Family-friendly luxury gets a sporty new look.
The Lexus ES is heading into its seventh generation for 2022, which means it’s time to freshen up a luxurious tradition. And for this brand, that means new swaths of technology, interior and exterior design, dynamic handling, and the first ever Lexus ES300h F Sport trim. And yes, that means you and everyone in your family are going to have plenty more reasons to fall head over heels.
Let’s Talk About F Sport
If you’re wondering what all the fuss is about the Lexus ES300h F Sport edition, you have yet to be blessed with an experience behind the wheel. And that’s okay. We’re here to make converts out of you.
F Sport badging generally indicates a host of sportier options and upgrades that include, among other things, a sleeker grille, rear diffusers, and front end alterations that make it look more like a race car than your everyday sedan. It also usually outfits a car with paddle shifters, tuned suspension, and upgraded braking. That makes more powerful machine that looks as good as it feels when you drive it.
The Lexus ES has already come in ES250AWD and ES350 trims, but now, it’ll be moving up a notch to the ES300h F Sport variant that includes:
- F Sport badging
- Mesh-look grille
- Trunk lid spoiler
- 19-inch wheels with a new Black finish
- Special 300h F Sport variant steering wheel, front seats, shift lever, pedals, and gauges
- Dynamic Handling Package option with Sport+ and Custom drive modes, plus Adaptable Variable Suspension (AVS)
Driving Like a Dream
Let’s take a moment to talk about that AVS. Lexus notes that it offers over 650 different levels of adjustment to your suspension, making automatic changes based on environmental factors. Sensors can detect vehicle speed, steering angle, engine pressure, skidding, and G-force loads, then make the changes necessary to counter those forces and create a more efficient, comfortable, and powerful driving experience.
Which isn’t to say the driving experience will be lacking on any of the other Lexus ES trims, since this next generation of vehicle is designed with something called the Lexus Driving Signature. On the 2022 Lexus ES, you can expect:
- Improved braking to make it feel smoother
- Larger brake pedal to improve foot stability
- Regenerative braking
- Linear steering and optimized handling
Those are a lot of fancy words to say that driving the Lexus ES will feel as silky smooth as butter.
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The Lexus ES contains an enhanced version of its current suite of safety features as standard on all trim levels. Lexus describes its specific features with some very brand-specific terms, but here’s what you can expect:
- Front collision warning
- Automatic emergency braking
- Pedestrian detection
- Intersection turning assistance, which helps detect pedestrians and oncoming vehicles
- Emergency steering assistance, which keeps you in your lane and helps enhance vehicle stability during emergencies
- Dynamic radar cruise control
- Automatic curve speed reduction
- Lane departure alert with a slight corrective movement pushing you back into your lane and, in certain instances, to keep you centered in the lane
- Road sign recognition
And that’s in addition to airbags and solid crash safety protection.
Crafted With Care
Each Lexus ES comes with an eight-inch infotainment touchscreen as standard with the option to increase to 12.3 inches. The instrument panel is far more streamlined in the past, which enhances not only the ergonomics from the driver’s seat but looks gorgeous.
The hourglass Lexus grille is further emphasized in this edition of the ES, and there are several different options for the rims that are each as gorgeous as they are unique.
And there are nine different colors available for this model, from red to green to bright blue. Inside, there are three different leather interior options to choose from, with other options available as you choose different trims.
Those are the only details we know right now; further details, including specific trims, options, and costs will be released later. You can expect the 2022 Lexus ES to hit dealerships this fall.