If you live in Europe and you’re in the market for a new premium sedan with some Japanese flair, the 2019 Lexus ES is a great place to start, as it’s getting ready to replace the GS as the automaker’s defacto mid-size offering.
It’s already been priced in markets such as the UK, where you can land the brand new ES 300h version from £35,150, which in the U.S. amounts to $41,310. Order books open this month, with first deliveries scheduled for January of 2019.
Lexus brought multiple new ES 300h saloons to this year’s Paris Motor Show, showcasing different specs, with the main attraction showing off its chrome Spindle grille plus other chrome inserts, both at the front as well as at the rear fascia.
Powering the ES 300h is the Japanese automaker’s fourth-generation hybrid powertrain, pairing a 2.5-liter four-cylinder petrol unit with an electric motor. Peak horsepower is said to be 215 (218 PS), while its combined fuel economy is rated at a very impressive 60.1 mpg UK (4.7 l/100km).
Can the new ES succeed in a segment dominated by the likes of the BMW 5-Series, Audi A6, Mercedes E-Class, Jaguar XF and the Volvo S90? As long as Lexus’ expectations aren’t to actually move more volume than their rivals in Europe, it just might. Besides, the starting price for the 300h is less than that of a diesel-powered entry-level Mercedes E-Class – although on paper, their fuel consumption figures are very similar.
Still, pushing its diesel-powered rivals out of the way could be a solid strategy, seen as how both the industry as well as governments have started leaning more towards petrol, hybrid and EV models.