How has the Lexus ES saloon been enhanced for 2021?

Lexus quality and craftsmanship combine with high value in the new ES Premium Edition. This new model costs just £550 more than the entry-level ES on which it is based, yet is equipped with more than £3,000 of additional equipment features.

These luxury features include 18-inch alloy wheels, heated steering wheel, wireless smartphone charger, automatic wipers, windscreen de-icer and aluminium scuff plates for all four doors. And with an on-the-road price of £35,750, the new ES Premium Edition (shown in these pictures) is well below the £40,000 threshold for additional Vehicle Excise Duty.

2021 Lexus ES saloon updates

Small but appreciable adjustments to specifications and design represent the changes applied to the 2021 model year Lexus ES saloon. The purpose of these is to improve safety and enhance the appearance and user-friendly design of the cabin.

Now standard across the range are Blind Spot Monitor (see above) and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA) systems, safety functions previously only provided on F Sport and Takumi grades. Both systems are designed to keep the driver alert to hazards in the car’s immediate surroundings. But RCTA includes an auto-braking function that will intervene to help prevent a collision if the driver fails to respond to a warning of approaching traffic when reversing out of a parking space.

The ES F Sport remains one of the best-value sports saloons on the market. As such, extra content has been added to the optional Tech and Safety Pack to give the model even more appeal. It now comes with triple-eye LED headlights, heated steering wheel and a wireless smartphone charger. And yet, even with the addition of the Tech and Safety Pack, its £39,255 price also remains below the £40,000 ‘luxury’ level, while the low emissions of its efficient hybrid powertrain helps it secure a 28% Benefit In Kind rating for company car tax payers.

Lexus is also providing the high-tech option of Digital Side-view Monitors on the ES Takumi – a first in its European model range. Compact, door-mounted cameras relay images in real-time to monitors at the base of the A-pillars. The view is automatically extended to eliminate blind spots when the indicators are used or reverse gear is selected.

2021 Lexus ES: overview of standard features

ES  Ten-speaker Pioneer audio system, dual-zone climate control with Climate Concierge, heated front seats with eight-way power adjustment, sunroof, intelligent parking sensors, Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, 17-inch alloy wheels, smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Lexus Safety System+ 
F Sport  In addition to base ES: Adaptive Variable Suspension, F Sport exterior and interior styling details, 19-inch F Sport alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, auto-folding power door mirrors with reverse-tilt function 
Takumi  In addition to base ES: 17-speaker Mark Levinson sound system, 12.3-inch multimedia display, power boot lid with hands-free kick sensor, head-up display, semi-aniline leather upholstery, Shimamoku wood trim inlays 

The new 2021 Lexus ES is on sale now, with deliveries to customers from October.

Comments (14)

  1. Hi, any ideas when the MY21 ES brochure will be published on the website? It’s still the January 2020 on the Lexus site?

    1. Hi John,
      Thanks for getting in touch with us.
      There haven’t been any changes made to the suspension for the MY21 ES, but the F Sport grade comes with Adaptive Variable Suspension.
      If you don’t mind us asking, when was the last time you experienced an ES?

      1. In February. I have a 2016 RX and wanted a saloon. Prior to the RX I had a 2010 GS450h and the ES was not nearly as smooth as the RX or GS. I felt every bump at fast and v slow speeds. Otherwise I loved the car.

        1. Hi John,
          Thanks for your reply and for letting us know.
          We’re sorry that you didn’t get on with the ES, but we hope that you’re enjoying your RX.

  2. Thanks for the info. Do you have any further info on the change to the USB port cover? I’ve seen a photo of it on the Japanese website but it’s not clear whether the whole USB / cup holder cover has to be left open as currently (poor implementation) or whether the USBs now have their own cover.

    1. Hi Peter,
      Thanks for your reply.
      Regarding the USB port cover alterations, the material has been changed, and it has been switched to a vertically opening type.

      1. Have now seen in the flesh. Such a shame that Lexus didn’t put a USB in the central console to hide the phone and cable away. It’s my major pet hate with the ES that I’ve got to have the large cup holder flap open and the phone and white cable on display. The cable usually gets wrapped around the ‘gear’ shift. It spoils the crisp, clean lines of the cabin.

        1. Hello Peter,
          Thank you for getting in touch with us. It’s a shame that you did not like elements of the new ES design.
          We will make sure to pass your feedback on to our wider product team.

  3. That’s some good updates to the MY21 ES.👍

    I understand there are some small internal changes too to window switchgear and other things. Can you highlight these please and when do you envisage the website and e-brochure will be updated to reflect these changes?

    1. Hi Peter,
      Thanks for your comment. We’re glad you’re liking the MY21 ES.
      Regarding internal changes, power window switch ornamentation has been added, the steering wheels switch design has been changed, the small item storage at the front cup holder has been increased, the USB port cover has been revised and the multimedia, PWR/VOL and TUNE knob colour has been changed to a satin-plated pattern coating.
      The website and e-brochure are scheduled to be updated at the start of October.

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