Lexus ES 300h: significantly revised for 2022

Lexus ES 300h

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.

Lexus ES 300h

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.

Lexus ES 300h

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.

Lexus ES 300h interior

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.

Lexus ES 300h

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 
Various option packs are available to enhance ES, Premium Edition and F Sport models. Please see your Lexus retailer for more information. Prices correct as of February 2022

63 comments

  1. Why on earth you do not display Takumi name on the vehicle? You do with the sports, or maybe you just are not proud of the brand.

  2. Hopefully the upgraded infotainment system is now on a par with that of BMW or Audi? T his is the only reason I didn’t but an ES 2 years ago and opted for a 330e instead as the setup installed at the time was archaic!

    1. Hello Lorraine,
      We currently do not have any information on this.
      Our blog and social media channels will provide you with the latest information on our vehicle offerings.
      Thanks.

    1. In the 2022 model will a premium pack be available as per my existing car which includes better headlights,heated steering wheel,rear blinds 18inch wheels plus the extras that came with my existing premium pack.

      1. Hello Colin,
        Thanks for your comment.
        The Premium Pack on the MY22 ES 300h features 18″ Alloy Wheels, 3-Eye LED Headlights with Adaptive High Beam System (AHS), Smooth Leather Upholstery, Heated Steering Wheel, 10-way Electrically Adjustable Front seats, Driver’s Seat Memory, Ventilated Front Seats, Power Lumbar Support (Driver: 4-way; Passenger: 2-way), Aluminium Rear Scuff Plates, Electric Sun Shade for Rear Screen & Manual on Rear Side Windows, Sequential Indicators, Rain-sensing Wipers, Door Mirrors: Auto-folding, Auto-dimming, with Reverse Tilt and Memory, Panoramic View Monitor (PVM) with Pedestrian Alert.
        Further to this, the functions of the Premium Pack include a Wireless Smartphone Charger, Front Windscreen De-icer, Shimamoku inlay, Privacy Glass, LED Ambient Lighting and Lexus navigation.
        Please let us know if you have any further questions.
        Thanks.

        1. No mention of adjustable thighs support on the drivers seat in your reply to my query on premium pack, is it included.

    1. Hello Geoff,
      We currently do not have any information on this.
      Keep an eye on our blog and social channels for all the latest information on our vehicle offerings.
      Thanks.

  3. These ugrades/updates are in themselves impressive but I would like to see an item of additional protection as follows:-

    Would you please confirm that within the upgrades for the 2022 Models there has been any improvement to protect the Catalytic Converters from theft?

    Thank you.

    Tony Outhwaite

    1. Hello Tony,
      Thank you for your comment.
      In recent years with changes in catalytic converter design, Lexus have reduced the amount of these precious metals by up to 84%.
      This makes the catalytic converters less appealing to thieves as they are less ‘profitable’.
      Please let us know if you have any further questions.
      Thanks.

    1. Hello Vladimir,
      It is possible to get the Mark Levinson sound system on the ES 300h F SPORT if you also opt for the Takumi Pack.
      Please let us know if you have any further questions.
      Thanks.

  4. Which of the models within the 2022 es range have or can have a heated front screen and sequential indicator units? Also is the loyalty bonus still available as I payed the final payment to purchase my Lexus IS in 2021 at the end of the PCP contract due to the Covid uncertainty?

    1. Hello,
      Thanks for your comment.
      Sequential indicators are standard on the Takumi Grade. However, they are available on the Standard ES Grade with Premium Pack or the F SPORT Grade with the Tech & Safety Pack or Takumi Pack.
      As for the Front Screen de-icer, this is standard on all grades except the Standard ES Grade, which it can be added by purchasing the Premium Pack.
      As for your loyalty bonus, your Lexus Centre would be best placed to advise on this.
      Thanks.

  5. I own the 2021 model year Premium Edition and the main comment I have is the loss of the gorgeous two tone brown dash with brown inserts on the seats, to be replaced by same as everybody’s black dash and inserts yawn. I do welcome the addition of the touch screen infotainment system, which the dealer has assured me is very responsive. The dealer has convinced me to exchange my current cat for the 2022 model year, even with the expense of black, with some very tempting offers, without those, I would have said No, due to the boring black.

    1. Hello Ian,
      We are sure that the new ES 300h will not disappoint you.
      Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions.
      Thanks.

  6. Have a ES300 h premium edition and been driving for nearly a year , but as now retired I read the specifications of the new 2022 model and going to treat myself now after all the years working so I have placed an order for the 2022 model ES 300h Takumi edition.
    It’s going to be awesome …..

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