Lexus ES, Apple CarPlay

There is the all-new Lexus ES for the year 2019, and it is better in all the proper aspects. It is prettier to behold, and the sixth-generation ES even gets an excellent technical upgrade. With it’s lower, longer, and broader dimensions it ought to be a bit nicer to drive, as well.

The 2019 Lexus ES rides on the new global architecture of Toyota and shares essentially most of its underpinnings with the 2019 Avalon. Lexus said that the ES is 0.2-inch lower, 2.6 inches longer, and 1.8 inches wider than its predecessor, along with a 2-inch longer wheelbase, which enhances legroom for the passengers.

Avalon underpinnings imply that the Lexus ES gets as well a simple pair of powertrains. The ES 350 models use a 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6 with 267 pound-feet of torque and 302 horsepower, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The ES 300h uses the fourth-generation hybrid drive system of Toyota, with a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle I4 engine mated to an electric motor. The total system output is rated at 215 horsepower, and Lexus said that the ES 300h must be suitable for roughly 44 mpg combined. Both the models exclusively use front-wheel drive.

There is a new F Sports trim even for 2019. It is available only on the ES 350, and while the powertrain carries over unchanged, the F Sports pack includes the Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) system initially introduced on the Lexus LC coupe. F Sports models receive a Sport+ drive setting also with engine sound enhancement that probably would sound as fake here as it does in every other car with this kind of technology.

The 2019 ES receives a huge technology upgrade, and it begins with the addition of Apple CarPlay. The ES is the primary Lexus vehicle to accept Apple’s smartphone mirroring technology, much like how the parent company Toyota only recently added CarPlay to its latest vehicles, including the Corolla Hatchback and Avalon. The ES even receives the Amazon Alexa integration. The ES models equipped with navigation receive a 12.3-inch infotainment display with an in-built Verizon Wi-Fi hotspot. The Remote Touch trackpad of Lexus controls both the systems. In the interior, the ES is pure Lexus. The leather seats are standard, and a variety of metal and wood inlays are available.

Following this week’s debut at the Beijing Motor Show and a simultaneous unveiling in Los Angeles, the ES would hit Lexus dealers this September. The pricing would be revealed closer to that time.

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