The newest information about the 2018 Lexus ES 350 sets the car available for an earlier release. As the model is slated to be showcased at the Shanghai Auto Show of this year, we can predict that it will be offered sooner than expected. The model is planned for a slight refresh which will make it as competitive as it was or actually give it a little bit more in order to battle it out against the competition.
The Lexus ES brand has received its 350 marking in 2007 for the first time. The original model made its debut in 1989 and was known as the ES 250 at first. Now when the car is established as a modern vehicle it received its last overhaul in 2013. The changes that were made then will be kept for the upcoming version of the car and we can expect it to come back with a fresher feeling to it compared to before.
When the car arrives, the ES brand will not only be offered as an ES 350 but also it brings us the ES 300h version which provides better fuel efficiency. The release date is closer to being established and the photos that were released show us that the vehicle looks better than ever, so check out the review for the latest updates about this model.
When is the Release Date for the 2018 Lexus ES350 set?
The upcoming 2018 Lexus ES 350 is scheduled to make its first appearance at the Shanghai Auto Show. They have also reported that the possible release date might be moved up to fall of next year. This is going to make the car available sooner than the initially expected release in 2018.
Potential Price Offer
The price for the 2018 Lexus ES 350 is not officially determined. But we know that it will rise a little bit compared to the last one. The base MSRP price of the current version is $37,700, so we predict that the 2018 model will pass the $38,000 mark.
Exterior Looks and Details
Not much is actually happening for the outside design of the 2018 Lexus ES 350. They are mostly keeping with the design which was made with the last overhaul and are just freshening things up. The made changes include a new “spindle grille” to the sedan’s front fascia, which is a bolder looking one-piece unit that comes framed with satin chrome trim and is flanked by LED headlamps which are also a bit slimmer.
Bellow we get a reshaped bumper with chrome surrounds for the fog lamps. The old taillights have been replaced with L-shaped clusters and there are also rectangular exhaust outlets, a revised chrome trim and a new trunk lid spoiler. Optionally available are the new 17-inch alloy wheels and four new exterior colors which start with Autumn Shimmer, Nightfall Mica, Caviar, and Eminent White Pearl.
Inside Changes and Design
Although the previous cabin was decent, the 2018 Lexus ES 350 version managed to update some things in order to keep it fresh. The design is the same but with only new features and finishes included. Some of the new pieces are Linear Dark Mocha wood, Bamboo with a matt instead of a gloss finish and Illustrious Piano Black wood. The interior also adds a Flaxen option with light brown upholstery and a black dashboard with two-tone door panels combined.
The tech side has been enhanced with new connectivity features, like Lexus Enform Remote. Some other additions which will help with the entertainment factor include the Mark Levinson premium sound system and also there is a panoramic roof provided for all package options.
The refreshed version of the 2018 Lexus ES 350 model was not expected to change powertrains. So it will stick to the usual offer which it had before. The car caries over Toyota’s 3.5-liter V-6 engine which provides us with an output of 268 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. The until will also use the same VVT-i variable valve timing system and also the same six-speed automatic transmission.
0-60 mph and Top Speed
The unchanged powertrain offer for the 2018 Lexus ES 350 also means unchanged acceleration specs. The car will be able to speed up to 0-60 mph in 5.8 seconds and at the same time will retain the 131 mph top speed.
Fuel Economy Specifications
This time they made no effort to improve the fuel economy specifications for the 2018 Lexus ES 350. The model will be capable of offering 21 mpg city, 31 mpg highway, and 24 mpg combined once more for its EPA stats. This keeps the car balanced and a consumption rate like this one will still be a good one for the vehicle of its kind.
The car retains the same dimensions for the 2018 Lexus ES 350 version. Facelifts rarely get to change dimensions and this one does not do it as well. It will be kept to a length of 193.3 inches, wheelbase 111.0 inches, width 71.7 inches and height of 57.1 in. The passenger volume is as roomy as it ever was so the inside has a capacity of 100 cu ft and the cargo bay offers us 15 cu ft. Finally, the curb weight stays between 3550-3650 lb.
The new 2018 Lexus ES 350 does not only comes with updated technology, but also with new safety features. The update will include Lexus Safety System+ which will make the car much safer. The added technology which is fitted for the inside includes Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Intelligent High Beam and High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. All of this will not make the passengers inside safer but it will also affect the pedestrians and the people surrounding the car as well.
The segment in which the 2018 Lexus ES 350 is going to compete in will not be drastically changed. So the model will have the same type of competition that it had before. Once again it will face models such as the Infiniti Q50 and the Acura TLX models which will perhaps be given their own updates in due time.
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