Lexus details US-spec 2016 EX 350, EX 300h

Lexus details US-spec 2016 EX 350, EX 300h

Lexus has detailed its US-spec 2016 ES lineup, including the EX 350 and EX 300h.

Visually, the mid-cycle refresh essentially matches the updated ES that was unveiled earlier this year at the Shanghai auto show. The front end has been revised with a pronounced chrome-trimmed spindle grille — consistent with Lexus’ latest design language — and reshaped LED headlights, among other changes.

The rear end has also been outfitted with new L-shape taillights, while the exhaust tips are much larger with a rectangular outlet clad in chrome. Further distinguishing the exterior appearance, new 17-inch alloy wheels and four new exterior colors have been added to the lineup.

The 2016 ES models bring Lexus’ Safety System+ technology suite, including pre-collision warnings, lane departure alert with steering assist, intelligent high-beams and dynamic cruise control. Smartphone integration and remote connectivity are also improved for the latest model year.

The interior has received a few minor changes, starting with a redesigned steering wheel and shift knob. Buyers can also choose from new trim colors ranging from matte bamboo to Linear Dark Mocha.

The ES 350’s 3.5-liter V6 engine has carried over from the 2015 package, delivering 268 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque. The 300h hybrid pairs a 2.5-liter straight-four with two electric motors for a total output of 200 ponies.

The company has not yet announced pricing or launch dates for either package.

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