Lexus has announced it will add another powertrain option to its ES large sedan range, with a petrol-powered ES 250 due to arriv ein August to compliment the ES 300h hybrid.
The ES 250 will have a 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine offering 152kW and 243Nm, paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The absence of a hybrid system sees it drop 60kg compared to the ES 300h.
It will arrive as part of a broader update to the ES as a whole, which has seen Lexus aim to make a smaller version of its LS limo flagship.
A range expansion is also timed with the increased alignment of the new ES with the highly acclaimed Lexus LS in the areas of comfort, craftsmanship and technology.
Particular attention has been paid to ride comfort and linear handling, new cabin ornamentation and trim, plus advanced safety features standard across the range.
The rear suspension bracing gets new dual-sheet construction to isolate road noise, enhance ride comfort and deliver more neutral cornering, with the aim of delivering benchmark comfort and quietness and greater driver engagement.
Elsewhere, other additions across the range include a high-resolution 12.3-inch widescreen which has been brought forward 100mm and debuts the option of using it as a touch screen.
The ES 250 and ES 300h will be available in Luxury, Luxury with Enhancement Pack, F Sport and F Sport with Enhancement Pack grades, with the ES 300h also offered in a Sports Luxury flagship variant.
Lexus Australia Chief Executive Scott Thompson said the expansion of the ES range was due to it growing sales for the last three years.
“With its stylish coupe-style silhouette, focus on craftsmanship and impeccable refinement, the seventh-generation Lexus ES has been extremely well received by luxury customers,” Mr Thompson said.
“The lighter new ES 250 maximises the agility borne from the Lexus Driving Signature while complementing the ES 300h with its focus on petrol-electric performance and incredible efficiency.”
Pricing will be revealed closer to the ES’ arrival.