The Lexus ES family is expanding this year with two new variations of the signature sedan. The all-new 2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD will offer better traction when driving in inclement weather, and the 2021 ES 350 Black Line Special Edition brings a sporty, sleek look with the limited series. Luxury, F SPORT and Ultra Luxury ES grades will be equipped with Standard Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. With the added variety, Lexus guests can choose the ES that fits their lifestyle and climate. The enhanced 2021 ES lineup will begin arriving at dealerships in early fall 2020.
To make multimedia connectivity seamless for Lexus owners, all 2021 ES models feature Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. ES is also Amazon Alexa compatible, so drivers with an iPhone and Android devices can use natural language commands to control a variety of functions such as car-to-home and home-to-car commands, providing owners with Alexa-enabled devices in their home the ability to interact with their ES before they ever get behind the wheel.
The Lexus multimedia system sits high on the ES dashboard and measures 8 inches wide on standard models and 12.3 inches wide with the available Navigation package, the Electro Multi Vision (EMV) display features crisp, easy-to-read graphics and a revised menu system. The optional navigation system blends on-board information with cloud-based data for the most accurate directions possible.
Much like the multimedia screen, the goal for the ES interior is to place all of the main information displays within the driver’s line of sight and this includes the LCD instrument panel that features a large analog tachometer, digital speedometer and easy-to-read multi-information display. Standard models employ a 7-inch screen while the F-SPORT display measures 8-inches and features a movable center ring similar to the one used in the LC. Hit a button on the steering wheel, and the ring slides over to open up more space for the multi-information display on the left side of the screen.
A 10-speaker Pioneer audio system comes standard on all models, while a 17-speaker Mark Levinson system is available. Along with 1,800 watts of power, the Mark Levinson system also brings Clari-Fi technology to the cabin that helps boost the sound quality of low fidelity digital audio sources.
On board Wi-Fi powered by AT&T is included with a trial of 4GB trial or three months, whichever comes first. The Lexus Enform Safety Connect trial is offered for the first 3 years of ownership with access to Lexus Enform response centers 24/7/365. With the Lexus Enform Service Connect trial — also now provided for the first 10 years of ownership — the ES can send alerts for specific factory recommended maintenance, simultaneously alerting a preferred Lexus retailer if opted in. The MyLexusandBeyond mobile app (for iOS devices) or LexusDrivers.com website can be used to set push-reminders and alerts for maintenance and service issues.
Lexus Enform Remote comes with a three-year trial, offering guests the ability to remotely view and control certain aspects of the ES using a mobile app for iOS and Android devices. Functions include remote door lock/unlock; remote start/stop for the engine and climate control; vehicle finder, guest driver monitor and more. The Navigation package includes the Lexus Enform Dynamic Navigation with a three-year trial and complimentary Lexus Enform App Suite 2.0.