Lexus recently marked its entry in the Indian market with the LX 450d, RX 450h and the ES 300h. Among the lot, the ES 300h which represents the brand’s entry into the mid-sized luxury car space has quickly emerged as a popular pick. The automaker reported that atleast 50 per cent sales of its total sales come from the ES 300h alone. Introduced at a price of Rs 55.27 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the mid-sized sedan is in fact the most affordable option among Lexus cars in India.
The 2017 ES 300h gets whole new style upgrades along with a host of appealing features. The hard-to-miss front section features a signature Lexus spindle grille that is complimented by a pair of sharp double-barrel projector headlamps along with lightning-shaped LED daytime running lamps. The sharp and sporty front bumper houses round LED fog lamps with generous amount of chrome around it. The rear section is adorned with distinctive L-themed tail lamps. In terms of dimensions, the vehicle measures 4915mm in length, 1820mm width, 1450mm in height and has a wheelbase measuring 2820mm. The vehicle has a decent ground clearance measuring 151mm.
As for the interior, the Lexus ES 300h gets premium leather upholstery and wooden panels that makes it visually appealing. The bucket-style hugging seats at the front are heated and ventilated, while the rear offers ample space for three occupants. The dashboard features a Lexus Enform infotainment system with navigation and a neatly positioned clock in the centre that is hard to miss. The three-spoke multi-function steering wheel offers the best combination of leather and wood that ups the premium quotient almost instantly. For the best of sound quality, Lexus offers the Mark Levinson audio system with 15 speakers.
In terms of engine specifications, the ES 300h from Lexus is powered by a 2.5-litre 4-cylinder inline engine with nickel metal hybrid e-motor. Mated to a six-speed CVT transmission, the vehicle generates a combined power output figure of 202bhp and 213Nm of torque. Safety equipment like 10 airbags and three-point seatbelt is part of a standard offering. Customers can also opt for Lexus Safety System+ package that includes Pre-Collision System (PCS), Lane Departure Alert (LDA) with Steering Assist, Intelligent High Beam (IHB) and High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, which is functional at speeds of over 40kph.
The vehicle is slightly pricier since it has been introduced in the country via the CBU route. But then, it also offers that unmatched reliability and quality that Lexus has always been known for. Only time will tell though, whether the automaker will sell it via the CKD route in the country. For now, the brand being well known in the country, we might see many more Lexus cars on the road.