The inside is an even bigger departure from those Toyotas, and an evolution from the old ES. The instruments are housed in a trapezoidal cowl that looks to have come straight from an LS or LC, and comes complete with the little switch cylinders on either side. The instruments themselves also feature the multifunction display similar to those high-dollar Lexus models. The dash is fairly swoopy, but it also appears to be less busy than the outgoing model. It will come with either a standard 8-inch infotainment screen or an optional 12.3-inch screen, both of which are controlled with the Lexus touchpad. You’ll also be able to use Apple CarPlay, making the ES the first Lexus with the feature. The F Sport also brings new features such as aluminum trim with waves inspired by Japanese swords, and switchgear for the new Sport+ mode.
This brings us to the mechanicals, and the F Sport does bring updates. That Sport+ mode adjusts the throttle and transmission to be more aggressive, and it firms up the suspension. All purely gasoline-powered ES models will come with a 3.5-liter V6 making 302 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque,0 mated to an eight-speed automatic. The hybrid will come with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with an electric motor making 215 horsepower. Both powertrains are similar to those in the Camry, but the hybrid makes 12 more horsepower. Lexus also says the new chassis makes the ES more rigid and is comparable to the rear-drive LS and LC.
Pricing for the new ES has not yet been announced. Expect it to stay in its current high-$30,000 to low-$40,000 price range when it shows up on dealer lots this September.