The refreshed 2022 Lexus ES debuted a few months back in April. Considering how long it takes for cars to arrive in the Philippines, we suspected it would arrive sometime in Q1 2022 at the earliest.
Well, it seems we were wrong: Lexus Philippines is now accepting pre-orders for the 2022 ES which will arrive in Q4 2021.
The ES has been one of the strongest selling models of Lexus Philippines, as the longer wheelbase and extra legroom in the back makes it ideal for successful executives that prefer to be driven, not driving. So it stands to reason that Lexus pushed to have the model released as soon as possible in the Philippine market.
On the outside, the refreshed ES looks very much the same as the pre-facelift model. Rather than giving the sedan a drastic makeover, Lexus kept the updates simple. For starters, the most apparent difference at the front would be the new grille. Though not as obvious as the grille, the headlights are also new and features a different Bi-LED pattern. At the rear, there's a new bumper and taillights with a darker tint. Other updates for the 2022 ES include new wheels and more color options.
Much like the exterior, the interior of the ES looks a lot like the pre-facelift model. Lexus did update the infotainment system, which can now be controlled by touch. If you prefer using the trackpad, it's still there. One upgrade that isn't seen, however, is in the safety department. Lexus says all variants of the 2022 ES come standard with Lexus Safety System+2.5.
Despite the subtle visual changes, Lexus says the chassis was also updated. The rear suspension was tweaked to give a more comfortable ride over the pre-facelift model. Considering we rated the pre-facelift model a perfect ten for comfort, we can only imagine how plush the ride of this new one will be.
As for engine options, these remain unchanged. In the Philippines the ES has only been available with a 3.5-liter V6 in the form of the ES 350. However, Lexus Philippines may offer the hybrid version once it debuts later this year.
With regards to pricing, the current ES 350 retails for PHP 4,478,000. Will the facelifted model retain the same price once it arrives? Well, we will find out once it debuts.