While most manufacturers keep telling us that the sedan market is dead it looks like the team over at Lexus aren’t buying it as their 2019 Lexus ES Sedan steps up its game to help redefine what the category is.
What we know in detail about the ES is limited, but there a sense that it will line up with its sister stable mate, the Toyota Camry and get built out on the proprietary Toyota TNGA platform. The exterior will continue to use the traditional Lexus grille and drop the lights a bit lower with the LED lights being set up under it. What you can expect under the hood will be a bit of surprise as it will deliver a peppy two hundred and sixty eight horse power through a V-6 and a three point five litre engine and will come with an eight speed automatic version. There will also be a hybrid version that will offer a bit less power, but will do the job when needed.
The ES is the second best selling vehicle in the Lexus army, but this title might be in jeopardy as the NX crossover is quickly taking aim at the number two spot behind the current number one selling RX crossover. Most will see the 2019 ES as a competitor to the Audi A6 and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class versions in the sedan category and with the first look at the styling options that the 2019 Lexus will be coming with, you can expect that the shrinking sedan category will see a good battle between the three manufacturers for top spot. The reasons for the introduction of the new ES isn’t really that hard to figure out as the company’s other high end sedan, the GS, has not found its footing with consumers in the luxx sedan market and barely accounted for four thousand units being sold to date.
While the 2019 Lexus ES is scheduled to hit dealerships later in 2018, you can expect the price point to range somewhere between the $40k range for the entry level and move into the low $50k range for a hybrid.