The Lexus ES 300h luxury mid-size saloon has been revised for 2022 with the introduction of new handling, styling, safety and specification features, reinforcing its performance and appeal. The new ES is on sale now with a line-up that continues to include generously specified models at on-the-road prices below the £40,000 threshold for luxury car tax rates.
Lexus ES 300h: exterior and chassis changes for 2022
The new ES retains its familiar elegant lines, with exterior changes focusing on the front end, where the spindle grille has a new look with fewer vertical bars and the introduction of new L-shaped motifs (the dedicated grille design for the F Sport model is unchanged). Slimmer LED headlights are introduced for both the single-eye units with automatic high beam activation and new three-eye units (see below) with the BladeScan Adaptive High-beam System.
The Lexus ES 300h was the first model in the UK to offer Digital Side View Monitors in place of conventional door mirrors. Available as an option on the Takumi grade, these have now been revised to ensure clearer images are shown in poor light conditions to offer improved definition between light and shade.
New alloy wheel designs feature across the board, while behind these changes have been applied to the suspension to deliver better dynamic performance, responsiveness and ride comfort. Braces in the rear trailing wishbone system now have higher rigidity and greater torsional strength thanks to a new dual-sheet structure, resulting in linear response that is more closely aligned with the driver’s intentions, such as when making high-speed motorway lane changes.
The adaptive suspension featured on F Sport models benefits from a new actuator and changes to the internals that together expand the range of damping force, improving the car’s response, stability and ride comfort, with more linear steering and suspension feel.
Interior and safety changes for 2022
Related to the chassis improvements, the level of detail invested in achieving the best overall results in the Lexus ES 300h extends to changing the shape of the brake pedal pad to create a larger, more controllable contact area for the driver’s foot. Steps have been taken to reduce any vibrations felt when the pedal is depressed, while the control parameters of the electronic braking system have also been revised.
In the cabin there are new Dark Brown and Sumi Black walnut trim insert options and a Forest Brown upholstery choice, available across the Tahara man-made leather, smooth leather and semi-aniline leather options. For the Lexus ES 300h F Sport, there is a new White Tahara option (see above) with contrasting black sections across the bolsters, seatback and squab.
The ES’s multimedia system has been upgraded with a new 12.3-inch touchscreen, which now allows direct touch operation as well as via the Remote Touch Interface track pad or voice control. All models equipped with Lexus Navigation now feature the new touchscreen.
Now standard across the entire range, however, is the latest Lexus Safety System+ which benefits from new and improved functions. Its radar and camera sensors can now detect pedestrians, cyclists and traffic approaching from the side. Extra assistance is also now provided through the steering when the system detects a sudden safety manoeuvre, while simultaneously keeping the car stable and in its traffic lane. Similarly, in normal driving conditions, artificial intelligence technologies have been applied to improve lane discipline and manage cornering speed when using the vehicle’s dynamic cruise control system.
2022 Lexus ES 300h overview
|MODEL||KEY FEATURES||STARTING PRICE|
|ES||17-inch alloy wheels, Lexus Safety System+, eight-way electrically adjustable front seats, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, eight-inch touchscreen display, reversing camera, sunroof, blind spot monitor, rear cross traffic alert with automatic braking||£38,755|
|ES Premium Edition||18-inch alloy wheels, Lexus Safety System+, Lexus premium navigation, 12.3-inch touchscreen multimedia display, wireless smartphone charger, three-spoke leather trimmed steering wheel, stainless steel scuff plates with Lexus inscription, privacy glass, rain sensing wipers||£39,255|
|ES F Sport||19-inch F Sport alloy wheels, Lexus Safety System+, F Sport exterior styling (black spindle grille, enhanced side rockers, metallic coated front bumper, F Sport badges, black door mirror covers), selectable drive modes (Eco, Normal, Custom, Sport S and Sport+), adaptive variable suspension, auto folding and tilting door mirrors with memory function||£40,920|
|ES Takumi||18-inch alloy wheels, semi-aniline leather upholstery, Lexus Safety System+, 360-degree panoramic view monitor, 17-speaker Mark Levinson sound system with PurePlay, head-up display, three-eye LED headlights with adaptive high beam system, powered boot operation with kick sensor, blind spot monitor||£52,305|