2022 Lexus ES detailed for Australia, on sale this month


Lexus’ updated mid-size luxury car will arrive in Australia later this month with a choice of eight variants – but prices are yet to be announced.

  • 2022 Lexus ES specifications
  • Eight variants on offer, including Luxury, Sports Luxury and F Sport trim grades
  • New ES250 base engine brings non-hybrid petrol engine
  • Prices yet to be confirmed
Above: Lexus ES300h F Sport.

Australian details of the 2022 Lexus ES have been confirmed, ahead of first arrivals in local showrooms on 29 September 2021.

As reported earlier this year, the updated ES mid-size sedan gains revised exterior styling, a refreshed interior with a new 12.3-inch central touchscreen, sharper and more comfortable suspension tuning, and an expanded Lexus Safety System driver assistance suite.

Pricing for the entire 2022 range will be confirmed closer to the September 29 on-sale date – though expect the cheapest version of the 2022 ES250 and ES300h to straddle the $62,525 before on-road costs of the outgoing ES300h Luxury.

Australian buyers now will be able to select from two engines, with the range opened by the new, petrol-only ES250 model, joining the existing ES300h hybrid.

The ES250 pairs a 152kW/243Nm 2.5-litre non-turbo four-cylinder petrol engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission driving the front wheels, good for a 9.1-second run from 0-100km/h, and a combined fuel economy claim of 6.6L/100km.

Meanwhile, the ES300h hybrid mates a 131kW/221Nm 2.5-litre petrol engine with an electric motor, for a combined output of 160kW, sent to the front wheels through a continuously-variable automatic transmission (CVT). Fuel use is rated at 4.8L/100km combined, while the 0-100km/h time falls to 8.9 seconds.

A total of eight variants will be offered across the ES range – with full equipment lists for each included at the bottom of this story.

New for 2022 highlights include standard-fit Lexus Connected Services across the range, upgrades autonomous emergency braking with intersection support, a slew of new interior colours, reshaped headlights with BladeScan adaptive technology, and the addition of sports suspension on the ES250h F Sport.

The 2022 Lexus ES will hit Australian showrooms later this month, on September 29.

2022 Lexus ES Australian variants

  • ES250 Luxury
  • ES250 Luxury with Enhancement Pack
  • ES250 F Sport
  • ES300h Luxury
  • ES300h Luxury with Enhancement Pack
  • ES300h F Sport
  • ES300h F Sport with Enhancement Pack
  • ES300h Sports Luxury
Above: Lexus ES300h interior.

2022 Lexus ES250 Luxury standard features:

  • 2.5-litre petrol engine with eight-speed automatic transmission
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • LED low-beam headlights with auto high-beam and LED daytime-running lights
  • LED tail-lights
  • Keyless entry with alarm
  • Tilt and slide moonroof
  • 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite navigation and DAB+ digital radio
  • 7.0-inch digital driver display
  • Reversing camera with rear guide assist
  • 10-speaker sound system
  • Dual-zone climate control with ‘Nanoe X’
  • 10-way power-adjustable heated front seats
  • Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
  • Choice of hazel or black exterior trim
  • Autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection and intersection support
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane-tracing assist
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert with braking
  • Road-sign recognition
  • Parking support with brake (including sonar sensors)
  • Tyre pressure monitoring
  • Emergency Steering Assist
  • Lexus Connected Services
  • 10 airbags

2022 Lexus ES250 Luxury with Enhancement Pack adds (over ES250 Luxury):

  • Wireless smartphone charging
  • Head-up display
  • Smart key card
  • Rear-side and rear privacy glass
  • Two rear USB-C ports

2022 Lexus ES250 F Sport adds (over base ES250 Luxury):

  • F Sport suspension
  • Full LED headlights with BladeScan adaptive high-beam system
  • 19-inch F Sport alloy wheels
  • F Sport front grille and rear spoiler
  • 8.0-inch digital instrument display
  • F Sport front and rear performance dampers (chassis bracing)
  • F Sport seats in white, black or Flare Red
  • Hands-free power boot lid
  • 12-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with memory
  • Ventilated front seats (in addition to heating)
  • Electric rear window sunshade
  • 360-degree camera
  • Hadori aluminium trim

2022 Lexus ES300h Luxury adds (over base ES250 Luxury):

  • 2.5-litre hybrid system with CVT automatic
  • Contents of ES250 Luxury’s Enhancement Pack (wireless charging, head-up display, smart key card, privacy glass and two rear USB-C ports)
  • Rear spoiler
  • Power-adjustable steering column with easy access functionality
  • Active Noise Control
Above: Lexus ES300h F Sport interior.

2022 Lexus ES300h Luxury with Enhancement Pack adds (over ES300h Luxury):

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Choice of hazel, mauve, black, or rich cream upholstery
  • Ventilated front seats (in addition to heating)
  • 12-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with memory
  • 360-degree camera
  • Electric back window sunshade
  • Manual rear side door sunshades
  • Hands-free power boot lid
  • Choice of Sumi Black or brown walnut trim inlays

2022 Lexus ES300h F Sport adds (over ES250 F Sport):

  • F Sport adaptive suspension
  • Upgraded drive mode select system (with Eco, Normal, Sport S, Sport S+ and Custom modes)

2022 Lexus ES300h F Sport with Enhancement Pack adds (over ES300h F Sport):

  • Heated steering wheel
  • 17-speaker Mark Levinson sound system with subwoofer and amplifier

2022 Lexus ES300h Sports Luxury adds (over ES300h Luxury with Enhancement Pack):

  • Full LED headlights with BladeScan adaptive high-beam system
  • Semi-aniline leather-accented interior trim in hazel, mauve, black, or rich cream
  • Choice of brown walnut, Sumi black walnut or bamboo interior trim inlays
  • Tri-zone climate control with humidity sensor
  • Heated outer rear seats with power reclining functionality
  • Rear armrest with air conditioning, audio, rear heater, rear reclining and sunshade controls
  • 17-speaker Mark Levinson sound system with subwoofer and amplifier