The sixth-generation Lexus ES was introduced in 2018 and underwent a facelift in 2021. However, things have moved on on the technology front since then, with Lexus introducing its latest infotainment system in models such as the RX, NX and UX.
So the European ES also now benefits from a faster unit that is easier to use and has more features. Lexus hasn't revealed the size of the center touchscreen, but it's likely to be 12.3 inches like other models in its lineup, according to Carscoops.
The system brings wireless Apple CarPlay connectivity, although for some reason Android Auto still requires a wired connection. There's also cloud-based navigation that displays real-time updates on traffic, fuel prices and parking.
The voice recognition system has also been revamped and is compatible with 19 different European languages. A new data transmission module (DCM1) allows the ES to connect to mobile networks and the Internet, as well as to integrate the e-Care function that monitors the vehicle 24/7 and notifies the owner when service is required. The module also provides access to remote control functions via the Lexus Link smartphone app.
Lexus also redesigned the center console of the ES. It now has two cup holders, USB-A and USB-C ports. Lastly, the Ammonite Sand interior trim option is new and has replaced Rich Cream.
There are no external changes to the ES as the model was recently restyled. However, Lexus now offers an F Sport Design trim that features 19-inch black alloy wheels and F Sport Design badging on the fenders, while offering a choice of 10 exterior and four interior colors.
Available powertrain options remain the same, but the ES 300h variant will be available in additional markets (Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine).
Production of the 2023 Lexus ES model year for the EU begins in August, with first deliveries scheduled for October.