lexus es

Word is that the sixth-generation Lexus ES is Australian-bound, and the right-hand drive version is expected to make its market debut Down Under before the year is out. No announcement on any regional plans for the car as yet, but the possibility of the car arriving into ASEAN markets has certainly been reinforced with this news.

The ES was originally the marque’s entry-level offering when it first appeared more than two decades ago. That place has since been taken by the IS, but the ES – which sits between the IS and GS in the scheme of things – could very well be a hit here due to its larger, Camry-like interior and higher focus on comfort compared to the GS.

The previous fifth-gen ES – which sat on a Toyota Camry platform – was never issued in RHD form, but demand for the vehicle in that configuration has always been strong, especially in the Australian market. The sedan made its debut last year in New York, introduced at that point in two variant forms – the 3.5 litre V6 ES 350 petrol and 2.5 litre Atkinson-based ES 300h hybrid. China has an ES 250 version, powered by a 2.5 litre four-pot.