • Nikolovski Nikolce Nidžo

    Actually the next Corolla will use TNGA platform, not the current gen.

    • pjl35

      That’s why it’s phrased as “upcoming Avalon and Corolla models.” “Upcoming” describes both.

      • Nikolovski Nikolce Nidžo

        My bad mate…

  • Tumbi Mtika

    “although with the GS said to disappear, an AWD option should appease those who’ll miss the latter’s RWD setup.”

    You KNOW that’s bullshit.

  • Finally,

    A design worthy of the Lexus badge of yore… & future