Lexus Launches All-New Version of Hybrid Electric Car ES 300h in India


Japanese carmaker Toyota’s luxury division, Lexus has officially launched the seventh-generation Lexus ES300 Hybrid sedan in India. The Lexus ES 300h is powered by a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder petrol engine combined with the new, fourth-generation Lexus Hybrid Drive System, the hybrid electric ES 300h. The new ES300h gets the all-new Global Architecture – K (GA-K) platform which makes it lighter and bigger than before.

The Japanese sedan has taken the CBU route to India and it comes as an exquisite alternative to the German executive sedans like the 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Audi A6. The new sedan is priced at Rs 59.13 lakhs (ex-showroom all-India). With enhanced riding comfort and driving dynamics, the all-new ES 300h delivers a fuel economy of 22.37 kmpl.

The model is equipped with 10 airbags and other safety features such as vehicle stability control, hill start assist besides anti-theft system with break-in and tilt sensors. To increase passenger comfort the driver’s control panel and the display has been moved closer to the driver, to provide extra space for the front passenger. Rear passengers are treated to an extended legroom space.

The cockpit features a 7-inch LCD instrument panel with a large analog tachometer, digital speedometer and an easy-to-read multi-information display, in addition to a fully adjustable color heads-up display that projects relevant vehicle information onto the windshield. The navigation system on the 12.3-inch Electro Multi-Vision (EMV) full-size display, and the wireless charger built into the new ES, further aid in reducing distractions while on the road.

For the interiors, the sedan features four color schemes, and three types of trim, in addition to the array of nine paint colors available on the exterior. Along with Black, Chateau and Topaz Brown, the ES also introduces a light new Rich Cream interior that offers a contrast to the deep brown dash and roof trim. The ES offers two shades of Shimamoku wood trim (black, brown), as well as light-colored Bamboo.

When asked about the company’s plans for India for future mobility, Lexus India President N Raja said, “For us, all technology will co-exist. While electric vehicles are the future, hybrids will be the bridge” and further added, “We are working on several technologies, including hybrids, EVs and fuel cells and we will come up with the appropriate technology”.

Lexus began its India journey in March last year. It has the presence in eight cities covering 80 per cent of the luxury car market in India.