Following its global debut in April, the refreshed 2022 Lexus ES will go on sale in the Philippines very soon and is now available for preview and pre-orders. Unlike before, Lexus Philippines is offering the luxury sedan in two trims – ES 350 Premier and ES 300h. For the first time, the hybrid version is now available locally.
But what's new with the 2022 ES? Lexus didn't give the sedan a major makeover, and from a glance, it looks the same as the outgoing model. But take a closer look, and you'll notice the subtle changes. For starters, Lexus redesigned the grille, which adopts a new pattern. Also new are the headlights with new LED patterns, rounding up the changes for the front end.
At the rear, there are more subtle changes. The most obvious is the bumper with a revised lower apron. Specifically, the exhaust tips no longer go through the bumper. Instead, it's replaced by a black panel with reflectors. Though a bit harder to spot, the taillights are also darker and appear to adopt a smoked finish.
Step inside, and the cabin has mostly been carried over from the outgoing model. The biggest difference would have to be the touchscreen infotainment system. Lexus Philippines also says there are more interior colors customers can choose from.
What's different between the two variants of the 2022 ES?
Let's start with the new hybrid variant – the ES 300h – which retails for PHP 3,758,000 and serves as the entry-level ES model. It uses a 2.5-liter inline-four, which is paired with an electric motor, offering excellent fuel efficiency. Total system output is rated at 218 PS and 300 Nm torque. It rides on smaller 17-inch wheels and has a smaller 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system paired with a 10-speaker audio system. Interestingly, this variant does not come with Lexus Safety Sense.
The ES 350 Premier, on the other hand, comes with more premium features and costs PHP 4,728,000. Under the hood, it uses the same 3.5-liter V6 as the outgoing model. Power is rated at 302 PS with 356 Nm of torque and is paired with an 8-speed automatic gearbox. Larger 18-inch wheels are fitted, and inside there's a larger 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system coupled with a 17-speaker Mark Levinson sound system. Other features include semi-aniline leather seats, driver and front passenger 10-way power seats, and front-seat ventilation systems.
Unlike the ES 300h, this variant comes with Lexus Safety Sense, which features dynamic radar cruise control, adaptive high beams, and lane-tracing assist with a lane-departure alert, to name a few.
Interested in the 2022 ES? The new sedan is now available for preview and pre-selling. Retail sales are scheduled to begin in Q4 of 2021.
2022 Lexus ES 300h – PHP 3,758,000
2022 Lexus ES 350 Premier – PHP 4,728,000