2021 Lexus ES Offers An AWD System And New Black Line Trim

Lexus finally expanded it ES lineup making the Lexus ES 250 is the first Luxury ES to offer all-wheel drive option.

ES 250

Following in the footsteps of the Toyota Camry, the 2021 Lexus ES gains a new 250 AWD variant which has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 203 hp (151 kW / 206 PS) and 184 lb-ft (249 Nm) of torque.

While that’s significantly less than the ES 350, which has a 3.5-liter V6 pumping out 302 hp (225 kW / 306 PS) and 267 lb-ft (362 Nm) of torque, Lexus noted the four-cylinder model is more fuel-efficient as it has a combined fuel economy rating of 28 mpg. That’s 2 mpg better than the ES 350, but the ES 250 AWD is significantly slower as the dash to 60 mph (96 km/h) takes an additional 2.0 seconds.

ES 250

Just like on the front-wheel-drive ES, the 250 AWD model is also available in a more dynamic F Sport trim. The ES 250 AWD F Sport gets the same sport-tuned suspension, 19-inch wheels, and stickier rubber as other performance-tuned ES trims, as well as new blacked-out visual cues denoting its more aggressive nature.

Also joining the ES range for 2021 is the new Black Line model, limited to just 1,500 examples. Based on the F Sport trim, the ES Black Line is available in three exterior colors – Ultrasonic Blue Mica, Obsidian, and Ultra White – and gets black mirror caps, darkened wheels, and a black lip spoiler. It also wears the same two-tone black and white interior as the F Sport model. Lexus ES Black Line buyers also get a two-piece luggage set designed by Zero Halliburton, which includes a 22.0-inch carry-on bag and a larger 26.0-inch travel case.

ES 250

Besides the all-wheel drive system and new special edition, the 2021 ES Luxury, F Sport and Ultra Luxury now come standard with a blind spot monitoring system with rear cross traffic alert. The ES 300h’s nickel-metal hybrid battery has also been replaced by a more modern lithium-ion battery and this helps to “free up trunk space.”

The 2021 Lexus ES lineup will arrive at U.S. dealerships this fall and pricing will be announced closer to launch.

Source: carscoops and motor1

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