LEXUS ES 300h F SPORT CONFIRMED FOR AUSTRALIA
Lexus will introduce the ES 300h F Sport in dealerships nationwide from October, leveraging the design and dynamic success of its latest luxury mid-size sedan and marking the standard fitment of Apple CarPlay®¹and Android™ Auto² on all grades.
The seductively styled and specially tuned F Sport joins the existing Luxury and Sports Luxury grades, providing customers with greater emotional appeal and enhanced agility while retaining ES 300h hallmarks of ride comfort and quietness.
Further building on the edgy lines and coupe-like silhouette of the well-received seventh-generation ES Line, the F Sport adds a signature mesh grille featuring jet black plating across the sharper bumper profile and rear garnish.
Elegant proportions are augmented by 19-inch F Sport alloy wheels (compared with the Luxury's 17-inch alloy wheels) and F Sport fender badging.
Triple-beam LED headlamps with sequential turn indicators and adaptive high beam (compared with the Luxury's bi-LED headlamps with automatic high beam) radiate moody sophistication and complete the series of visual upgrades.
The exceptionally rigid GA-K platform now incorporates F Sport-exclusive Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS), available in the ES 300h for the first time in Australia.
With five Drive Modes including Eco, Normal, Sport S, Sport S+ and Custom, AVS ensures that the cabin retains soothing response to bumps when Normal is selected, while tightening body movement in Sport S+ for more responsive handling.
Inside, a unique F Sport 8.0-inch TFT driver display, contoured and F Sport-embossed front seats, perforated-leather F Sport steering wheel and Lexus-first Hadori aluminium ornamentation create a special, suave ambience.
Timed with the release of the ES 300h F Sport in October, every ES 300h will also incorporate Apple CarPlay®1 and Android™ Auto2 compatibility as standard fitment to further enhance the functionality contained on its expansive 12.3-inch centre display.
Wireless smartphone charging3, satellite navigation, voice control, DAB+4, Lexus Enform5 and 10-speaker audio will also continue as standard.
Customers have a unique choice of F Sport Flare Red and F Sport Black interior trim options, each with standard black rooflining and available to individually match with 10 exterior colour options - including a luminous, F Sport-exclusive Cobalt Mica.
Lexus chief executive Scott Thompson said the F Sport added character and engagement to the ES 300h while enhancing the qualities that customers love.
"Stunning design has contributed to the success of the ES 300h and the F Sport allows customers to embrace even greater visual appeal," Mr Thompson said.
"Additionally the unique suspension tune subtly increases the skew towards sharper dynamics while retaining focus on the model's renowned refinement."
Key equipment across the ES 300h line-up includes a Smart Key Card, head-up display, dual-zone climate control air-conditioning, a moonroof, automatic dusk-sensing headlamps, automatic rain-sensing wipers, 10-way power adjustable front seats and heated front seats.
Standard Lexus Safety System+ (LSS+)6 - a suite of advanced technologies that can prevent accidents or reduce their impact - includes a pre-collision safety system that can detect pedestrians as well as vehicles, autonomous emergency braking, all-speed active cruise control and lane tracing assist.
The ES 300h F Sport further adds a blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert and a panoramic view monitor, as well as ventilated front seats, electric rear sunshade and driver memory settings.
Every ES 300h exclusively utilises the advanced Lexus self-charging hybrid electric system combining an ultra-efficient 2.5-litre Atkinson cycle four-cylinder petrol engine working with an electric motor to produce 160kW of power.
Keenly welcomed by loyal and new Lexus customers since the seventh-generation model launched in Australia in September 2018, the ES Line has increased sales by 209.3 per cent this year (to July 2019) compared with the same period last year.
Pricing for the updated ES 300h Luxury, F Sport and Sports Luxury will be announced closer to release in October. Customers can register their interest at lexus.com.au.
2. Android is a trademark of Google LLC.
3. Only Qi-supported devices compatible. Refer to device manufacturer. May require additional purchase of accessory to support wireless charging.
4. Coverage dependent on vehicle location.
5. Requires installation of a compatible app, third party information, sufficient mobile data & GPS signal. Mobile usage is at user's cost. Lexus Australia reserves the right to add, remove or modify applications. For further information see lexus.com.au/enform.
6. Driver assist feature. Only operates under certain conditions. Check your Owner's Manual for explanation of limitations. Please drive safely.