Lexus finally expanded it ES lineup making the Lexus ES 250 is the first Luxury ES to offer all-wheel drive option.
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.
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.
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 The ES 300h’s nickel-metal hybrid battery has also been replaced by a more modern lithium-ion battery and this helps to “free up trunk space.”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.