Lexus teases Shanghai-bound 2016 ES
The ES will get a sharper design influenced by the NX and the RX.
Toyota's Lexus division has published a dark teaser image that previews the facelifted 2016 ES. The sedan is scheduled to greet the public for the first time in a little over a week at this year's edition of the biennial Shanghai Motor Show.
The teaser suggests that the three-year old sixth-gen ES will benefit from a sharper, more modern-looking design. As expected, the front end will borrow styling cues such as more angular headlights, boomerang-shaped LED daytime running lights and a bolder rendition of the automaker's ubiquitous spindle grille from recent additions to the Lexus lineup including the IS, the NX and the recently-introduced RX.
Lexus has not revealed if the facelift will be accompanied by mechanical updates, though we suspect the ES will get the NX's 235-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo four. Currently, the ES is only available with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 268 horsepower and 248 lb-ft. of torque and a gasoline-electric hybrid drivetrain that uses a 2.5-liter four-cylinder mill and a small electric motor to generate a total of 200 horsepower.