Toyota’s Luxury division, Lexus has finally made its debut in India with the launch of three cars- ES 300h, RX 450h, and LX 450d and will take on the likes of Mercedes-Benz, Audi, BMW, Volvo and JLR. The carmaker has announced the prices only first two models- ES300h is priced at Rs 55.27 lakh while RX450h is available in two variants- Rs. 1.07 crore (Luxury) and Rs. 1.10 crore (F-Sport) variant (ex-showroom Delhi).
The LX450d will be launched at a later stage and all the cars will be brought to the country via CBU route. Initially, Lexus will commence its operations with four dealerships- Delhi, Gurugram, Mumbai and Bengaluru while its service centers will be set up in Chandigarh, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kochi.
Lexus ES300h is brand’s entry level offering and powered by a 2.5l petrol motor along with an electric motor which delivers a combined power output of 202bhp and 213Nm of torque. Powering front wheels is an E- CVT (electronically controlled continuously variable transmission). The sedan comes with four driving modes- normal, Eco, Sporty and EV. It can accelerate 0-100km/hr in 8.5 seconds with the top speed of 180kmhr. ES300h claims to offer an ARAI rated mileage of 17.86 Kmpl.
Space and Dimensions
At tape, the sedan measures 4915 mm in length, 1820 mm in width and 1450 mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2,820 mm. The boot space and ground clearance stands at 425 liters and 151mm respectively.
Exterior and interior
Coming to the design, ES gets familiar L shaped spindle front grille, new double barrel headlamps with LED daytime running lights and cornering lights. The side shows the lengthy profile of the sedan and 18 inch alloy wheels while rear sports LED tail lamps with sequential LED turn signals.
The premium version of Camry comes with plush interiors and rich features. It includes dual zone climate control, 12.3 inch EMV display, front-rear seat heater, 10 way adjustment driver and passenger seater adjustability, 15-speaker Mark Levinson surround system, wireless charger, chrome and wood inserts.
Lexus ES300h is available in ten colors- deep blue Mica, black, graphite black glass flake, Mercury Gray Mica, amber crystal shine, Sonic quartz, red Mica crystal shine, sleek Ecru metallic and Sonic titanium.
Safety features on board are ten airbags, anti-lock braking system (ABS), tyre pressure monitoring system, parking assist, reverse parking camera, VSC, hill start assist, child seat anchor points and much more.