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It used to be the default choice for those fiscally prudent retirees looking for reliable luxury to and from the bowls club, and not much else. So what’s changed for 2017?
For the longest time, Lexus’ ES model attracted sneers for being the ride of choice for fiscally prudent retirees looking for a reliably comfortable trip to and from the bowls club – and not much else.
In fact, right from the outset the ES was slammed by the global press for being little more than a tarted-up albeit with a considerably higher price tag.
So it came as no surprise when ceased production of right-hand drive variants and gave greater focus to the more popular and models, at least Down Under.
In 2013, the rebooted resurfaced in local showrooms, only this time as a sixth-generation version boasting an all-new platform, new-look spindle grille and new technology that included the Lexus Remote Touch interface.
Fast-forward to September 2015 and the latest evolution of the Lexus ES emerged wearing aesthetic tweaks inside and out, as well as a major upgrade to standard safety kit.
And while it might still covet that ever-growing retiree set with a passion for lawn bowls and weekend trips to the holiday house, the newest ES looks and feels like a more substantial and, dare I say, more exciting offering than before.
There’s no question some might find the latest version of the Lexus signature grille polarising – it’s clearly bigger and bolder than any previous treatment, but I find it contemporary and one that has dared to push the styling envelope further than its European rivals.
The new front and rear headlights feature up-to-the-minute LED lighting and a styling treatment in-line with relatively new-look Lexus offerings such as the RC and NX models.
While the range starts with the fuel-efficient (petrol/electric hybrid) from $63,750 plus on-roads for the Luxury and $71,910 for the Sports Luxury, our all-petrol V6 ES350 Sports Luxury wears a price tag from $72,650.
Lexus’ standard equipment inventories have always been extensive, often with few if any options, but revisions for this latest iteration ES model include a full safety suite makeover featuring Lexus Safety System+, which combines four key technologies into one networked package – pre-collision safety system, lane departure warning, automatic high beam and active cruise control.
That’s along with all of today’s usual safety systems such as ABS braking, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist and traction control. There are also 10 airbags to boot.
As expected, the new Outlander PHEV adopts the styling changes we’ve seen on the MY17 range, while also introducing new tech and increased driver convenience.
According to Mitsubishi Australia, ‘the Outlander PHEV was developed from the ground up to be driven by either an internal combustion engine or hybrid technology and as a result there are no compromises in terms of packaging, practicality or driving dynamics’.
With the suite of upgrades, Mitsubishi introduces a new EV Priority Mode across both grades. The EV switch is located next to the 4WD button in the console, and once activated allows the driver to use the vehicle in EV mode without the engine running, provided there is sufficient charge in the battery.
There’s an upgraded interior, which gets a new steering wheel, revised accent trim, improved seat design (improved lateral support and stiffer side bolsters) and comfort, premium finishes and materials all designed to deliver a more high-end experience.
The cabin promises to be a much more enjoyable environment thanks to reduced noise levels, increased insulation and sound deadening material.
Soft touch materials have been used throughout, while new accent trim has been applied to the doors, dashboard and centre console surfaces. The headlining is a new material with highlight stitching for the instrument panel and a soft centre armrest.
There have also been significant improvements to on-road performance with sharper throttle response delivering more rapid off the mark acceleration. A more rigid chassis, tweaked suspension components, and a new calibration for the electric power steering system promise to change the way the Outlander PHEV feels from behind the wheel.
- Dual Front Airbag Package
- Anti-lock Braking
- Auto Climate Control with Dual Temp Zones
- 17 Inch Alloy Wheels
- Brake Assist
- Cruise Control
- Central Locking Remote Control
- Dusk Sensing Headlights
- Electronic Brake Force Distribution
- Electronic Differential Lock
- Electronic Stability Program
- Fog Lights – Front
- Head Airbags
- Engine Immobiliser
- Leather Steering Wheel
- Leather Upholstery
- Multi Function Steering Wheel
- Parking Distance Control Rear
- Power front seats
- Power Mirrors With Indicators
- Power Steering
- Power Windows
- Radio CD with 10 Speakers
- Rain Sensing Wipers
- Seatbelts – Pre-tensioners Front Seats
Drive train: Rear Wheel Drive
Fuel Type: ewew
Stock Number: 43535
Body Type: Sedan
Registration Number: 657645657
Seller Licence: 34342