Lexus doesn’t want its all-new ES (“Executive Sedan”) to be boring or predictable. The news release for this teaser is titled “Expect the Unexpected,” and it promises “to radically transform the driving experience for luxury consumers all over the world.” That and this one official photo are pretty much all we get for now.
Spy photos show an embiggened ES that looks to further blur the line between the mid-size and full-size segments that its predecessor already straddled — which may spell further doom for the GS line of full-size sedans Lexus is struggling to sell.
But if we’re to expect the unexpected in the new ES, I’m going to suggest some features the new one could have that would really change the driving experience:
1. When you open the door, the Spanish Inquisition is inside already! (Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition.)
2. Autonomous driving programmed as if Toonces the Driving Cat were at the wheel.
3. A self-stocking La Croix sparkling water fridge.
4. Some way to make the turn signals work automatically, differentiating the Lexus from its German competitors, whose turn signals can seem like nothing more than decorations.
What we’re actually likely to get it is a dressed-up version of the redesigned Toyota Avalon in both gas and hybrid flavors. If we’re lucky, it will ditch the clunky touchpad- or joystick-based multimedia interface in favor of something more intuitive and less distracting.
The ES debuts on April 25 at the 2018 Beijing Motor Show, so we’ll find out then just how transformative this new ES really is.
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